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337 Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome (306-37), dies at 47

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 748 Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)
  • 987 Louis V le Faineant, the Lazy, king of France (986-87), poisoned at 20
  • 1068 Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)
  • 1455 Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)
  • 1455 Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)
  • 1457 Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint (b. 1381)
  • 1501 Robert Gaguin, French writer/diplomat (Arte Metrificandi), dies at 66
  • 1538 John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (martyred) (b. 1471)
  • 1540 Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian/President of Romagna, dies at 57
  • 1666 Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  • 1667 Alexander VII, [Fabio Chigi], Italian Pope (1655-67), dies at 68
  • 1688 Johann A Quenstedt, German Lutherian theologist, dies at 70
  • 1745 François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1746 Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1760 Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  • 1772 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1781 Garret Wesley Mornington, composer, dies at 45
  • 1801 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58

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1802 Martha Washington, 1st US First Lady (1789-97), dies at 70

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington
  • 1819 John H van Kinsbergen, lt-admiral/founder (Corps Marines), dies at 84
  • 1825 Domenico Corri, composer, dies at 80
  • 1851 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Ferdinand II, [Re Bomba], Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49
  • 1868 Julius Plucker, German mathematician/physicist (formula of P), dies
  • 1878 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • 1880 Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80

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1885 Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • 1898 Edward Bellamy, American author/socialist, dies of tuberculosis at 48
  • 1910 Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46
  • 1921 Marie E Wilton, writer, dies
  • 1925 John [Denton Pinkstone] French, British field marshall (WWI), dies at 72
  • 1928 William HT Gairdner, Engl missionary (Nile Mission Press), dies at 54
  • 1932 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (Gold Apple) and patron of Yeats, dies at 80
  • 1939 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • 1939 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1945 Carel A Lion Cachet, lithographer/wood carver, dies
  • 1948 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • 1949 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies
  • 1953 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • 1965 Bobby Watson, comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), dies at 77
  • 1965 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies
  • 1965 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1966 Tom Goddard, cricketer (22 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies

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1967 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1970 Joseph W Krutch, US writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • 1972 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • 1972 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1975 Torben Meyer, actor (Viking, Roberta, Sunny), dies at 90
  • 1975 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • 1977 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • 1977 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • 1984 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • 1986 Martin Gabel, actor (Thief, Marnie), dies at 63
  • 1987 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • 1988 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • 1988 Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73
  • 1989 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990 Max Wall, actor (Jabberwocky), dies
  • 1990 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 1991 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • 1992 Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1993 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100
  • 1994 Frederick Hemming McClintock, criminologist, dies at 68
  • 1994 Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • 1995 Robert Flemyng, actor (Kafka, Rebecca, Funny Face), dies at 83
  • 1996 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, academic, dies at 66
  • 1996 Rex Collings, writer/publisher, dies at 70
  • 1997 Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1998 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2004 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2004 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2005 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • 2012 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • 2014 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • 2017 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35


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