8th January, on this day

0624 Moslem army occupies Kurashitische Caravan
0794 Church at Lindisfarne, England destroyed by Vikings
0871 Battle at Ashdown Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1198 Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
1214 Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
1297 François Grimaldi captures the fortress protecting the famous Rock of Monaco
1499 Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep the duchy for the crown
1558 French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais
1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1675 1st American commercial corporation chartered (New York Fishing Co)
1705 Georg F Händels 1st opera "Almira" premieres in Hamburg
1745 England, Austria, Netherlands and Saxon sign anti-Prussian Quadruple Alliance
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie and Jacobite Highland forces occupy Stirling. Such early successes would prove short-lived for the pretender to the throne
1760 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1790 George Washington delivers 1st "State of the Union" address
1798 US 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
1800 Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi
1800 Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
1806 Cape colony becomes English colony
1806 Lewis and Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
1811 Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast
1815 U.S. General Andrew Jackson achieves the greatest American victory of the war at the Battle of New Orleans; two weeks after the official end of the war of 1812, and the signing of the Treaty of Ghent
1830 Dutch King Willem I fires him displeasing parliament members
1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
1838 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes, New Jersey
1838 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
1848 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia
1853 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
1856 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs CA
1867 Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite President Johnson's veto
1870 US mint at Carson City NV begins issuing coins
1877 Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Montana
1878 Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent and Henry Morton Stanley
1884 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
1889 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a tabulating machine (1st Computer)
1894 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
1904 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
1912 The South African Native National Congress is founded. It later changes its name to the African National Congress
1917 Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
1918 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
1918 President Woodrow Wilson introduces his 'Fourteen Points', through which he hopes to establish lasting peace at the end of the Great War. Amongst others, these include the right to national self-determination and the establishment of a post war world body to resolve future conflict
1921 David Lloyd George becomes the first British Prime Minister to occupy a country mansion in Buckinghamshire. The grace and favour house was presented to the nation as a gift by The Lord Lee of Fareham
1926 Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
1930 Belgium Princess Marie-José marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
1935 Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy
1940 Britain's 1st WWII rationing (bacon, butter and sugar)
1941 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns
1947 General George Marshall becomes Secretary of State
1951 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda
1952 Jordan adopts constitution
1953 René Mayer forms French government
1954 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio and records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love"and "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
1956 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single goes to number 1 and stays for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
1956 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
1959 French leader Charles de Gaulle is inaugurated at the Elysée Palace as the first President of the new Fifth Republic
1961 A national referendum in France votes in favour of granting independence to Algeria
1962 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 91 die (Netherlands)
1963 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
1964 President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
1964 European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan
1965 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the national flower (didn't pass)
1965 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
1966 Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes number 1 and stays for 6 weeks
1966 Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes number 1 and stays for 3 weeks
1966 Georges Pompidou appointed French premier
1966 Who and the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
1968 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
1971 29 pilot whales beach themselves and die at San Clemente Island CA
1972 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1973 Secret peace talks between US and North Vietnam resumed near Paris
1973 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
1974 Loch Ness Monster photographed
1975 Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
1978 Israel's Cabinet votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
1979 Argentina and Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
1979 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge and occupy Phnom Penh
1982 Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since 1969
1985 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
1986 President Reagan freezes Libyan assets in the US
1989 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
1989 In England, a British Midland 737 crashes into an embankment alongside the M1 motorway near Kegworth, killing 47 people
1991 Tamás Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4 12.36)
1992 US President George Bush gets ill and vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap during Japanese tour
1994 Russian Cosmonaut Valerie Polyakov leaves on Soyuz TM-18 for the Mir space station. Polyakov stays on Mir until 22 March 1995, for a record 437 days in space
1996 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
1998 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
1998 Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
1998 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
2001 In Britain, the High Court rules that the identities of the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 are to be permanently kept secret
2004 The largest passenger ship ever built, RMS Queen Mary 2, is named by Queen Elizabeth II

8th January 2006

'Three bird flu cases' in Ankara

Iraq US helicopter crash kills 12

Iran to resume nuclear research

8th January 2007

Russia oil row hits Europe supply

China 'anti-terror' raid kills 18

Brazil mudslides kill at least 37

8th January 2008

US says Iran incident 'dangerous'

Rockets from Lebanon hit Israel

Blast kils Sri Lankan minister

8th January 2009

UN suspends Gazan aid operation

Asia job cuts amid economy woes

Microsoft begins Windows 7 push

8th January 2010

8 reported killed in Karachi explosion

3 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza

Togo footballers shot in ambush

Birthdates which occurred on 8th January :

1081 Henry V Roman German king/emperor (1098/1111-25)
1583 Simon Episcopius Dutch bishop/theologist
1587 Johannes Fabricius Denmark, astronomer (discovered sunspots)
1589 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka)
1628 François de Montmorency-Bouteville duc de Luxembourg, French soldier
1632 Samuel Freiherr von Pufendorf German jurist
1658 Nicolas Coustou French sculptor (Descente de Croix)
1668 Jean Gilles composer
1767 Abraham de Veer Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1822-28)
1777 Filippo Traetta Italy, composer/musicologist
1779 John White composer
1786 Nicholas Biddle made 2nd bank of US 1st effective central bank
1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner composer
1788 Erik Drake composer
1791 Jacob Collamer (Senator-VT)
1792 Lowell Mason Medfield MA, organist/composer (Zebulo)
1810 Robert Schumann Zwickau Germ, composer (Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik)
1812 Sigismond Fortune François Thalberg composer
1812 William Henry Holmes composer
1814 Johannes Kneppelhout [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist
1814 Thomas Green Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1815 George Webb Morell Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883
1815 Lawrence Pike Graham Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1905
1817 John Selden Roane Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1867
1821 James Longstreet Confederate General (1st Corps, ANV)
1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti composer
1823 Alfred Russel Wallace British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)
1824 Per August Olander composer
1824 William Wilkie Collins English novelist (The Woman in White, The Moonstone)
1830 Governer Kemble Warren Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1882
1830 Hans von Bülow Dresden, pianist/virtuoso conductor/musical writer
1836 Fannie M Jackson pioneer & educator, 1st US Black woman college grad
1836 Lawrence Alma Tadema Dutch/British painter/husband of Laura Epps
1846 Albert Cahen composer
1846 William Wallace Gilchrist composer
1851 Gérard Leman Belgian count/General
1860 Nancy Jones US black missionary in Africa
1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
1863 Paul Scheerbart [Bruno Küfer], German writer (The Seasnake)
1867 Emily Green Balch US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
1868 Sir Frank Dyson proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
1870 Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja dictator of Spain (1923-30)
1873 Lucien Capet composer
1883 Josue Teofilo Wilkes composer
1885 John Curtin Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
1886 Noble Drew Ali [Timothy Drew], North Carolina, prophet (Moorish Science Temple)
1888 Matt Moore County Meath Ireland, actor (Coquette, Deluge)
1888 Richard Courant German/US mathematician (What is mathematics?)
1889 Paul Hartmann Furth Germany, actor (Haunted Castle)
1890 Sandor Rado Hungarian/US psycho analyst
1891 Bronislava Nijinska ballet choreographer
1891 Walther Bothe Germany, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
1891 Storm Jameson English novelist (The Green Man, Cousin Honoré)
1892 Werner Wehrli composer
1896 Jaromir Weinberger Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)
1896 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda Chile, writer (Men of the South)
1899 Solomon WRD Bandaranaike premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
19-- Ann Schedeen Portland OR, actress (Alf, Paper Dolls, Marcus Welby)
1900 Queen Marie of Yugoslavia
1901 Edmond Vandercammen French/Belgian writer (L'amour responsable)
1902 Alexander Gray Wrightsville PA, actor (This is Music)
1902 Georgy M Malenkov Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)
1902 Carl R[ansom] Rogers US, psychologist (Client-Centered Therapy)
1902 Gret Palucca German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
1903 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], South Dakota, actor (She Demons, Spider)
1904 Peter Arno New York City NY, cartoonist (New Yorker)
1905 Carl Gustav Hempel German Logical Positivist philosopher
1905 Giacinto Scelsi composer
1906 Jacob C van Marken Dutch peanut butter maker (Calvé-Delft)
1906 Jan A H J S Bruins Slot Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
1906 Serge Poliakoff Russian/French painter/guitarist
1908 (Fearless) Mary Nadia Wadia actress
1908 William Hartnell London England, actor (Agitator, Jackpot)
1909 Bruce Mitchell cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
1910 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], Los Angeles CA, actor (Jezebel)
1911 Andrej Ocenas composer
1912 José Ferrer Santurce PR, actor/director (Cyrano de Bergerac, Blood Tide, Dune, Big Bus)
1912 Rudolf G Escher Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
1913 Horace Smith cricketer (New Zealand, only Test wicket off his 1st ball (Paynter))
1914 Charles Borromeo Mills composer
1917 Stanley Prager New York City NY, comedian (College Bowl)
1917 Peter Taylor US writer
1920 Hendrikus J Wittebold civil servant/resistance fighter
1922 Abbey Simon New York City NY, pianist
1923 Giorgio Tozzi Chicago IL, basso
1923 Joseph Wiezenbaum artificial intelligence pioneer
1923 Larry Storch New York City NY, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show)
1923 Iva Michiels [Rik Ceuppens], Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
1923 Johnny Wardle cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
1924 Benjamin Lees (Lysniansky) Harbin Manchuria, composer
1924 Robert Starer Vienna Austria, composer
1924 Ron Moody London England, actor (12 Chairs, Wrong is Right)
1924 Antai Ribari composer
1925 James Saunders English chemist/playwright (Ark)
1926 Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], North Carolina, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
1926 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], Brooklyn NY, soprano
1926 Jani Christou composer
1928 Sander Vanocur Cleveland OH, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
1930 Doreen Wilber US, archer (Olympics-gold-1972)
1930 May Wynn [Donna Lee Hickey], New York City NY, actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark)
1931 Bill Graham Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)
1933 Charles Osgood New York City NY, news anchor (CBS Weekend News)
1933 Jean-Marie Straub France, director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)
1934 Jacques Anquetil France, Tour de France bicycle racer (5-time winner)
1934 Michael Grierson Jarrett archaeologist
1934 Piet Dankert Dutch politician (PvdA)
1934 Roy Kinnear Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
1935 Nolan Miller Burkburnett TX, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)
1935 Elvis Aaron Presley Tupelo MS, rocker (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)
1935 Jesse Garon Presley stillborn twin brother of Elvis
1936 Ferdinand Hartzenberg South African minister of Education (1979-82)
1937 Bob Eubanks Flint MI, TV host (Newlywed Game)
1937 Robert Moran composer
1937 Shirley Bassey Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
1938 Bob Eubanks Flint MI, TV host (Newlywed Game)
1939 Yvette Mimieux Hollywood CA, actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are)
1940 Anthony Gaurdine (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head)
1940 Cristy Lane US, country/gospel singer
1940 Little Anthony [Gourdine] rocker (& Imperials)
1941 Graham Chapman England, comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
1941 Robby Krieger rocker (Doors)
1942 John Peterson rocker
1942 Stephen Hawking English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)
1942 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
1943 Lee Jackson rocker (Nice)
1943 Marcus Hutson rock vocalist (Whispers)
1944 Terry Brooks US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
1945 John Peters rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
1946 Tod Brannan Vice President (Logos Network Corp)
1946 Elaine Cheris Dotham AL, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1946 Kathleen Noone actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
1946 Robbie Kreiger Los Angeles CA, guitarist (Doors-Come on Baby Light My Fire)
1947 Igor Ivanov Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
1947 Terry Sylvester rocker (Hollies-The Air that I Breathe)
1947 David Bowie [Jones], London, singer/actor (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust)
1948 Gillies Mackinnon director (Playboys)
1948 Mel Pritchard rocker
1948 Paul King rocker (Blue Oyster Cult)
1949 Lawrence Rowe cricketer (prolific West Indies batsman, 302 vs England 1974)
1951 Gérard Leman Belgian General
1951 John McTiernan Albany NY, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man)
1951 Paul Dresher composer
1952 Laurie Walters San Francisco CA, actress (Joannie-Eight is Enough)
1952 Norm Jarvis Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
1953 Bruce Sutter pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
1955 Mike Reno Vancouver BC Canada, rock vocalist (Loverboy-Get Lucky, Heaven in Your Eyes)
1959 Michael Harwood Sydney New South Wales, Australasia golfer
1960 Jolanda Egger Luzean Switzerland, playmate (June, 1983)
1961 Shoaib Mohammad cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
1963 Hiromi Kobayashi Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)
1964 Virgil Hill Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympics-silver-1984)
1965 Champaka Ramanayake cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler)
1965 Eric Wohlberg Sudbury Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1965 Maria Pitillo Elmira NY, actress (Dear God, Nancy Don Lewis-Ryan's Hope)
1965 Michelle Forbes actress (Julianna Cox-Homicide)
1966 Darryl Hall CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
1966 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], China, actress (Happy Ghost)
1967 Hollis Conway Chicago IL, high jumper (Olympics-silver/bronze-88, 92)
1967 Kent Jones Portales NM, golfer (NM State Amateur-1990-91)
1967 Roger Rowland Jacksonville FL, Nike golfer (1990 Macon Open-2nd)
1967 Willie Anderson US, NBA guard (New York Knicks, Olympics-bronze-1988)
1968 Alexander Alexeev NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics-98)
1968 Ami Dolenz Los Angeles CA, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love)
1968 Brian Johnson Oakland CA, catcher (San Diego Padres)
1968 Mark Duane Croghan Akron Ohio, 3k steeplechase (Olympics-5th-96)
1968 Paul Carey US baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
1969 Brian Boehringer St Louis MO, pitcher (New York Yankees)
1969 R Kelly singer (I Wish I Could Fly)
1970 Jon Klemm Calgary, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
1971 Brenda Lee Armstrong Albert Lea MN, Miss Minnesota-America (1990)
1971 Billy Joe Hobert NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
1971 Branislav Janos hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
1971 Brook Mahealani Lee Miss Universe/Miss USA-1997 (Hawaii)
1971 Darren Langdon Deere Lake, NHL left wing (New York Rangers)
1971 Jason Giambi West Covina CA, infielder (Oakland A's)
1971 Roosevelt Potts NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
1971 Stephane Barin hockey forward (Team France 1998)
1972 Brandie Burton San Bernardino CA, LPGA golfer (1993 du Maurier Ltd)
1972 Devlin Murphy Honolulu Hawaii, canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
1974 Arjan Blaauw Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
1974 Brian Roberson wide receiver (New York Giants)
1975 Jenny Lewis Las Vegas NV, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy)
1975 Star Behl Miss Delaware-USA (1996)
1975 Vitali Yachmenev Chelyabinsk Russia, NHL right wing (Los Angeles Kings)
1976 Brad Snyder Ontario, shot putter (Olympics-96)
1977 Pearl Amoah Miss Ghana-Universe (1996)
1977 Ryan Frances actor (Trevor-Sisters)
1978 Petra Minarova Miss Czech Republic-Universe (1997)
1979 Sequoyah chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
1979 Sarah Polley actress (Sweet Hereafter)
1982 Gaby Hoffman actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)


Deaths which occurred on January 08:
0482 Severinus German monastery founder/saint, dies
0624 Abu Sufjan ibn Harb Kurashite chief, dies in battle
1198 Coelestinus III [Giacinto Bobo], pope (1191-98), dies
1324 Marco Polo Venetian explorer/Governor of Nanking, dies
1336 Giotto di Bondone Italian Renaissance painter, dies at about 71
1455 Laurentius Justitianus [Lorenzo Giustiniani], saint, dies at 73
1567 Jacob Vaet Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
1598 Johan Georg elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72
1642 Galileo Galilei Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 78 in Arceti Italy
1651 Giovanni Battista Gagliano composer, dies at 56
1696 Michael de Ronghe composer, dies at 75
1711 Philips van Almonde Zealand Lieutenant-Admiral, dies at 66
1713 Arcangelo Corelli composer/violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
1775 John Baskerville English printer/type designer, dies at 68
1790 John Stinstra Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
1796 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois French National Convention chairman, dies at 46
1808 Messenger horse that sired many great trotters, dies
1811 Friedrich Nicolai writer, dies
1811 Samuel Story Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
1815 Edward Pakenham English General (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
1819 Christian Gottlob Saupe composer, dies at 55
1831 Franz Vinzenz Krommer composer, dies at 71
1842 Pierre Earl the Cambronne, French General (Waterloo, Elba), dies at 71
1858 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt composer, dies at 48
1859 Antoine GB Schayes Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
1864 Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen composer, dies at 83
1880 [Joshua] Norton I Emperor of US/Protector of México, dies at 60
1891 Fredrik Pacius composer, dies at 81
1892 John Heykamp old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
1894 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden paleontologist (life of tapeworms), dies at 84
1896 Paul M Verlaine French poet (Elégies, Bonne Chanson), dies at 51
1900 Billy Bates cricketer (656 runs & 50 wickets in 15 Tests for England), dies
1906 Jacob C van Marken peanut butter maker (Calvé-Delft), dies at 60
1907 Theodoor Verstraete Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 57
1918 Michael Hertz composer, dies at 73
1919 Peter Altenberg writer, dies at 59
1919 Richard Engländer [Peter Altenberg], Austrian author, dies at 59
1921 Luis Villalba Munoz composer, dies at 48
1922 Colonel Charles R Young dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria
1926 Emile Paladilhe composer, dies at 81
1928 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu composer, dies at 61
1934 Alexandre Stavisky French swindler, dies
1937 John Felix August Korling composer, dies at 72
1941 Lord Robert Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scout movement, dies at 83
1942 Arvo Hannikainen composer, dies at 44
1945 Jac[obus] P Thijsse Dutch biologist (Omgang met planten), dies at 79
1948 Kurt Schwitters writer, dies at 60
1948 Richard Tauber Austria/British tenor/composer (Léhar), dies at 55
1950 Joseph Issac Shneerson Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
1950 George Rowe cricketer (15 wickets in 4 Tests for South Africa 1895-1902), dies
1950 Joseph A Schumpeter Austrian/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
1952 Antonia Maury discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
1952 Joseph Arendt Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
1953 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid composer, dies at 78
1963 Stark Young US writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
1964 Arnoldus JC Krafft theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
1964 Julius Raab Austrian chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
1965 Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod composer, dies at 74
1967 Zbigniew Cybulski Polish actor (See You Tommorrow), dies at 39
1970 Jani Christou composer, dies on 44th birthday
1971 Adriano Lualdi composer, dies at 85
1972 Kenneth Patchen US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60
1975 Anthony Warde actor (Big Punch, Buck Rogers), dies at 66
1975 Gertrude Olmsted actress (Cobra, Torrent), dies at 70
1975 John Dierkes actor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 69
1975 John Gregson actor (Rooney, Assassin), dies at 55
1975 Louis J H C A de Bourbon Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
1975 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], US tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
1976 Chou En-lai China's PM (1949-76), dies of cancer in Beijing at 78
1978 Walter Keirnan TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
1980 Oscar Ewing US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
1981 Woody Chamblis actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
1981 Matthew Beard entertainer, dies
1982 Gregoire Aslan character actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of a heart attack at 73
1982 Reta Shaw actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
1983 Lois Wilson actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
1983 Gale Page actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
1986 Yaroslav Seifert Czechoslovakian poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
1987 P G Joshi cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
1987 Peter Adams actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
1988 Frank Pace Jr US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
1989 Johnny Jordaan [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
1989 Kenneth McMillan actor (Our Family Honor, Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 67
1990 Terry Thomas English comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
1991 Steve Clark guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
1992 Abderrahim Bouabid Morroco prime secretary (1972), dies
1992 Johnny [Jan] Meijer Dutch king of accordions (Body & Soul), dies
1992 Menachim Begin Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
1993 Asif Nawaz Pakistani General , dies
1993 Hakija Turajlic Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
1993 Theo Bruins Dutch pianist/composer (Syncope), dies at 63
1994 Edward Duke actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
1994 Harvey Haddix pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
1994 Jay Blackton US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
1994 Lady Caithness wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
1994 Pat Buttram actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
1994 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
1995 Carlos Monzon [El Macho], Argentine middleweight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
1995 Joyce McCartan peace campaigner, dies at 68
1995 Louis "Loulou" Gasté guitarist/composer (Doggy in the Window), dies at 88
1996 Francois Mitterrand President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79
1996 Kurt Schmucker member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
1996 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud musician/songwriter, dies at 52
1997 Carole Carr singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
1997 Joseph George Handy Hendleman musician, dies at 76
1997 Melvin Calvin scientist, dies at 85
1997 Phyllis Hartnoll writer/editor, dies at 90
1997 Ronald William Eastman cinematographer, dies at 60
1998 Michael Tippett composer, dies at 93
1998 Walter Diemer inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93

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