8th May, on this day

535 John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
589 Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo
615 St Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
685 St Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1360 Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French
1429 French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orléans
1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1521 Parliament of Worms installs edict against Marten Luther
1541 Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1559 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the Act of Uniformity
1624 Hung king Bethlen Gábor & emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1639 William Coddington founds Newport RI
1660 Charles II is proclaimed King of England. Restoration of the monarchy after the English Civil War and the reign of Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector
1701 English pirate Captain Kidd goes on trial at the Old Bailey in London. After being found guilty of piracy he's hanged on May 23rd, 1701
1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1741 France and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1784 Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1792 British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier WA
1792 US establishes military draft
1794 US Post Office established
1794 Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, was tried, convicted, and guillotined all on one day in Paris
1821 Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia.
1823 "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1842 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1846 Battle of Palo Alto: 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, TX
1847 Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 Richmond VA, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell VA
1863 Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1864 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway Bridge, VA (Drewry's Bluff)
1864 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton
1864 Battle of Antietam, VA (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1866 Australian Rules Football is created
1871 English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1885 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-meter jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, England
1886 Atlanta pharmacist (Jacob's Pharmacy) Dr John Styth Pemberton invents Coca Cola (contained cocaine)
1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1898 The first games of the Italian Football League are played.
1899 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
1900 250 grave robbers shot to death
1902 Mount Pelée erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1906 US Congress decides to allow Alaska to elect a delegate to Congress
1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1914 Paramount Pictures is formed.
1916 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1919 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1919 Edward George Honey first proposed the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later resulted in the creation of Remembrance Day.
1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment
1924 Memel territories given to Lithuania
1925 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1926 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1932 In London, the Piccadilly Circus lights are lit by electricity for the first tim
1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest of British oppression in India.
1933 In the United States of America, the first execution in a gas chamber is carried out in Nevada
1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall; His wife fainted when he returned to the track
1938 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, DC
1941 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends; Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack
1942 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1942 Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebelled in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny was crushed and three of them were executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
1943 Admiral Cunningham of British fleet: "Sink, burn and destroy; let nothing pass"
1944 1st eye bank opens (NYC)
1944 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
1945 Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
1945 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945 Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
1945 General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov near Berlin
1945 End of the Prague uprising, today still celebrated as national holiday in the Czech Republic
1945 VE Day in Europe. Victory for the Allies at the end of the Second World War in Europe against Germany officially starts at one minute past midnight following the Germans' unconditional surrender the day before (May 7th)
1946 The Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
1949 West German constitution approved
1950 American Douglas MacArthur is appointed commander of the United Nations forces in Korea
1950 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1951 Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1952 Mad Magazine debuts
1956 First performance of John Osborne's controversial play 'Look Back In Anger' at London's Royal Court Theatre
1958 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
1958 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
1959 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship; 200 drown just yards from shore
1960 USSR and Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1961 Former British diplomat George Blake, is jailed for 42 years after being found guilty of spying for Russia. In 1966 he successfully escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London
1961 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, TX
1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1962 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
1962 London trolley buses go out of service
1963 "Dr No" premieres in US
1963 JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression
1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1969 Cambodia recognizes German Democratic Republic
1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden
1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
1972 U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
1973 A 71-day standoff, between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants.
1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 Canadian Government of Trudeau falls
1977 David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1982 Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve dies in a crash during practice for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder
1984 Cpl. Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 The official opening of the Thames Barrier in London. The barrier is designed to be raised when exceptionally high tides on the River Thames threaten to flood parts of London
1984 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
1985 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
1987 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA terrorists and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
1988 François Mitterrand elected President of France
1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC
1990 Reindependence Day of Estonia
1993 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman and takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1994 Ernesto Pérez Balladares elected President of Panamá
1994 José Maria Figueres becomes President of Costa Rica
1994 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people
1996 South Africa's Const Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1997 A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Shenzhen's Huangtian Airport, killing 35 people.
1997 Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
1999 NATO officials admit the overnight bombing of Yugoslavia had mistakenly damaged the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade - killing 4 and injuring another 20
2002 A China Southern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
2007 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin as Deputy First Minister.

8th May 2006

Liberia sex-for-aid 'widespread'

Fighting rages in Somali capital

'Explosions strike' Iranian city

8th May 2007

China, Russia deny weapons breach

Arrests over US army base 'plot'

King Herod's tomb 'found'

8th May 2008

UN 'disappointed' at Burma access

Fierce clashes resume in Beirut

Farm-workers flee Zimbabwe homes

8th May 2009

Thousands flee Pakistan fighting

Aide resigns over NY plane scare

Pope tells of 'respect' for Islam

8th May 2010

Ash cloud hits transatlantic flights

Many missing after Russian mine blast

Al Fayed sells Harrods

Birthdates which occurred on 8th May :

1492 Andreas Alciatus [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer
1521 Peter Canisius [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint
1527 Johann Walter composer
1592 Francis Quarles English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
1629 Niels Juel Danish Admiral (Oland, Moen, Kjögebocht)
1641 Nicolaas Witsen etcher/mayor (Amsterdam)
1668 Alain R Lesage French author (Turcaret ou le Financier)
1673 Johann Valentin Eckelt composer
1703 Gottlob Harrer composer
1737 Edward Gibbon England, historian (Decline & Fall of Roman Empire)
1742 Johann Baptist Krumpholtz composer
1745 Carl Philipp Stamitz composer
1750 Elias Mann composer
1753 Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla father of Mexican independence
1763 John Goldberg Dutch patriot/statesman
1778 Johann Gansbacher composer
1786 Thomas Hancock founded British rubber industry
1803 Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova composer
1806 Jan Bedrich Kittl composer
1810 James Cooper Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1814 Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin anarchist
1824 William Walker filibuster/President of Nicaragua (1856-57)
1828 Jean Henri Dunant Switzerland, writer/founder (Red Cross (Nobel Peace Prize 1901))
1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk 1st internationally recognized US pianist
1833 Frank Wheaton Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1903
1836 Bryan Morel Thomas Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1905
1839 Francis W Warre-Cornish English vice-provost of Eton/writer
1842 Emil C Hansen Danish physiologist
1844 Hermann Gradener composer
1846 Oscar Hammerstein Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)
1853 Charles Lee Williams composer
1857 Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud Dutch actor/husband of Alida Klein
1858 John Meade Falkner novelist (Moonfleet)
1871 [Émile M] Louis Madelin French historian (French revolutionary)
1873 Henry Leveson-Gower cricketer (England captain 1909-10 later official)
1882 Philips C Visser Dutch explorer/diplomat
1884 Harry S Truman Lamar MO, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953)
1886 Jef van Hoof composer
1891 Chet "Red" Hoff pitcher (New York Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
1892 Ezio Pinza Rome Italy, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show)
1893 Francis Quimet Massachusetts shop assistant who won golf's US Open (1913)
1895 Edmund Wilson American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
1895 Fulton J Sheen El Paso IL, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
1895 José Gómez [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
1899 Friedrich August von Hayek Vienna Austria, author (The Road to Serfdom)/co-recipient of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (1974)
1899 Jan F van Hall Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
19-- Reid Smith Burbank CA, actor (Chase, Chisholms)
1902 Andre Michel Lwoff physiologist
1902 Milford "Curly" Page cricketer (New Zealand bat early 1930's, All Black half)
1903 Fernandel [Fernand Joseph Desire Contandin] French actor (Paris Holiday)
1904 John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge BBC news announcer/commentator
1905 Inglis Gundry composer
1906 David Van Vactor Plymouth IN, composer (Chaconne)
1906 Roberto Rossellini Rome Italy, director (Open City)
1908 Arturo De Cordova [Rodriguez], Merida México, actor (Medal for Benny)
1910 Mary Lou Williams US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
1910 Ronald Russell actor/manager (We are Angels, Little Dorrit)
1911 Robert Johnson blues singer (King of the Delta Blues Singer)
1911 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
1912 George Woodcock author
1912 Gertrud Fussenegger [Dorn] Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
1913 Sidney James [Cohen] Johannesburg, actor (Carry On)
1914 Lord Murton of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
1915 John Archer Osceola NE, actor (Destination Moon)
1916 Gordon Scarrott engineer
1919 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov composer
1920 Maurice Cranston political scientist
1920 Sloan Wilson Norwalk CT, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannel Suit)
1921 Graham Leonard bishop of London
1921 Saul Bass designer
1922 Brian Kellett CEO (Port of London Authority)
1922 Friedrich Döppe writer
1924 Tristan Jones sailor
1925 Ali Hassan Mwinyi President of Tanzania (1985- )
1925 Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle lord of appeal in ordinary
1926 Don Rickles Queens NY, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey)
1926 Erico Menczer Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
1926 Ronald Waterhouse high court judge
1926 Sir David [Frederick] Attenborough London England, environmentalist/zoologist/TV host (BBC)
1927 Ian Denholm CEO (Murray Investment Trust)
1927 Philip Wilkinson deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)
1928 Theodore Sorensen presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
1928 William Jay Sydeman composer
1929 V N M Korte-van Hemel Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
1930 Doug Atkins Humbolt TN, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints)
1930 Gary Snyder [Japhy Ryder] beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
1930 Heather Harper soprano
1931 Charles M Wilson composer
1933 Alistair Service writer/publisher
1934 Leonard Hoffmann high court judge
1934 Roger Kendrick governor (Dartmoor Prison)
1934 Sonny Liston US heavyweight boxing chmap (1962-64)
1935 Jack Charlton soccer manager (Republic of Ireland)
1935 Salome Jens Milwaukee WI, actress (From Here to Eternity)
1935 Viscount Falkland British peer (Liberal-Democrat)
1936 James Darren actor (Time Tunnel)
1936 Neville Purvis British Vice Admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
1937 Daniël Robberechts Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
1937 Dennis DeConcini (Senator-D-AZ, 1977- )
1937 Michael Simmons Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
1937 Thomas Pynchon novelist (V)
1938 Javed Burki cricketer (Pakistan batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
1938 Pierre Lucien Claverie bishop of Oran
1939 Otis Paul Drayton Glen Cove NY, 4x100 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1964)
1940 James Blyth CEO (Boots)
1940 Peter Benchley New York NY, novelist (Jaws, The Deep)
1940 Rick [Eric Hilliard] Nelson Teaneck NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
1941 James A Traficant Jr (Representative-D-OH, 1985- )
1941 Jim Mitchum Bridgeport CT, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6)
1941 John Fred rocker
1942 Euclid "Motorhead" Sherwood rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
1942 Norman Lamont MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
1942 Robin Hobbs cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
1942 Ruth Holland journalist
1943 Paul Samwell-Smith London England, rocker (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
1943 Toni Tennille Montgomery AL, female Beachboy (Captain & Tennille)
1944 Gary Glitter [Paul Gadd] Banbury Oxfordshire England, rocker (Rock & Roll Part II)
1945 Arthur Docters van Leeuwen jurist (Holland's secret service)
1945 Keith Jarrett jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
1947 Felicity Lott English soprano (We come to the river)
1947 Phil Sawyer rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
1947 Rick Zehringer Celina OH, rocker (McCoys)
1948 John Reid MP
1948 Maurizio Nichetti actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)
1950 Mark Blankfield Pasadena TX, comedian (Fridays, Good & Evil)
1951 Chris Frantz Fort Campbell KY, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
1951 Deborah Harmon actress (Ted Knight Show, MASH, Just the 10 of Us)
1951 Philip Bailey rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
1952 Beth Henley Jackson MS, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker)
1952 Charles J Camarda New York NY, PhD/astronaut
1954 David Keith Knoxville TN, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter)
1954 Pat Meyers LPGA golfer
1955 Alex Van Halen Nijmegen Netherlands, rock drummer (Van Halen-1984, Jump)
1955 Stephen Furst Norfolk VA, actor (Animal House, Elliot-St Elsewhere)
1956 Gary Wilmot British? entertainer
1956 Jeff Madrigali Walnut Creek CA, soling yachter (Olympics-bronze-96)
1957 Deana Deardruff US, 4 X 100 meter swimmer (Olympics-gold-1972)
1957 Jeff Wincott Toronto Ontario Canada, actor (Night Heat)
1959 Ronnie Lott Albuquerque NM, NFL defensive back (San Fransisco 49er)
1961 Riaz Poonawalla cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
1962 Terry Baker CFL kicker (Montréal Alouettes)
1963 Clemens Lothaller Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
1964 Cheryl Richardson Palo Alto CA, actress (Jennie-General Hospital)
1964 Eric Brittingham rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
1964 Melissa Gilbert [Boxleitner/Brinkman] Los Angeles CA, actress (Little House on the Prairie)
1964 Peter Gill rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or Mar/Jan 8]
1966 Eddie Brown CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
1968 Franklin Langham Augusta GA, Nike golfer (1993 Permian Basin Open)
1968 John Johnson NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
1968 Omar Camporese Italy, tennis star
1969 Brad Culpepper NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1969 Duane Forde CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
1969 Swift Burch CFL defensive end (Montréal Alouettes)
1970 Christine Stark Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1970 Marco Heering soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1970 Michael Bevan cricketer (dashing New South Wales & Australian lefty bat)
1971 Carlos Brooks NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
1971 Chris Wolf actor/musician (Guys Next Door)
1971 Stephen Ingram NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Chris Sanders NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)
1972 Keelin Curnuck Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)
1973 Wolf Wigo Abington PA, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
1974 Calvin Branch cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
1974 Colin Daynes Windsor Ontario, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)
1974 Korey Stringer NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
1976 Oleg Tverdovsky Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
1978 Cindy Parlow Memphis TN, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
1978 Sandra Kleinova Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-Finland)
1979 Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 National-13th)


Deaths which occurred on May 8th:
0535 John [Mercurius] Italian Pope (533-35), dies
0685 Benedict II Italian Pope (683-85), dies
1319 Haakon V King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
1577 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus lawyer/President (Raad van State), dies
1684 Henri Dumont composer, dies
1725 John Lovewell US Indian fighter, dies in battle
1773 Ali Bey Egyptian Mameluk head, dies
1785 Pietro Longhi painter, dies
1794 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier chemist (identified oxygen), guillotined
1809 Augustin Pajou French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
1818 Franz Ignaz Kaa composer, dies at 78
1829 Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani composer, dies at 47
1844 Charles XIV Johan [Jean B Bernadotte] King of Sweden/Norway, dies
1846 Giacomo Cordella composer, dies at 59
1853 Joannes P Roothaan 1st Dutch Lieutenant Colonel-General of Jesuits, dies at 67
1861 Láseló Teleki Hungarian earl/revolutionary, commits suicide
1864 James Samuel Wadsworth General-Major (Union), dies in battle at 56
1873 John Stuart Mill great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66
1876 Truganini last originating Tasmanian, dies
1880 Gustave Flaubert French writer (Salammbô), dies
1885 Pavel Krizkovsky composer, dies at 65
1887 Alexander Ulyanov brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
1891 Helena Petrovina Blavatsky Russian theosophist, dies
1894 Klara Fey German orchestra leaser (Die Kleinen Betrachtungen), dies at 79
1903 Eugène-Henri-Paul Gauguin French painter (Tahiti), dies
1904 Eadweard Muybridge English photographer (horse trot), dies
1909 Friedrich von Holstein German diplomat, dies
1915 Henry McNeal Turner 1 US black army chaplain, dies at 82
1924 Lev N Lunts Russian writer (Outside the Law), dies at 23
1930 Lvar Henning Mankell composer, dies at 61
1932 Albert Thomas French socialist politician
1936 Oswald Spengler German philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies
1941 Heinrich Zollner composer, dies at 86
1943 Mordicai Anielewicz commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed
1948 Alfred Holy composer, dies at 81
1950 Franklin Dyall dies at 76
1957 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters Dutch painter, dies at 75
1958 Nasni Matni Lebanese journalist, murdered
1959 Renato Caccioppoli Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
1960 Hugo Alfven Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
1961 James Fairfax actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63
1965 H T W Hardinge cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
1967 Barbara Payton actress (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies at 39
1967 Elmer Rice New York playwright/director/novelist, dies at 74
1967 Laverne Andrews singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 51
1973 Ralph Miller last 19th century baseball player, dies
1974 Graham Bond rocker, dies jumping under a train
1975 Avery Brundage CEO (International Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
1976 Alan Baxter dies at 67
1976 Ulrike Meinhof lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
1979 Talcott Parsons US sociologist, dies at 76
1981 Daniel Gillès Belgian writer, dies at 64
1981 Margaret Lindsay actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies from emphysema at 40
1981 Maurice Fernandes cricket captain (West Indies in 1st Test win, 1930 vs England), dies
1982 Gilles Villeneuve Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
1985 Dolph Sweet actor (Gimme a Break, Gil McGowan-Another World), dies of cancer at 64
1985 Edmond O'Brien actor (Sam Benedict), dies at 69 of Alzheimer's disease
1985 Karl Marx German composer/conductor, dies at 87
1987 Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
1988 Robert A Heinlein sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
1990 Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
1991 Jean Langlais composer, dies at 84
1991 Lloyd Ford stuntman, dies at 79
1991 Ronnie Brody British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse), dies at 72
1992 Addeke H Boerma director-general (FAO), dies at 80
1992 Brian Moore writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
1992 Gul Mahomed cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies
1992 Margaretha D Ferguson-Wigerink author (Fear on Java), dies
1992 Richard Derr actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
1993 Kees Deenik singer/conductor
1994 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar peace activist, dies at 88
1994 George Peppard actor (Breakfast at Tiffanys, A-Team), dies at 65
1994 Rupert Haselden journalist/screenwriter, dies at 36
1994 Steven Keats actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
1995 Carroll Best bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
1995 Jerry Zipkin socialite, dies at 80
1995 Prem Bhatia journalist, dies at 83
1995 Teresa Teng singer, dies at 41
1996 Jane Cowan cello teacher, dies at 80
1996 Luis Miguel Domiguin bullfighter, dies at 69
1996 Serge Chermayeff architect/designer, dies at 95
1997 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies

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