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What happened on January 17? There are more than 360 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About January 17

January 17 is the 17th day of the year 2017. There are 348 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 3rd week of the year 2017.

On this day in Ridott, Illinois 61067 sunrise will occur at 01:22 PM and sunset will occur at 10:54 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

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Historical Events For January 17

  • 38 BC
    Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.
  • 395
    Emperor Theodosius I dies at Milan, the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius, his brother, at the age of 10.
  • 1287
    King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
  • 1524
    Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1562
    France recognizes the Huguenots under the Edict of Saint-Germain.
  • 1595
    Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
  • 1608
    Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.
  • 1648
    England’s Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.
  • 1773
    Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens – Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina.
  • 1799
    Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
  • 1811
    Mexican War of Independence: In the Battle of Calderón Bridge, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionists.
  • 1852
    The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
  • 1873
    A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War.
  • 1885
    A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
  • 1893
    The Citizen’s Committee of Public Safety, led by Lorrin A. Thurston, overthrows the government of Queen Liliuokalani of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1899
    The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1903
    El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • 1904
    Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard receives its premiere performance at the Moscow Art Theatre.
  • 1912
    Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
  • 1913
    Raymond Poincaré is elected President of France.
  • 1917
    The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles take place between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
  • 1929
    Inayatullah Khan, king of the Emirate of Afghanistan abdicates the throne after only three days into his reign.
  • 1929
    Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1941
    Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied forces launch the first of four battles with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1945
    Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is taken into Soviet custody while in Hungary; he is never publicly seen again.
  • 1945
    The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.
  • 1946
    The UN Security Council holds its first session.
  • 1949
    The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
  • 1950
    The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1961
    Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
  • 1961
    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military-industrial complex”.
  • 1966
    A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident.
  • 1969
    Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA.
  • 1977
    Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
  • 1981
    President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
  • 1982
    “Cold Sunday” - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • 1983
    The tallest department store in the world, Hudson’s, flagship store in downtown Detroit closes due to high cost of operating.
  • 1989
    Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
  • 1991
    Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
  • 1992
    During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
  • 1994
    1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
  • 1995
    The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
  • 1996
    The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
  • 1997
    A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
  • 2001
    U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 2002
    Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • 2007
    The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
  • 2008
    British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777.
  • 2010
    Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, resulting in at least 200 deaths.

Who Were Born On January 17?

  • 1463
    Frederick III of Saxony, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
  • 1484
    George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
  • 1501
    Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (d. 1566)
  • 1504
    Pope Saint Pius V (d. 1572)
  • 1560
    Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 1600
    Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright (d. 1681)
  • 1612
    Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English Civil War general (d. 1671)
  • 1666
    Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
  • 1686
    Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • 1706
    Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790)
  • 1712
    John Stanley, English composer (d. 1786)
  • 1719
    William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
  • 1732
    King Stanislaw II August Poniatowski of Poland (d. 1798)
  • 1734
    François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian composer (d. 1829)
  • 1761
    James Hall, Scottish geologist (d. 1832)
  • 1789
    August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)
  • 1814
    Mrs. Henry Wood, English novelist (d. 1887)
  • 1820
    Anne Brontë, British author (d. 1849)
  • 1828
    Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1828
    Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War general (d. 1918)
  • 1831
    Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
  • 1832
    Henry Martyn Baird, American educationalist (d. 1906)
  • 1834
    August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
  • 1850
    Aleksandr Taneyev, Russian composer (d. 1918)
  • 1851
    A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
  • 1853
    Alva Belmont, American socialite (d. 1933)
  • 1857
    Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (d. 1935)
  • 1857
    Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (d. 1941)
  • 1858
    Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian writer (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Douglas Hyde, Irish President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1863
    Constantin Stanislavski, Russian theatre practitioner (d. 1938)
  • 1863
    David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • 1865
    Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
  • 1867
    Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
  • 1871
    David Earl Beatty British admiral (d. 1936)
  • 1871
    Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer (d. 1940)
  • 1875
    Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1876
    Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877
    May Gibbs, Australian children’s author (d. 1969)
  • 1880
    Mack Sennett, Canadian film director (d. 1960)
  • 1881
    Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
  • 1881
    Harry Price, English psychic researcher and writer (d. 1948)
  • 1882
    Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
  • 1883
    Sir Compton Mackenzie, Scottish novelist (d. 1972)
  • 1886
    Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
  • 1886
    Ronald Firbank, British novelist (d. 1926)
  • 1887
    Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1897
    Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
  • 1899
    Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)
  • 1899
    Nevil Shute, English author (d. 1960)
  • 1899
    Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of University of Chicago (d. 1977)
  • 1901
    Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1902
    Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1903
    Warren Hull, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1905
    Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905
    Jan Zahradníček, Czech poet (d. 1960)
  • 1905
    Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
  • 1905
    Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1907
    Henk Badings, Dutch composer (d. 1987)
  • 1908
    Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1911
    George Joseph Stigler, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1914
    Irving Brecher, American Screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1914
    William Stafford, American poet and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1916
    Peter Frelinghuysen, American politician
  • 1917
    M. G. Ramachandran, Indian politician, actor (d. 1987)
  • 1917
    Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    George M. Leader, American politician and 36th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • 1918
    Keith Joseph, British politician (d. 1994)
  • 1920
    Georges Pichard, French comics artist (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Antonio Prohías, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1922
    Betty White, American actress
  • 1922
    Luis Echeverría Álvarez, Mexican President of Mexico
  • 1922
    Nicholas Katzenbach, American jurist and 65th United States Attorney General
  • 1922
    Robert De Niro, Sr., American painter (d. 1993)
  • 1923
    Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • 1925
    Abdul Kardar, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
  • 1925
    Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Robert Cormier, American author, columnist and reporter (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • 1927
    E.W. Swackhamer, American television & film director (d. 1994)
  • 1927
    Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Norman Kaye, Australian actor and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • 1928
    Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1928
    Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
  • 1929
    Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1930
    Eddie LeBaron, American football player
  • 1931
    Don Zimmer, American baseball coach
  • 1931
    James Earl Jones, American actor
  • 1931
    L. Douglas Wilder, American 66th Governor of Virginia
  • 1932
    Sheree North, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Dalida, French singer (d. 1987)
  • 1933
    Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist (d. 1998)
  • 1934
    Donald Cammell, Scottish film director (d. 1996)
  • 1934
    Stuart Nisbet, American actor
  • 1935
    Ruth Ann Minner, American politician, businesswoman and 72nd Governor of Delaware
  • 1937
    Alain Badiou, French philosopher
  • 1938
    John Bellairs, American mystery author (d. 1991)
  • 1939
    Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Maury Povich, American talk show host
  • 1940
    Kipchoge Keino, Kenyan runner
  • 1940
    Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
  • 1941
    Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • 1942
    Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • 1942
    Muhammad Ali, American boxer
  • 1942
    Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1942
    Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • 1943
    Chris Montez, American singer
  • 1943
    Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1943
    René Préval, President of Haiti
  • 1944
    Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • 1945
    Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1946
    Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
  • 1948
    Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • 1948
    Davíð Oddsson, former Prime Minister of Iceland
  • 1948
    Jim Ladd, American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
  • 1949
    Andy Kaufman, American comedian (d. 1984)
  • 1949
    Mick Taylor, British musician (The Rolling Stones)
  • 1950
    Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • 1952
    Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1952
    Larry Fortensky, American former husband of Elizabeth Taylor
  • 1952
    Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician
  • 1953
    Carlos Johnson, American blues musician
  • 1953
    Jeff Berlin, American musician
  • 1954
    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and environmental activist, son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy
  • 1954
    Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • 1955
    Steve Earle, American musician
  • 1955
    Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
  • 1956
    Paul Young, English musician
  • 1957
    Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1957
    Keith Chegwin, English television presenter
  • 1957
    Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • 1957
    Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
  • 1958
    Valdas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1959
    Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1959
    Susanna Hoffs, American musician
  • 1960
    Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • 1960
    Chili Davis, Jamaican-born American baseball player
  • 1960
    John Crawford, American musician
  • 1961
    Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director
  • 1961
    Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian Chess grandmaster
  • 1962
    Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1962
    Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
  • 1963
    Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
  • 1964
    Andy Rourke, English bass guitarist (The Smiths)
  • 1964
    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  • 1965
    Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer
  • 1965
    Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Joshua Malina, American actor
  • 1966
    Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer
  • 1966
    Stephin Merritt, American singer and songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies)
  • 1967
    Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (d. 2007)
  • 1967
    Richard Hawley, English singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Pulp, The Longpigs)
  • 1967
    Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor
  • 1967
    Wendy Mass, American author
  • 1968
    Craig Strong, American actor & voice actor
  • 1968
    Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • 1968
    Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1969
    Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer and director
  • 1969
    Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • 1969
    Tijs Verwest, (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
  • 1970
    Cássio Alves de Barros, Brazilian footballer
  • 1970
    Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • 1970
    James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 1970
    Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • 1971
    Kid Rock, American singer
  • 1971
    Paolo Vaccari, Italian rugby player
  • 1971
    Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • 1971
    Sylvie Testud, French actress
  • 1971
    Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
  • 1972
    Benno Fürmann, German actor
  • 1972
    Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter
  • 1973
    Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • 1973
    Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • 1974
    Danny Bhoy, Scottish comedian
  • 1974
    Derrick Mason, American football player
  • 1974
    Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
  • 1974
    Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • 1975
    Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • 1975
    Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter/producer
  • 1975
    Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher)
  • 1977
    Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
  • 1977
    Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor
  • 1978
    Pater Sparrow, Hungarian director/production designer
  • 1979
    Oleg Lisogor, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1980
    Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist
  • 1980
    Kimberly Spicer, American model
  • 1980
    Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer
  • 1980
    Zooey Deschanel, American actress
  • 1981
    Ray J, American R&B singer
  • 1981
    Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
  • 1981
    Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982
    Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
  • 1982
    Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Hwanhee, South Korean singer and actor
  • 1983
    Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer
  • 1983
    Johannes Herber, German basketball player
  • 1983
    Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 1984
    Calvin Harris, Scottish music producer and vocalist
  • 1984
    Sophie Dee, Welsh pornographic actress
  • 1985
    Kang-in, South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, and DJ (Super Junior)
  • 1985
    Pablo Barrientos, Argentine footballer
  • 1985
    Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU)
  • 1985
    Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
  • 1986
    Hale Appleman, American actor
  • 1989
    Hollie-Jay Bowes, English actress
  • 1991
    Lee Kiseop, Korean singer/actor/model/dancer in boyband U-Kiss
  • 1991
    Trevor Bauer, American baseball player
  • 1997
    Jack Vidgen, Australian singer who won the Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.

Who Died On January 17?

  • 395
    Theodosius I, Roman Emperor (b. 347)
  • 1229
    Albert of Buxhoeveden, German soldier
  • 1369
    King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
  • 1468
    George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albanian leader (b. 1405)
  • 1598
    Feodor I of Russia (b. 1557)
  • 1617
    Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
  • 1654
    Paulus Potter, Dutch painter (b. 1625)
  • 1705
    John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)
  • 1718
    Captain Benjamin Church, Plymouth Colony settler and military leader
  • 1737
    Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
  • 1738
    Jean-François Dandrieu, French composer (b. 1682)
  • 1751
    Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (b. 1671)
  • 1826
    Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
  • 1834
    Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (b. 1762)
  • 1861
    Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • 1863
    Horace Vernet, French painter (b. 1789)
  • 1869
    Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer (b. 1813)
  • 1874
    Chang and Eng Bunker, Siamese twins (b. 1811)
  • 1878
    Sir Edward Creasy, English historian (b. 1812)
  • 1884
    Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • 1887
    William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • 1891
    George Bancroft, U.S. historian (b. 1800)
  • 1893
    Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
  • 1903
    Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • 1908
    Ferdinand IV Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1835)
  • 1909
    Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819)
  • 1911
    Sir Francis Galton, English polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist (b. 1822)
  • 1927
    Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (b. 1860)
  • 1931
    Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (b. 1864)
  • 1932
    Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
  • 1933
    Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist and designer (b. 1848)
  • 1936
    Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)
  • 1942
    Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
  • 1947
    Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • 1947
    Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • 1951
    Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, film maker (b. 1903)
  • 1952
    Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (b. 1877)
  • 1956
    Blind Alfred Reed, American folk, country, and old-time musician (b. 1880)
  • 1961
    Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1925)
  • 1964
    T.H. White, English author (b. 1906)
  • 1967
    Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    Billy Stewart, American singer (b. 1937)
  • 1970
    Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1972
    Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1977
    Dougal Haston, Scottish mountaineer (b. 1940)
  • 1977
    Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
  • 1981
    Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1983
    Doodles Weaver, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1987
    Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1991
    King Olav V of Norway (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1993
    Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • 1994
    Helen Stephens, American runner (b. 1918)
  • 1994
    Yevgeni Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • 1996
    Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 1996
    Barbara Jordan, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 1996
    Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 1997
    Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1997
    Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • 1999
    Samantha Reid, American girl killed by GHB overdose (b. 1984)
  • 2000
    Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2001
    Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • 2002
    Camilo José Cela, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
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  • 2004
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  • 2005
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  • 2005
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  • 2005
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  • 2005
    Zhao Ziyang, Former Premier of the People’s Republic of China (b. 1919)
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  • 2010
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