17th May, on this day

218 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
352 Liberius begins his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I
884 St Adrian III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1198 Three year old Frederick II is crowned King of Sicily
1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
1525 Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beats rebels
1527 Pánfilo de Narvaéz departs to explore Florida
1536 Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" executed
1544 Scottish Earl Matthew van Lennox signs secret treaty with Henry VIII
1579 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
1590 Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.
1620 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
1630 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
1631 Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
1642 Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (1612–1676) founds the Ville Marie de Montréal.
1648 Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria
1672 Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada)
1673 Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1678 King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1733 England passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
1742 Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beats Austrians
1756 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French and Indian War)
1775 During the American Revolutionary War the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
1787 English slave ship Sisters, from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
1792 In New York, 24 brokers meet on Wall Street to sign an agreement to fix uniform rates of commission for the sale of stocks and bonds - effectively establishing the city's first stock exchange
1803 John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1804 Lewis and Clark begin exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
1809 Papal States annexed by France
1814 Norway adopts a new constitution and declares its independence from its Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden
1814 Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.
1837 Royal Decides installs the Weapon of Belgium firm(ly)
1845 Rubber band patents
1846 Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax
1848 Premier Earl Schimmelpenninck resigns
1849 Fire destroy Centrum in St Louis, MO
1853 Thorbeckes liberals win 2nd-Parliamentary election
1860 German football club TSV 1860 München is founded
1861 A group of holidaymakers sets off from London on the first foreign 'package trip' arranged by Thomas Cook - a six day holiday in Pari
1862 Battle of Princeton, WV, ends, about 128 casualities
1863 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1864 Battle of Adairsville, GA, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1871 Indians fighter General Sherman escapes in ambulance vs Comanches
1872 Bohemian Club incorporated
1875 The first Kentucky Derby is staged at Churchill Downs, Kentucky and won by a horse named Aristides
1876 7th US Cavalry under Custer leaves Fort Lincoln
1877 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
1881 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington DC
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
1884 Alaska becomes a US territory
1890 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
1899 Queen Victoria lays the foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
1900 In the Boer War in South Africa, a small British cavalry force relieve the town of Mafeking after a 217 day siege by the Boers. The British garrison commander is Colonel Robert Baden-Powell
1902 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1909 White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks
1915 Last liberal British Government of Asquith falls
1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), 1st introduced
1919 War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.
1920 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
1920 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
1921 Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
1921 President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
1926 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton
1926 German Government of Marx takes power
1927 U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, died in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
1928 9th modern Olympic games open in Amsterdam
1932 Congress changes the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1933 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
1937 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
1938 Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
1940 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
1940 The old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland.
1943 The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.
1943 The Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams.
1944 Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
1944 Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
1944 General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
1944 Operation Straightline: Allies land in Netherlands New-Guinea
1945 2 US P-47 Thunderbolts bomb Kiushu
1946 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
1946 President Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
1948 Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha and Telel-Kadi
1948 Soviet Union recognized Israel
1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland
1954 The US Supreme Court overturns a ruling dating back to 1896 that education should be 'separate but equal'. This new ruling outlaws segregation in America's state school system
1955 Dutch Government of Drees resigns
1957 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (District of Columbia)
1958 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
1960 1st atomic reactor system to be patented, JW Flora, Canoga Park, CA
1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1963 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1967 Six-Day War: President Abdul Nasser of Egypt demands dismantling of the peace-keeping UN Emergency Force in Egypt.
1967 Dylan's 1965 UK Tour is released as the film "Don't Look Back"
1968 European Space Research Organization launches 1st satellite
1968 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1969 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
1970 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic on reed raft Ra
1971 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
1971 Washington State bans sex discrimination
1973 In America, a Senate Committee headed by Senator Sam Ervin begins its investigation into 'Watergate' - which eventually leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon for trying to cover up the illegal campaign activities of some members of his administration
1973 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Life"
1973 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle CO
1974 Police in Los Angeles, California, raid the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members, including Camilla Hall.
1974 Thirty-three people are killed by terrorist bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, Ireland.
1975 10cc releases "I'm Not in Love"
1975 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches
1975 NBC paid $5 million for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time
1976 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: 1000's killed
1977 Menahem Begins Likoed-party wins election in Israel
1978 The coffin of Hollywood comedy actor Charlie Chaplin is found 10 miles from the Swiss cemetry where he had been buried, after being stolen on March 2nd
1978 Compact discs are created by Philips
1980 Major race riot in Miami, FL - 16 killed, 300 injured
1980 General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea declares martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
1980 On the eve of presidential elections, Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho starting the Internal conflict in Peru.
1980 Paul and Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live
1983 Israel and Lebanon sign a peace treaty
1984 Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.
1985 Les Anderson, catches record 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon, off Alaska
1986 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit number 1 on the UK pop chart
1987 An Iraqi F-I Mirage fighter plane fires two missiles at the USS Stark while it is on patrol in the Gulf. 37 American seamen are killed and at least 60 others injured
1989 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!
1989 Nelson Mandela receives a BA degree from University of South Africa
1990 Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1990 European court rules pension rights for both men and women
1992 In Thailand, the so-called Black May begins. Thai police and protestors start attacking one another. By midnight, the current Thai government declares a state of emergency, and military troops open fire.
1993 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
1994 After holding power for 30 years, Kamuzu Banda, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, is removed from office in Malawi in the country's first multi-party elections
1994 Malawi holds its first multiparty elections.
1995 After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France.
1997 Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
1997 After his military forces take control of the capital, Kinshasa, Laurent Kabila announces he is taking power as head of state in Zaire. He renames the country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2000 Philippines. Explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.
2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
2007 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.

17th May 2006

Judge dies in Turkey court attack

MPs back French immigration bill

Worst cholera outbreak in Angola

17th May 2007

Israel launches Gaza air strikes

Estonia hit by 'Moscow cyber war'

War-torn Iraq 'facing collapse'

17th May 2008

Quake effort resumes after panic

Burma 'guilty of inhuman action'

'Plot' delays Tsvangirai return

17th May 2009

Sri Lanka rebels 'call ceasefire'

Somali militants capture key town

Obama faces down abortion heckles

17th May 2010

Maoists kill many in bus attack

44 die in Afghan plane crash

Miners missing in Turkey coal pit explosion

Birthdates which occurred on 17th May :

1444 Sandro Botticelli Italian painter (Birth of Venus)
1451 Engelbert II earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg
1490 Albrecht von Hohenzollern 1st duke of Prussia
1551 Martinus A del Rio Spanish/South Netherlands lawyer/historian/theologist
1568 Christoph Thomas Walliser composer
1576 Ferdinand van Apshoven the Older, Flemish painter, baptized
1673 Jozef LD von Königsegg Austria, military minister of Austrian Netherlands
1691 Antoine Court French reformed theologist
1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci composer
1741 John Penn US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
1749 Edward Jenner England, physician, discovered vaccination
1768 Caroline Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
1794 Anna Brownell Jameson Dublin, writer
1796 Martinus J Niewindt bishop of Curaçao (christen slaves)
1800 Carl Friedrich Zollner composer
1803 Robert Smith Surtees novelist
1804 Ottho G Heldring Dutch vicar/reformer (Heldring Institutions)
1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel composer
1812 Joseph Warren Revere Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1880
1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka composer
1823 Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby contralto/composer
1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer discovered Helium/founded Nature magazine
1846 Edmund Bishop English secretary of Thomas Carlyle
1850 Antonio Scontrino composer
1866 Erik Alfred Satie Honfleur France, composer (Mémoirs d'un Ambésique)
1867 Gerrit Mannoury Dutch mathematician/philosopher
1871 Henricus P Bremmer art historian (Modern Kunstwerken)
1873 Dorothy Miller Richardson Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
1873 Henri Barbusse Asnieres France, novelist (Le Feu)
1876 Alban Collignon Belgian sport journalist
1878 Conway Tearle US actor (Klondike Annie, Should Ladies Behave?)
1886 Alfonso XIII Borbón King of Spain (1902-31)
1888 A P "Tich" Freeman cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)
1889 Alfonso Reyes Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
1889 Marcel Moyse Saint-Amour, France, flutist (20 Exercises et études)
1890 Philip James composer
1896 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere composer
1896 Hannah Tillich writer
1899 Ralf Harolde Pittsburgh PA, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off)
19-- Audie Desbrow rocker (Great White-Twice Shy)
1900 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Iran's spiritual leader (1979-89)
1900 Nicolai Berezowsky composer
1901 Werner Egk Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
1902 John Vincent composer
1903 Douglas Packard British Lieutenant General
1904 Jean Gabin [Alexis Moncorgé] actor (Stormy Waters, French Can Can)
1905 John Patrick screenwriter
1906 Eric Mensforth president (Westland Aircraft)
1907 Charles Cawley British chief scientist/minister of power
1907 Horace McMahon South Norwalk CT, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye)
1907 Ilona Schacherer Elek Budapest Hungary, fencer (Olympics-gold-1936, 48)
1908 Sigismund Toduta composer
1908 Zinka Milanov Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
1909 Edward Playfair British senior civil servant
1909 Magda Schneider actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight)
1911 Knut Anders Haukfield SOE Operative
1911 Maureen O'Sullivan Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
1912 Archibald Cox 1st Watergate special prosecutor
1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
1912 Sandor Vegh violinist teacher conductor
1913 Alec Ogilvie CEO (Powell Duffryn)
1913 Lord Hirshfield chartered accountant
1914 Guido Masanetz composer
1915 Joseph D Craggs electrical engineer
1916 Cornelis A Eman Aruban politician
1916 John Hinde photographer/circus promoter
1918 Birgit Nilsson Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
1920 Harriet Van Horne Syracuse NY, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls)
1920 Lydia Wideman Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1952)
1921 Dennis Brain London England, french-hornist (Serenade)
1921 John Garlick British senior civil servant
1923 Michael Beetham Marshal (RAF)
1923 Miles Wingate deputy master (Trinity House)
1923 Peter Mennin[i] Erie PA, composer (Moby Dick)
1924 Frantisek Kovaricek composer
1924 Lord Tombs CEO (Rolls Royce)
1924 Thomas Baird Vice-Admiral
1926 Cicely Berry voice director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
1926 David Young Lieutenant-General/CEO (Cairn Tech)
1926 Earl of Airlie KT
1926 Geoffrey Caston vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
1926 Lord Chamberlain Earl of Airilet
1926 Tenniel Evans rev/actor (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper)
1927 Ronald Halstead deputy CEO (British Steel)
1928 Donald Cameron Watt historian
1928 Ian Griggs bishop (Ludlow)
1928 Vivian Moses biotechnologist
1929 Raymond Hide geophysicist
1931 Dewey Redman jazz musician
1932 Arthur Jones principal (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)
1932 Colin Hope CEO (T/N)
1932 Peter Burge cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
1932 Rodric Braithwaite British ambassador to USSR
1934 Earl Morrall NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts)
1935 Dennis Christopher George Potter playwright (Karaoke, Midnight Movie)
1935 Ivan Slone world-famous watchmaker
1936 Dennis Hopper Dodge City KS, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)
1936 Lars Gustafsson writer
1936 Philippe Boesmans composer
1938 Don Dolan Staten Island NY, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital)
1938 Jason Bernard actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
1938 Pervis Jackson rocker (Spinners)
1938 Trinus Riemersma Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
1939 Hugh Dykes MP
1939 Wim de Bie CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
1941 David Howell Cope composer
1941 Malcom Hale trumpeter
1941 Miriam Margolyes actress (Will Be)
1942 Caroline Charles fashion designer
1942 Taj Mahal New York NY, singer/songwriter (The Real Thing)
1944 Arif Butt cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65)
1944 Canon P B Price General Secretary, USPG
1944 Jesse Winchester Shreveport LA, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it)
1944 Paul Crossley concert pianist
1945 D A S Pennefather Major-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)
1945 George Miller (Representative-D-CA, 1975- )
1946 Sinaida Turchina USSR, team handball (Olympics-gold-1976)
1947 John Traicos cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
1948 Bill Bruford Sevenoaks Kent England, drummer (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis)
1949 Timothy Cordy British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
1950 A A Johnson MP
1950 Christian Lacroix French couturier (Chic Frills)
1950 Keith Bradley MP
1951 I R Evans CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
1951 Simon Hughes MP
1952 Jody Pijper Dutch (background) singer
1953 George Johnson Los Angeles CA, rocker (Brothers Johnson)
1953 Kathleen Sullivan Pasadena CA, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show)
1953 Nicholas Bacon premier baronet of England
1953 Yoko Shimada Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
1954 John Iles dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
1954 Michael Roberts jockey
1955 Bill Paxton actor (Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies)
1956 "Sugar" Ray [Charles] Leonard Palmer Park MD, welter/middle/light-heavyweight boxing champion (Olympics-gold-76)
1956 Bob Saget Philadelphia PA, comedian/actor (Danny-Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos)
1956 Sue Carpenter TV presenter/journalist
1958 Vincent Henar Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
1959 Paul Di'Anno Chingford London, rocker (Iron Maiden-Run To The Hills)
1960 Fiona Hutchison Miami FL, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin] Gweedore Ireland, vocalist (Watermark)
1962 Scott Case NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
1962 Tracey Bryn rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
1963 Brigitte Nielsen actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV, Domino)
1963 Jon Koncak NBA center (Orlando Magic)
1965 Paige Turco Springfield MA, actress (Dinah-Guiding Light)
1965 Trent Reznor musician (9 Inch Nails)
1966 Danny Manning NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
1966 Mark Kratzmann Australia, tennis star
1966 Mark Schmocker Interlaken Switzerland, US team handball goalie (Olympics-96)
1967 Cameron Bancroft actor (Beverly Hills 90210)
1967 Debbie Dutch Titusville NJ, actress (Hell's Paradox)
1968 Tim Grunhard NFL center (Kansas City Chiefs)
1969 Aaron Ruffin CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1969 Craig Erickson NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
1969 Ujesh Ranchod cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
1970 Alan Wetmore CFL fullback (Montréal Alouettes)
1970 Derrick Deese NFL guard (San Fransisco 49ers)
1970 Hubert Davis NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks)
1970 Jim Cummins Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
1970 Jodie Rogers Melbourne Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
1970 John Karelse soccer player (NAC)
1970 Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight Worcester MA, rocker (New Kids on the Block-Hangin' Tough)
1970 Renzo Furlan Italy, tennis star
1970 Stefania Croce Bergamo Italy, golfer (95 State Farm Rail Classic-11)
1970 Todd Mundt NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
1971 Bill Lindsay Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
1971 Mark Williams NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1972 Elena Wagner Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-Great Britain)
1972 John Burrough NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
1973 Jay Riemersma tight end (Buffalo Bills)
1974 Marcia Turner Cambridge MA, Miss America (Massachusetts-Top 10-1996)
1976 Anna Windsor Sydney New South Wales Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1976 Daniel Komen Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
1976 Peter Devine New York NY, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
1977 Jere Michael Aspen CO, figure skater (1994 National Jr champion)

Deaths which occurred on May 17th:
1050 Guido van Arezzo Italian music theorist, dies
1510 Sandro Botticelli [Alessandro di Mariano del Filpepi] painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65
1575 Matthew Parker archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), dies at 68
1591 Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51
1606 Forges Dimitri czar of Russia (1605-06), murdered
1695 Cornelis de Heem painter, dies
1727 Catherine I Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies
1729 Samuel Clarke theologian, dies
1796 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig composer, dies at 89
1809 Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg physician, dies
1838 Charles-Maurice duke of Talleyrand-Périgord French bishop, dies at 84
1840 Niccolo Paganini composer, dies at 57
1851 Jean E "Adrian" van Bevervoorde journalist (Treason), dies at 31
1864 N Hawthorne writer, dies at 59
1866 Adolf Bernhard Marx composer, dies at 70
1872 Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski composer, dies at 63
1883 Lydia Estes Pinklham patent-medicine manufacturer, dies
1884 Louis Brassin composer, dies at 43
1889 William Roxby Beverly artist, dies
1892 György Klapka Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
1914 Peter Leyten bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
1916 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre composer, dies at 68
1919 Bohumil Pazdirek composer, dies at 80
1920 Maitland Hathorn cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South Africa 1901-11), dies
1926 Lucien Herr French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
1930 Herbert David Croly US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
1931 Johan [Eliza J] de Master art critic/writer, dies
1931 Timothy Cole wood engraver, dies
1935 Paul A Dukas French composer/tutor of Messiaen (Velléda), dies at 69
1943 Montagu Love actor (Wind), dies at 65
1945 Jan van Geenen resistance fighter, dies
1945 Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
1950 Eduardo Fabini composer, dies at 67
1951 Karl Heinrich David composer, dies at 66
1953 Eric De Lamarter composer, dies at 73
1955 Alan Fairfax cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
1955 Francesco Balilla Pratella composer, dies at 75
1955 Leslie Hylton cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
1957 Shalva Azmayparashvili composer, dies at 54
1961 French of Cauwelaert Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
1961 Henri Gagnon composer, dies at 74
1964 Otto V Kuusinen President of Karelo-Finnish Soviet Republic (1940-56), dies 82
1967 John Wesley Work composer, dies at 65
1969 Joseph Beran Czechoslovakia, archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
1970 Nigel Martin Balchin English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
1973 Alexander J Kropholler Dutch architect/writer, dies at 91
1974 Charles Braswell actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
1978 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd speaker of house of commons, dies
1980 Joseph M "Joop" Lücker Dutch editor-in-chief (Volkskrant), dies at 65
1981 Hugo Freidhofer composer, dies at 80
1981 Jeannette Ridlon Piccard 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
1985 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
1985 Hugh Burden actor (The House in Nightmare Park), dies at 72
1987 Gunnar Myrdal Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
1989 Robert Webber actor (Nuts, Assassin, 10), dies at 74
1992 George Hurrell Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87
1992 Lawrence Welk conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 89
1992 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser] US epic tenor, dies
1992 Warren Neal Boxer dies of AIDS at 34
1993 Harry Elstrøm Danish/Belgian sculptor, dies at 86
1994 Alain Cuny [René X Marie] French actor (La Dolce Vita), dies at 85
1994 Andrew Brown film Producer, dies at 55
1994 Donald Keith Falkner singer, dies at 94
1994 Willian Noel Moffat architect, dies at 82
1995 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle singer, dies at 72
1996 Rusi Modi cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
1996 Scott Evans Brayton racing car driver, dies at 37
1996 Willi Daume Olympic organiser, dies at 82
1996 Willis Conover broadcaster, dies at 75

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