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Day History: January-27

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Events History


98 - [[Trajan]] -succeeded his adoptive father Nerva as Roman emperor; under his rule the Roman Empire would reach its maximum extent.

661 - [[Rashidun Caliphate]] -ends with the death of Ali.

1142 - [[Song dynasty]] -General Yue Fei is executed.

1186 - [[Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor|Henry VI]] -the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor|Frederick I, marries Constance of Sicily.

1302 - [[Dante Alighieri]] -the poet and politician is exiled from Florence, Italy, where he served as one of six priors governing the city.

1343 - [[Pope Clement VI]] -issues the papal bull ''Unigenitus'' to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this.

1593 - [[Holy See|Vatican]] -opens the seven-year trial of scholar Giordano Bruno.

1606 - [[Gunpowder Plot]] -The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.

1695 - [[Mustafa II]] -becomes the Ottoman sultan and Caliph of Islam in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa rules until his abdication in 1703.

1776 - [[American Revolutionary War]] -Henry Knox's "noble train of artillery" arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1785 - [[University of Georgia]] -is founded, the first public university in the United States.

1825 - [[U.S. Congress]] -approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes|Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears".

1868 - [[Boshin War]] -The Battle of Toba–Fushimi between forces of the Tokugawa shogunate and pro-Emperor of Japan|Imperial factions begins, which will end in defeat for the shogunate, and is a pivotal point in the Meiji Restoration.

1869 - [[Ezo Republic]] -in Hokkaidō.

1880 - [[Thomas Edison]] -receives the patent on the incandescent lamp.

1888 - [[National Geographic Society]] -is founded in Washington, D.C.

1909 - [[Young Left (Norway)|Young Left]] -is founded in Norway.

1927 - [[Ibn Saud]] -takes the title of Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd|King of Nejd.

1939 - [[Lockheed P-38 Lightning]] -

1943 - [[World War II]] -The VIII Bomber Command dispatched ninety-one B-17s and B-24s to attack the U-Boat construction yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. This was the first American bombing attack on Germany of the war.

1944 - [[Siege of Leningrad]] -is lifted.

1945 - [[Red Army]] -liberates the remained inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp|Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp built by the Nazi Germans on the territory of Poland.

1951 - [[Nuclear test]] -ng at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.

1961 - [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] -submarine ''Soviet submarine S-80|S-80'' sinks with all hands lost.

1967 - [[Astronaut]] -Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White|Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

1967 - [[Soviet Union]] -sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other astronomical object|celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

1973 - [[Paris Peace Accords]] -officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat casualty.

1974 - [[Brisbane River]] -breaches its banks causing 1974 Brisbane flood|the largest flood to affect the city of Brisbane in the 20th century.

1980 - [[Iran hostage crisis|hostilities]] -in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian Caper.

1983 - [[Seikan Tunnel]] -the world's longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshū and Hokkaidō, breaks through.

1984 - [[Michael Jackson]] -suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.

1993 - [[sumo]] -wrestler Akebono Tarō becomes the first foreigner to be promoted to the sport's highest rank of ''yokozuna''.

1996 - [[coup d'état|military coup]] -Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.

1996 - [[International Holocaust Remembrance Day]] -

2002 - [[Lagos armoury explosion|An explosion]] -at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.

2003 - [[National Recording Registry]] -are announced by the Library of Congress.

2006 - [[Western Union]] -discontinues its Telegraphy|Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.

2010 - [[2009 Honduran constitutional crisis]] -ends when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras.

2011 - [[Arab Spring]] -The Yemeni Revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors demonstrate in Sana'a.

2013 - [[Kiss nightclub fire|nightclub fire]] -in the city of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul|Santa Maria, Brazil.

Famous Birthdays


1443 - [[Albert III, Duke of Saxony]] -(d. 1500)

1546 - [[Joachim III Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg]] -(d. 1608)

1571 - [[Abbas I of Persia]] -(d. 1629)

1585 - [[Hendrick Avercamp]] -Dutch painter (d. 1634)

1603 - [[Sir Harbottle Grimston, 2nd Baronet]] -English lawyer and politician, Speaker of the British House of Commons (d. 1685)

1621 - [[Thomas Willis]] -English physician and anatomist (d. 1675)

1662 - [[Richard Bentley]] -English scholar and theologian (d. 1742)

1687 - [[Johann Balthasar Neumann]] -German engineer and architect, designed Würzburg Residence and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (d. 1753)

1701 - [[Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim]] -German historian and theologian (d. 1790)

1708 - [[Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia]] -(d. 1728)

1741 - [[Hester Thrale]] -Welsh author (d. 1821)

1756 - [[Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1791)

1775 - [[Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling]] -German-Swiss philosopher and academic (d. 1854)

1795 - [[Eli Whitney Blake]] -American engineer, invented the Mortise lock (d. 1886)

1805 - [[Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805–1877)|Maria Anna of Bavaria]] -(d. 1877)

1805 - [[Samuel Palmer]] -English painter and etcher (d. 1881)

1805 - [[Princess Sophie of Bavaria]] -(d. 1872)

1806 - [[Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga]] -Spanish composer and educator (d. 1826)

1807 - [[David Strauss]] -German theologian and author (d. 1874)

1814 - [[Eugène Viollet-le-Duc]] -French architect, designed the Lausanne Cathedral (d. 1879)

1821 - [[John Chivington]] -American colonel and pastor (d. 1892)

1823 - [[Édouard Lalo]] -French violinist and composer (d. 1892)

1826 - [[Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin]] -Russian journalist and author (d. 1889)

1826 - [[Richard Taylor (general)|Richard Taylor]] -American general, historian, and politician (d. 1879)

1827 - [[Nakahama Manjirō]] -Japanese translator (d. 1898)

1832 - [[Lewis Carroll]] -English mathematician, photographer, and author (d. 1898)

1832 - [[Carl Friedrich Schmidt (1832)|Carl Friedrich Schmidt]] -Estonian-Russian geologist and botanist (d. 1908)

1836 - [[Leopold von Sacher-Masoch]] -Austrian journalist and author (d. 1895)

1842 - [[Arkhip Kuindzhi]] -Ukrainian-Russian painter (d. 1910)

1848 - [[Tōgō Heihachirō]] -Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

1850 - [[John Collier (Pre-Raphaelite painter)|John Collier]] -English painter and author (d. 1934)

1850 - [[Samuel Gompers]] -English-American labor leader (d. 1924)

1850 - [[Edward Smith (sea captain)|Edward Smith]] -English captain (d. 1912)

1858 - [[Neel Doff]] -Dutch-Belgian author (d. 1942)

1859 - [[Wilhelm II, German Emperor]] -(d. 1941)

1862 - [[Eustaquio de Escandón]] -Mexican polo player (d. 1933)

1869 - [[Will Marion Cook]] -American violinist and composer (d. 1944)

1875 - [[Elizabeth Israel]] -Dominican super-centenarian (d. 2003)

1885 - [[Jerome Kern]] -American composer and songwriter (d. 1945)

1885 - [[Eduard Künneke]] -German composer (d. 1953)

1885 - [[Seison Maeda]] -Japanese painter (d. 1977)

1886 - [[Radhabinod Pal]] -Indian academic and jurist (d. 1967)

1886 - [[Balthasar van der Pol]] -Dutch physicist and academic (d. 1959)

1891 - [[Ilya Ehrenburg]] -Russian journalist and author (d. 1967)

1893 - [[Soong Ching-ling]] -Chinese politician; List of Presidents of the People's Republic of China|President of the People's Republic of China (d. 1981)

1895 - [[Joseph Rosenstock]] -Polish-American conductor and manager (d. 1985)

1895 - [[Harry Ruby]] -American composer and screenwriter (d. 1974)

1900 - [[Hyman G. Rickover]] -American admiral (d. 1986)

1901 - [[Willy Fritsch]] -German actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1973)

1901 - [[Art Rooney]] -American football player and coach, founded the Pittsburgh Steelers (d. 1988)

1902 - [[Carl Berner (supercentenarian)|Carl Berner]] -German-American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1903 - [[John Eccles (neurophysiologist)|John Eccles]] -Australian-Swiss neurophysiologist and academic; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1903 - [[Otto P. Weyland]] -American general (d. 1979)

1904 - [[James J. Gibson]] -American psychologist and academic (d. 1979)

1905 - [[Howard McNear]] -American actor (d. 1969)

1908 - [[William Randolph Hearst, Jr.]] -American journalist and publisher (d. 1993)

1908 - [[Hot Lips Page]] -American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (d. 1954)

1910 - [[Edvard Kardelj]] -Slovene general, economist, and politician; 2nd Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Yugoslavia)|Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 1979)

1912 - [[Arne Næss]] -Norwegian philosopher and environmentalist (d. 2009)

1912 - [[Francis Rogallo]] -American engineer, invented the Rogallo wing (d. 2009)

1915 - [[Jules Archer]] -American historian and author (d. 2008)

1915 - [[Jacques Hnizdovsky]] -Ukrainian-American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1985)

1918 - [[Skitch Henderson]] -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)

1918 - [[Elmore James]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)

1918 - [[William Seawell]] -American general (d. 2005)

1919 - [[Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 1972)

1920 - [[John Box]] -English production designer and art director (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Helmut Zacharias]] -German violinist and composer (d. 2002)

1921 - [[Donna Reed]] -American actress (d. 1986)

1924 - [[Sabu Dastagir]] -Indian-American actor and singer (d. 1963)

1924 - [[Rauf Denktaş]] -Cypriot lawyer and politician, 1st President of Northern Cyprus (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Brian Rix|Brian Rix, Baron Rix]] -English actor, producer, academic and life peer

1924 - [[Harvey Shapiro (poet)|Harvey Shapiro]] -American poet and academic (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Fritz Spiegl]] -Austrian flute player and journalist (d. 2003)

1926 - [[Ingrid Thulin]] -Swedish actress and director (d. 2004)

1927 - [[Billy Barnes (composer)|Billy Barnes]] -American actor and composer (d. 2012)

1927 - [[Jerry Haynes]] -American actor (d. 2011)

1928 - [[Michael Craig (actor)|Michael Craig]] -Indian-English actor and screenwriter

1928 - [[Hans Modrow]] -Polish-German politician, 5th Prime Minister of East Germany

1929 - [[Mohamed Al-Fayed]] -Egyptian-Swiss businessman

1929 - [[Gastón Suárez]] -Bolivian author and playwright (d. 1984)

1930 - [[Bobby Bland]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1931 - [[Red Bastien]] -American wrestler, trainer, and promoter (d. 2012)

1931 - [[Gazanfer Özcan]] -Turkish actor (d. 2009)

1931 - [[Mordecai Richler]] -Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1931 - [[Nigel Vinson, Baron Vinson]] -English lieutenant and businessman

1932 - [[Boris Shakhlin]] -Russian-Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2008)

1933 - [[Jerry Buss]] -American chemist and businessman (d. 2013)

1934 - [[Édith Cresson]] -French politician; 160th List of Prime Ministers of France|Prime Minister of France

1934 - [[George Follmer]] -American race car driver

1935 - [[Gillian Beer]] -English academic and critic

1935 - [[Steve Demeter]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)

1936 - [[Troy Donahue]] -American actor and singer (d. 2001)

1936 - [[Florin Piersic]] -Romanian actor

1936 - [[Samuel C. C. Ting]] -American physicist and academic; Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1937 - [[Fred Åkerström]] -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

1937 - [[John Ogdon]] -English pianist and composer (d. 1989)

1938 - [[Roy Bourgeois]] -American priest and activist

1939 - [[Julius Lester]] -American author and academic

1937 - [[Tigran Mansurian]] -Armenian composer of classical music and film scores

1940 - [[Ahmet Kurtcebe Alptemoçin]] -Turkish engineer and politician; 35th List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Turkey)|Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

1940 - [[James Cromwell]] -American actor and producer

1940 - [[Terry Harper]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1940 - [[Petru Lucinschi]] -Romanian politician, 2nd President of Moldova

1941 - [[Bobby Hutcherson]] -American vibraphone player and composer

1941 - [[Beatrice Tinsley]] -New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1981)

1942 - [[Stewart Raffill]] -American director and screenwriter

1942 - [[John Witherspoon (actor)|John Witherspoon]] -American actor

1942 - [[Kate Wolf]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)

1943 - [[Julia Cumberlege, Baroness Cumberlege]] -English businesswoman and politician

1944 - [[Peter Akinola]] -Nigerian archbishop

1944 - [[Mairead Maguire]] -Northern Irish peace activist; Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1944 - [[Nick Mason]] -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (Pink Floyd)

1945 - [[Harold Cardinal]] -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

1946 - [[Christopher Hum]] -English academic and diplomat; List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to China|British Ambassador to China

1946 - [[Nedra Talley]] -American singer (The Ronettes)

1947 - [[Björn Afzelius]] -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1947 - [[Vyron Polydoras]] -Greek politician; Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection|Greek Minister for Public Order

1948 - [[Mikhail Baryshnikov]] -Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor

1948 - [[Valeri Brainin]] -Russian-German composer and poet

1948 - [[Jean-Philippe Collard]] -French pianist

1951 - [[Brian Downey (drummer)|Brian Downey]] -Irish drummer and songwriter

1951 - [[Cees van der Knaap]] -Dutch soldier and politician

1952 - [[Billy Johnson (American football)|Billy Johnson]] -American football player and coach

1952 - [[Tam O'Shaughnessy]] -American tennis player, psychologist, and academic

1954 - [[Peter Laird]] -American author and illustrator

1954 - [[Jōkō Ninomiya]] -Japanese-American martial artist

1955 - [[Brian Engblom]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1955 - [[John Roberts]] -American lawyer and judge; 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1956 - [[Mimi Rogers]] -American actress and producer

1956 - [[Susanne Blakeslee]] -American actress

1957 - [[Frank Miller (comics)|Frank Miller]] -American illustrator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1958 - [[James Grippando]] -American lawyer and author

1958 - [[Kadri Mälk]] -Estonian jewelry designer

1958 - [[Alan Milburn]] -English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1958 - [[Susanna Thompson]] -American actress

1959 - [[Cris Collinsworth]] -American football player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Göran Hägglund]] -Swedish politician; 28th Minister for Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for Social Affairs

1959 - [[Keith Olbermann]] -American journalist and author

1960 - [[Fiona O'Donnell]] -Canadian-Scottish politician

1961 - [[Zarganar]] -Burmese comedian, actor, and director

1961 - [[Dina Bonnevie]] -Filipino actress

1961 - [[Gillian Gilbert]] -English keyboard player and singer (New Order and The Other Two)

1961 - [[Narciso Rodriguez]] -American fashion designer

1962 - [[Roberto Paci Dalò]] -Italian director and composer

1963 - [[George Monbiot]] -English-Welsh author and activist

1964 - [[Patrick van Deurzen]] -Dutch composer and academic

1964 - [[Bridget Fonda]] -American actress

1964 - [[Jack Haley (basketball)|Jack Haley]] -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2015)

1965 - [[Alan Cumming]] -Scottish-American actor, singer, director, and producer

1965 - [[Oktay Kaynarca]] -Turkish actor and producer

1965 - [[Ignacio Noé]] -Argentinian author and illustrator

1965 - [[Attila Sekerlioglu]] -Austrian footballer and manager

1966 - [[Tamlyn Tomita]] -Japanese-American actress and singer

1967 - [[Bobby Deol]] -Indian actor and singer

1967 - [[Dave Manson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1968 - [[Tricky (musician)|Tricky]] -English rapper, producer, and actor

1968 - [[Patrick Blondeau]] -French footballer

1968 - [[Mike Patton]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas (band)|Fantômas, Tomahawk (band)|Tomahawk, and Lovage (band)|Lovage)

1968 - [[Matt Stover]] -American football player

1969 - [[Cornelius (musician)|Cornelius]] -Japanese singer, guitarist, and producer (Flipper's Guitar and Plastic Ono Band)

1969 - [[Michael Kulas]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer (James (band)|James)

1969 - [[Patton Oswalt]] -American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Emmanuel Pahud]] -Swiss flute player

1971 - [[Patrice Brisebois]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1971 - [[Toomas Kallaste]] -Estonian footballer

1971 - [[Fann Wong]] -Singaporean actress and singer

1972 - [[Mark Owen]] -English singer-songwriter (Take That)

1972 - [[Josh Randall]] -American actor

1972 - [[Keith Wood]] -Irish rugby player and hurdler

1973 - [[Valyantsin Byalkevich]] -Belarusian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1974 - [[Ole Einar Bjørndalen]] -Norwegian skier and biathlete

1974 - [[Andrei Pavel]] -Romanian tennis player and coach

1974 - [[Chaminda Vaas]] -Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

1976 - [[Ahn Jung-hwan]] -South Korean footballer

1976 - [[Ruby Lin]] -Taiwanese actress, singer, and producer

1978 - [[Akiko Hinagata]] -Japanese actress and model

1979 - [[Rosamund Pike]] -English actress

1979 - [[Liesbet Van Breedam]] -Belgian volleyball player

1979 - [[Daniel Vettori]] -New Zealand cricketer and coach

1980 - [[Eva Padberg]] -German fashion model, singer, and actress

1980 - [[Marat Safin]] -Russian tennis player and politician

1981 - [[Yaniv Katan]] -Israeli footballer

1981 - [[Alicia Molik]] -Australian tennis player

1981 - [[Tony Woodcock (rugby player)|Tony Woodcock]] -New Zealand rugby player

1983 - [[Carlo Colaiacovo]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Tim Kasten]] -German rugby player

1985 - [[Gerard Aafjes]] -Dutch footballer

1985 - [[Dustley Mulder]] -Dutch footballer

1986 - [[Giorgi Loria]] -Georgian footballer

1987 - [[Lily Donaldson]] -English model

1987 - [[Katy Rose]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1987 - [[Anton Shunin]] -Russian footballer

1988 - [[Kerlon]] -Brazilian footballer

1988 - [[Liu Wen]] -Chinese model

1989 - [[Alberto Botía]] -Spanish footballer

1989 - [[Daisy Lowe]] -English model

1989 - [[Ricky van Wolfswinkel]] -Dutch footballer

1993 - [[Yaya Sanogo]] -French footballer

1994 - [[Rani Khedira]] -German footballer

History of Deaths


98 - [[Nerva]] -Roman emperor (b. 35)

457 - [[Marcian]] -Byzantine emperor (b. 392)

661 - [[Ali]] -Arab general and caliph (b. 607)

1490 - [[Ashikaga Yoshimasa]] -Japanese shogun (b. 1435)

1540 - [[Angela Merici]] -Italian educator and saint, founded the Company of St. Ursula (b. 1474)

1596 - [[Francis Drake]] -English captain and explorer (b. 1540)

1629 - [[Hieronymus Praetorius]] -German organist and composer (b. 1560)

1638 - [[Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses]] -Spanish author and poet (b. 1585)

1651 - [[Abraham Bloemaert]] -Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1566)

1689 - [[Robert Aske (merchant)|Robert Aske]] -English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1619)

1731 - [[Bartolomeo Cristofori]] -Italian instrument maker, invented the Piano (b. 1655)

1733 - [[Thomas Woolston]] -English theologian and author (b. 1669)

1740 - [[Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon]] -(b. 1692)

1794 - [[Antoine Philippe de La Trémoille]] -French general (b. 1765)

1812 - [[John Perkins (Royal Navy officer)|John Perkins]] -Jamaican captain

1814 - [[Johann Gottlieb Fichte]] -German philosopher and academic (b. 1762)

1816 - [[Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood]] -English admiral and politician (b. 1724)

1851 - [[John James Audubon]] -French-American ornithologist and painter (b. 1789)

1860 - [[János Bolyai]] -Romanian-Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1802)

1880 - [[Edward Middleton Barry]] -English architect; co-designed the Halifax Town Hall and the Royal Opera House, Valletta|Royal Opera House (b. 1830)

1901 - [[Giuseppe Verdi]] -Italian composer (b. 1813)

1910 - [[Thomas Crapper]] -English plumber and businessman (b. 1836)

1919 - [[Endre Ady]] -Hungarian poet and journalist (b. 1877)

1921 - [[Maurice Buckley]] -Australian sergeant (b. 1891)

1922 - [[Nellie Bly]] -American journalist and author (b. 1864)

1927 - [[Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius]] -Lithuanian bishop (b. 1871)

1931 - [[Nishinoumi Kajirō II]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 25th Yokozuna (sumo)|Yokozuna (b. 1880)

1940 - [[Isaac Babel]] -Russian journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1894)

1942 - [[Kaarel Eenpalu]] -Estonian journalist and politician; Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1888)

1951 - [[Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim]] -Finnish field marshal and politician; 6th President of Finland (b. 1867)

1956 - [[Erich Kleiber]] -Austrian conductor and director (b. 1890)

1961 - [[Bernard Friedberg]] -Austrian scholar and author (b. 1876)

1963 - [[John Farrow]] -Australian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)

1965 - [[Abraham Walkowitz]] -American painter (b. 1878)

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

1967 - [[Gus Grissom]] -American pilot and astronaut (b. 1926)

1967 - [[Alphonse Juin]] -Algerian-French general (b. 1888)

1967 - [[Edward Higgins White]] -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1930)

1971 - [[Jacobo Árbenz]] -Guatemalan captain and politician; President of Guatemala (b. 1913)

1972 - [[Richard Courant]] -German-American mathematician and academic (b. 1888)

1972 - [[Mahalia Jackson]] -American singer and actress (b. 1911)

1974 - [[Georgios Grivas]] -Cypriot general (b. 1898)

1975 - [[Bill Walsh (producer)|Bill Walsh]] -American screenwriter and producer (b. 1913)

1979 - [[Qalandar Baba Auliya]] -Indian-Pakistani mystic, philosopher, and scholar (b. 1898)

1983 - [[Louis de Funès]] -French actor and screenwriter (b. 1914)

1986 - [[Lilli Palmer]] -German-American actress (b. 1914)

1987 - [[Norman McLaren]] -Scottish-Canadian animator and director (b. 1914)

1988 - [[Massa Makan Diabaté]] -Malian historian, author, and playwright (b. 1938)

1989 - [[Thomas Sopwith]] -English aviator (b. 1888)

1993 - [[André the Giant]] -French wrestler and actor (b. 1946)

1994 - [[Claude Akins]] -American actor (b. 1918)

1996 - [[Ralph Yarborough]] -American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1903)

2000 - [[Friedrich Gulda]] -Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1930)

2003 - [[Louis Archambault]] -Canadian sculptor (b. 1915)

2003 - [[Henryk Jabłoński]] -Polish historian and politician, President of Poland (b. 1909)

2004 - [[Salvador Laurel]] -Filipino politician; 10th Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)

2004 - [[Jack Paar]] -American talk show host and author (b. 1918)

2005 - [[Shah A M S Kibria]] -Bangladeshi economist and politician (b. 1931)

2006 - [[Gene McFadden]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1948)

2006 - [[Johannes Rau]] -German journalist and politician, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)

2007 - [[Yang Chuan-kwang]] -Taiwanese decathlete, long jumper, and hurdler (b. 1933)

2008 - [[Suharto]] -Indonesian general and politician; 2nd President of Indonesia (b. 1921)

2008 - [[Gordon B. Hinckley]] -American religious leader and author; 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)

2009 - [[Mino Reitano]] -Italian singer and actor (b. 1944)

2009 - [[John Updike]] -American author, poet, and critic (b. 1932)

2009 - [[R. Venkataraman]] -Indian lawyer and politician; 8th President of India (b. 1910)

2010 - [[Zelda Rubinstein]] -American actress (b. 1933)

2010 - [[J. D. Salinger]] -American soldier and author (b. 1919)

2010 - [[Ajmer Singh (athlete)|Ajmer Singh]] -Indian sprinter and academic (b. 1940)

2010 - [[Howard Zinn]] -American historian, author, and activist (b. 1922)

2011 - [[Charlie Callas]] -American actor and drummer (b. 1927)

2011 - [[Mārtiņš Freimanis]] -Latvian singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1977)

2013 - [[Ivan Bodiul]] -Ukrainian-Russian politician (b. 1918)

2013 - [[Phạm Duy]] -Vietnamese singer-songwriter (b. 1921)

2013 - [[Stanley Karnow]] -American journalist and historian (b. 1925)

2014 - [[Ichirō Nagai]] -Japanese voice actor (b. 1931)

2014 - [[Pete Seeger]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1919)

2015 - [[David Landau (journalist)|David Landau]] -English-Israeli journalist (b. 1947)

2015 - [[Charles Hard Townes]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

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