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Day History: August-17

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Events History


309 - [[Pope Eusebius]] -is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicilia (Roman province)|Sicily, where he dies, perhaps from a hunger strike.

986 - [[Byzantine–Bulgarian wars]] -Battle of the Gates of Trajan: The First Bulgarian Empire|Bulgarians under the Cometopuli dynasty|Comitopuli Samuel of Bulgaria|Samuel and Aron (noble)|Aron defeat the Byzantine Empire|Byzantine forces at the Gates of Trajan, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.

1186 - [[Georgenberg Pact]] -Ottokar IV, Duke of Styria and Leopold V, Duke of Austria sign a heritage agreement in which Ottokar gives his duchy to Leopold and to his son Frederick I, Duke of Austria (Babenberg)|Frederick under the stipulation that Austria and Styria would henceforth remain undivided.

1386 - [[Karl Topia]] -the ruler of Princedom of Albania forges an alliance with the Republic of Venice, committing to participate in all wars of the Republic and receiving coastal protection against the Ottomans in return.

1424 - [[Hundred Years' War]] -Battle of Verneuil: An English force under John, Duke of Bedford defeats a larger French army under Jean II, Duke of Alençon, John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Buchan|John Stewart, and Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas|Earl Archibald of Douglas.

1498 - [[Cesare Borgia]] -son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the Cardinal (Catholicism)|cardinalate. On the same day, King Louis XII of France names him Duke of Valentinois.

1549 - [[Battle of Sampford Courtenay]] -The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in Kingdom of England|England.

1560 - [[Roman Catholic Church]] -is overthrown and Protestantism is Scottish Reformation Parliament|established as the national religion in Kingdom of Scotland|Scotland.

1585 - [[Eighty Years' War]] -Siege of Antwerp (1584–85)|Siege of Antwerp: Antwerp is captured by Spanish Empire|Spanish forces under Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, who orders Protestants to leave the city and as a result over half of the 100,000 inhabitants flee to the Dutch Republic|northern provinces.

1585 - [[Sir Walter Raleigh]] -under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.

1597 - [[Islands Voyage]] -Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on an expedition to the Azores.

1611 - [[Gaspar de Borja y Velasco]] -is made a cardinal by Pope Paul V.

1668 - [[Historical earthquakes|earthquake]] -with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter magnitude scale causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.

1717 - [[Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18]] -The month-long Siege of Belgrade (1717)|Siege of Belgrade ends with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Habsburg Monarchy|Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.

1723 - [[Ioan Giurgiu Patachi]] -becomes Bishop of Făgăraș and is festively installed in his position at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Făgăraș, after being formally confirmed earlier by Pope Clement XI.

1740 - [[Pope Benedict XIV]] -previously known as Prospero Lambertini succeeds Clement XII as the 247th Pope.

1771 - [[Ben Nevis]] -in Scotland

1784 - [[Luigi Boccherini]] -receives a pay rise of 12000 Spanish real|reals from his employer, the Infante Luis, Count of Chinchón.

1798 - [[Vietnam]] -se Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Our Lady of La Vang.

1807 - [[Robert Fulton]] -s ''North River Steamboat'' leaves New York City|New York, New York, for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

1862 - [[American Indian Wars]] -The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as Lakota people|Lakota warriors attack white settlements along the Minnesota River.

1862 - [[American Civil War]] -Major General J. E. B. Stuart is assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate States of America|Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

1863 - [[Charleston, South Carolina]] -Union (American Civil War)|Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.

1864 - [[Battle of Gainesville]] -Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.

1866 - [[Grand Duchy of Baden]] -announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a History of Baden-Württemberg|treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.

1883 - [[Dominican Republic]] -s national anthem, ''National Anthem of the Dominican Republic|Himno Nacional''.

1896 - [[Bridget Driscoll]] -is run over by a Benz & Cie.|Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the UK's first pedestrian motoring fatality.

1907 - [[Pike Place Market]] -a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.

1908 - [[Fantasmagorie (1908 film)|Fantasmagorie]] -', the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.

1914 - [[Battle of Stallupönen]] -The German army of General officer|General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.

1915 - [[Leo Frank]] -is lynching|lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.

1915 - [[1915 Galveston hurricane|Category 4 hurricane]] -hits Galveston, Texas with winds at {{convert|135|mph|km/h}}.

1918 - [[Bolshevik]] -revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated.

1941 - [[Nikolaev (Ukraine)|Nikolaev]] -and Krivoi Rog.

1942 - [[United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marines]] -Makin Island raid|raid the Empire of Japan|Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari).

1943 - [[Eighth Air Force]] -suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.

1943 - [[United States Army Europe|U.S. Seventh Army]] -under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein|Bernard Montgomery, thus completing the Allies of World War II|Allied Allied invasion of Sicily|conquest of Sicily.

1943 - [[Quebec Conference, 1943|First Québec Conference]] -of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.

1943 - [[Royal Air Force]] -begins Operation Hydra (1943)|Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow Strategic bombing during World War II|strategic bombing campaign against Germany's V-weapons|V-weapon program.

1945 - [[Sukarno]] -and Mohammad Hatta Proclamation of Indonesian Independence|proclaim the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.

1947 - [[Radcliffe Line]] -the border between Dominion of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.

1950 - [[Hill 303 massacre]] -American POWs are shot to death by the Korean People's Army|North Korean Army.

1953 - [[Substance dependence|Addiction]] -First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.

1958 - [[Pioneer 0]] -', America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.

1959 - [[Quake Lake]] -is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana.

1959 - [[Kind of Blue]] -' by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.

1960 - [[Decolonization]] -Gabon gains independence from France.

1962 - [[East Germany|East German]] -border guards Killing of Peter Fechter|kill Peter Fechter, 18, as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.

1969 - [[Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale|Category 5]] -Hurricane Camille hits the Gulf Coast of the United States|U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing United States dollar|$1.42 billion in damage.

1970 - [[Venera]] -program: ''Venera 7'' launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).

1977 - [[Arktika (icebreaker)|Arktika]] -' becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.

1978 - [[Double Eagle II]] -' becomes first balloon (aircraft)|balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.

1980 - [[Death of Azaria Chamberlain|Azaria Chamberlain disappears]] -at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most trial by media|publicized trial in History of Australia|Australian history.

1982 - [[Compact Disc]] -(CDs) are released to the public in Germany.

1988 - [[President of Pakistan]] -Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Ambassadors of the United States|U.S. Ambassador Arnold Lewis Raphel|Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.

1991 - [[Strathfield massacre]] -In Sydney, Australia, taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots seven people and injures six others before turning the gun on himself.

1998 - [[Lewinsky scandal]] -US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.

1999 - [[1999 İzmit earthquake|earthquake]] -strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

2002 - [[Divine Mercy]] -and consecration of the sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki by John Paul II.

2004 - [[National Assembly of Serbia]] -unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Bože pravde becomes the new anthem and the Coat of arms of Serbia|coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

2005 - [[Israel's unilateral disengagement plan|evacuation]] -of Israeli settlement|settlers, as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, starts.

2005 - [[2005 Bangladesh bombings|set off by terrorists]] -at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh

2008 - [[Michael Phelps]] -becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

2009 - [[2009 Sayano–Shushenskaya power station accident|An accident]] -at the Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia, kills 75 and shuts down the hydroelectric power station, leading to widespread power failure in the local area.

2015 - [[2015 Bangkok bombing|bomb explodes]] -near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least 19 people and injuring 123 others.

Famous Birthdays


1473 - [[Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York]] -(d. 1483)

1556 - [[Alexander Briant]] -English martyr and saint (d. 1581)

1601 - [[Pierre de Fermat]] -French lawyer and mathematician (d. 1665)

1629 - [[John III Sobieski]] -Polish–Lithuanian king (d. 1696)

1686 - [[Nicola Porpora]] -Italian composer and educator (d. 1768)

1753 - [[Josef Dobrovský]] -Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)

1768 - [[Louis Desaix]] -French general (d. 1800)

1786 - [[Davy Crockett]] -American soldier and politician (d. 1836)

1786 - [[Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld]] -(d. 1861)

1794 - [[Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst]] -(d. 1849)

1828 - [[Jules Bernard Luys]] -French neurologist and physician (d. 1897)

1840 - [[Wilfrid Scawen Blunt]] -English poet and activist (d. 1922)

1844 - [[Menelik II]] -of Ethiopia (d. 1913)

1863 - [[Gene Stratton-Porter]] -American author and photographer (d. 1924)

1866 - [[Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI]] -Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)

1866 - [[Julia Marlowe]] -English-American actress (d. 1950)

1873 - [[John A. Sampson]] -American gynecologist and academic (d. 1946)

1877 - [[Ralph McKittrick]] -American golfer and tennis player (d. 1923)

1878 - [[Reggie Duff]] -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1880 - [[Percy Sherwell]] -South African cricketer and tennis player (d. 1948)

1887 - [[Charles I of Austria]] -(d. 1922)

1887 - [[Marcus Garvey]] -Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)

1888 - [[Monty Woolley]] -American actor and singer (d. 1963)

1890 - [[Stefan Bastyr]] -Polish soldier and pilot (d. 1920)

1890 - [[Harry Hopkins]] -American politician and diplomat, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)

1893 - [[John Brahm]] -German-American director and production manager (d. 1982)

1893 - [[Mae West]] -American actress, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

1894 - [[William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes]] -English businessman, founded Rootes Group (d. 1964)

1895 - [[Aris Maliagros]] -Greek actor and singer (d. 1984)

1896 - [[Leslie Groves]] -American general and engineer (d. 1970)

1896 - [[Tõnis Kint]] -Estonian lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1991)

1896 - [[Oliver Waterman Larkin]] -American historian and author (d. 1970)

1904 - [[Mary Cain (editor)|Mary Cain]] -American journalist and politician (d. 1984)

1904 - [[Leopold Nowak]] -Austrian composer and musicologist (d. 1991)

1907 - [[Gustav Schwarzenegger]] -Austrian police officer (d. 1972)

1909 - [[Larry Clinton]] -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1985)

1911 - [[Mikhail Botvinnik]] -Russian chess player and engineer (d. 1995)

1911 - [[Martin Sandberger]] -German colonel and lawyer (d. 2010)

1913 - [[Mark Felt]] -American lawyer and agent, 2nd Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 2008)

1913 - [[Oscar Alfredo Gálvez]] -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1989)

1913 - [[Rudy York]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1970)

1914 - [[Bill Downs]] -American journalist (d. 1978)

1914 - [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1988)

1916 - [[Moses Majekodunmi]] -Nigerian physician and politician (d. 2012)

1918 - [[Evelyn Ankers]] -Chilean-American actress and singer (d. 1985)

1918 - [[Ike Quebec]] -American saxophonist and pianist (d. 1963)

1918 - [[Michael John Wise]] -English geographer and academic

1919 - [[Georgia Gibbs]] -American singer (d. 2006)

1920 - [[Maureen O'Hara]] -Irish-American actress and singer

1920 - [[Lida Moser]] -American photographer and author (d. 2014)

1921 - [[Geoffrey Elton]] -German-English historian and academic (d. 1994)

1922 - [[Roy Tattersall]] -England cricketer (d. 2011)

1923 - [[Larry Rivers]] -American painter and sculptor (d. 2002)

1926 - [[Valerie Eliot]] -English businesswoman (d. 2012)

1926 - [[George Melly]] -English singer and critic (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Jean Poiret]] -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1926 - [[Jiang Zemin]] -Chinese engineer and politician, 5th President of the People's Republic of China

1927 - [[Sam Butera]] -American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2009)

1927 - [[F. Ray Keyser, Jr.]] -American lawyer and politician, 72nd Governor of Vermont (d. 2015)

1928 - [[T. J. Anderson]] -American composer, conductor, and educator

1928 - [[Willem Duys]] -Dutch tennis player, sportscaster, and producer (d. 2011)

1929 - [[Augie Blunt]] -American actor (d. 1999)

1929 - [[Jimmy Donley]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1963)

1929 - [[Francis Gary Powers]] -American captain and pilot (d. 1977)

1930 - [[Harve Bennett]] -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2015)

1930 - [[Ted Hughes]] -English poet, author, and playwright (d. 1998)

1931 - [[Tony Wrigley]] -English historian, demographer, and academic

1932 - [[V. S. Naipaul]] -Trinidadian-English journalist and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1932 - [[Duke Pearson]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1980)

1933 - [[Glenn Corbett]] -American actor (d. 1993)

1933 - [[Mark Dinning]] -American singer (d. 1986)

1933 - [[Gene Kranz]] -American lieutenant

1934 - [[João Donato]] -Brazilian pianist and composer

1934 - [[Ron Henry]] -English footballer (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Oleg Tabakov]] -Russian actor and director

1936 - [[Seamus Mallon]] -Irish educator and politician, First Minister and deputy First Minister|Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1936 - [[Floyd Red Crow Westerman]] -American actor, singer, and activist (d. 2007)

1937 - [[Ronnie Butler]] -Bahamian singer

1937 - [[Spiros Focás]] -Greek actor

1938 - [[Abu Bakar Bashir]] -Indonesian cleric and educator

1938 - [[Theodoros Pangalos (politician)|Theodoros Pangalos]] -Greek lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

1939 - [[Luther Allison]] -American singer and guitarist (d. 1997)

1939 - [[Anthony Valentine]] -English actor

1940 - [[Eduardo Mignogna]] -Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1940 - [[Barry Sheerman]] -English academic and politician

1941 - [[Lothar Bisky]] -German businessman and politician (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Jean Pierre Lefebvre]] -Canadian director and screenwriter

1942 - [[Muslim Magomayev (musician)|Muslim Magomayev]] -Azerbaijani singer

1942 - [[Khagen Mahanta]] -Indian singer (d. 2014)

1942 - [[Shane Porteous]] -Australian actor, animator, and screenwriter

1943 - [[Boots Plata]] -Filipino actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1943 - [[Edward Cowie]] -English composer, painter, and author

1943 - [[Ian McAllister]] -Scottish businessman

1943 - [[Robert De Niro]] -American actor, director, and producer

1943 - [[John Humphrys]] -Welsh journalist and author

1943 - [[Dave "Snaker" Ray]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Koerner, Ray & Glover) (d. 2002)

1944 - [[Larry Ellison]] -American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation

1944 - [[Jean-Bernard Pommier]] -French pianist and conductor

1945 - [[Rachel Pollack]] -American author, poet, and educator

1946 - [[Martha Coolidge]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 - [[Patrick Manning]] -Trinidadian-Tobagonian politician, 4th List of Prime Ministers of Trinidad and Tobago|Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

1947 - [[Sylvia Nasar]] -German-American journalist, author, and academic

1947 - [[Jennifer Rhodes]] -American actress

1947 - [[Gary Talley]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Box Tops)

1948 - [[Alexander Ivashkin]] -Russian-English cellist and conductor (d. 2014)

1948 - [[Rod MacDonald]] -American singer-songwriter

1949 - [[Norm Coleman]] -American lawyer and politician, 52nd List of mayors of Saint Paul, Minnesota|Mayor of St. Paul

1949 - [[Sue Draheim]] -American fiddler and composer (d. 2013)

1949 - [[Julian Fellowes]] -Egyptian-English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician

1949 - [[Sib Hashian]] -American drummer (Boston (band)|Boston and Ernie and the Automatics)

1951 - [[Richard Hunt (puppeteer)|Richard Hunt]] -American puppeteer and actor (d. 1992)

1951 - [[Robert Joy]] -Canadian actor and producer

1951 - [[Alan Minter]] -English boxer

1951 - [[Elba Ramalho]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1952 - [[Aleksandr Maksimenkov]] -Russian footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1952 - [[Nelson Piquet]] -Brazilian race car driver and businessman

1952 - [[Mario Theissen]] -German engineer and businessman

1952 - [[Guillermo Vilas]] -Argentinian tennis player

1953 - [[Mick Malthouse]] -Australian footballer and coach

1953 - [[Herta Müller]] -Romanian-German poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1953 - [[Kevin Rowland]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dexys Midnight Runners)

1954 - [[Andrés Pastrana Arango]] -Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia

1954 - [[Eric Johnson]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1954 - [[Andrés Pastrana Arango]] -Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia

1955 - [[Richard Hilton]] -American businessman

1956 - [[Gail Berman]] -American businessman, co-founded BermanBraun

1956 - [[Álvaro Pino]] -Spanish cyclist

1957 - [[Robin Cousins]] -English figure skater and actor

1957 - [[Ken Kwapis]] -American director and screenwriter

1957 - [[Laurence Overmire]] -American poet, author, and actor

1958 - [[Belinda Carlisle]] -American singer-songwriter (The Go-Go's)

1958 - [[Fred Goodwin]] -Scottish banker and accountant

1958 - [[Maurizio Sandro Sala]] -Brazilian race car driver

1958 - [[Kirk Stevens]] -Canadian snooker player

1959 - [[Jonathan Franzen]] -American author and critic

1959 - [[Jacek Kazimierski]] -Polish footballer

1959 - [[David Koresh]] -American cult leader (d. 1993)

1959 - [[Chika Sakamoto]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1959 - [[Eric Schlosser]] -American journalist and author

1960 - [[Stephan Eicher]] -Swiss singer-songwriter (Grauzone)

1960 - [[Sean Penn]] -American actor and director

1961 - [[Larry B. Scott]] -American actor, director, and producer

1962 - [[Gilby Clarke]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Guns N' Roses, Rock Star Supernova, and Candy (band)|Candy)

1962 - [[John Marshall Jones]] -American actor, director, and producer

1962 - [[Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss]] -German actor and director

1963 - [[Jon Gruden]] -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1963 - [[S. Shankar|Shankar]] -Indian director and producer

1964 - [[Colin James]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1964 - [[Maria McKee]] -American singer-songwriter (Lone Justice)

1964 - [[Dave Penney]] -English footballer and manager

1965 - [[Steve Gorman]] -American drummer (The Black Crowes and Trigger Hippy)

1966 - [[Maysa Leak]] -American singer and producer (Incognito (band)|Incognito)

1966 - [[Jüri Luik]] -Estonian politician and diplomat, 18th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defense

1966 - [[Rodney Mullen]] -American skateboarder and stuntman

1966 - [[Don Sweeney]] -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1967 - [[David Conrad]] -American actor

1968 - [[Andrew Koenig]] -American actor and director (d. 2010)

1968 - [[Andriy Kuzmenko]] -Ukrainian singer-songwriter and actor (Skryabin (band)|Skryabin) (d. 2015)

1968 - [[Ed McCaffrey]] -American football player and sportscaster

1968 - [[Helen McCrory]] -English actress

1969 - [[Christian Laettner]] -American basketball player and coach

1969 - [[Wayne Mills (singer)|Wayne Mills]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1969 - [[Donnie Wahlberg]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (New Kids on the Block)

1970 - [[Jim Courier]] -American tennis player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Rupert Degas]] -English actor and producer

1970 - [[Andrus Kivirähk]] -Estonian author

1970 - [[Øyvind Leonhardsen]] -Norwegian footballer and coach

1971 - [[Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza]] -Mexican drug lord (d. 2013)

1971 - [[Uhm Jung-hwa]] -South Korean singer and actress

1971 - [[Ed Motta]] -Brazilian singer and pianist

1971 - [[Jorge Posada]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1971 - [[Shaun Rehn]] -Australian footballer and coach

1972 - [[Habibul Bashar]] -Bangladeshi cricketer

1974 - [[Tony Hajjar]] -Lebanese-American drummer (At the Drive-In and Sparta (band)|Sparta)

1974 - [[Tomomi Kahala]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1974 - [[Nicola Kraus]] -American author

1974 - [[Giuliana Rancic]] -Italian-American journalist and actress

1974 - [[Johannes Maria Staud]] -Austrian composer

1975 - [[Carmina Villaroel]] -Filipino model and actress

1976 - [[Eric Boulton]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1976 - [[Scott Halberstadt]] -American actor

1976 - [[Geertjan Lassche]] -Dutch journalist and director

1976 - [[Serhiy Zakarlyuka]] -Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1977 - [[Nathan Deakes]] -Australian race walker

1977 - [[William Gallas]] -French footballer

1977 - [[Thierry Henry]] -French footballer

1977 - [[Mike Lewis (musician)|Mike Lewis]] -Welsh guitarist (Lostprophets, Public Disturbance (Welsh band)|Public Disturbance, and No Devotion)

1977 - [[Tarja Turunen]] -Finnish singer-songwriter and producer (Nightwish)

1978 - [[Jelena Karleuša]] -Serbian singer and dancer

1978 - [[Karena Lam]] -Canadian-Hong Kong actress and singer

1978 - [[Ebon Moss-Bachrach]] -American actor

1978 - [[Vibeke Stene]] -Norwegian singer (Tristania (band)|Tristania)

1979 - [[Marcus Patric]] -English actor

1979 - [[Antwaan Randle El]] -American football player and journalist

1980 - [[Keith Dabengwa]] -Zimbabwean cricketer

1980 - [[Tootsie Guevara]] -Filipino singer-songwriter and actress

1980 - [[Daniel Güiza]] -Spanish footballer

1980 - [[Jan Kromkamp]] -Dutch footballer

1980 - [[Lene Marlin]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1980 - [[Van Tuong Nguyen]] -Thai-Australian drug trafficker (d. 2005)

1981 - [[Kristin Adams]] -American singer and television host

1982 - [[Phil Jagielka]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Cheerleader Melissa]] -American wrestler and manager

1982 - [[Mark Salling]] -American actor and singer

1983 - [[Dustin Pedroia]] -American baseball player

1984 - [[Dee Brown (basketball, born 1984)|Dee Brown]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Oksana Domnina]] -Russian ice dancer

1984 - [[Garrett Wolfe]] -American football player

1985 - [[Yū Aoi]] -Japanese model and actress

1986 - [[Rudy Gay]] -American basketball player

1986 - [[Bryton James]] -American actor and singer

1986 - [[Tyrus Thomas]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Kemp Muhl]] -American model, actress, and singer

1987 - [[Paolo Serrano]] -Filipino actor

1988 - [[Aidan Coleman]] -Irish jockey

1988 - [[Bianca Collins]] -American actress

1988 - [[Brady Corbet]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1988 - [[Natalie Sandtorv]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter (Morning Has Occurred)

1988 - [[Erika Toda]] -Japanese actress

1989 - [[Farah Zeynep Abdullah]] -Turkish actress

1989 - [[Lil B]] -American rapper and producer (The Pack (group)|The Pack)

1989 - [[Elena Hight]] -American snowboarder

1989 - [[Frederick Lau]] -German actor

1990 - [[Colin Bates]] -American actor, singer, and dancer

1990 - [[Rachel Hurd-Wood]] -English actress

1991 - [[Austin Butler]] -American actor and singer

1991 - [[Qory Sandioriva]] -Indonesian model, Puteri Indonesia 2009

1992 - [[Paige (wrestler)|Paige]] -English wrestler

1992 - [[Alex Elisala]] -New Zealand-Australian rugby player (d. 2013)

1993 - [[Cinta Laura]] -German-Indonesian actress and singer

1993 - [[Sarah Sjöström]] -Swedish swimmer

1994 - [[Taissa Farmiga]] -American actress

1995 - [[Gracie Gold]] -American figure skater

1996 - [[Ella Cruz]] -Filipino actress and dancer

History of Deaths


1153 - [[Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne]] -(b. 1130)

1304 - [[Emperor Go-Fukakusa]] -of Japan (b. 1243)

1324 - [[Irene of Brunswick]] -(b. 1293)

1338 - [[Nitta Yoshisada]] -Japanese samurai (b. 1301)

1433 - [[Jan of Tarnów (1367–1433)|Jan of Tarnów]] -(b. 1367)

1510 - [[Edmund Dudley]] -English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons (b. 1462)

1657 - [[Robert Blake (admiral)|Robert Blake]] -English admiral and politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (b. 1599)

1673 - [[Regnier de Graaf]] -Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)

1676 - [[Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen]] -German author (b. 1621)

1720 - [[Anne Dacier]] -French scholar and translator (b. 1654)

1723 - [[Joseph Bingham]] -English scholar and academic (b. 1668)

1768 - [[Vasily Trediakovsky]] -Russian poet and playwright (b. 1703)

1785 - [[Jonathan Trumbull]] -American merchant and politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (b. 1710)

1786 - [[Frederick the Great]] -Prussian king (b. 1712)

1834 - [[Husein Gradaščević]] -Ottoman general (b. 1802)

1838 - [[Lorenzo Da Ponte]] -Italian playwright and poet (b. 1749)

1850 - [[José de San Martín]] -Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (b. 1778)

1861 - [[Alcée Louis la Branche]] -American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to Texas (b. 1806)

1870 - [[Perucho Figueredo]] -Cuban poet and activist (b. 1818)

1875 - [[Wilhelm Bleek]] -German linguist and anthropologist (b. 1827)

1880 - [[Ole Bull]] -Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)

1897 - [[William Jervois]] -English engineer and diplomat, 10th Governor of South Australia (b. 1821)

1901 - [[Edmond Audran]] -French organist and composer (b. 1842)

1903 - [[Hans Gude]] -Norwegian-German painter and academic (b. 1825)

1909 - [[Madan Lal Dhingra]] -Indian activist (b. 1883)

1918 - [[Moisei Uritsky]] -Russian activist and politician (b. 1873)

1920 - [[Ray Chapman]] -American baseball player (b. 1891)

1924 - [[Tom Kendall]] -English-Australian cricketer and journalist (b. 1851)

1925 - [[Ioan Slavici]] -Romanian journalist and author (b. 1848)

1935 - [[Adam Gunn]] -American decathlete (b. 1872)

1935 - [[Charlotte Perkins Gilman]] -American sociologist and author (b. 1860)

1936 - [[José María of Manila]] -Spanish-Filipino priest and martyr (b. 1880)

1940 - [[Billy Fiske]] -American soldier and pilot (b. 1911)

1945 - [[Reidar Haaland]] -Norwegian police officer and soldier (b. 1919)

1949 - [[Gregorio Perfecto]] -Filipino journalist, jurist, and politician (b. 1891)

1954 - [[Billy Murray (singer)|Billy Murray]] -American singer (b. 1877)

1958 - [[Arthur Fox]] -English-American fencer (b. 1878)

1966 - [[Ken Miles]] -English race car driver and engineer (b. 1918)

1969 - [[Otto Stern]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)

1970 - [[Rattana Pestonji]] -Thai director and producer (b. 1908)

1971 - [[Maedayama Eigorō]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (b. 1914)

1971 - [[Wilhelm List]] -German field marshal (b. 1880)

1973 - [[Conrad Aiken]] -American author and poet (b. 1889)

1973 - [[Jean Barraqué]] -French pianist and composer (b. 1928)

1973 - [[Paul Williams (The Temptations)|Paul Williams]] -American singer and choreographer (The Temptations) (b. 1939)

1976 - [[William Redfield (actor)|William Redfield]] -American actor (b. 1927)

1979 - [[John C. Allen]] -American roller coaster designer (b. 1907)

1979 - [[Ahmet Kireççi]] -Turkish wrestler (b. 1914)

1979 - [[Vivian Vance]] -American actress and singer (b. 1909)

1983 - [[Ira Gershwin]] -American songwriter (b. 1896)

1987 - [[Gary Chester]] -Italian drummer and educator (b. 1924)

1987 - [[Rudolf Hess]] -German soldier and politician (b. 1894)

1987 - [[Shaike Ophir]] -Israeli actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)

1988 - [[Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq]] -Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)

1988 - [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.]] -American lawyer and politician (b. 1914)

1988 - [[Victoria Shaw (actress)|Victoria Shaw]] -Australian-American actress (b. 1935)

1990 - [[Pearl Bailey]] -American actress and singer (b. 1918)

1992 - [[Al Parker]] -American porn actor, director, and producer (b. 1952)

1993 - [[Feng Kang]] -Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1920)

1994 - [[Luigi Chinetti]] -Italian-American race car driver and businessman (b. 1901)

1994 - [[Jack Sharkey]] -American boxer and referee (b. 1902)

1995 - [[Howard E. Koch]] -American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1902)

1995 - [[Ted Whitten]] -Australian footballer and coach (b. 1933)

1998 - [[Władysław Komar]] -Polish shot putter and actor (b. 1940)

1998 - [[Raquel Rastenni]] -Danish singer (b. 1915)

1998 - [[Tadeusz Ślusarski]] -Polish pole vaulter (b. 1950)

2000 - [[Jack Walker]] -English businessman (b. 1929)

2003 - [[Mazen Dana]] -Palestinian journalist (b. 1962)

2004 - [[Thea Astley]] -Australian author and educator (b. 1925)

2004 - [[Gérard Souzay]] -French singer (b. 1918)

2005 - [[John N. Bahcall]] -American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1934)

2006 - [[Shamsur Rahman (poet)|Shamsur Rahman]] -Bangladeshi poet and journalist (b. 1929)

2007 - [[Jos Brink]] -Dutch actor, producer, and author (b. 1942)

2007 - [[Bill Deedes]] -English journalist and politician (b. 1913)

2007 - [[Eddie Griffin (basketball)|Eddie Griffin]] -American basketball player (b. 1982)

2007 - [[Dashrath Manjhi]] -Indian engineer (b. 1934)

2008 - [[Franco Sensi]] -Italian businessman and politician (b. 1926)

2010 - [[Francesco Cossiga]] -Italian lawyer and politician, 8th President of Italy (b. 1928)

2012 - [[Aase Bjerkholt]] -Norwegian politician, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (b. 1915)

2012 - [[Joey Kovar]] -American model (b. 1983)

2012 - [[Lou Martin]] -Irish-English pianist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1949)

2012 - [[Victor Poor]] -American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (b. 1933)

2012 - [[Patrick Ricard]] -French businessman (b. 1945)

2012 - [[John Lynch-Staunton]] -Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1930)

2013 - [[Odilia Dank]] -American educator and politician (b. 1938)

2013 - [[Jack Harshman]] -American baseball player (b. 1927)

2013 - [[John Hollander]] -American poet and critic (b. 1929)

2013 - [[Frank Martínez (artist)|Frank Martínez]] -American painter (b. 1924)

2013 - [[Gus Winckel]] -Dutch lieutenant and pilot (b. 1912)

2014 - [[Børre Knudsen]] -Norwegian minister and activist (b. 1937)

2014 - [[Wolfgang Leonhard]] -German historian and author (b. 1921)

2014 - [[Sophie Masloff]] -American civil servant and politician, 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh (b. 1917)

2014 - [[Miodrag Pavlović]] -Serbian poet and critic (b. 1928)

2014 - [[Joanie Spina]] -American magician, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1953)

2014 - [[Pierre Vassiliu]] -French singer-songwriter (b. 1937)

2015 - [[Yvonne Craig]] -American actress and dancer (b. 1937)

2015 - [[Arsen Dedić]] -Croatian singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1938)

2015 - [[Mike Gaechter]] -American football player (b. 1940)

2015 - [[Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder]] -German businessman (b. 1933)

2015 - [[László Paskai]] -Hungarian cardinal (b. 1927)

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