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History of Deaths


615 - [[Pope Boniface IV]] -(b. 550)

675 - [[Li Hong]] -Chinese prince (b. 652)

709 - [[Aldhelm]] -English-Latin bishop, poet, and scholar (b. 639)

992 - [[Mieszko I of Poland]] -(b. 935)

1085 - [[Pope Gregory VII]] -(b. 1020)

1261 - [[Pope Alexander IV]] -(b. 1185)

1452 - [[John Stafford (bishop)|John Stafford]] -English archbishop and politician

1555 - [[Gemma Frisius]] -Dutch physician, mathematician, and cartographer (b. 1508)

1555 - [[Henry II of Navarre]] -(b. 1503)

1595 - [[Valens Acidalius]] -German poet and critic (b. 1567)

1595 - [[Philip Neri]] -Italian priest and saint (b. 1515)

1632 - [[Adam Tanner (mathematician)|Adam Tanner]] -Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)

1667 - [[Gustaf Bonde (1620–1667)|Gustaf Bonde]] -Finnish-Swedish politician, 5th Lord High Treasurer of Sweden (b. 1620)

1681 - [[Pedro Calderón de la Barca]] -Spanish poet and playwright (b. 1600)

1693 - [[Madame de La Fayette]] -French author (b. 1634)

1741 - [[Daniel Ernst Jablonski]] -German bishop and theologian (b. 1660)

1786 - [[Peter III of Portugal]] -(b. 1717)

1789 - [[Anders Dahl]] -Swedish botanist and physician (b. 1751)

1797 - [[John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden]] -English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Essex (b. 1719)

1805 - [[William Paley]] -English priest and philosopher (b. 1743)

1848 - [[Annette von Droste-Hülshoff]] -German author and composer (b. 1797)

1849 - [[Benjamin D'Urban]] -English general and politician, Governor of British Guiana (b. 1777)

1895 - [[Ahmed Cevdet Pasha]] -Ottoman sociologist, historian, and jurist (b. 1822)

1899 - [[Rosa Bonheur]] -French painter and sculptor (b. 1822)

1912 - [[Austin Lane Crothers]] -American educator and politician, 46th Governor of Maryland (b. 1860)

1917 - [[Maksim Bahdanovič]] -Belarusian poet and critic (b. 1891)

1919 - [[Eliza Pollock]] -American archer (b. 1840)

1919 - [[Madam C. J. Walker]] -American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (b. 1867)

1924 - [[Lyubov Popova]] -Russian painter and illustrator (b. 1889)

1926 - [[Symon Petliura]] -Ukrainian journalist and politician (b. 1879)

1927 - [[Payne Whitney]] -American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1876)

1930 - [[Randall Davidson]] -Scottish-English archbishop (b. 1848)

1934 - [[Gustav Holst]] -English trombonist, composer, and educator (b. 1874)

1937 - [[Henry Ossawa Tanner]] -American-French painter and illustrator (b. 1859)

1939 - [[Frank Watson Dyson]] -English astronomer and academic (b. 1868)

1940 - [[Joe De Grasse]] -Canadian-American actor and director (b. 1873)

1942 - [[Emanuel Feuermann]] -Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (b. 1902)

1943 - [[Nils von Dardel]] -Swedish painter (b. 1888)

1946 - [[Marcel Petiot]] -French physician (b. 1897)

1951 - [[Paula von Preradović]] -Croatian poet and author (b. 1887)

1954 - [[Robert Capa]] -Hungarian photographer and journalist (b. 1913)

1957 - [[Leo Goodwin (swimmer)|Leo Goodwin]] -American swimmer, diver, and water polo player (b. 1883)

1968 - [[Georg von Küchler]] -German field marshal (b. 1881)

1970 - [[Tom Patey]] -Scottish mountaineer and author (b. 1932)

1977 - [[Yevgenia Ginzburg]] -Russian author (b. 1904)

1979 - [[Itzhak Bentov]] -Czech-Israeli engineer, mystic, and author (b. 1923)

1979 - [[John Spenkelink]] -American murderer (b. 1949)

1981 - [[Ruby Payne-Scott]] -Australian physicist and astronomer (b. 1912)

1981 - [[Fredric Warburg]] -English author and publisher (b. 1898)

1982 - [[Larry J. Blake]] -American actor (b. 1918)

1983 - [[Necip Fazıl Kısakürek]] -Turkish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1904)

1983 - [[Idris of Libya]] -(b. 1889)

1983 - [[Jean Rougeau]] -Canadian wrestler and manager (b. 1925)

1983 - [[Jack Stewart (ice hockey)|Jack Stewart]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1917)

1986 - [[Chester Bowles]] -American journalist and politician, 22nd Under Secretary of State (b. 1901)

1990 - [[Vic Tayback]] -American actor (b. 1930)

1993 - [[Buddhadasa]] -Thai monk and philosopher (b. 1906)

1995 - [[Élie Bayol]] -French race car driver (b. 1914)

1995 - [[Krešimir Ćosić]] -Croatian basketball player and coach, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer 1996 (b. 1948)

1995 - [[Dany Robin]] -French actress and singer (b. 1927)

1996 - [[Renzo De Felice]] -Italian historian and author (b. 1929)

1996 - [[Bradley Nowell]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sublime (band)|Sublime) (b. 1968)

2000 - [[Nicholas Clay]] -English actor (b. 1946)

2001 - [[Alberto Korda]] -Cuban photographer (b. 1928)

2002 - [[Pat Coombs]] -English actress (b. 1926)

2003 - [[Jeremy Michael Ward]] -American singer and guitarist (The Mars Volta and De Facto (band)|De Facto) (b. 1976)

2003 - [[Sloan Wilson]] -American author and poet (b. 1920)

2004 - [[Roger Williams Straus, Jr.]] -American publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux|Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing Company (b. 1917)

2005 - [[Sunil Dutt]] -Indian actor, director, producer, and politician (b. 1929)

2005 - [[Robert Jankel]] -English businessman, founded Panther Westwinds (b. 1938)

2005 - [[Gregory Scott Johnson]] -American murderer (b. 1965)

2005 - [[Graham Kennedy]] -Australian actor and game show host (b. 1934)

2005 - [[Zoran Mušič]] -Slovene painter and illustrator (b. 1909)

2006 - [[Desmond Dekker]] -Jamaican-English singer-songwriter (b. 1941)

2007 - [[Laurie Bartram]] -American actress and dancer (b. 1958)

2007 - [[Charles Nelson Reilly]] -American actor, singer, and director (b. 1931)

2008 - [[J. R. Simplot]] -American businessman, founded Simplot (b. 1909)

2008 - [[Camu Tao]] -American rapper and producer (The Weathermen (hip hop group)|The Weathermen) (b. 1977)

2009 - [[Haakon Lie]] -Norwegian politician (b. 1905)

2010 - [[Alexander Belostenny]] -Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)

2010 - [[Michael H. Jordan]] -American businessman (b. 1936)

2010 - [[Alan Hickinbotham]] -Australian footballer and coach (b. 1925)

2010 - [[Siphiwo Ntshebe]] -South African tenor (b. 1975)

2010 - [[Gabriel Vargas]] -Mexican painter and illustrator (b. 1915)

2010 - [[Jarvis Williams (American football)|Jarvis Williams]] -American football player and coach (b. 1965)

2011 - [[Terry Jenner]] -Australian cricketer and coach (b. 1944)

2012 - [[R. Dilip (Tamil actor)|R. Dilip]] -Indian actor (b. 1955)

2012 - [[William Hanley]] -American author and screenwriter (b. 1931)

2012 - [[Edoardo Mangiarotti]] -Italian fencer (b. 1919)

2012 - [[Peter D. Sieruta]] -American author and critic (b. 1958)

2012 - [[Beatrice Sparks]] -American therapist and author (b. 1917)

2012 - [[Lou Watson]] -American basketball player and coach (b. 1924)

2013 - [[Tyrone Brunson (musician)|Tyrone Brunson]] -American singer (b. 1956)

2013 - [[Gene Burns]] -American radio host (b. 1940)

2013 - [[Mahendra Karma]] -Indian politician (b. 1950)

2013 - [[Marshall Lytle]] -American bass player and songwriter (Bill Haley & His Comets and The Jodimars) (b. 1933)

2013 - [[Nand Kumar Patel]] -Indian politician (b. 1953)

2013 - [[T. M. Soundararajan]] -Indian singer and actor (b. 1922)

2014 - [[David Allen (cricketer)|David Allen]] -English cricketer (b. 1935)

2014 - [[Lee Chamberlin]] -American actress (b. 1938)

2014 - [[Bertha Gilkey]] -American activist (b. 1949)

2014 - [[Wojciech Jaruzelski]] -Polish general and politician, 1st President of Poland (b. 1923)

2014 - [[Herb Jeffries]] -American singer and actor (b. 1913)

2014 - [[Toaripi Lauti]] -Tuvaluan educator and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Tuvalu (b. 1928)

2014 - [[Matthew Saad Muhammad]] -American boxer and trainer (b. 1954)

2014 - [[Malcolm Simmons]] -English motorcycle racer (b. 1946)

2014 - [[Bunny Yeager]] -American model and photographer (b. 1929)

2015 - [[George Braden]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of the Northwest Territories (b. 1949)

2015 - [[Mary Ellen Mark]] -American photographer and journalist (b. 1940)

2015 - [[John M. Murphy]] -American soldier and politician (b. 1926)

2015 - [[Bill O'Herlihy]] -Irish sportscaster (b. 1938)

2015 - [[Wallace Sampson]] -American physician and critic (b. 1930)

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