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Today in History


Today is 21 September 2017, and this is some of what happened.

Events

455 - Emperor Avitus enters Rome with a Gallic army and consolidates his power.
1170 - Combined English and Irish forces, under the command of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke and Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster seize Norse-Gaelic Dublin, forcing Ascall mac Ragnaill, King of Dublin into exile.
1217 - Livonian Crusade: The Estonian leader Lembitu and Livonian leader Kaupo the Accursed are killed in Battle of Matthew's Day.
1435 - The Congress of Arras causes Burgundy to switch sides in the Hundred Years' War.
1745 - Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope is defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart
1776 - Part of New York City is burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.
1780 - American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
1792 - French Revolution: The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the absolute monarchy.
1843 - John Williams Wilson takes possession of the Strait of Magellan on behalf of the newly independent Chilean government.
1860 - Second Opium War: An Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Palikao.
1896 - Mahdist War: British forces under the command of Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan.
1897 - The "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial is published in the New York Sun.
1898 - Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days' Reform in China.
1921 - A storage silo in Oppau, Germany, explodes, killing 500-600 people.
1933 - Salvador Lutteroth ran the first ever EMLL (now CMLL) show in Mexico, marking the birth of Lucha libre
1934 - A large typhoon hits western Honsha, Japan, killing 3,036 people.
1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published.
1938 - The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
1942 - In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murder 2,588 Jews.
1942 - The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.
1953 - Lieutenant No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot, defects to South Korea and is associated with Operation Moolah.
1961 - Maiden flight of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
1964 - Malta gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1964 - The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
1965 - The Gambia, Maldives and Singapore are admitted as members of the United Nations.
1971 - Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations.
1976 - Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
1976 - Seychelles joins the United Nations.
1977 - A nuclear non-proliferation pact is signed by 15 countries, including the United States and the Soviet Union.
1981 - Belize is granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
1984 - Brunei joins the United Nations.
1991 - Armenia is granted independence from Soviet Union.
1993 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993.
1996 - The Defense of Marriage Act passes the United States Congress (a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives and a vote of 85-14 in the Senate). The law prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage, while allowing states to adopt any marital definition of their choosing.
1999 - Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
2001 - Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
2001 - America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, raising over $200 million for the victims of the September 11 attacks.
2003 - Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.
2005 - Hurricane Rita becomes the third most intense hurricane (dropped to 4th on October 19, 2005).
2013 - al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people.

Births

1051 - Bertha of Savoy (died 1087)
1411 - Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, English politician, Lord Protector of England (died 1460)
1415 - Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (died 1493)
1428 - Jingtai Emperor of China (died 1457)
1433 - Guillaume Fichet, French scholar and academic (died 1480)
1452 - Girolamo Savonarola, Italian priest and philosopher (died 1498)
1559 - Cigoli, Italian painter and architect (died 1613)
1629 - Philip Howard, English cardinal (died 1694)
1645 - Louis Jolliet, Canadian explorer (died 1700)
1706 - Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg (died 1735)
1756 - John Loudon McAdam, Scottish engineer (died 1836)
1758 - Christopher Gore, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (died 1827)
1760 - Ivan Dmitriev, Russian poet and politician, Minister of Justice for Imperial Russia (died 1837)
1840 - Murad V, Ottoman sultan (died 1904)
1842 - Abdul Hamid II, 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (died 1918)
1846 - Mihály Kolossa, Hungarian-Slovene author and poet (died 1906)
1849 - Maurice Barrymore, Indian-American actor (died 1905)
1853 - Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1926)
1860 - Wilson Kettle, Canadian centenarian (died 1963)
1862 - James E. Talmage, English-American religious leader and author (died 1933)
1863 - John Bunny, American actor (died 1915)
1866 - Charles Nicolle, French-Tunisian microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1936)
1866 - H. G. Wells, English historian, author, and critic (died 1946)
1867 - Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe, English politician, 4th Governor-General of New Zealand (died 1958)
1867 - Henry L. Stimson, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 46th United States Secretary of State (died 1950)
1872 - Henry Tingle Wilde, English chief officer on the RMS Titanic (died 1912)
1873 - Papa Jack Laine, American drummer and bandleader (died 1966)
1874 - Gustav Holst, English composer and educator (died 1934)
1878 - Peter McWilliam, Scottish-English footballer and manager (died 1951)
1882 - Geevarghese Ivanios, Indian metropolitan (died 1953)
1890 - Max Immelmann, German lieutenant and pilot (died 1916)
1890 - Charles William Train, English sergeant, Victoria Cross recipient (died 1965)
1896 - Walter Breuning, American super-centenarian (died 2011)
1899 - Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th General of The Salvation Army (died 1986)
1902 - Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet and critic (died 1963)
1902 - Allen Lane, English publisher, founded Penguin Books (died 1970)
1902 - Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player (died 1937)
1903 - Preston Tucker, American engineer and businessman, designed the Tucker Sedan (died 1956)
1905 - Robert Lebel, Canadian businessman and politician (died 1999)
1906 - Henry Beachell, American biologist and botanist (died 2006)
1909 - Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian educator and politician, 1st President of Ghana (died 1972)
1912 - Chuck Jones, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (died 2002)
1914 - Slam Stewart, American bassist and composer (died 1987)
1917 - Phyllis Nicolson, English mathematician and academic (died 1968)
1917 - Jakob "Jackie" Gerlich, Austrian-American actor (died 1960)
1918 - Rand Brooks, American actor and producer (died 2003)
1918 - John Gofman, American physicist, chemist, and biologist (died 2007)
1918 - Karl Slover, Slovak-American actor (died 2011)
1919 - Mario Bunge, Argentinian-Canadian physicist and philosopher
1919 - Herman Fowlkes, Jr., American trumpet player and educator (died 1993)
1919 - Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani philosopher and scholar (died 1988)
1921 - John McHale, American baseball player and manager (died 2008)
1921 - Jimmy Young, English singer and radio host
1924 - Hermann Buhl, Austrian mountaineer (died 1957)
1926 - Don Dunstan, Fijian-Australian lawyer and politician, 35th Premier of South Australia (died 1999)
1926 - Donald A. Glaser, American physicist and neurobiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 2013)
1926 - Noor Jehan, Pakistani actress and singer (died 2000)
1926 - Fereydoon Moshiri, Iranian poet and critic (died 2000)
1926 - Reies Tijerina, American pastor and activist (died 2015)
1927 - Ward Swingle, American-French singer-songwriter and conductor (Les Double Six) (died 2015)
1929 - Shafi Hadi, American saxophonist
1929 - Edgar Valter, Estonian author and illustrator (died 2006)
1929 - Bernard Williams, English-Italian philosopher and academic (died 2003)
1930 - John Morgan, Welsh-Canadian actor and screenwriter (died 2004)
1930 - Bob Stokoe, English footballer and manager (died 2004)
1931 - Larry Hagman, American actor, director, and producer (died 2012)
1932 - Shirley Conran, English journalist and author
1932 - Don Preston, American keyboard player and composer (The Mothers of Invention)
1933 - Allan Jeans, Australian footballer and coach (died 2011)
1933 - Dick Simon, American race car driver
1934 - Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter and poet
1935 - Jimmy Armfield, English footballer and manager
1935 - Henry Gibson, American actor and singer (died 2009)
1936 - Ian Albery, English manager and producer
1936 - Dickey Lee, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1936 - Yury Luzhkov, Russian soldier and politician, 2nd Mayor of Moscow
1936 - Diane Rehm, American journalist and radio host
1937 - John D'Amico, Canadian ice hockey player and referee (died 2005)
1938 - Doug Moe, American basketball player and coach
1939 - Agnivesh, Indian philosopher, academic, and politician
1940 - Ron Fenton, English footballer, coach, and manager (died 2013)
1940 - Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian engineer and academic
1940 - Bill Kurtis, American journalist and producer
1941 - Jack Brisco, American wrestler and manager (died 2010)
1941 - R. James Woolsey, Jr., American scholar and diplomat, 16th Director of Central Intelligence
1942 - U-Roy, Jamaican singer-songwriter and DJ
1942 - Sam McDowell, American baseball player
1944 - Steve Beshear, American lawyer and politician, 61st Governor of Kentucky
1944 - Marcus Binney, English historian and author
1944 - Fannie Flagg, American actress and author
1944 - Hamilton Jordan, American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (died 2008)
1944 - Bobby Tench, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gass, Hummingbird, Humble Pie, and Streetwalkers)
1945 - Jerry Bruckheimer, American film and television producer
1945 - G. C. Cameron, American singer (The Spinners and The Temptations)
1945 - Richard Childress, American race car driver and businessman
1945 - Shaw Clifton, Northern Irish 18th General of The Salvation Army
1945 - Kay Ryan, American poet and educator
1946 - Rose Garrard, English sculptor and author
1946 - Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss lawyer and politician, 87th President of the Swiss Confederation
1946 - Ed Nimmervoll, Austrian-Australian journalist, historian, and author (died 2014)
1946 - Mart Siimann, Estonian psychologist and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Estonia
1947 - Don Felder, American guitarist and songwriter (Eagles)
1947 - Keith Harris, English ventriloquist and singer (died 2015)
1947 - Stephen King, American author and screenwriter
1947 - Marsha Norman, American playwright and author
1948 - Jack Dromey, English union leader and politician
1949 - Henry Butler, American pianist and photographer
1949 - Artis Gilmore, American basketball player and radio host
1949 - Odilo Scherer, Brazilian cardinal
1950 - Charles Clarke, English economist and politician, Secretary of State for Education
1950 - Bill Murray, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1951 - Bruce Arena, American soccer player and manager
1951 - DeWayne Jessie, American actor
1951 - Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen general and politician, 3rd President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (died 2005)
1952 - Dave Gregory, English guitarist and keyboard player (XTC and Big Big Train)
1952 - Anneliese Michel, German woman believed to be possessed by demons (died 1976)
1952 - John Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick, English lawyer and politician
1953 - Sunny Johnson, American actress (died 1984)
1953 - Arie Luyendyk, Dutch race car driver and sportscaster
1954 - Shinzō Abe, Japanese lawyer and politician, 90th Prime Minister of Japan
1954 - Thomas S. Ray, American ecologist and academic
1955 - Richard Hieb, American engineer and astronaut
1956 - Jack Givens, American basketball player and sportscaster
1956 - Marta Kauffman, American screenwriter and producer
1956 - Ricky Morton, American wrestler and trainer
1957 - Ethan Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1957 - Mark Levin, American lawyer, radio host, and author
1957 - Sidney Moncrief, American basketball player and coach
1957 - Kevin Rudd, Australian politician and diplomat, 26th Prime Minister of Australia
1957 - Penny Smith, English journalist and actress
1958 - Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player and architect
1958 - Rick Mahorn, American basketball player and coach
1958 - Simon Mayo, English radio host
1959 - Crin Antonescu, Romanian educator and politician, President of Romania
1959 - Andrzej Buncol, Polish footballer
1959 - Dave Coulier, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
1959 - Danny Cox, English-American baseball player and coach
1959 - Corinne Drewery, English singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister and Working Week)
1960 - David James Elliott, Canadian-American actor and director
1960 - Kelley Eskridge, American author and screenwriter
1960 - Sikandar Sanam, Pakistani actor and singer (died 2012)
1960 - Graham Southern, English art dealer and gallery owner
1961 - Billy Collins, Jr., American boxer (died 1984)
1961 - Dan Borislow, American businessman, invented the magicJack (died 2014)
1961 - Nancy Travis, American actress and producer
1962 - Rob Morrow, American actor, singer, and director
1963 - Curtly Ambrose, Antiguan cricketer and bass player
1963 - Cecil Fielder, American baseball player and manager
1963 - Angus Macfadyen, Scottish actor and screenwriter
1963 - Mamoru Samuragochi, Japanese composer
1963 - David J. Wales, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge
1964 - Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan singer-songwriter and actor
1964 - Lester Quitzau, Canadian guitarist
1965 - Cheryl Hines, American actress, director, and producer
1965 - Juanjo Mena, Spanish conductor
1965 - Johanna Vuoksenmaa, Finnish director and screenwriter
1965 - David Wenham, Australian actor and producer
1966 - Kerrin Lee-Gartner, Canadian skier and journalist
1966 - Ronna Reeves, American singer
1966 - James Richardson, English television presenter and journalist
1967 - Glen Benton, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Deicide and Vital Remains)
1967 - Faith Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1967 - Suman Pokhrel, Nepali poet and songwriter
1967 - Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)
1968 - David Jude Jolicoeur, American rapper and producer (De La Soul)
1968 - Ricki Lake, American actress, producer, and talk show host
1969 - Anne Burrell, American chef and television host
1969 - Jason Christiansen, American baseball player
1969 - Curtis Leschyshyn, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1970 - John Cudia, American actor
1970 - Melissa Ferrick, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1970 - James Lesure, American actor
1970 - Samantha Power, Irish-American journalist, academic, and diplomat, 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
1970 - Unique Priscilla, Indonesian actress and model
1971 - John Crawley, English cricketer and academic
1971 - Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor and director
1971 - David Vetter, American victim of SCID (died 1984)
1971 - Luke Wilson, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1972 - Olivia Bonamy, French actress
1972 - Liam Gallagher, English singer-songwriter (Oasis, Beady Eye, and The Rain)
1972 - Jon Kitna, American football player and coach
1972 - David Silveria, American drummer and songwriter (Korn and L.A.P.D.)
1972 - Scott Spiezio, American baseball player
1973 - Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist and author
1973 - Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spanish tennis player
1974 - Bryce Drew, American basketball player and coach
1974 - Jana Kandarr, German tennis player
1974 - Andy Todd, English footballer and manager
1975 - Doug Davis, American baseball player
1976 - Jonas Bjerre, Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mew and Apparatjik)
1977 - Kārlis Lācis, Latvian pianist and composer
1977 - Brian Tallet, American baseball player
1978 - Paulo Costanzo, Canadian actor, director, and producer
1978 - Luke Godden, Australian footballer
1978 - Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby player
1978 - Mario Miranda, Brazilian mixed martial artist
1979 - James Allan, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Glasvegas)
1979 - Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
1979 - Chris Gayle, Jamaican cricketer
1979 - Julian Gray, English footballer
1979 - Monika Merl, German runner
1980 - Stacy Clark, American singer-songwriter
1980 - Robert Hoffman, American actor, dancer, and choreographer
1980 - Nyree Kindred, Welsh swimmer
1980 - Tomas Scheckter, South African race car driver
1980 - Kareena Kapoor Khan, Indian actress
1981 - Nicole Richie, American actress, singer, fashion designer, and author
1982 - Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian race car driver
1982 - Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
1982 - Danny Kass, American snowboarder
1982 - Parvati Shallow, American reality show contestant, winner of Survivor: Micronesia
1982 - Christos Tapoutos, Greek basketball player
1982 - Rowan Vine, English footballer
1983 - Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
1983 - Kristian Gidlund, Swedish drummer and journalist (Sugarplum Fairy) (died 2013)
1983 - Maggie Grace, American actress
1983 - Greg Jennings, American football player
1983 - Joseph Mazzello, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1983 - Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
1984 - Wale, American rapper
1984 - Ben Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
1985 - Justin Durant, American football player
1986 - Faris Badwan, English singer-songwriter (The Horrors and Cat's Eyes)
1986 - Lindsey Stirling, American violinist and composer
1987 - Jimmy Clausen, American football player
1987 - Marcelo Estigarribia, Paraguayan footballer
1987 - Murilo Maccari, Brazilian footballer
1987 - Ashley Paris, American basketball player
1987 - Courtney Paris, American basketball player
1988 - Doug Baldwin, American football player
1988 - Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician
1989 - Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
1989 - Sandor Earl, Australian rugby player
1989 - Jef Gaitan, Filipino actress and singer
1989 - Emma Watkins, Australian singer and actress (The Wiggles)
1990 - Al-Farouq Aminu, American basketball player
1990 - Danny Batth, English footballer
1990 - Ivan Dorschner, American-Filipino model and actor
1990 - Allison Scagliotti, American actress
1990 - Christian Serratos, American actress
1991 - Anastassia Kovalenko, Estonian motorcycle racer
1992 - Chen, main vocalist of South Korean band EXO
1993 - Kwon Mina, South Korean singer and actress (AOA)
1993 - Derik Osede, Spanish footballer
1994 - Fumi Nikaida, Japanese model and actress
1994 - Ben Proud, English swimmer
1998 - Miguel Tanfelix, Filipino actor

Deaths

19 BC - Virgil, Roman poet (born 70 BC)
454 - Flavius Aetius, Roman general and politician (born 396)
687 - Pope Conon (born 630)
1217 - Lembitu, Estonian soldier
1217 - Caupo of Turaida
1235 - Andrew II of Hungary (born 1175)
1327 - Edward II of England (born 1284)
1397 - Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English admiral (born 1346)
1558 - Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (born 1500)
1576 - Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, physician, and astrologer (born 1501)
1586 - Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, French cardinal and diplomat (born 1517)
1626 - François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières (born 1543)
1719 - Johann Heinrich Acker, German historian and academic (born 1647)
1743 - Jai Singh II, Indian king (born 1688)
1748 - John Balguy, English philosopher and author (born 1686)
1798 - George Read, American lawyer and politician, 3rd Governor of Delaware (born 1733)
1812 - Emanuel Schikaneder, German actor, singer, and playwright (born 1751)
1832 - Walter Scott, Scottish author, poet, and playwright (born 1771)
1860 - Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher and author (born 1788)
1875 - Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (born 1826)
1880 - Manuel Montt, Chilean scholar and politician, 6th President of Chile (born 1809)
1904 - Chief Joseph, American tribal leader (born 1840)
1906 - Samuel Arnold, American conspirator (born 1838)
1930 - Juhan Maaker, Estonian torupill player (born 1845)
1933 - Kenji Miyazawa, Japanese author and poet (born 1896)
1942 - John Symes, English cricketer (born 1879)
1944 - Artur Phleps, Romanian general (born 1881)
1946 - Olga Engl, Austrian-German actress (born 1871)
1947 - Harry Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1878)
1953 - Necmettin Sadak, Turkish publisher and politician, 10th Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs (born 1890)
1956 - Bill Struth, Scottish footballer and manager (born 1875)
1957 - Haakon VII of Norway (born 1872)
1958 - Peter Whitehead, English race car driver (born 1914)
1962 - Bo Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mississippi Sheiks) (born 1892)
1963 - Paulino Masip, Spanish author, playwright, and screenwriter (born 1899)
1966 - Paul Reynaud, French lawyer and politician, 118th Prime Minister of France (born 1878)
1971 - Bernardo Houssay, Argentinian physiologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1887)
1972 - Henry de Montherlant, French essayist, novelist, and dramatist (born 1896)
1974 - Walter Brennan, American actor and singer (born 1894)
1974 - Jacqueline Susann, American author and actress (born 1918)
1976 - Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chile (born 1932)
1982 - Ivan Bagramyan, Russian general (born 1897)
1985 - Gu Long, Chinese author and screenwriter (born 1937)
1987 - Jaco Pastorius, American bass player, composer, and producer (Weather Report and Trio of Doom) (born 1951)
1988 - Glenn Robert Davis, American lieutenant and politician (born 1914)
1989 - Rajini Thiranagama, Sri Lankan physician and academic (born 1954)
1990 - Takis Kanellopoulos, Greek director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1933)
1991 - Gordon Bashford, English engineer (born 1916)
1992 - Tarachand Barjatya, Indian film producer, founded Rajshri Productions (born 1914)
1995 - Rudy Perpich, American dentist and politician, 34th Governor of Minnesota (born 1928)
1997 - Jennifer Holt, American-English actress and singer (born 1920)
1998 - Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (born 1959)
2000 - Jacques Flynn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 35th Canadian Minister of Justice (born 1915)
2000 - Leonid Rogozov, Russian physician and surgeon (born 1934)
2002 - Robert L. Forward, American physicist and engineer (born 1932)
2002 - Rocco Rock, American wrestler and boxer (born 1953)
2004 - Bob Mason, English actor and screenwriter (born 1952)
2006 - Tasos Athanasiadis, Greek author (born 1913)
2006 - Boz Burrell, English singer-songwriter and bass player (Bad Company and King Crimson) (born 1946)
2007 - Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian skier (born 1929)
2007 - Alice Ghostley, American actress and singer (born 1926)
2007 - Rex Humbard, American evangelist and television host (born 1919)
2009 - Robert Ginty, American actor, director, and screenwriter (born 1948)
2011 - Troy Davis, American murderer (born 1968)
2011 - John Du Cann, English guitarist (The Attack, Andromeda, Atomic Rooster, and Hard Stuff) (born 1946)
2011 - Jun Henmi, Japanese author and poet (born 1939)
2011 - Pamela Ann Rymer, American lawyer and judge (born 1941)
2012 - Yehuda Elkana, Israeli historian and philosopher (born 1934)
2012 - Sven Hassel, Danish-German soldier and author (born 1917)
2012 - Bill King, English commander, sailor, and author (born 1910)
2012 - Michael Rye, American voice actor (born 1918)
2012 - Tom Umphlett, American baseball player and manager (born 1930)
2013 - Ruhila Adatia-Sood, Kenyan journalist and radio host (born 1982)
2013 - Kofi Awoonor, Ghanaian author, poet, and diplomat (born 1935)
2013 - Michel Brault, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1928)
2013 - Harl H. Haas, Jr., American lawyer, jurist, and politician (born 1932)
2013 - Walter Wallmann, German lawyer and politician, Minister-President of Hesse (born 1932)
2013 - Ko Wierenga, Dutch lawyer and politician (born 1933)
2014 - Cecilia Cenci, Argentinian actress (born 1942)
2014 - Linda Griffiths, Canadian actress and playwright (born 1953)
2014 - Michael Harari, Israeli intelligence officer (born 1927)
2014 - Caldwell Jones, American basketball player and coach (born 1950)
2014 - Sheldon Patinkin, American director and playwright (born 1935)
2015 - Ben Cauley, American trumpet player and songwriter (The Bar-Kays) (born 1947)
2015 - Yoram Gross, Polish-Australian director and producer (born 1926)
2015 - Ray Warleigh, Australian-English saxophonist and flute player (born 1938)
2015 - Richard Williamson, American footballer and coach (born 1941)