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Day History: February-15

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Events History


590 - [[Khosrau II]] -is crowned king of Sassanid dynasty|Persia.

706 - [[Byzantine Empire|Byzantine]] -emperor Justinian II has his predecessors Leontios and Tiberios III publicly executed in the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

1113 - [[Pope Paschal II]] -issues a bill sanctioning the establishment of Knights Hospitaller|the Order of Hospitallers.

1214 - [[John, King of England]] -lands an invasion force at La Rochelle in France.

1493 - [[Niña]] -', Christopher Columbus Columbus's Letter on the First Voyage|writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.

1637 - [[Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor|Ferdinand III]] -becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

1690 - [[Constantin Cantemir]] -Prince of Moldavia, and the Holy Roman Empire sign a secret treaty in Sibiu, stipulating that Moldavia would support the actions led by the House of Habsburg against the Ottoman Empire.

1764 - [[St. Louis]] -is established in Louisiana (New Spain)|Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA).

1798 - [[Roman Republic (18th century)|Roman Republic]] -is proclaimed after Louis-Alexandre Berthier, a general of Napoleon, had invaded the city of Rome five days earlier.

1804 - [[Serbian Revolution]] -begins.

1835 - [[constitutional]] -law in modern Serbia is adopted.

1862 - [[American Civil War]] -General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.

1870 - [[Stevens Institute of Technology]] -is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the first Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.

1879 - [[Women's rights]] -US President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female Lawyer|attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1891 - [[Allmänna Idrottsklubben]] -(AIK) (Swedish Sports Club) is founded.

1898 - [[Havana]] -harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.

1901 - [[association football]] -club Alianza Lima is founded in Lima, Peru, under the name Sport Alianza.

1909 - [[Acapulco]] -Mexico kills 250.

1921 - [[Kingdom of Romania]] -establishes its legation in Helsinki.

1923 - [[Gregorian calendar]] -

1925 - [[1925 serum run to Nome]] -The serum arrives in Nome, Alaska, with Balto being the lead dog of the last team.

1933 - [[Miami]] -Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate US President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Mayor of Chicago|Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.

1942 - [[World War II]] -Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Empire of Japan|Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 British Indian Army|Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.

1944 - [[Battle of Monte Cassino|assault]] -on Monte Cassino, Italy begins.

1944 - [[Narva Offensive (15–28 February 1944)|Narva Offensive]] -begins.

1945 - [[Bombing of Dresden in World War II|bombing in Dresden]] -

1946 - [[ENIAC]] -the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1949 - [[Gerald Lankester Harding]] -and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.

1952 - [[George VI]] -of the United Kingdom is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

1953 - [[Liechtenstein general election, February 1953|Parliamentary elections]] -held in Liechtenstein.

1954 - [[Distant Early Warning Line]] -a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.

1961 - [[Sabena Flight 548]] -crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team along with several of their coaches and family members.

1965 - [[maple]] -leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

1971 - [[decimalisation]] -of Coins of the pound sterling|British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.

1972 - [[Sound recording and reproduction|Sound recordings]] -are granted U.S. federal copyright Phonogram Convention|protection Copyright law of the United States#Duration of copyright|for the first time.

1972 - [[José María Velasco Ibarra]] -serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.

1976 - [[Constitution of Cuba]] -is adopted by national referendum.

1979 - [[Don Dunstan]] -resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.

1982 - [[drilling rig]] -''Ocean Ranger'' sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland (island)|Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.

1989 - [[Soviet war in Afghanistan]] -The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.

1991 - [[Visegrád Agreement]] -establishing cooperation to move toward free market economy|free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.

1992 - [[Jeffrey Dahmer]] -was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison.

1996 - [[Xichang Satellite Launch Center]] -in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.

1999 - [[Abdullah Öcalan]] -leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), is arrested in Kenya.

2000 - [[Indian Point nuclear power plant|Indian Point]] -II nuclear power plant in New York vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.

2001 - [[human genome]] -is published in ''Nature (journal)|Nature''.

2003 - [[February 15, 2003 anti-war protest|Protests against the Iraq war]] -take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between eight million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.

2013 - [[Chelyabinsk meteor|A meteor explodes]] -over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the ''expected'' closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

2014 - [[Renaud Lavillenie]] -of France breaks Sergey Bubka's Men's pole vault world record progression|world record in pole vault with a mark of 6.16 m.

Famous Birthdays


1377 - [[Ladislaus of Naples]] -(d. 1414)

1458 - [[Ivan the Young]] -son of Ivan III of Russia (d. 1490)

1471 - [[Piero the Unfortunate]] -Italian ruler (d. 1503)

1564 - [[Galileo Galilei]] -Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)

1571 - [[Michael Praetorius]] -German organist and composer (d. 1621)

1612 - [[Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve]] -French soldier, founded Montreal (d. 1676)

1620 - [[François Charpentier]] -French archaeologist and academic (d. 1702)

1705 - [[Charles-André van Loo]] -French painter (d. 1765)

1710 - [[Louis XV of France]] -(d. 1774)

1725 - [[Abraham Clark]] -American surveyor, lawyer, and politician (d. 1794)

1734 - [[William Stacy]] -American colonel (d. 1802)

1739 - [[Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart]] -French architect, designed the Paris Bourse (d. 1813)

1748 - [[Jeremy Bentham]] -English jurist and philosopher (d. 1832)

1759 - [[Friedrich August Wolf]] -German philologist and critic (d. 1824)

1760 - [[Jean-François Le Sueur]] -French composer and educator (d. 1837)

1761 - [[Jacob Kimball, Jr.]] -American composer (d. 1826)

1792 - [[Floride Calhoun]] -American wife of John C. Calhoun, 4th Second Lady of the United States (d. 1866)

1797 - [[Henry E. Steinway]] -German-American businessman, founded Steinway & Sons (d. 1871)

1809 - [[André Dumont]] -Belgian geologist and academic (d. 1857)

1809 - [[Cyrus McCormick]] -American businessman, co-founded International Harvester (d. 1884)

1811 - [[Domingo Faustino Sarmiento]] -Argentinian journalist and politician, 7th President of Argentina (d. 1888)

1812 - [[Charles Lewis Tiffany]] -American jeweler, founded Tiffany & Co. (d. 1902)

1820 - [[Susan B. Anthony]] -American social reformer active in women's suffrage and Anti-Slavery movements (d. 1906)

1825 - [[Carter Harrison, Sr.]] -American politician, 29th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1893)

1834 - [[V. A. Urechia]] -Moldavian-Romanian historian, author, and playwright (d. 1901)

1835 - [[Nguyễn Khuyến]] -Vietnamese scholar, poet, and educator (d. 1909)

1835 - [[Demetrius Vikelas]] -Greek businessman and philanthropist (d. 1908)

1840 - [[Titu Maiorescu]] -Romanian philosopher, academic, and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1917)

1841 - [[Manuel Ferraz de Campos Sales]] -Brazilian lawyer and politician, 4th President of Brazil (d. 1913)

1845 - [[Elihu Root]] -American lawyer and politician, 38th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)

1847 - [[Robert Fuchs]] -Austrian composer and educator (d. 1927)

1849 - [[Rickman Godlee]] -English surgeon and academic (d. 1925)

1850 - [[Ion Andreescu]] -Romanian painter (d. 1882)

1851 - [[Spiru Haret]] -Romanian mathematician, astronomer, and politician, 55th Ministry of Internal Affairs (Romania)|Interior Minister of Romania (d. 1912)

1856 - [[Emil Kraepelin]] -German psychiatrist and academic (d. 1926)

1861 - [[Martin Burns]] -American wrestler and coach (d. 1937)

1861 - [[Charles Édouard Guillaume]] -Swiss-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)

1861 - [[Alfred North Whitehead]] -English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1947)

1873 - [[Hans von Euler-Chelpin]] -German-Swiss biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)

1874 - [[Ernest Shackleton]] -Irish explorer (d. 1922)

1883 - [[Sax Rohmer]] -English-American author (d. 1959)

1885 - [[Frank Thorpe (public servant)|Frank Thorpe]] -Australian public servant (d. 1967)

1890 - [[Robert Ley]] -German politician (d. 1945)

1891 - [[Dino Borgioli]] -Italian tenor (d. 1960)

1892 - [[James Forrestal]] -American lieutenant and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)

1893 - [[James Phinney Baxter III]] -American historian and author (d. 1975)

1895 - [[Earl Thomson]] -Canadian hurdler and coach (d. 1971)

1896 - [[Arthur Shields]] -Irish-American actor (d. 1970)

1897 - [[Gerrit Kleerekoper]] -Dutch gymnast and coach (d. 1943)

1898 - [[Totò]] -Italian actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1967)

1899 - [[Georges Auric]] -French composer (d. 1983)

1899 - [[Gale Sondergaard]] -American actress (d. 1985)

1904 - [[Antonin Magne]] -French cyclist and manager (d. 1983)

1905 - [[Harold Arlen]] -American composer (d. 1986)

1907 - [[Jean Langlais]] -French organist and composer (d. 1991)

1907 - [[Cesar Romero]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1994)

1908 - [[Sarto Fournier]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 38th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1980)

1909 - [[Miep Gies]] -Austrian-Dutch humanitarian, helped hide People associated with Anne Frank|Anne Frank and her family (d. 2010)

1910 - [[Irena Sendler]] -Polish nurse and social worker (d. 2008)

1911 - [[Leonard Woodcock]] -American union leader and diplomat (d. 2001)

1912 - [[George Mikes]] -Hungarian-English journalist and author (d. 1987)

1913 - [[Erich Eliskases]] -Austrian chess player (d. 1997)

1914 - [[Hale Boggs]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1972)

1914 - [[Kevin McCarthy (actor)|Kevin McCarthy]] -American actor (d. 2010)

1916 - [[Mary Jane Croft]] -American actress (d. 1999)

1916 - [[Jack Hanlon]] -American actor (d. 2012)

1918 - [[Allan Arbus]] -American actor and photographer (d. 2013)

1918 - [[Hank Locklin]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1919 - [[Ducky Detweiler]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Endicott Peabody]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)

1921 - [[Radha Krishna Choudhary]] -Indian historian and author (d. 1985)

1922 - [[John B. Anderson]] -American lawyer and politician

1923 - [[Yelena Bonner]] -Russian activist (d. 2011)

1924 - [[Robert Drew]] -American director and producer (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Frank Dunlop (director)|Frank Dunlop]] -English actor and director

1927 - [[Harvey Korman]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 2008)

1927 - [[Yehoshua Neuwirth]] -Israeli rabbi and scholar (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Norman Bridwell]] -American author and illustrator, created ''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Eno Raud]] -Estonian children's literature author (d. 1996)

1928 - [[Joseph Willcox Jenkins]] -American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Graham Hill]] -English race car driver (d. 1975)

1929 - [[Kauko Armas Nieminen]] -Finnish physicist and author

1929 - [[James R. Schlesinger]] -American economist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Bruce Dawe]] -Australian poet and academic

1930 - [[Nico Minardos]] -Greek-American actor (d. 2011)

1931 - [[Claire Bloom]] -English actress

1931 - [[Geoff Edwards]] -American actor and game show host (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Jonathan Steele]] -English journalist and author

1934 - [[Graham Kennedy]] -Australian actor (d. 2005)

1934 - [[Niklaus Wirth]] -Swiss computer scientist, created the Pascal (programming language)|Pascal programming language

1934 - [[Abe Woodson]] -American football player and minister (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Susan Brownmiller]] -American journalist and author

1935 - [[Roger B. Chaffee]] -American lieutenant, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1967)

1935 - [[Gene Hickerson]] -American football player (d. 2008)

1937 - [[Nathan Davis (saxophonist)|Nathan Davis]] -American saxophonist and clarinet player

1937 - [[Gregory Mcdonald]] -American author (d. 2008)

1939 - [[Gerd Bohnsack]] -German footballer and manager

1939 - [[Robert Hansen]] -American serial killer (d. 2014)

1940 - [[İsmail Cem İpekçi]] -Turkish journalist and politician, 45th List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Turkey)|Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2007)

1940 - [[John Hadl]] -American football player and coach

1940 - [[Hamzah Haz]] -Indonesian journalist and politician, 9th Vice President of Indonesia

1940 - [[Vaino Vahing]] -Estonian psychiatrist, author, and playwright (d. 2008)

1941 - [[Florinda Bolkan]] -Brazilian actress

1941 - [[Brian Holland]] -American songwriter and producer

1942 - [[Sherry Jackson]] -American actress and singer

1942 - [[Masaomi Kondō]] -Japanese actor

1943 - [[Griselda Blanco]] -Colombian drug lord (d. 2012)

1944 - [[Mick Avory]] -English drummer (The Kinks and The Kast Off Kinks)

1945 - [[Jack Dann]] -American-Australian author and poet

1945 - [[John Helliwell]] -English saxophonist and keyboard player (Supertramp and The Alan Bown Set)

1945 - [[Douglas Hofstadter]] -American author and academic

1946 - [[Esko Seppänen]] -Finnish journalist and politician

1946 - [[Clare Short]] -English politician, Secretary of State for International Development

1947 - [[John Adams (composer)|John Adams]] -American composer

1947 - [[Marisa Berenson]] -American actress

1947 - [[Rusty Hamer]] -American actor and singer (d. 1990)

1947 - [[Ádám Nádasdy]] -Hungarian linguist and poet

1948 - [[Ron Cey]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1948 - [[Tino Insana]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1948 - [[Art Spiegelman]] -American cartoonist

1949 - [[Ken Anderson (quarterback)|Ken Anderson]] -American football player and coach

1949 - [[Hans Graf]] -Austrian conductor and academic

1949 - [[Francisco Maturana]] -Colombian footballer and manager

1950 - [[David Brown (musician)|David Brown]] -American bass player and songwriter (Santana (band)|Santana) (d. 2000)

1950 - [[Tsui Hark]] -Vietnamese-Hong Kong director, producer, and screenwriter

1951 - [[Markku Alén]] -Finnish race car driver

1951 - [[Melissa Manchester]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Harlettes)

1951 - [[Jane Seymour (actress)|Jane Seymour]] -English-American actress, producer, and jewelry designer

1952 - [[Tomislav Nikolić]] -Serbian politician, 4th President of Serbia

1952 - [[Nikolai Sorokin]] -Russian actor and director (d. 2013)

1953 - [[Tony Adams (producer)|Tony Adams]] -Irish-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)

1953 - [[Gregory Campbell (politician)|Gregory Campbell]] -Irish politician

1954 - [[Matt Groening]] -American animator, producer, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Janice Dickinson]] -American model, agent, and author

1955 - [[Christopher McDonald]] -American actor

1956 - [[Desmond Haynes]] -Barbadian cricketer and coach

1957 - [[Jake E. Lee]] -American guitarist (Badlands (American band)|Badlands)

1957 - [[Gul Mohammed]] -Indian dwarf (d. 1997)

1957 - [[Jimmy Spencer]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1958 - [[Chrystine Brouillet]] -Canadian author

1958 - [[Tony McKegney]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1958 - [[Matthew Ward (singer)|Matthew Ward]] -American singer-songwriter (2nd Chapter of Acts)

1958 - [[Adam Boulton]] -English journalist

1959 - [[Ali Campbell]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (UB40)

1959 - [[Brian Propp]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Martin Rowson]] -English author and illustrator

1959 - [[Hugo Savinovich]] -Ecuadorian wrestler and sportscaster

1960 - [[Mikey Craig]] -English bass player (Culture Club)

1960 - [[Darrell Green]] -American football player

1960 - [[Roman Kostrzewski]] -Polish singer-songwriter (Kat (band)|Kat and Kat & Roman Kostrzewski)

1962 - [[Milo Đukanović]] -Montenegrin politician, 29th Prime Minister of Montenegro

1963 - [[Steven Michael Quezada]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Chris Farley]] -American comedian and actor (d. 1997)

1964 - [[Leland D. Melvin]] -American engineer and astronaut

1964 - [[Mark Price]] -American basketball player and coach

1967 - [[Jane Child]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1967 - [[Kelley Menighan Hensley]] -American actress

1967 - [[Syed Kamall]] -English academic and politician

1967 - [[Craig Simpson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1968 - [[Axelle Red]] -Belgian singer-songwriter

1969 - [[Birdman (rapper)|Birdman]] -American rapper and producer (Big Tymers)

1969 - [[Josh Marshall]] -American journalist, founded the ''Talking Points Memo''

1970 - [[Mariko Yoshida]] -Japanese wrestler

1971 - [[Renee O'Connor]] -American actress, director, and producer

1971 - [[Ray Sefo]] -New Zealand boxer and mixed martial artist

1972 - [[Anna-Jane Casey]] -English actress, singer, and dancer

1972 - [[Jaromír Jágr]] -Czech ice hockey player

1973 - [[Alex Borstein]] -American actress and singer

1973 - [[Kateřina Neumannová]] -Czech skier

1973 - [[Amy Van Dyken]] -American swimmer and sportscaster

1973 - [[Sarah Wynter]] -Australian actress

1974 - [[Miranda July]] -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Gina Lynn]] -Puerto Rican-American porn actress and director

1974 - [[Tomi Putaansuu]] -Finnish singer-songwriter (Lordi)

1974 - [[Ugueth Urbina]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1974 - [[Alexander Wurz]] -Austrian race car driver

1975 - [[Serge Aubin]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1975 - [[Annemarie Kramer]] -Dutch sprinter

1975 - [[Brendon Small]] -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1976 - [[Brandon Boyd]] -American singer-songwriter (Incubus (band)|Incubus)

1976 - [[Óscar Freire]] -Spanish cyclist

1976 - [[Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.]] -American drummer and songwriter (The Killers and Big Talk)

1977 - [[Gran Naniwa]] -Japanese wrestler (d. 2010)

1977 - [[Brooks Wackerman]] -American drummer (Bad Religion, Infectious Grooves, Fear and the Nervous System, and Bad4Good)

1978 - [[Yiruma]] -South Korean pianist and composer

1978 - [[Kimberly Goss]] -American singer and keyboard player (Sinergy and Ancient (band)|Ancient)

1978 - [[Tuan Le]] -French-American poker player

1979 - [[Chantal Janzen]] -Dutch actress and singer

1979 - [[Josh Low]] -English footballer

1979 - [[Scott Severin]] -Scottish footballer

1979 - [[Gordon Shedden]] -Scottish race car driver

1980 - [[Conor Oberst]] -American singer-songwriter (Bright Eyes (band)|Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos (band)|Desaparecidos, and Commander Venus)

1980 - [[Josh Sole]] -New Zealand-Italian rugby player

1981 - [[Heurelho Gomes]] -Brazilian footballer

1981 - [[Rita Jeptoo]] -Kenyan runner

1981 - [[Diego Martínez]] -Mexican footballer

1982 - [[Shameka Christon]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Tahesia Harrigan]] -Virgin Islander sprinter

1982 - [[Alex Nodari]] -Italian footballer

1982 - [[James Yap]] -Filipino basketball player

1983 - [[Don Cowie (footballer)|Don Cowie]] -Scottish footballer

1983 - [[David Degen]] -Swiss footballer

1983 - [[Philipp Degen]] -Swiss footballer

1983 - [[Russell Martin]] -Canadian baseball player

1983 - [[Ashley Tesoro]] -American actress and singer

1984 - [[Doda (singer)|Doda]] -Polish singer-songwriter (Virgin (band)|Virgin)

1984 - [[Erik Cadée]] -Dutch discus thrower

1985 - [[Serkan Kırıntılı]] -Turkish footballer

1986 - [[Valeri Bojinov]] -Bulgarian footballer

1986 - [[Johnny Cueto]] -Dominican baseball player

1986 - [[Ami Koshimizu]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1986 - [[Gabriel Paletta]] -Argentinian footballer

1986 - [[Amber Riley]] -American actress and singer

1988 - [[Jarryd Hayne]] -Australian rugby player

1988 - [[Hironori Kusano]] -Japanese singer and actor (News (band)|NEWS)

1990 - [[Dejan Lazarević]] -Slovenian footballer

1991 - [[Ángel Sepúlveda]] -Mexican footballer

1991 - [[Panagiotis Tachtsidis]] -Greek footballer

1998 - [[Zachary Gordon]] -American actor

1998 - [[George Russell (racing driver)|George Russell]] -English racing driver

History of Deaths


670 - [[Oswiu of Northumbria]] -(b. 612)

706 - [[Leontios]] -Byzantine emperor

706 - [[Tiberios III]] -Byzantine emperor

1400 - [[Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford]] -(b. c. 1338)

1417 - [[Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford]] -English noblemen and commander (b. 1385)

1621 - [[Michael Praetorius]] -German organist and composer (b. 1571)

1637 - [[Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(b. 1578)

1738 - [[Matthias Braun]] -Czech sculptor (b. 1684)

1781 - [[Gotthold Ephraim Lessing]] -German author and philosopher (b. 1729)

1818 - [[Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen]] -(b. 1746)

1835 - [[Henry Hunt (politician)|Henry Hunt]] -English farmer and politician (b. 1773)

1839 - [[François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier]] -Canadian rebel (b. 1803)

1842 - [[Archibald Menzies]] -Scottish surgeon and botanist (b. 1754)

1844 - [[Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth]] -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1757)

1847 - [[Germinal Pierre Dandelin]] -Belgian mathematician and engineer (b. 1794)

1848 - [[Hermann von Boyen]] -Prussian general and politician, Prussian Minister of War (b. 1771)

1849 - [[Pierre François Verhulst]] -Belgian mathematician and theorist (b. 1804)

1857 - [[Mikhail Glinka]] -Russian composer (b. 1804)

1869 - [[Ghalib]] -Indian poet and educator (b. 1796)

1885 - [[Gregor von Helmersen]] -Estonian-Russian geologist and engineer (b. 1803)

1897 - [[Dimitrie Ghica]] -Romanian politician, 10th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1816)

1905 - [[Lew Wallace]] -American general and politician, 11th Governor of New Mexico Territory (b. 1827)

1911 - [[Theodor Escherich]] -German-Austrian pediatrician and academic (b. 1859)

1924 - [[Lionel Monckton]] -English composer (b. 1861)

1928 - [[H. H. Asquith]] -English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)

1933 - [[Pat Sullivan (film producer)|Pat Sullivan]] -Australian animator and producer (b. 1887)

1939 - [[Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin]] -Russian painter and author (b. 1878)

1948 - [[Subhadra Kumari Chauhan]] -Indian poet (b. 1904)

1956 - [[Vincent de Moro-Giafferi]] -French lawyer and politician (b. 1878)

1959 - [[Owen Willans Richardson]] -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)

1961 - [[Laurence Owen]] -American figure skater (b. 1944)

1965 - [[Nat King Cole]] -American singer and pianist (b. 1919)

1966 - [[Gerard Antoni Ciołek]] -Polish architect and historian (b. 1909)

1966 - [[Camilo Torres Restrepo]] -Colombian priest and theologian (b. 1929)

1967 - [[Antonio Moreno]] -Spanish-American actor and director (b. 1887)

1970 - [[Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding]] -Scottish air marshal (b. 1882)

1973 - [[Wally Cox]] -American actor and singer (b. 1924)

1973 - [[Tim Holt]] -American actor and singer (b. 1919)

1974 - [[Kurt Atterberg]] -Swedish composer and engineer (b. 1887)

1975 - [[Michał Sopoćko]] -Polish saint, the ''Apostle of Divine Mercy'' (b. 1888)

1981 - [[Karl Richter (conductor)|Karl Richter]] -German organist and conductor (b. 1926)

1984 - [[Ethel Merman]] -American actress and singer (b. 1908)

1988 - [[Richard Feynman]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)

1990 - [[Michel Drach]] -French director and producer (b. 1930)

1992 - [[María Elena Moyano]] -Peruvian activist (b. 1960)

1992 - [[William Schuman]] -American composer and academic (b. 1910)

1996 - [[Lucio Agostini]] -Italian-Canadian composer and conductor (b. 1913)

1996 - [[Tommy Rettig]] -American actor and engineer (b. 1941)

1996 - [[McLean Stevenson]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)

1998 - [[Martha Gellhorn]] -American journalist and author (b. 1908)

1999 - [[Henry Way Kendall]] -American physicist and mountaineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)

2000 - [[Angus MacLean]] -Canadian commander and politician, 25th Premier of Prince Edward Island (b. 1914)

2002 - [[Howard K. Smith]] -American journalist and actor (b. 1914)

2002 - [[Kevin Smith (New Zealand actor)|Kevin Smith]] -New Zealand actor (b. 1963)

2003 - [[Faik Türün]] -Turkish general (b. 1913)

2004 - [[Jens Evensen]] -Norwegian lawyer, judge, and politician, Minister of Trade and Shipping|Norwegian Minister of Trade (b. 1917)

2005 - [[Pierre Bachelet]] -French singer-songwriter (b. 1944)

2007 - [[Ray Evans]] -American songwriter (b. 1915)

2008 - [[Amnon Netzer]] -Iranian-Israeli journalist and historian (b. 1934)

2009 - [[Joe Cuba]] -American singer and drummer (b. 1931)

2012 - [[Charles Anthony (tenor)|Charles Anthony]] -American tenor (b. 1929)

2012 - [[Lina Romay]] -Spanish actress and director (b. 1954)

2013 - [[Sanan Kachornprasart]] -Thai general and politician (b. 1935)

2013 - [[Todor Kolev (actor)|Todor Kolev]] -Bulgarian actor and singer (b. 1939)

2014 - [[Christopher Malcolm]] -Scottish-Canadian actor and singer (b. 1946)

2015 - [[Steve Montador]] -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1979)

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