On This Day for 11th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 202

  • 660 BC Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

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55 Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
Nero
  • 385 Siricius, bishop of Tarragona, elected as Bishop of Rome; first to style himself Pope.
  • 824 St Paschal I ends his reign as Pope

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1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1543 Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portugese troops beat Muslim army
  • 1543 Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant

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1575 King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
Tycho Brahe
  • 1659 The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
  • 1720 Sweden & Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
  • 1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia

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1768 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1790 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • 1793 Prussian troops occupy Venlo, Netherlands
  • 1794 1st session of US Senate open to the public
  • 1808 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa

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1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 1811 President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
  • 1812 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"
  • 1814 Norway's independence proclaimed
  • 1826 University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
  • 1837 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • 1843 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • 1851 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
  • 1852 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • 1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
  • 1855 Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
  • 1858 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • 1861 President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Washington, D.C.
  • 1861 US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
  • 1873 Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1878 1st weekly weather report published in UK
  • 1889 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
  • 1895 -17°F (-27.2°C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)
  • 1895 Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C.

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1896 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1897 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
  • 1898 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named US minister to Liberia
  • 1899 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 1899 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
  • 1902 Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
  • 1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1903 US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to 'expedite' anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Roosevelt's 'trust busting' campaign
  • 1905 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299½-last pin breaks but stands
  • 1905 Pope Pius X publishes encyclical Vehementer nos
  • 1907 De Master's Dutch government resigns
  • 1907 Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, off Rhode Island, 322 die
  • 1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • 1908 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
  • 1916 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • 1916 Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
  • 1918 US President Wilson makes another speech before Congress and announces 'the Four Principles' - freedom of navigation, and end to secret diplomacy, and similar items - that supplement his Fourteen Points
  • 1919 Friedrich Ebert (SPD) elected president of Germany
  • 1921 Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St NYC
  • 1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
  • 1922 US intervention army leaves Honduras
  • 1926 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
  • 1927 US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
  • 1927 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
  • 1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1929 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC
  • 1929 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1932 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
  • 1935 -11°F (-24°C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)
  • 1935 1st US airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, NY
  • 1936 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
  • 1937 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
  • 1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title
  • 1941 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)

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1941 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1941 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
  • 1942 "Archie" comic book debuts

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1943 US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe; British General Montgomery not best pleased.

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1943 Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944 German troops reconquer Aprilia, Italy
  • 1944 U-424 sunk off Ireland
  • 1945 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
  • 1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • 1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • 1948 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • 1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • 1950 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • 1950 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

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1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1952 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston
  • 1953 J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • 1953 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
  • 1953 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • 1956 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • 1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1957 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1958 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1958 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • 1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 265

  • 1377 King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
  • 1380 Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist
  • 1466 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1503)
  • 1506 Juliana van Stolberg, engraver of Nassau
  • 1535 Gregory XIV, [Niccolo Sfondrati], Roman Catholic pope (1590-91)
  • 1557 John Wtenbogaert, remonstrants theologist
  • 1568 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1649 William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1657 Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 1755 Albert Christoph Dies, composer
  • 1764 Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (Cajus Graechus)
  • 1774 Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
  • 1776 Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1783 Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister
  • 1790 Ignaz Assmayer, composer
  • 1799 Basil Moreau, French Founder priest (d. 1873)

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1800 William Henry Fox Talbot, Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • 1802 Lydia Maria Child, US, author/abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany)
  • 1810 Loisa Puget, composer

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1812 Alexander H. Stephens, US Confederate Vice President, (d. 1883)

Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
Confederate States VP
Alexander H. Stephens
  • 1812 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, composer
  • 1821 Hermann Allmers, writer
  • 1821 Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • 1829 William Anderson Pile, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1830 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, composer
  • 1830 Peter Arnold Heise, composer
  • 1833 Melville Weston Fuller, 8th chief justice
  • 1839 Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
  • 1840 Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1884)

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1847 Thomas Edison, inventor who lit up your life (held 1200 patents), born in Milan Ohio (d. 1931)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1860 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
  • 1867 August W Messer, German philosopher/educator/psychologist
  • 1869 Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1869 Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d 1944)
  • 1873 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author/novelist (Pages from My Life)
  • 1874 Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
  • 1874 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer
  • 1875 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer
  • 1879 Jean Gilbert, composer
  • 1882 Gheorghe Cucu, composer
  • 1883 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer/conductor (Sulamith)
  • 1887 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1889 John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)
  • 1889 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer
  • 1890 John P M L de Vries, fairy tale writer
  • 1890 David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1891 J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Johan C P Alberts, Dutch literary (Festival)
  • 1894 Alfonso Leng, composer
  • 1894 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • 1895 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
  • 1897 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • 1898 Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
  • 1900 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher
  • 1900 Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39)
  • 1900 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1901 Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Hans Redlich, composer
  • 1903 Rex Lease, WV, actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand)
  • 1904 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)
  • 1904 Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
  • 1905 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Dutch/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1906 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal
  • 1907 E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
  • 1908 Josh White, rocker
  • 1908 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • 1908 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 1909 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • 1909 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champ (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1911 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • 1912 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • 1912 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • 1913 Lucio Diestro San Pedro, composer
  • 1914 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • 1914 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914 Menelaos Pallantios, composer
  • 1914 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
  • 1915 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orch)
  • 1915 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
  • 1915 Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
  • 1915 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916 Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
  • 1917 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

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1917 Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1917 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, Tacoma Wash, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1919 Eva Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (Green Acres, Gigi) (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Billy Halop, actor (Bert Munson-All in the Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • 1920 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1920 Paul Peter Piech, artist
  • 1921 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • 1921 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Tudor Jarda, composer
  • 1923 Baroness Sharples, made a life peer after the assassination of her husband (Sir Richard Sharples)
  • 1923 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat

Famous Weddings

  • 1638 Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries earl John of Brederode

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1810 French leader Napoleon I marries 2nd wife Marie-Louise of Austria

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

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1902 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

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1905 Novelist Thomas Mann (29) weds Katia Pringsheim (21) in Munich, Germany

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

HeartWedding of Interest

1972 Playwright Tom Stoppard (34) weds doctor/author Miriam Moore-Robinson (34)

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 2006 Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 115

  • 641 Heraclius, emperor of Byzantium (610-641), dies at about 65
  • 731 Gregory II, Greek-Syrian Pope, dies
  • 821 Benedict of Aniane, saint, dies
  • 824 Paschal I, Italian Pope (817-24), dies
  • 867 Theodora, the Saint, beauty queen/empress of Byzantine, dies
  • 1141 Hugo of St-Victor, philosopher/theologist/mystic, dies
  • 1160 Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
  • 1503 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
  • 1511 Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
  • 1543 Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle at Wayna Daga
  • 1622 Alfonso Fontanelli, composer, dies at 64
  • 1626 Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (b. 1552)

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1650 René Descartes, French philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking at 53

Philosopher René Descartes
Philosopher
René Descartes
  • 1685 David Teniers III, Flemish painter, dies at 46
  • 1713 Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)
  • 1755 Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1762 Johann Tobias Krebs, composer, dies at 71
  • 1763 William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1797 Antoine Dauvergne, composer, dies at 83
  • 1806 Vicente Martin y Soler, composer, dies at 51
  • 1829 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (b. 1795)
  • 1841 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter, dies at 55
  • 1862 Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1868 Leon Foucault, discovers 1st physical proof of Earth's rotation, dies
  • 1870 Jacob M de Kempenaer, Dutch min of Internal Aff (1848-49), dies at 76
  • 1870 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
  • 1879 Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
  • 1879 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
  • 1882 Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
  • 1892 Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1894 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
  • 1899 George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
  • 1901 Milan I, king of Serbia, dies at 56
  • 1903 Henryk Szulc, composer, dies at 67
  • 1907 Peter J Savelberg, Dutch Limbourg monastery founder, dies at 80
  • 1911 Albert von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66
  • 1917 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1922 Gerardus J P Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society), dies at 67
  • 1923 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (b. 1847)
  • 1931 Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
  • 1931 Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine, dies
  • 1939 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • 1940 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • 1941 Rudolf Hilferding, Germ economist/Min of Finance (SPD), suicide at 63
  • 1944 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • 1945 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 1945 J S H Lokerman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Neugengamme
  • 1948 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • 1954 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • 1958 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1959 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1961 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor/director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • 1961 Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34

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1963 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1968 Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 1969 James Lanphier, actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • 1970 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • 1971 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • 1972 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • 1973 Hans D Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
  • 1974 Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
  • 1975 Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • 1976 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • 1976 Charlie Naughton, actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • 1976 Lee J Cobb, American actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
  • 1976 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • 1976 Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • 1978 James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • 1978 Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1982 Eleanor Powell, tap dancer/wife of Glenn Ford, dies at 69 of cancer
  • 1982 Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 1982 Victor Jory, Alaskan actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • 1985 Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1985 Henry Hathaway, actor/director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • 1985 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • 1985 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • 1986 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • 1986 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • 1987 Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • 1989 George O'Hanlon, actor/director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • 1991 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90
  • 1991 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • 1992 Ray Danton, US actor/director (Psychic Killer), dies at 60
  • 1993 George A Stephen, inventor (Weber Kettle Grill), dies at 71
  • 1993 Joy Garrett, actress (Days of Our Lives), dies of liver failure
  • 1993 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident
  • 1994 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • 1994 Sorrell Brooke, actor (Mayor Hogg-Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 64
  • 1994 William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1996 Amelia Rosselli, poet, dies at 65
  • 1996 Bob Shaw, Irish science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996 Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
  • 1996 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • 1996 Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • 1997 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • 2000 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • 2000 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)
  • 2002 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2002 Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)