16th May, on this day

955 Alberich II, illegitimate son of Octavianus elected pope
1204 Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
1220 King Henry III of England lays the foundation stone for the new Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey
1165 Ramjbam and his family reach Acre Palestine
1527 Florence becomes a republic
1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor
1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg
1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England
1571 Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM
1584 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal
1605 Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V
1606 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
1648 Battle at Zólty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir
1763 Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
1770 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France
1771 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators" occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1777 Lachlan McIntosh and Button Gwinnett shoot each other during a duel near Savannah, Georgia. Gwinnett, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, dies three days later.
1792 Denmark abolishes slave trade
1795 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state
1796 Lombardije Republic forms
1803 Peace of Amiens ends
1804 Senate & Tribune declare Napolean leader of France
1811 Peninsular War-Allies defeat French at Albuera
1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1836 Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia.
1843 The first major wagon train heading for the Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.
1860 Republican convention (Chicago) selects Abraham Lincoln candidate
1861 Confederate Government offers war volunteers $10 premium
1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
1863 Battle of Champion's Hill MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
1864 Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
1864 Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, VA (6,666 casualties)
1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
1868 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague
1868 President Andrew Johnson acquitted during Senate impeachment, by 1 vote
1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
1874 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, MA), A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroyed much of four villages and killed 139 people.
1875 Quake in Venezuela and Colombia kills 16,000
1877 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
1879 Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres
1879 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia and English
1881 World's 1st electric tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
1888 Emile Berliner first demonstrates a flat disc sound recording and its reproduction to members of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
1891 Rerum Novarum, the first document of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition is published by Pope Leo XIII.
1891 George A Hormel and Company introduce Spam
1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium and 170 other buildings
1902 Enthronement of 16 year old King Alfonso XIII of Spain in Madrid
1903 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at San Fransisco (George Wymann)
1911 Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey, UK
1911 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf
1918 The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government a jailable offense.
1919 US Navy Naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) canonized a saint in Rome
1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
1921 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
1922 White Star Line Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage
1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
1929 The first Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, USA. Emil Jannings wins the first award for Best Actor and Janet Gaynor is Best Actress. The name 'Oscar' for the awards, isn't introduced for several years
1936 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta, GA)
1939 Food stamps are 1st issued
1940 Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers
1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
1941 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
1941 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
1942 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
1943 German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw
1943 Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting
1943 World War II: the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany are attacked and destroyed by 19 Lancaster aircraft from the RAF's 617 Squadron led by Guy Gibson, using the specially designed bouncing bombs invented by Barnes Wallis
1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa
1948 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
1948 Chaim Weizmann elected 1st President of Israel
1948 Egyptians enter the Gaza
1948 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
1951 The first regularly-scheduled transatlantic flights begin between New York and London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
1955 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in 9 (San Fransisco) for heavyweight boxing title
1955 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
1956 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
1956 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
1957 Major Irwin, USAF flies a Lockheed Starfighter to a record 1,404.18 MPH
1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
1957 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton CT
1958 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
1958 Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter
1960 Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union thus ending a Big Four summit in Paris.
1960 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Project Mercury
1964 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
1966 The Communist Party of China issued the 'May 16 Notice', marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
1967 The city of Jerusalem is returned to the nation of Israel
1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
1969 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault
1969 US submarine Guitarro sinks at the pier at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA
1969 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych
1971 Bulgaria adopts it's constitution
1974 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German chancellor
1974 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1974 Josip Broz Tito was re-elected as president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he was elected for life.
1975 India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state held a referendum where popular vote was in favour of merging with India.
1975 Japanese Junko Tabei became 1st woman to reach Mount Everest's summit
1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
1977 5 die as New York Airway helicopter topples on the Pan Am Building in NYC
1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits number 1 for next 9 weeks
1981 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson
1982 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Republic
1983 Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel
1983 London police begin wheel-clamping illegally parked vehicles
1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
1984 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
1986 "Top Gun" premieres
1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
1986 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
1986 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Republic parliamentary election
1986 South African President P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
1987 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from New York, beginning an unsuccesful 8-week search for a dumping site
1987 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in Los Angeles
1988 Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
1989 Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing
1990 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
1991 Queen Elizabeth becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress
1992 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
1993 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
1993 Süleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment
1994 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara and charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
2003 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
2004 The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100.000 Ukrainian civilians.
2005 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
2006 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
2007 The General Assembly of the United Nations, recognizing that genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding, proclaimed 2008 the International Year of Languages

16th May 2006

EU entry hopefuls 'must do more'

Dutch MP to quit amid asylum row

Castro denies huge fortune claim

16th May 2007

Gaza erupts in renewed violence

'Chlorine bomb' hits Iraq village

AU peacekeepers killed in Somalia

16th May 2008

Burma death toll jumps to 78,000

'Five million' homeless in quake

Suicide bomb in Sri Lanka capital

16th May 2009

Congress hails India poll victory

Deadly bomb strikes Pakistan city

Hong Kong 'acid attack' hurts 30

16th May 2010

Thailand rejects protesters' UN-backed talks plan

Rebels attack Somali parliament

FA chief 'quits' after referee claim

Birthdates which occurred on 16th May :

1558 Andreas of Austria Bohemia cardinal/Governor of Netherlands (1598-1600)
1609 Ferdinand Austria, cardinal of Spain/Governor of Netherlands
1641 Dudley North financier/economist
1659 Campegius Vitringa Dutch theologist
1718 Maria G Agnesi Italy mathematician curves= x²y=a²(a-y)
1748 Antonius van Alphen apostolic vicar of De Bosch
1761 John Opie artist
1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
1782 John Sell Cotman water color artist
1788 Friedrich Rückert poet
1801 William Henry Seward Secretary of State (1861-69, buys Alaska at 2¢/acre)
1804 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody educator/founder (1st US kindergarten)
1806 George C Cadwalader Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
1816 Henry Hopkins Sibley Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1886
1819 Daniel Ammen Captain (Union Navy), died in 1898
1822 Eduard Hille Dutch composer/conductor
1824 Edmund Kirby-Smith Florida, West Point graduate/educator/General (Confederate Army)
1824 Levi Parsons Morton (R) 22nd US Vice President (1889-93)
1827 Petrus J H Cuypers architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station)
1831 David Edward Hughes inventor (microphone, teleprinter)
1832 Philip Danforth Armour founder (Armour Foods)
1845 Dietrich Schäfer German historian (Deutsche Hanse)
1850 Arthur Henry Mann organist/composer
1857 Juan Morel Campos composer
1858 Frank Lynes composer
1858 Hanus Trnecek composer
1866 Ernest Watson Burgess US sociologist (ecological school)
1878 Taylor Holmes Newark NJ, actor (Tobor the Great, Beware My Lovely)
1880 Julius Tannen NY, comedian (Great Moment, House of Frankenstein)
1887 Bull Montana Vogliera Italy, actor (Brass Buttons, Victory)
1887 J van Hoddis writer
1889 Joan Collette Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
1892 Coenraad B van Haeringen linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
1892 Richard Tauber [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
1893 José Calvo Sotelo Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
1893 Paul Amadeus Pisk composer
1897 Walther Geiser composer
1898 August de Schrijver Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
19-- Carolyn Conwell Chicago IL, actress (Mary-Young & Restless)
1902 Jan Kiepura Sosnowiec Poland, vocalist/actor (Her Wonderful Lie)
1904 Hugh Plaxton Canada, ice hockey player (Olympics-gold-1928)
1904 Lily Pons opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris)
1905 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
1905 Henry Fonda Grand Island NE, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)
1906 Arturo Uslar Pietri Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
1906 Ernie McCormick cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
1906 Nicholas Beriozoff ballet master
1907 Robert Tisdall Ireland, 400 meter hurdles (Olympics-gold-1932)
1908 Hilary Preston editor
1908 Mohammed Roem Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
1909 Charles Wislon principal (Glasgow University)
1911 Margaret Sullavan Norfolk VA, actress (Back Street)
1911 Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
1912 Studs Terkel New York NY, author/host (Stud's Place, Working)
1913 Woody Herman jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
1916 Adriana Caselotti cartoon voice
1916 Bernard Braden broadcaster/actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment)
1916 Ephraim Katzir biophysicist/President (Israel)
1916 Irene Elizabeth Beatrice Ighodaro doctor/social reformer
1917 George Gaynes Helsinki Finland, actor (Henry-Punky Brewster)
1917 Geraint Jones conductor/organist
1918 Edward Thomas historian/intelligence expert
1918 Juan Rulfo Mexican writer (Pedro Páramo)
1918 Kevin Skelton Bishop (Lichfield)
1919 [Wladziu Valentino] Liberace West Allis WI, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman)
1919 Richard Mason author
1920 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer] Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana)
1921 Harry Carey Jr Saugus CA, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
1921 Robert Croften Brown politician
1922 Colin Cole Principal King of Arms
1922 Russell Wood treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
1924 Dawda Kairaba Jawara President (Gambia, 1970-94)
1924 Frank F Mankiewicz New York NY, columnist (Perfectly Clear)
1926 Jan Zimmer composer
1927 John Walford solicitor
1928 Billy Martin baseball 2nd baseman/manager (New York Yankees, Oakland A's)
1928 Reginald Askew dean (King's College London)
1929 Adrienne Cecile Rich Baltimore MD, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters)
1929 John Conyers Jr (Representative-D-MI, 1965- )
1929 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman composer
1930 Desmond Langley Governor (Bermuda)
1930 Don Conicannon government minister
1930 Friedrich Gulda Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs)
1931 Donald James Martino Plainfield NJ, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974)
1931 Donald Martino Plainfield NJ, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974)
1931 Jack Dodson Pittsburgh PA, actor (Howard Sprage-Andy Griffith Show)
1931 Lowell P Weicker (Senator-R-CT, 1971-88/Governor-D-CT)
1931 Peter Levi poet/writer
1932 Isaac "Redd" Holt US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
1934 Anthony Walker commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
1934 Nicholas Goodison CEO (TSB Group)
1936 Philippe de Montebello Paris France, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut)
1936 Roy Hudd comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
1937 James Hunt Jr (Governor-NC)
1937 Yvonne Craig Taylorville IL, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin)
1938 Anthony Walker commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
1938 Stuart Bell MP
1940 Bernardo Bertolucci Parma Italy, director (1900, Last Emperor)
1940 Gareth Roberts chancellor (Sheffield University)
1941 John McWilliams MP
1941 Maurice Henry Weddington composer
1943 Dan Coats (Representative-R-IN, 1981- )
1943 Jon Jost director (All the Vermeers in New York)
1944 Billy Cobham Panamá, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
1945 Brewster H Shaw Jr Cass City MI, Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)
1945 James Moran (Representative-D-VA)
1945 Nicky Chinn English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
1946 Jessi B Wilson Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1946 Roger Earl rocker (Foghat)
1947 Barbara Lee US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
1947 Bill Smitrovich actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
1947 Rosie Barnes MP
1949 Jimmy Hood MP
1949 Rick Reuschel pitcher (New York Yankees)
1949 William Sputnik Spooner rock guitarist (Grateful Dead, Tubes)
1950 Jock Bartley rocker (Firefall)
1950 Johannes Bednorz German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
1951 Jonathan Richman rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
1952 Pierce Brosnan Navan County Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, James Bond-Golden Eye)
1953 David Maclean British minister of state
1953 Richard Page Los Angeles CA, rocker (Mr Mister)
1953 Rick Rhoden pitcher (New York Yankees)
1954 [Dafydd] Rhys Williams Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (STS 90)
1954 Janet Maw actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
1955 Debra Winger Columbus OH, actress (Officer & Gentleman)
1955 Hazel O'Connor Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
1955 Jack Morris St Paul MN, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1955 Olga Korbut Grodno Belorussia, gymnast (Olympics-2 gold-1972)
1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Olympics-gold-1984)
1958 Glenn Gregory rock vocalist (Heeaven 17-Electric Dreams)
1959 Bob Patterson Jacksonville FL, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
1959 Mare Winningham Phoenix AZ, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch)
1959 Ty Armstrong Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th)
1960 Anne Parillaud Paris France, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood)
1961 Nina Arvesen White Plains NY, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless)
1962 Gary Crocker cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
1963 Jimmy Osmond rocker (Osmond Brothers)
1964 John Salley NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
1965 Brent Jasmer Portland OR, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful)
1965 Lori Sippel Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics-96)
1966 Janet Jackson Gary IN, singer, Michael's sister (Control)
1966 Scott Reeves Santa Monica CA, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless)
1966 Sean Quilty Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
1966 Thurman Thomas NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
1968 Ralph Tresvant Boston MA, singer (New Editon)
1969 Marcel Schewe cricketer (Holland wicket-keeper 1996 World Cup)
1969 Steven Earl Lewis Los Angeles CA, 4X100/400 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1988)
1969 Tracey Gold New York NY, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday)
1969 Tricia Cast actress (Nina-The Young and Restless)
1970 Eric Lynch NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
1970 Gabriela Sabatini Argentina, tennis player (Olympics-silver-1988)
1971 Khari Jones CFL/WLAF quarterback (British Columbia Lions, Scottish Claymores)
1972 Keith Burns NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1972 Matthew Hart cricketer (New Zealand lefty spinner 1994- )
1974 Conal Groom Northford CT, rower (Olympics-1996)
1974 Keith Thibodeaux cornerback (Washington Redskins)
1978 Vincent Larusso Livingston NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
1979 Evan Ferrante actor (Owen-Swan's Crossing)
1981 Jessica Ponzo Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)


Deaths which occurred on May 16th:
0942 Saadiah Gaon head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies
1434 Pieter Appelmans Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60
1669 Pietro da Cortona [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
1669 Reyer Anslo writer/poet, dies at about 42
1691 Jacob Leisler becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
1703 Charles Perrault author/fairy tale writer, dies
1754 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari composer, dies at 76
1762 Ernst Chreistian Hesse composer, dies at 86
1768 Cornelis Writer fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
1777 Button Gwinnet US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
1782 Daniuel Charles Solander botanist, dies
1805 Christian Brunings hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
1819 Alexander van Bylandt military, dies at 75
1829 William Congreve English officer, dies at 56
1830 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier mathematician, dies
1835 Felicia Dorothea Hemans poet/hymn writer, dies
1847 Kaspar Ett German organist/composer, dies at 59
1862 Lev A Ms Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
1863 Lloyd Tilghman Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 47
1864 Lean Bear Cheyenne chief, murdered
1880 Karl August Krebs composer, dies at 76
1892 John Banvard painted world's largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies
1892 Theodoor J Canneel Flemish painter, dies at 74
1903 Eduard Rappoldi composer, dies at 72
1904 N I Bobrikov Russian Governor-General in Finland, dies
1910 Henri E Cross [Delacroix] French painter, dies at 53
1918 Eusapia Palladino Napolitan, dies at 64
1926 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman) last sultan of Turkey, dies
1928 Edmund William Grosse poet/author, dies
1929 Lilli Lehmann soprano, dies
1932 Ki Imukai premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
1932 William Pember Reeves politician/poet, dies
1938 Stephen Fairbairn oarsman/coach, dies
1942 Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski anthropologist, dies
1944 George Ade US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78
1944 Leone Sinigaglia composer, dies at 75
1944 Max Brand [Frederick Schiller Faust] western author, dies
1949 William Newzam Prior Nicholson painter/engraver, dies
1952 Alec Hearne cricketer (scored 9 in Test for England vs South Africa 1892), dies
1954 Clemens Krauss Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
1954 Werner Bischof Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
1955 James Agee US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in New York
1958 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten] Flemish playwright, dies at 49
1959 Joe Cook Stage comedian, dies at 69
1966 Randolph Turpin boxer, shot dead in his home
1969 Johnny Jordan cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
1972 Maxime Dumoulin composer, dies at 79
1973 A P Gütersloh writer, dies at 86
1975 Michael X [Abdul Malik] hanged in Trinidad, for murder
1979 Asa Philip Randolph labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
1983 Carel Brons composer, dies at 52
1984 Andy Kaufman comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
1984 Irwin Shaw US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
1985 Margaret Hamilton actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies from a heart attack at 82
1988 Kay Baxter Best Bodybuilder in the World (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
1988 Louise Wood director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
1989 Hassan Khaled sheik of Lebanon, murdered
1990 Dag Drollet Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian
1990 Jim Henson muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies of pneumonia at 53
1990 Sammy Davis Jr entertainer (Golden Boy), dies from throat cancer at 64
1991 Prudence Nesbitt British actress/TV producer, dies
1992 Marisa Mell actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
1993 Marv Johnson US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
1994 Alain Cuny actor (Lovers, Emanuelle, Camille Claudel), dies
1994 Barbara Jean Jones fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
1994 Phani Majumdar film director, dies at 82
1994 Vasek Simek Czechoslovakia/US, actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
1995 Lola Flores singer/actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
1995 Ragnhild Marie Hatton historian, dies at 82
1996 Edward McInnes German scholar, dies at 60
1996 Mike Jeremy Boorda Chief of Naval Operations (US Navy), commits suicide at 57
1996 Pierre Debizet resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72

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