This Day in History

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History of Deaths


803- Higbald of Lindisfarne -English bishop

1314- Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester -English commander (b. 1291)

1314- Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford -English soldier, Lord Warden of the Marches (b. 1274)

1398- Hongwu Emperor -of China (b. 1328)

1439- Frederick IV, Duke of Austria -(b. 1382)

1519- Lucrezia Borgia -Italian wife of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (b. 1480)

1520- Hosokawa Sumimoto -Japanese commander (b. 1489)

1564- Rani Durgavati -Indian queen (b. 1524)

1604- Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford -English courtier (b. 1550)

1637- Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc -French astronomer (b. 1580)

1643- John Hampden -English politician (b. 1595)

1766- Adrien Maurice de Noailles -French soldier and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France)|Foreign Minister of France (b. 1678)

1778- Pieter Burman the Younger -Dutch philologist and educator (b. 1714)

1803- Matthew Thornton -Irish-American politician (b. 1714)

1817- Thomas McKean -American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1734)

1835- Andreas Vokos Miaoulis -Greek admiral and politician (b. 1769)

1908- Grover Cleveland -American politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)

1909- Sarah Orne Jewett -American author and poet (b. 1849)

1922- Walther Rathenau -German businessman and politician, Foreign Minister of Germany (b. 1867)

1931- Otto Mears -Russian-American businessman (b. 1840)

1931- Xiang Zhongfa -Chinese politician, 2nd General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (b. 1880)

1932- Ernst Põdder -Estonian general (b. 1879)

1935- Carlos Gardel -Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1890)

1943- Camille Roy (literary critic)|Camille Roy -Canadian priest and critic (b. 1870)

1946- Louise Whitfield Carnegie -American philanthropist (b. 1857)

1947- Emil Seidel -American politician, Mayor of Milwaukee (b. 1864)

1968- Tony Hancock -English actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)

1969- Frank King (cartoonist)|Frank King -American cartoonist (b. 1883)

1969- Willy Ley -German-American historian and author (b. 1906)

1976- Imogen Cunningham -American photographer (b. 1883)

1977- André-Gilles Fortin -Canadian politician (b. 1943)

1978- Robert Charroux -French author and critic (b. 1909)

1984- Clarence Campbell -Canadian businessman (b. 1905)

1987- Jackie Gleason -American actor and singer (b. 1916)

1988- Csaba Kesjár -Hungarian race car driver (b. 1962)

1989- Hibari Misora -Japanese singer and actress (b. 1937)

1991- Sumner Locke Elliott -Australian-American author and playwright (b. 1917)

1991- Rufino Tamayo -Mexican painter and illustrator (b. 1899)

1994- Jean Vallerand -Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1915)

1997- Brian Keith -American actor and director (b. 1921)

2000- Rodrigo (musician)|Rodrigo -Argentinian singer-songwriter (b. 1973)

2000- Vera Atkins -Romanian-English intelligence officer (b. 1908)

2000- David Tomlinson -English actor and singer (b. 1917)

2002- Pierre Werner -Luxembourgian politician, 21st Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)

2004- Ifigeneia Giannopoulou -Greek songwriter and author (b. 1957)

2005- Yedidia Shofet -Iranian-American rabbi (b. 1908)

2005- Paul Winchell -American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)

2006- Patsy Ramsey -American model, Miss West Virginia|Miss West Virginia 1977 (b. 1956)

2007- Byron Baer -American politician (b. 1929)

2007- Chris Benoit -Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1967)

2007- Derek Dougan -Irish footballer (b. 1938)

2007- Natasja Saad -Danish rapper (b. 1974)

2008- Gerhard Ringel -Austrian mathematician and academic (b. 1919)

2008- Ira Tucker -American singer (The Dixie Hummingbirds) (b. 1925)

2009- Roméo LeBlanc -Canadian journalist and politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)

2009- Ed Thomas -American educator and football coach (b. 1951)

2011- Tomislav Ivić -Croatian footballer and manager (b. 1933)

2012- Darrel Akerfelds -American baseball player and coach (b. 1962)

2012- Gad Beck -German educator and author (b. 1923)

2012- Gu Chaohao -Chinese mathematician and academic (b. 1926)

2012- Jean Cox -American tenor (b. 1922)

2012- Youssef Dawoud -Egyptian actor (b. 1938)

2012- Lonesome George -Ecuadorian tortoise (b. 1910)

2012- Miki Roqué -Spanish footballer (b. 1988)

2012- Ann C. Scales -American lawyer, educator, and activist (b. 1952)

2013- Mick Aston -English archaeologist and academic (b. 1946)

2013- Emilio Colombo -Italian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1920)

2013- Jackie Fargo -American wrestler (b. 1930)

2013- Joannes Gijsen -Dutch bishop (b. 1932)

2013- William Hathaway -American lawyer and politician (b. 1924)

2013- Puff Johnson -American singer-songwriter (b. 1972)

2013- James Martin (author)|James Martin -English computer scientist and author (b. 1933)

2013- Alan Myers (drummer)|Alan Myers -American drummer (Devo and Swahili Blonde) (b. 1955)

2014- John Clement (politician)|John Clement -Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1928)

2014- Olga Kotelko -Canadian runner and softball player (b. 1919)

2014- Lee McBee -American singer and harmonica player (b. 1951)

2014- Ramón José Velásquez -Venezuelan journalist, lawyer, and politician, President of Venezuela (b. 1916)

2014- Eli Wallach -American actor (b. 1915)