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Day History: February-8

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History of Deaths


1204 - [[Alexios IV Angelos]] -Byzantine emperor (b. 1182)

1250 - [[Robert I, Count of Artois]] -(b. 1216)

1250 - [[William II Longespée]] -English martyr (b. 1212)

1265 - [[Hulagu Khan]] -Mongol ruler (b. 1217)

1296 - [[Przemysł II]] -of Poland (b. 1257)

1572 - [[Cho Shik]] -Korean poet, scholar, and educator (b. 1501)

1587 - [[Mary, Queen of Scots]] -(b. 1542)

1599 - [[Robert Rollock]] -Scottish theologian and academic (b. 1555)

1676 - [[Alexis of Russia]] -(b. 1629)

1623 - [[Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter]] -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (b. 1546)

1696 - [[Ivan V of Russia]] -(b. 1666)

1709 - [[Giuseppe Torelli]] -Italian violinist and composer (b. 1658)

1725 - [[Peter the Great]] -Russian emperor (b. 1672)

1749 - [[Jan van Huysum]] -Dutch painter (b. 1682)

1750 - [[Aaron Hill (writer)|Aaron Hill]] -English playwright and poet (b. 1685)

1768 - [[George Dance the Elder]] -English architect, designed St Leonard's, Shoreditch|St Leonard's and St Botolph's Aldgate (b. 1695)

1772 - [[Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha]] -(b. 1719)

1847 - [[Theodor Valentin Volkmar]] -German politician, 1st List of mayors of Marburg|Lord Mayor of Marburg (b. 1781)

1849 - [[François Habeneck]] -French violinist and conductor (b. 1781)

1849 - [[France Prešeren]] -Slovenian poet and lawyer (b. 1800)

1856 - [[Agostino Bassi]] -Italian entomologist and academic (b. 1773)

1907 - [[Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom]] -Dutch chemist and academic (b. 1854)

1910 - [[Hans Jæger]] -Norwegian philosopher and activist (b. 1854)

1915 - [[François Langelier]] -Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 10th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1838)

1921 - [[George Formby Snr]] -English actor and singer (b. 1876)

1921 - [[Peter Kropotkin]] -Russian zoologist, geographer, and philologist (b. 1842)

1924 - [[Gee Jon]] -Chinese-American criminal (b. 1895)

1932 - [[Mad Dog Coll]] -Irish-American mob boss (b. 1908)

1932 - [[Yordan Milanov]] -Bulgarian architect, designed the Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church (b. 1867)

1935 - [[Eemil Nestor Setälä]] -Finnish linguist and politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Finland)|Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1864)

1936 - [[Charles Curtis]] -American lawyer and politician, 31st Vice President of the United States (b. 1860)

1945 - [[Italo Santelli]] -Italian fencer (b. 1866)

1956 - [[Connie Mack]] -American baseball player and manager (b. 1862)

1957 - [[Walther Bothe]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)

1957 - [[John von Neumann]] -Hungarian-American mathematician and physicist (b. 1903)

1960 - [[J. L. Austin]] -English philosopher and academic (b. 1911)

1960 - [[Giles Gilbert Scott]] -English architect and engineer, designed the Red telephone box and Liverpool Cathedral (b. 1880)

1963 - [[George Dolenz]] -Italian-American actor (b. 1908)

1964 - [[Ernst Kretschmer]] -German psychiatrist and author (b. 1888)

1972 - [[Markos Vamvakaris]] -Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (b. 1905)

1975 - [[Robert Robinson (organic chemist)|Robert Robinson]] -English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)

1977 - [[Eivind Groven]] -Norwegian composer and theorist (b. 1901)

1979 - [[Dennis Gabor]] -Hungarian-English physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)

1980 - [[Nikos Xilouris]] -Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1936)

1982 - [[John Hay Whitney]] -American financier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1904)

1984 - [[Karel Miljon]] -Dutch boxer (b. 1903)

1985 - [[William Lyons]] -English businessman, co-founded Swallow Sidecar Company (b. 1901)

1985 - [[Marvin Miller (actor)|Marvin Miller]] -American actor (b. 1913)

1987 - [[Harriet E. MacGibbon]] -American actress (b. 1905)

1990 - [[Del Shannon]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)

1992 - [[Stanley Armour Dunham]] -American sergeant (b. 1918)

1993 - [[Nagalingam Shanmugathasan]] -Sri Lankan politician (b. 1920)

1994 - [[Raymond Scott]] -American pianist and composer (b. 1908)

1996 - [[Del Ennis]] -American baseball player (b. 1925)

1997 - [[Robert Ridgely]] -American actor and singer (b. 1931)

1998 - [[Halldór Laxness]] -Icelandic author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)

1998 - [[Enoch Powell]] -English soldier and politician, Secretary of State for Health (b. 1912)

1998 - [[Julian Simon]] -American economist and author (b. 1932)

1999 - [[Iris Murdoch]] -Irish-English philosopher and author (b. 1919)

2000 - [[Sid Abel]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1918)

2000 - [[Derrick Thomas]] -American football player (b. 1967)

2001 - [[Ivo Caprino]] -Norwegian director and screenwriter (b. 1920)

2002 - [[Ong Teng Cheong]] -Singaporean architect and politician, 5th President of Singapore (b. 1936)

2002 - [[Joachim Hoffmann]] -German historian and author (b. 1930)

2004 - [[Cem Karaca]] -Turkish singer and guitarist (b. 1945)

2004 - [[Julius Schwartz]] -American journalist and author (b. 1915)

2005 - [[Keith Knudsen]] -American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific (band)|Southern Pacific) (b. 1948)

2006 - [[Elton Dean]] -English saxophonist (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)

2006 - [[Akira Ifukube]] -Japanese composer (b. 1914)

2007 - [[Anna Nicole Smith]] -American model and actress (b. 1967)

2007 - [[Ian Stevenson]] -Canadian-American psychiatrist and academic (b. 1918)

2008 - [[Chua Ek Kay]] -Chinese-Singaporean painter (b. 1947)

2008 - [[Phyllis A. Whitney]] -Japanese-American author (b. 1903)

2009 - [[Marian Cozma]] -Romanian handball player (b. 1982)

2010 - [[John Murtha]] -American colonel and politician (b. 1932)

2011 - [[Tony Malinosky]] -American baseball player and soldier (b. 1909)

2012 - [[Wando (singer)|Wando]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter (b. 1945)

2012 - [[Phil Bruns]] -American actor (b. 1931)

2012 - [[Laurie Main]] -Australian-American actor (b. 1922)

2012 - [[Gunther Plaut]] -German-Canadian rabbi and author (b. 1912)

2012 - [[Jimmy Sabater]] -American singer and timbales player (b. 1936)

2012 - [[Luis Alberto Spinetta]] -Argentinean singer-songwriter (Almendra (band)|Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, and Invisible (band)|Invisible) (b. 1950)

2013 - [[Ralph Braun]] -American businessman (b. 1940)

2013 - [[Chris Brinker]] -American director and producer (b. 1970)

2013 - [[Giovanni Cheli]] -Italian cardinal (b. 1918)

2013 - [[James DePreist]] -American conductor and educator (b. 1936)

2013 - [[Alan Sharp]] -Scottish-American screenwriter and author (b. 1934)

2014 - [[Dick Berk]] -American drummer and bandleader (b. 1939)

2014 - [[Els Borst]] -Dutch physician and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1932)

2014 - [[Maicon Pereira de Oliveira]] -Brazilian footballer (b. 1988)

2014 - [[Nancy Holt]] -American sculptor and painter (b. 1938)

2014 - [[Keith Hughes (basketball)|Keith Hughes]] -American basketball player and coach (b. 1968)

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

2015 - [[Rauni-Leena Luukanen-Kilde]] -Finnish physician and parapsychologist (b. 1939)

2015 - [[Andrew Rosenfeld]] -English businessman, co-founded Minerva (property firm)|Minerva (b. 1962)

2015 - [[Müzeyyen Senar]] -Turkish singer-songwriter (b. 1918)

2015 - [[Mario Vázquez Raña]] -Mexican businessman (b. 1932)

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