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100 Cicero, Roman politician and orator, killed as part of the proscriptions at 63

Roman Statesman & Philosopher Cicero
Roman Statesman & Philosopher
Cicero
  • 283 Catholic Pope Saint Eutychian
  • 983 Otto II the Red, German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28
  • 1254 Innocent IV, [Sinibaldo dei Fieschi], Pope (1243-54), dies
  • 1279 King Boleslaus V of Poland (b. 1226)
  • 1295 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1243)
  • 1383 Wenceslaus, duke of Brabant, dies
  • 1498 Alexander Hegius von Heek, German humanist
  • 1649 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1606)
  • 1672 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1683 John Oldham, English poet, dies of smallpox at 30
  • 1723 Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
  • 1725 Florent Carton Dancourt, French dramatist and actor (b. 1661)
  • 1775 Charles Saunders, British admiral
  • 1793 Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)
  • 1811 Ignaz Spangler, composer, dies at 54
  • 1815 Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
  • 1817 William Bligh, British naval officer of "Bounty" fame, dies at 63
  • 1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 79
  • 1826 John Flaxman, Engl sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
  • 1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen, composer, dies at 45
  • 1834 Ludwig Schuncke, composer, dies at 23
  • 1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer, dies at 69
  • 1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1842 Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)
  • 1860 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
  • 1862 Sylvester Churchill, US Union brig-general, dies
  • 1867 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • 1874 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • 1881 Julius FA Bahnsen, Ger philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
  • 1894 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89
  • 1899 Antoni Katski, composer, dies at 82

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1902 Thomas Nast, US political cartoonist, dies at 62

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1906 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1912 George Darwin, theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
  • 1913 Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX (b. 1828)
  • 1917 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, dies at 91
  • 1938 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • 1941 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • 1941 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • 1941 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1943 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Bluejackets), dies at 22
  • 1946 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1947 Nicholas M. Butler, American university president, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862)
  • 1947 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866)
  • 1948 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • 1956 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (b. 1887)
  • 1960 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1967 House Peters, silent film actor (Kansas Territory), dies at 87
  • 1969 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • 1969 Hugh Williams, actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1969 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)

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1970 Rube Goldberg, US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Cartoonist
Rube Goldberg
  • 1970 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter dies aged 96
  • 1971 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90
  • 1972 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • 1975 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
  • 1975 Thornton N Wilder, US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
  • 1975 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1977 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • 1978 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • 1979 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
  • 1979 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • 1979 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1979 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • 1980 Darby Crash, rocker, dies at 22
  • 1982 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • 1982 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1983 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • 1983 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 1984 Jeanne Cagney, actress (Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies at 65
  • 1984 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1985 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • 1985 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1988 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • 1988 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • 1988 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • 1989 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 1990 Delecta "Dee" Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • 1990 Horst Bienek, writer, dies at 60
  • 1990 Joan Bennett, US actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
  • 1990 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (b. 1904)
  • 1990 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • 1991 Michael Taylor, Male Model (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Maurice Coutinho, writer/translator (Silent Struggle), dies at 79
  • 1992 Ruth Corbett Thom, dies after long illness at 78
  • 1992 Vincent Gardenia, actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71
  • 1993 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • 1993 Janet Margolin, actress (David & Lisa), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 1994 Elga Andersen, German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
  • 1994 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • 1995 Larry Bartlett, photographer, dies at 42
  • 1995 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, dies at 89
  • 1996 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • 1996 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72
  • 1997 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • 1998 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • 2000 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Carl F. H. Henry American theologian and publisher (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
  • 2006 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2008 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2009 Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (b. 1928)

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2011 Harry Morgan, American actor (Colonel Potter-M*A*S*H) dies at 96

  • 2014 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2014 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84