15th May, on this day

756 Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova Spain
884 Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy
1213 English king John names Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury
1248 Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden lays cornerstone for Köln cathedral
1252 Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1492 Cheese and Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kills 232 Alkmaarse
1514 Jodocus Badius Ascensius publishes Christiern Pedersen's Latin version of Saxo’s Gesta Danorum, the oldest known version of that work.
1525 German boer army surrounded Battle of Frankenhausen
1536 Anna Boleyn and Lord Rochford accused of adultery/incest
1567 Mary Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh - just three months after the assassination of her husband, Lord Darnley
1572 Louis van Nassau and huguenots occupy Valenciennes
1602 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
1610 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king
1618 Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law
1625 16 rebellious farmers hanged in Vöcklamarkt Upper-Austria
1665 Pope Alexander VII convicts Jansenisme
1672 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
1701 The War of the Spanish Succession begins.
1702 War of Spanish Succession, 1st American conflict between England and France
1718 The first machine gun is patented by London lawyer James Puckle who, as a keen fisherman, intended to use it at sea!
1730 Robert Walpole becomes England 1st prime minister (was chief minister)
1756 The Seven Years' War begins when England declares war on France.
1776 American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.
1791 Maximilien Robespierre proposed the self-denying ordinance.
1792 War of the First Coalition, France declares war on Kingdom of Sardinia
1793 Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights.
1796 France and Sardinia sign Peace treaty of Paris
1796 French troops occupy Milan
1800 George III of England survives two assassination attempts in one day. The second coming from James Hadfield who fired a shot at the King during a performance at the Drury Lane Theatre in London
1800 Pope Pius VII calls on French bishops to return to Gospel principles
1817 Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
1817 Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1829 Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith
1836 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
1849 Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily.
1851 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), crowned
1858 Opening of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - the third to be built on the site
1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi, along with around 1,000 volunteers, defeats the vastly superior Neapolitan Army under General Landi at the Battle of Calatafimi
1862 Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Fort Darling) ,VA
1862 Confederate cruiser The Alabama runs aground near London
1862 Department of Agriculture created
1862 General Benjamin F Butler issues "Woman's Order" - women of New Orleans to be treated as whores as a result of their treatment of Union soldiers
1862 Union Grounds, Brooklyn, NY, 1st baseball enclosure, opens
1864 Battle of New Market ,VA
1864 Battle of Resaca, GA (3rd day)
1864 Skirmish at Marksville (Avoyelles) (Red River Campaign)
1869 National Woman Suffrage Association forms
1882 May Laws-Czar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
1883 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary and Germany
1891 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) is established
1891 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum
1896 Tornado kills 78 in Texas
1897 The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in Greco-Turkish War
1902 Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft
1902 Portugal bankrupt by revolt in Angola
1905 Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded when 110 acres (0.4 km²), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off.
1905 Pierre de Brazza reaches Leopoldville
1911 British house of commons accept Parliament Bill
1911 Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
1916 Asiago Italy falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
1918 Beginning of the world's first airmail postal service between New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The service involves aircraft supplied by the US War Department
1918 Finnish Civil War ends.
1919 The Winnipeg General Strike began. By 11:00, virtually the entire working population of Winnipeg had walked off the job.
1919 Greek invasion of Izmir. During the invasion, the Greek army killed or wounded 350 Turks. The responsible were punished by the Greek Commander Aristides Stergiades. Hasan Tahsin fired the first shot of the Turkish War of Independence.
1926 British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike
1928 Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance
1928 Australia begins its now famous 'Flying Doctor' service - started by Dr Vincent Welsh at the Australian Inland Mission, Cloncurry, Queensland
1929 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland OH)
1930 The world's first air hostess, Ellen Church, (a registered nurse from Iowa) welcomes aboard passengers flying from Oakland Airportin California
1932 The May 15 Incident. In an attempted coup the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed.
1934 Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
1934 Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia
1935 The Moscow Metro was opened to public.
1936 Pioneer aviator Amy Johnson arrives in Britain at the end of her record-breaking return flight between London and Cape Town. The whole trip took 12 days and 15 hours
1938 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
1940 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
1940 German armour division moves into Northern France
1940 German troops occupy Amsterdam, General Winkelman surrenders
1940 Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
1940 Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (US)
1940 Winston Churchill flies to Paris, France
1940 McDonald's opened its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
1941 The first flight of Britain's first jet-propelled aircraft, the Gloster-Whittle E28/39
1941 British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
1941 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
1942 Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States)
1942 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands arrests 2,000 Dutch officers
1942 In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising ends, in it's destruction
1943 Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).
1944 14,000 Jews of Munkacs Hungary deported to Auschwitz
1944 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and George VI discuss D-Day plan
1944 Sergei Aleksi becomes guardian of Patriarch Throne
1945 Last skirmish of the Second World War in Europe fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
1948 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
1948 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel
1951 AT and T becomes 1st corporation to have one million stockholders
1951 The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czeslaw Milosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
1953 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Joe Walcott in Chicago for heavyweight boxing title
1955 Building of space travel center at Baikonur, Kazachstan begins
1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1955 The United States of America, the USSR; Britain and France sign the Treaty of Vienna to restore Austrian independence - 10 years after the end of World War II
1955 First ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain.
1957 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade
1957 Britain's first H-bomb is exploded on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean
1958 USSR launches Sputnik 3
1960 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
1961 36 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1961 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra
1962 US marines arrive in Laos
1963 Project Mercury: launch of Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper onboard. He became the first American to spend more than a day in space. Final Mercury mission.
1963 Peter, Paul and Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
1964 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champion
1966 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman
1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival
1968 A tornado strikes Jonesboro AR at 10 PM, killing 36
1968 Paul McCartney and John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is the substitute host
1970 Beatles' last LP, "Let It Be" is released in US
1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1970 South-Africa excluded from Olympic play
1970 President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
1970 Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.
1971 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
1972 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims (Minia Egypt)
1972 In America, the Governor of Alabama, George Wallace, is shot and crippled for life in an assassination attempt during his Presidential Campaign in Maryland
1972 Ryukyu Island and Daito Island returned to Japan after 27 years of US control
1972 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
1974 Mail truck terrorists take school in Maälot, 30 killed
1974 Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president
1980 1st trans-US balloon crossing
1981 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television debut on NBC
1981 Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Rumanian) to Salyut 6
1983 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
1986 Argentine ex-President Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
1987 Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform, which failed to reach orbit.
1988 The first of an estimated 120,000 Soviet troops begin leaving Afghanistan after eight years of occupation
1990 Vincent Van Gogh's 'Portrait of Doctor Gachet' is sold for $82.5 million at Christies' Auction House in New York - setting a new world record for a single painting (previous £53.9m).
1991 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega was "CIA's man in Panamá"
1991 President Francois Mitterrand appoints France's first woman prime minister. Edith Cresson officially takes office a day later
1991 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
1991 President Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game
1992 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
1992 New York department store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores
1993 Jane Seymour and James Kesch marry
1995 Within days of agreeing an extension to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, China conducts its latest underground nuclear test
1995 British Police Federation votes against the routine arming of police officers
1997 British Government announces there will be a referendum on devolution in Scotland and in Wales.
1997 United States government acknowledges existence of "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.

15th May 2006

US to renew full ties with Libya

Mexico alarm at Bush border plan

Migrant influx worries Canaries

15th May 2007

Many killed in Pakistan bombing

US to ignore Russia missile fears

Ethiopia warned on Somali pullout

15th May 2008

China quake toll 'to top 50,000'

Lagos pipeline blast 'kills 100'

California lifts gay marriage ban

15th May 2009

Obama to revive Guantanamo trials

'Hostage killed' in Nigeria Delta

Astronauts begin key Hubble work

15th May 2010

Thai PM promises to end protest

Troops take Darfur rebel bastion

Suspected Pakistan militants 'kidnap 60'

Birthdates which occurred on 15th May :

1565 Henrick de Keyser architect/master builder of Amsterdam
1567 Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi Cremona Italy, composer (L'Orfeo)
1754 Pierre Dutillieu composer
1759 Maria Theresia von Paradis composer
1764 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher composer
1773 Clemens L Metternich Austrian prince
1791 Baron Floris A van Hall Dutch minister of Justice/Finance
1795 Adolf B Marx German music theorist
1802 Isaac Ridgeway Trimble Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1888
1807 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata composer
1808 Gottfried Herrmann composer
1808 Michael William Balfe composer
1810 Jacob Thompson (Confederacy), died in 1885
1813 Stephen Heller composer
1819 Thomas Leonidas Crittenden Major General (Union volunteers)
1830 Laurence Simmons Baker Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1907
1830 Martinus W van der Aa author/Dutch head-editor (The Time)
1841 Giovanni Bolzoni composer
1845 Ilja [Elias] Metsjnikov USSR, zoologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1908)
1855 Eduard earl of Keyserling German writer (Dritte Stiege)
1856 Lyman Frank Baum Chittenango NY, children's book author (Wizard of Oz)
1859 Pierre Curie France, physicist (Nobel 1903)
1860 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson 1st wife of Woodrow Wilson
1862 Arthur Schnitzler Austria, playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
1865 Albert Verwey Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
1873 Nikolay N Tcherepnin St Petersburg, composer of ballets, songs
1878 Francisco Pujol composer
1880 Otto Dibelius German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
1883 Stanley Robert Marchant composer
1888 Jean Wahl French philosopher
1889 Bessie Hillman founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
1890 Katherine Anne Porter US, novelist (Ship of Fools)
1891 Chief Nipo T Strongheart Yakima WA, US Indian actor (Pony Soldier)
1891 David Vogel Ukraine, author (Huwelijksleven)
1891 Fritz Feigl Austria, chemist (spot tests)
1891 Mikhail Bulgakov Russia, playwright/novelist (Black Snow)
1893 Michel Gusikoff composer
1893 Stanley Lupino English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes)
1894 Jean Renoir French director (La Béte Humane) [or Sept 15]
1895 Charles Lamont San Fransisco CA, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars)
1897 Casper Höweler Dutch music critic
1898 Arlette-Leonie Arletty [Bathiat], Courbevoie France, actress (Maxime)
19-- Jim Phipps rock drummer (Every Mother's Nightmare-Hard to Hold)
1902 Richard J Daley (Mayor-D-Chicago)
1903 Anny Ondra Czechoslovakia, actress (Blackmail, Manxman)
1904 Clifton Fadiman Brooklyn NY, TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids)
1904 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein Sweden, equest dressage (Olympics-gold-1952, 56)
1905 Joseph Cotten Petersburg VA, actor (3rd Man, Airport 77, Hearse)
1907 Josef Alexander composer
1907 Phillip Piratin communist
1908 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
1909 James Mason England, actor (Lolita, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil)
1909 Rodolfo Cornejo composer
1910 Constance [Halverstadt] Cummings Seattle WA, actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour)
1910 Robert F Wagner (Mayor-D-NYC, 1949-65)
1911 Leo Fuchs Polish/US Yiddish actor (Galitzianer Cowboy)
1911 Max Frisch Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
1912 Alexis Kagame Rwanda, priest/writer
1912 Alexis Nihon Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)
1912 Arthur Victor Berger New York NY, composer (Ideas of Order)
1914 Jack Pepys immunologist
1914 Pierre Froidebise composer
1915 Maurice B Latey commentator (BBC World Service)
1915 Paul A Samuelson economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
1916 Bill Williams Brooklyn NY, actor (Starlit Time, Date With the Angels)
1917 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus filmmaker/naturalist
1918 Eddy Arnold Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
1918 Joseph Wiseman Montréal, actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables)
1919 Charles Palmer cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
1920 Hugh Henry Home Popham aviator/writer/poet
1921 Erroll Garner Pittsburgh PA, jazz pianist (Misty)
1922 Enrico Berlinguer Italian communist/secretary-general (CPI)
1923 Richard Avedon US, photographer (1957 ASMP award)
1924 Andrea Gyarmati Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60)
1924 Don Kenyon cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
1924 Jaime Garcia Terre poet/essayist
1924 Ursula Thiess Hamburg, actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano)
1925 Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay composer
1925 Emmanuel Ghent composer
1925 Jos Jacobs Flemish director (Madonna of Nedermunster)
1926 Anthony Shaffer twin brother playwright (Sleuth)
1926 Clermont Pepin composer
1926 Peter Shaffer twin brother playwright (5 Finger Exercise, Equus)
1929 Jack Flavell cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
1929 Peggy Pope Montclair NJ, actress (Billy, Mrs David-Soap)
1930 Jasper Johns Augusta GA, painter/sculptor (Green Target)
1931 David Healy actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton, Be My Guest)
1931 F Korthals Altes Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
1932 John Glen Thames England, actor (Spy Who Loves Me, Backfire)
1934 David Robin Francis Guy Greville 8th Duke of Warwick
1935 Ted Dexter cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti Italy, actress/singer (Cinderfella)
1936 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt US, sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
1936 Jean Balissat composer
1936 Paul Zindel playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
1937 Trini Lopez Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer)
1938 Lenny Welch Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)
1939 Brian Hartley mathematician
1940 Beth Stone LPGA golfer
1940 Mireille Darc Toulon France, actor (Week End, Hurried Man)
1940 Paul Rudd Boston MA, actor (Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)
1941 Cyril Cooray cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on international panel)
1941 K T Oslin Crossett AR, country singer (80's Ladies)
1941 Lainie Kazan Brooklyn NY, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches)
1941 Richard Edward Wilson composer
1942 Anthony Wayne England Indianapolis IN, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-F)
1943 Harve Brosten comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
1944 Gunilla Hutton Goteborg Sweden, actress (Petticoat Junction)
1944 Miruts Yifter Ethiopia, 5K/10K runner (Olympics-gold-1980)
1944 Tich rocker
1946 Chazz Palminteri Bronx NY, actor (Jade, Diabolique, Bronx Tale)
1947 Graham Goble Adelaide Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
1948 Brian Eno Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
1949 Eric J Beekes actor/singer (Hunk)
1949 Frank L Culbertson Jr Charleston SC, Commander USN/astronaut (STS-38)
1949 Wendy Pritchard Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics-96)
1951 Dennis Frederiksen rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa)
1952 Rick Waits baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)
1953 George Brett Wheeling WV, Kansas City Royal 3rd baseman (1980 American League MVP)
1953 Mike Oldfield England, composer (Tubular Bells)
1954 Andrea Gyarmati Hungary, water polo player (Olympics-1948-60)
1954 Bob Beauchemin Winnipeg Canada, golfer (West Coast Open-1982, 83)
1955 Lee Horsley Muleshoe TX, actor (Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston)
1956 Alice Miller Marysville CA, LPGA golfer (1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
1959 Andrew Eldritch rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
1961 Anne Kelly LPGA golfer
1963 George Heidweiler Suriname, Dutch painter
1963 Grant Herslov Los Angeles CA, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof)
1964 Pamela Dukes Bronx NY, discus thrower
1964 Pierre Trentin France, 1K time trials (Olympics-gold-1968)
1965 Dan Stryzinski NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
1965 Glen Hnatiuk Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer (1992 Mississippi Gulf)
1965 Jeff Rochlin Brooklyn NY, actor (Cutting Class, Splitz, Taps)
1966 Paul Ysebaert Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1967 John Smoltz Detroit MI, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, 1996 Cy Young)
1967 Omar Vizquel Caracas Venezuela, shortstop (Seattle Mariners, Indians)
1968 James "Jim" Neil Buffalo NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
1968 Leroy Hoard NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
1968 Todd Porter Montclair NJ, actor (Hamilton-Whiz Kids)
1969 Emmitt Smith running back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader)
1969 Holly McPeak Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1970 Artie Smith NFL defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
1970 Cory Philpot CFL running back (British Columbia Lions)
1970 Desmond Howard NFL receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders)
1970 Frank de Boer Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
1970 Keith Tower NBA center (Los Angeles Clippers)
1970 Prince Be rapper (PM Dawn)
1970 Rod Smith NFL wide reciever (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1970 Ronald de Boer Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
1970 Tony Brown NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
1971 Scott Shipley Bremerton WA, slalom single kayak (Olympics-96)
1972 David Charvet actor (Melrose Place)
1972 Patrick Pothuizen soccer player (Vitesse)
1972 Tirrell Greene WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1972 Troy Drake NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
1973 Suzannah Bianco San Jose CA, synchronized swimmer (alternate-Olympics-96)
1973 Vic"Tori"a Davey Spelling Los Angeles CA, actress (Donna-Beverly Hills 90210)
1974 A J Hinch Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
1974 Addilson dos Santos soccer player (Sparta)
1974 Ahmet Rodan Zappa son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
1975 Ray Lewis linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
1976 Eric DuBose Bradenton FL, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
1978 Amy Chow San Jose CA, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96)
1978 David Krumholtz New York NY, actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons)
1978 Krissy Taylor model
1981 Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips daughter of Princess Anne-10th in succession to British throne


Deaths which occurred on May 15th:
0392 Valentinianus II emperor of Rome (375-392), murdered at 21
0884 Marinus I [Martinus II] Pope (882-84), dies
1174 Nur ad-Din Mahmud King of Syria, dies
1470 Charles VIII Knutsson Bonde, king of Sweden (14??-70), dies
1482 Paolo Toscanelli Italian physician & mapmaker, dies
1591 Dimitri Ivanovitch Russian son of czar Ivan IV, murdered at 9
1621 Henrick de Keyser Amsterdam's master builder, dies at 56
1622 Peter Plancius Flemish vicar/cartographer, dies at about 69
1685 Henri Otto Spanish marquis of Caretto/Savona/Grana, dies
1746 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri composer, dies at 67
1761 Jacob Mossel Governor-General (Dutch East Indies), dies at 56
1785 Karel Blazej Kopriva composer, dies at 29
1801 Louis C count Barbiano de Belgioioso Austrian diplomat, dies at 73
1821 John Wall Calcott composer, dies at 54
1822 Christian Ludwig Dieter composer, dies at 64
1823 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky composer, dies at 69
1824 Alexander Campbell composer, dies at 60
1832 Carl Friedrich Zelter composer, dies at 73
1833 Edmund Kean English actor (Shylock), dies at 46
1842 Emanuel Count de las Cases French historian (Napoleon), dies at 76
1845 Samuel I Wiselius Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer, dies at 76
1855 Jan Mazereeuw Frisian farmer/sect leader, dies at 75
1872 Thomas Hastings composer, dies at 87
1873 Alexander J Cuza monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
1886 Emily Dickinson US poet, dies at 55
1889 Alfred Potocki premier Austrian/Governor/Viceroy of Galicia, dies
1892 Arthur Hodister British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
1895 Joseph Whitaker British publisher (Whitaker' Almanack), dies at 75
1899 Francisque Sarcey French writer (Le Temps), dies at 70
1924 Paul d'Estornelles de Constant French diplomat/pacifist, dies at 71
1926 Mohammed VI Vahideddin last sultan of Turkey (1918-22), dies
1932 Ki Inukai premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
1933 Ernest Torrence actor (I Cover the Waterfront), dies at 54
1940 Joseph Limburg liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
1940 Willem A Bonger Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
1945 Major Courtney US medal of honor marine, dies in battle of Sugar Loaf
1952 Albert Basserman actor (Madame Curie, Rhapsody in Blue), dies at 84
1952 Italo Montemezzi composer, dies at 76
1958 Michael G the Boer historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
1959 Berend van den Amstel [Bernard CED Hattink], Dutch actor, dies at 56
1964 Cornelis H Edelman Dutch geologist, dies at 61
1965 Adrian Schoevers Dutch director (Schoevers Institution), dies
1967 Edward Hopper US painter (House by Railroad), dies at 84
1967 Jaromir Fiala composer, dies at 74
1972 Nigel Green actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
1973 Willem H Rassers Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
1976 Samuel Eliot Morison US historian (Admiral of Ocean Sea), dies at 88
1984 Lionel Charles Robbins British economist, dies at 85
1985 Jackie Curtis playwright/actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38
1986 Theodore H White US journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer), dies at 71
1987 John Baur museum director, dies at 78
1987 Wynne Gibson actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
1988 Andrew Duggan actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
1988 Greta Nissen actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
1989 John Waldo Green composer, dies at 80
1991 Bud Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
1991 Freddie Paris dies
1991 Reno Brown dies
1991 Ronald Lacey actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
1992 Bruce Hopkins performer/director, dies at 44
1992 Robert Morris Page US physicist (radar), dies at 88
1994 [Henry] John Baker resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
1994 Frederik baron van Pallandt Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
1994 Gilbert Roland Mexican/US actor (Armand in Camille), dies at 88
1994 Ronnie Potsdammer singer/song/text writer/programmer, dies at 71
1994 Royal Dano actor (Ghoulies 2), dies of a heart attack at 71
1995 Edouard Dermit actor (Testament of Orpheus), dies at 69
1995 Eric Richard Porter actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67
1995 Johnny Van Derrick jazz violinist, dies at 68
1995 Perry Lederman folk singer, dies at 52
1996 George M Tindley songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57

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