On This Day for 17th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 201

  • 1370 Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania
  • 1461 Wars of the Roses: Second Battle of St Albans - Lancastrian army defeats Yorkists and recapture King Henry VI
  • 1500 Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • 1568 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire for peace
  • 1598 Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • 1600 Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged with heresy.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1621 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • 1634 William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing "Histrio-masti"
  • 1670 France & Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
  • 1691 Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
  • 1714 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
  • 1772 1st Partition of Poland signed in Vienna by Austria, Prussia and Russia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1776 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1791 Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
  • 1795 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1801 US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1814 Battle of Mormant: French Imperial army defeat Russian Austrian forces (War of the Sixth Coalition)
  • 1817 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • 1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1837 Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

Geologist Charles Lyell
Geologist
Charles Lyell
  • 1848 Toscane gets liberal Constitution
  • 1854 Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1859 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1864 Confederate submarine HL Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic
  • 1865 -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • 1865 Columbia, South Carolina burns down during American Civil War
  • 1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
  • 1867 Gyula Andressy becomes premier of Hungary
  • 1870 Esther Morris appointed first female in Justice of the Peace in the United States
  • 1870 Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 1876 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • 1878 1st telephone exchange in SF opens with 18 phones
  • 1880 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
  • 1882 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1885 Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • 1896 Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced
  • 1897 National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1897 Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • 1902 A general strike in Barcelona and nearby towns leads to government-troop reprisals that leave 40 dead

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1905 Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
  • 1911 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • 1913 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 NY Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • 1915 Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 1916 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1917 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • 1921 Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1924 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
  • 1926 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die
  • 1930 French government of André Tardieu falls for the first time
  • 1931 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • 1931 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1932 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1933 1st issue of "Newsweek" magazine published
  • 1933 Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
  • 1933 US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • 1934 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
  • 1936 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • 1936 S. N. Behrman's play "End of Summer" premieres in NYC
  • 1936 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 1939 Katwijk soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Adolf Hitler visits field marshal Erich von Manstein's headquarters in Zaporozje, Ukraine and stays until the 19th

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1943 Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
  • 1943 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army
  • 1944 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22
  • 1944 US begins night bombing of Truk
  • 1946 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
  • 1947 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
  • 1947 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
  • 1949 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 1949 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
  • 1949 Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • 1949 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • 1949 Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
  • 1950 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
  • 1953 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • 1954 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • 1955 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe & Bowden of CAN
  • 1955 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • 1955 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • 1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • 1956 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • 1956 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • 1956 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • 1957 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • 1957 Suez Canal reopens
  • 1957 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • 1958 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • 1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 261

  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1490 Charles de Bourbon, officer/governor (Lombardy)
  • 1519 Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)
  • 1581 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
  • 1583 J Henry Alting, Dutch theologist
  • 1646 Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (d. 1714)
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto Grossi)
  • 1667 Georg Bronner, composer
  • 1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
  • 1696 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, composer, born in Breslau Silesia
  • 1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer
  • 1699 Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect (Sanssouci)
  • 1718 Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
  • 1723 Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
  • 1740 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • 1747 Narciso Casanovas, composer
  • 1752 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
  • 1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer
  • 1754 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (d. 1803)
  • 1758 John Pinkerton, Scottish historian
  • 1774 Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)
  • 1781 René-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope)
  • 1796 Giovanni Pacini, composer
  • 1796 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)
  • 1804 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • 1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer
  • 1816 Haller Nutt, Southern Plantation owner (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • 1820 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1824 William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
  • 1836 Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
  • 1837 Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1902)
  • 1837 Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
  • 1844 A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
  • 1848 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
  • 1849 Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter
  • 1850 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • 1850 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • 1854 Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer
  • 1855 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)
  • 1857 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
  • 1858 Ernest Ford, composer
  • 1861 Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Edward German (Jones), Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
  • 1862 Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
  • 1863 Fyodor Sologub, Russian symbolist novelist and poet (d. 1927)
  • 1864 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
  • 1864 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)
  • 1867 William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer (Cadbury)
  • 1870 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder (Flemish People's Party)
  • 1874 Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
  • 1877 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian author/poet (L'homme Jeune)
  • 1877 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
  • 1877 André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US, novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • 1880 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico (1920-24)
  • 1882 Kurt Schindler, composer
  • 1884 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs (1940)
  • 1885 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • 1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • 1888 Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Bouwmeester Award)
  • 1888 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • 1888 Ronald Aburthnott Knox, English priest/writer (Viaduct Murder)
  • 1889 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • 1891 Georg Britting, writer
  • 1892 Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)
  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Anita Stewart, NY, actress (South of Hell Mountain)
  • 1895 Edna Park Edwards, PA
  • 1897 Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor/stage manager (My Fair Lady)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test capt)
  • 1902 Marian Anderson, Phila, operatic contralto (banned by D.A.R.)
  • 1903 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • 1904 Albert Kuyle, [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
  • 1904 Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Galo Plaza Lasso, pres of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • 1906 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, composer (1973 ASCAP award), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907 Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer (Russia Black on White)
  • 1908 Staats Cotsworth, Oak Park IL, actor (Peyton Place)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence, actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Arthur Hunnicutt, Gravelly AR, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising)
  • 1912 Andre Norton, American author (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Josephine F "Fietje" van Anrooy, Dutch actress/director
  • 1913 Oskar Danon, composer
  • 1913 Rene Leibowitz, composer
  • 1914 Albert Westerlinck, [Jose J M Aerts], Flemish literary
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Mass, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place)
  • 1914 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
  • 1914 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1915 Homer Keller, composer
  • 1916 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • 1916 Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1917 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings

  • 1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wégimont
  • 1906 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough

HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • 1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
  • 2002 Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London
  • 2007 Japanese actress Noria Fujiwara weds comedian Tomonori at Jinnai Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, Japan
  • 2007 "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia
  • 2007 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 133

  • 364 Jovian (Flavius Jovianus), Christian emperor of Rome (363-64), dies at about 32
  • 440 St. Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian theologian and linguist
  • 956 Hugo the Great, earl of Paris/duke of Francia, dies at about 55
  • 1339 Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)
  • 1371 Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria
  • 1596 Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)
  • 1600 Giordano Bruno, advocate of Copernican theory, burned at stake
  • 1609 Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1549)
  • 1612 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Luik/archbish Cologne, dies at 57
  • 1612 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartoonist/mathematician, dies at 48
  • 1624 Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • 1652 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer/composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • 1654 Michael Lohr, composer, dies at 62
  • 1659 Abel Servien, French diplomat (b. 1593)
  • 1673 Molière, [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies. (b. 1622)
  • 1680 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (b. 1599)
  • 1688 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
  • 1715 Antoine Galland, French interpreter, dies at 68
  • 1732 Louis Marchand, composer, dies at 63
  • 1768 Arthur Onslow, English politician (b. 1691)
  • 1780 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (b. 1706)
  • 1796 James Macpherson, poet, dies
  • 1815 Franz Gotz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1827 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator, dies at 81
  • 1841 Ferdinando Carulli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1847 William Collins, landscape painter, dies
  • 1852 Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1854 Hugues F R de Lamennais, French priest/writer, dies at 71
  • 1854 John Martin, English painter (b. 1789)
  • 1856 Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris
  • 1856 John Braham, singer/composer, dies at 81
  • 1874 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1875 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet, dies at 33
  • 1878 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet, dies at 59
  • 1883 Napoleon Coste, composer, dies at 76
  • 1883 Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)
  • 1890 Christopher Sholes, American inventor (b. 1819)
  • 1901 Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, composer, dies at 38
  • 1903 Joseph Parry, composer, dies at 61
  • 1905 Serge Alexandrovich, gov-gen Moscow, murdered
  • 1907 Henry Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society-Madras), dies
  • 1907 Henry Steel Olcott, US co-founder (Theosophist Society), dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1909 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader
Geronimo
  • 1912 Aloys von Aerenthal, foreign minister (Austria-Hungary), dies at 57
  • 1912 Lawrence Oates, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • 1917 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918 Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian PM (1896-1911), dies

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1924 Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1924 Henry Bacon, American architect, dies at 57

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • 1929 John Read, cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • 1932 Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter/graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • 1933 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • 1934 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58
  • 1934 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • 1936 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theozentrische), dies at 74
  • 1939 Willy Hess, German violinist (b. 1859)
  • 1943 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer (b. 1888)
  • 1943 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  • 1944 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • 1951 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, composer, dies at 94
  • 1954 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • 1955 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • 1958 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1959 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • 1959 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • 1961 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1962 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1962 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 1966 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • 1966 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • 1966 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • 1968 Donald Wolfit, actor (Lawrence of Arabia), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • 1970 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish novelist (Nobel 1966), dies at 81
  • 1971 Teddy Hart, actor (3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • 1972 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, composer, dies at 67
  • 1976 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Every Man is My Enemy), dies at 65
  • 1977 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • 1977 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • 1979 William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • 1980 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • 1980 Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1982 Lee Strasberg, acting coach/actor (And Justice for All), dies at 81
  • 1982 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1982 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1984 Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • 1985 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • 1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • 1986 Paul Stewart, actor (Opening Night, In Cold Blood, Window), dies
  • 1987 Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • 1987 Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
  • 1989 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • 1990 Erik Rhodes, actor (Top Hat), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 1990 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • 1990 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies
  • 1990 Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
  • 1991 Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra), dies
  • 1993 Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed
  • 1993 George E Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1993 Leslie Townsend, cricket all-rounder (England in 4 Tests 1930-34), dies