Today in History
Today is 21 November 2017, and this is some of what happened.
Events164 BC - Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
235 - Pope Anterus succeeds Pontian as the nineteenth pope. During the persecutions of emperor Maximinus Thrax he is martyred.
1386 - Timur of Samarkand captures and sacks the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, taking King Bagrat V of Georgia captive.
1620 - Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (November 11, O.S.).
1783 - In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.
1789 - North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.
1832 - Wabash College is founded in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
1861 - American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints Judah Benjamin secretary of war.
1877 - Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.
1894 - Port Arthur, China, falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War, after which Japanese troops are accused of the massacre of the remaining inhabitants of the city. (Reports conflict on this subject.)
1902 - The Philadelphia Football Athletics defeated the Kanaweola Athletic Club of Elmira, New York, 39-0, in the first ever professional American football night game.
1905 - Albert Einstein's paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².
1910 - Sailors on board Brazil's most powerful military units, including the brand-new warships Minas Geraes, São Paulo, and Bahia, violently rebel in what is now known as the Revolta da Chibata (Revolt of the Lash).
1916 - World War I: A mine explodes and sinks HMHS Britannic in the Aegean Sea, killing 30 people.
1918 - The Flag of Estonia, previously used by pro-independence activists, is formally adopted as the national flag of the Republic of Estonia.
1918 - A pogrom takes place in Lwów (now Lviv); over three days, at least 50 Jews and 270 Ukrainian Christians are killed by Poles.
1920 - Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as "Bloody Sunday". This included fourteen British informants, fourteen Irish civilians and three Irish Republican Army prisoners.
1922 - Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.
1927 - Columbine Mine massacre: Striking coal miners are allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.
1942 - The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by general vehicles until 1943).
1945 - The United Auto Workers strike 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise.
1950 - Two Canadian National Railway trains collide in northeastern British Columbia in the Canoe River train crash; the death toll is 21, with 17 of them Canadian troops bound for Korea.
1953 - The Natural History Museum, London announces that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax.
1959 - American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio for refusing to deny allegations that he had participated in the payola scandal.
1961 - The "La Ronde" opens i Honolulu, first revolving restaurant in the United States
1962 - The Chinese People's Liberation Army declares a unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War.
1964 - The Verrazano/Narrows Bridge opens to traffic. (At the time it is the world's longest suspension bridge.)
1964 - Second Vatican Council: The third session of the Roman Catholic Church's ecumenical council closes.
1967 - Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."
1969 - U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sati agree in Washington, D.C., on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.
1969 - The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI.
1970 - Vietnam War: Operation Ivory Coast: A joint United States Air Force and Army team raids the Sin Tây prisoner-of-war camp in an attempt to free American prisoners of war thought to be held there.
1971 - Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.
1972 - Voters in South Korea overwhelmingly approve a new constitution, giving legitimacy to Park Chung-hee and the Fourth Republic.
1974 - The Birmingham pub bombings kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six are sentenced to life in prison for the crime but subsequently acquitted.
1977 - Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announces that the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem "God Save the Queen" and "God Defend New Zealand", by Thomas Bracken (lyrics) and John Joseph Woods (music), both being of equal status as appropriate to the occasion.
1978 - French pop star Dalida performed a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1979 - The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four.
1980 - A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally's Las Vegas). Eighty-seven people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.
1983 - US military campaign in Grenada ends.
1985 - United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He is subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
1986 - Iran/Contra affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1992 - A major tornado strikes the Houston, Texas area during the afternoon. Over the next two days the largest tornado outbreak ever to occur in the US during November spawns over 100 tornadoes before ending on the 23rd.
1995 - The Dayton Agreement is initialed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement is formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year.
1996 - Humberto Vidal explosion: Thirty-three people die when a Humberto Vidal shoe shop explodes.
1998 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, one of the most successful and influential video games of all time, was released in Japan.
2002 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2004 - The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, giving rise to massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
2004 - The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island sustains the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.
2004 - The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
2006 - Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
2009 - A mine explosion in Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, kills 108.
2012 - At least 28 are wounded after a bomb is thrown onto a bus in Tel Aviv.
2013 - A supermarket roof collapse in Riga, Zolitude, Latvia killing 54 people.
2013 - The Euromaidan begins in Ukraine.
2014 - A stampede in the city of Kwekwe in Zimbabwe caused by the police firing tear gas kills at least eleven people and injures 40 others.
2015 - The government of Belgium imposed a security lockdown on Brussels, including the closure of shops, schools, public transportation, due to information about potential terrorist attacks.
2015 - Seven people, including the pilot, are killed in a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier in New Zealand.
Births1495 - John Bale, English bishop and historian (died 1563)
1567 - Anne de Xainctonge, French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (died 1621)
1692 - Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni, Italian poet and academic (died 1768)
1694 - Voltaire, French historian, playwright, and philosopher (died 1778)
1718 - Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg, German composer, critic, and theorist (died 1795)
1729 - Josiah Bartlett, American physician and politician, 6th Governor of New Hampshire (died 1795)
1737 - José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez, Spanish-Mexican scientist and cartographer (died 1799)
1760 - Joseph Plumb Martin, American sergeant (died 1850)
1761 - Dorothea Jordan, Irish-French actress (died 1816)
1768 - Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologian, philosopher, and scholar (died 1834)
1787 - Samuel Cunard, Canadian businessman, founded the Cunard Line (died 1865)
1811 - Zeng Guofan, Chinese general and politician, Viceroy of Liangjiang (died 1872)
1818 - Lewis H. Morgan, American lawyer, anthropologist, and theorist (died 1881)
1835 - Hetty Green, American businesswoman and financier (died 1916)
1840 - Victoria, Princess Royal of England (died 1901)
1851 - Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian cardinal and theologian (died 1926)
1852 - Francisco Tárrega, Spanish guitarist and composer (died 1909)
1853 - Hussein Kamel of Egypt (died 1917)
1854 - Pope Benedict XV (died 1922)
1861 - Tom Horn, American police officer and murderer (died 1903)
1866 - Sigbjørn Obstfelder, Norwegian poet and author (died 1900)
1866 - Konishiki Yasokichi I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 17th Yokozuna (died 1914)
1870 - Alexander Berkman, Lithuanian-American activist and author (died 1936)
1870 - Joe Darling, Australian cricketer and politician (died 1946)
1876 - Olav Duun, Norwegian author and educator (died 1939)
1877 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer and educator (died 1933)
1878 - Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and politician, German Minister of Justice (died 1949)
1882 - Harold Lowe, Welsh sailor (died 1944)
1886 - Harold Nicolson, Iranian-English author and politician (died 1968)
1894 - Cecil M. Harden, American politician (died 1984)
1897 - Mollie Steimer, Russian-American activist (died 1980)
1898 - René Magritte, Belgian painter (died 1967)
1899 - Jobyna Ralston, American actress (died 1967)
1899 - Harekrushna Mahatab, Indian journalist and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Odisha (died 1987)
1902 - Foster Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster (died 1985)
1902 - Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1991)
1902 - Mikhail Suslov, Russian soldier, economist, and politician (died 1982)
1904 - Coleman Hawkins, American saxophonist and clarinet player (died 1969)
1908 - Leo Politi, Italian-American author and illustrator (died 1996)
1908 - Elizabeth George Speare, American author and educator (died 1994)
1912 - Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (died 1982)
1913 - John Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (died 1985)
1913 - Roy Boulting, English director, producer, and screenwriter (died 2001)
1913 - Gunnar Kangro, Estonian mathematician, author, and academic (died 1975)
1914 - Henri Laborit, French physician and philosopher (died 1995)
1916 - Sid Luckman, American football player and soldier (died 1998)
1916 - Jadu Nath Singh, Indian soldier (died 1948)
1919 - Paul Bogart, American director and producer (died 2012)
1919 - Steve Brodie, American actor (died 1992)
1919 - Joe Kieyoomia, American soldier (died 1997)
1920 - Ralph Meeker, American actor and singer (died 1988)
1920 - Stan Musial, American baseball player and manager (died 2013)
1922 - María Casares, Spanish-French actress (died 1996)
1922 - Abe Lemons, American basketball player and coach (died 2002)
1924 - Joseph Campanella, American actor
1924 - Milka Planinc, Croatian politician, 28th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (died 2010)
1924 - Christopher Tolkien, English author and academic
1925 - Xie Jin, Chinese director and screenwriter (died 2008)
1926 - Odd Børretzen, Norwegian singer, author, and illustrator (died 2012)
1926 - Prem Nath, Indian actor and director (died 1992)
1926 - Matti Ranin, Finnish actor and director (died 2013)
1926 - William Wakefield Baum, American cardinal (died 2015)
1927 - Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman (died 2008)
1929 - Marilyn French, American author and academic (died 2009)
1929 - Laurier LaPierre, Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (died 2012)
1931 - Lewis Binford, American archaeologist and academic (died 2011)
1931 - Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian chemist and physicist (died 1985)
1931 - Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms, English businessman
1931 - Malcolm Williamson, Australian pianist and composer (died 2003)
1932 - Beryl Bainbridge, English author and screenwriter (died 2010)
1932 - Chronis Exarhakos, Greek actor (died 1984)
1932 - Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer
1933 - Henry Hartsfield, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (died 2014)
1934 - Laurence Luckinbill, American actor, director, and playwright
1935 - Fairuz, Lebanese singer
1936 - Victor Chang, Chinese-Australian surgeon (died 1991)
1937 - Ingrid Pitt, Polish-English actress (died 2010)
1937 - Marlo Thomas, American actress and producer
1938 - Helen, Burmese-Indian actress and dancer
1939 - R. Budd Dwyer, American educator and politician, 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania (died 1987)
1940 - Freddy Beras-Goico, Dominican comedian and television host (died 2010)
1940 - Dr. John, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1940 - Richard Marcinko, American commander and author
1940 - Natalia Makarova, Russian ballerina, choreographer, and actress
1941 - Juliet Mills, English-American actress
1942 - Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German educator and politician
1943 - Phil Bredesen, American businessman and politician, 48th Governor of Tennessee
1943 - Jacques Laffite, French race car driver and sportscaster
1943 - Larry Mahan, American rodeo performer
1944 - Dick Durbin, American lawyer and politician
1944 - Earl Monroe, American basketball player and sportscaster
1944 - Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (died 2014)
1945 - Goldie Hawn, American actress, singer, and producer
1946 - Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
1947 - Nickolas Grace, English actor
1947 - Tiny Ron Taylor, American actor and basketball player
1948 - Lonnie Jordan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (War)
1948 - Alphonse Mouzon, American drummer and songwriter (Weather Report and The Eleventh House)
1948 - Michel Suleiman, Lebanese general and politician, 16th President of Lebanon
1948 - George Zimmer, American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse
1950 - Hisham Barakat, Egyptian lawyer and judge (died 2015)
1950 - Stephen Geyer, American composer
1950 - Gary Pihl, American guitarist (Boston)
1952 - Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch, Welsh banker and politician
1952 - Janne Kristiansen, Norwegian lawyer and jurist
1952 - Lorna Luft, American actress and singer
1953 - Tina Brown, English-American journalist and author
1954 - Thomas Rothman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1954 - Fiona Pitt-Kethley, English journalist, author, and poet
1955 - Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
1956 - Cherry Jones, American actress
1958 - David Reivers, Jamaican-American actor and producer
1959 - Sergei Ratnikov, Estonian footballer and manager
1960 - Brian McNamara, American actor, director, and producer
1960 - Brian Ritchie, American bass player and songwriter (Violent Femmes)
1961 - João Domingos Pinto, Portuguese footballer and manager
1962 - Steven Curtis Chapman, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
1963 - Dave Molyneux, Manx motorcycle racer
1963 - Nicollette Sheridan, English actress
1964 - Shane Douglas, American wrestler and manager
1964 - Charles Dunstone, English businessman, co-founded Carphone Warehouse
1964 - Olden Polynice, Haitian-American basketball player and coach
1964 - Stefan Sonnenfeld, American businessman, co-founded Company 3
1964 - Liza Tarbuck, English actress and radio host
1965 - Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (The Sugarcubes)
1965 - Reggie Lewis, American basketball player (died 1993)
1965 - Alexander Siddig, Sudanese-English actor and director
1966 - Troy Aikman, American football player and sportscaster
1966 - Evgeny Bareev, Russian chess player and coach
1966 - Andrew Caddick, New Zealand-English cricketer
1966 - Thanasis Kolitsidakis, Greek footballer
1967 - Ken Block, American race car driver
1967 - Tripp Cromer, American baseball player
1967 - Toshihiko Koga, Japanese martial artist
1968 - Inka Bause, German actress and singer
1968 - Alex James, English singer-songwriter, bass player (Blur, Fat Les, Me Me Me, and WigWam)
1968 - Christopher Noxon, American journalist and author
1968 - Sean Schemmel, American voice actor, director, and screenwriter
1968 - Antonio Tarver, American boxer, sportscaster, and actor
1969 - Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player and actor
1970 - Karen Davila, Filipino journalist
1970 - Justin Langer, Australian cricketer and coach
1971 - Michael Strahan, American football player, actor, and talk show host
1972 - Rich Johnston, English author and critic
1972 - Rain Phoenix, American actress and singer (The Causey Way)
1972 - David Tua, Samoan-New Zealand boxer
1973 - Brook Kerr, American actress
1973 - Marko Lelov, Estonian footballer and manager
1973 - Inés Sastre, Spanish model and actress
1974 - Karen Rolton, Australian cricketer
1975 - Cherie Johnson, American actress and producer
1975 - Chris Moneymaker, American poker player and author
1975 - Aaron Solowoniuk, Canadian drummer (Billy Talent)
1976 - Saleem Elahi, Pakistani cricketer
1976 - Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
1976 - Veronika Valk, Estonian architect and academic
1976 - Daniel Whiston, English figure skater
1976 - Michael Wilson, Australian footballer
1977 - Bruno Berner, Swiss footballer
1977 - Yolande James, Canadian lawyer and politician
1977 - Jonas Jennings, American football player
1977 - Tobias Sammet, German singer-songwriter (Edguy and Avantasia)
1978 - Chucks Nwoko, Maltese footballer and coach
1978 - Daniel Bradshaw, Australian footballer
1978 - Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress and singer
1978 - Sara Tanaka, American actress and physician
1979 - Kim Dong-wan, South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)
1979 - Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
1979 - Stromile Swift, American basketball player
1979 - Alex Tanguay, Canadian ice hockey player
1980 - Hank Blalock, American baseball player
1980 - Alec Brownstein, American author and director
1980 - Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
1980 - Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress
1981 - Wesley Britt, American football player
1981 - Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
1981 - Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
1982 - Ioana Ciolacu, Romanian fashion designer
1982 - Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer
1982 - Ryan Starr, American singer-songwriter and actress
1983 - Jamie Langley, English rugby player
1983 - Nikki Bella Professional Wrestler, model
1983 - Brie Bella Professional Wrestler, model
1984 - Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer
1984 - Hope Dworaczyk, American model and television host
1984 - Callum Ferguson, Australian cricketer
1984 - Jena Malone, American actress and singer
1984 - Willy Mason, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1985 - Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
1985 - Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer
1985 - Nicola Silvestri, Italian footballer
1986 - Colleen Ballinger, American comedian, actress, and singer
1986 - Ben Bishop, American ice hockey player
1986 - Kristof Goddaert, Belgian cyclist (died 2014)
1986 - Jordan Lloyd, American reality contestant, winner of Big Brother
1987 - Brian Douwes, Dutch kick-boxer
1987 - Stefan Glarner, Swiss footballer
1987 - Eesha Karavade, Indian chess player
1988 - Len Väljas, Canadian skier
1988 - Preston Zimmerman, American soccer player
1989 - Will Buckley, English footballer
1989 - Dárvin Chávez, Mexican footballer
1989 - Fabian Delph, English footballer
1989 - Ejay Falcon, Filipino actor
1989 - Getter Laar, Estonian footballer
1989 - Adrian Robinson, American football player (died 2015)
1989 - Justin Tucker, American football player
1990 - Dani King, English cyclist
1990 - Georgie Twigg, English field hockey player
1991 - Lewis Dunk, English footballer
1991 - Woohee, South Korean singer-songwriter, actress, and model (Dal Shabet)
1992 - Conor Maynard, English singer-songwriter
1992 - Rino Sashihara, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48, HKT48, and Not Yet)
1993 - Elena Myers, American motorcycle racer
2001 - Samantha Bailey, American child actress
2004 - Lyca Gairanod, Filipino singer and actress
Deaths615 - Columbanus, Irish missionary and saint (born 543)
1011 - Emperor Reizei of Japan (born 950)
1136 - William de Corbeil, English archbishop (born 1070)
1150 - García Ramírez of Navarre (born 1112)
1361 - Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (born 1346)
1555 - Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist, philologist, and scholar (born 1490)
1566 - Annibale Caro, Italian poet and author (born 1507)
1579 - Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier (born 1519)
1639 - Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire (born 1583)
1695 - Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (born 1659)
1730 - François de Troy, French painter and engraver (born 1645)
1775 - John Hill, English botanist and author (born 1719)
1782 - Jacques de Vaucanson, French engineer (born 1709)
1811 - Heinrich von Kleist, German poet and author (born 1777)
1844 - Ivan Krylov, Russian poet and playwright (born 1769)
1861 - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, French priest and activist (born 1802)
1870 - Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech historian and poet (born 1811)
1874 - Marià Fortuny, Spanish painter (born 1838)
1881 - Ami Boué, German-Austrian geologist and ethnographer (born 1794)
1899 - Garret Hobart, American lawyer and politician, 24th Vice President of the United States (born 1844)
1907 - Paula Modersohn-Becker, German painter (born 1876)
1908 - Carl Friedrich Schmidt, German-Russian geologist and botanist (born 1832)
1909 - Peder Severin Krøyer, Norwegian-Danish painter (born 1851)
1916 - Franz Joseph I of Austria (born 1830)
1922 - Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican journalist and activist (born 1874)
1924 - Florence Harding, American publisher, 36th First Lady of the United States (born 1860)
1926 - Edward Cummins, American golfer (born 1886)
1928 - Heinrich XXVII, Prince Reuss Younger Line (born 1858)
1938 - Leopold Godowsky, Polish-American pianist and composer (born 1870)
1941 - Henrietta Vinton Davis, American actress and playwright (born 1860)
1942 - Count Leopold Berchtold, Austrian-Hungarian politician, Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary (born 1863)
1942 - J. born M. Hertzog, South African general and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of South Africa (born 1866)
1945 - Robert Benchley, American actor, singer, screenwriter, and critic (born 1889)
1945 - Al Davis, American boxer (born 1920)
1945 - Ellen Glasgow, American author (born 1873)
1945 - Alexander Patch, American general (born 1889)
1953 - Felice Bonetto, Italian race car driver (born 1903)
1953 - Larry Shields, American clarinet player and composer (Original Dixieland Jass Band) (born 1893)
1957 - Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (born 1873)
1958 - Mel Ott, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (born 1909)
1959 - Max Baer, American boxer, referee, and actor (born 1909)
1963 - Artur Lemba, Estonian composer and educator (born 1885)
1963 - Robert Stroud, American ornithologist and author (born 1890)
1967 - C. M. Eddy, Jr., American author (born 1896)
1969 - Mutesa II of Buganda (born 1924)
1970 - Newsy Lalonde, Canadian lacrosse and ice hockey player (born 1887)
1970 - C. V. Raman, Indian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1888)
1973 - Thomas Pelly, American lawyer and politician (born 1902)
1974 - John born Gambling, American radio host (born 1897)
1974 - Frank Martin, Swiss-Dutch pianist and composer (born 1890)
1975 - Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic author (born 1889)
1980 - Sara García, Mexican actress (born 1895)
1981 - Harry von Zell, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (born 1906)
1982 - John Hargrave, English activist and author (born 1894)
1984 - Ben Wilson, American basketball player (born 1967)
1986 - Jerry Colonna, American singer-songwriter and actor (born 1904)
1986 - Dar Robinson, American actor and stuntman (born 1947)
1986 - Marcelino Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American actor (born 1957)
1988 - Carl Hubbell, American baseball player and scout (born 1903)
1988 - Pál Kalmár, Hungarian singer (born 1900)
1989 - Harvey Hart, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1928)
1989 - Margot Zemach, American author and illustrator (born 1931)
1990 - Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler and referee (born 1954)
1991 - Sonny Werblin, American businessman and philanthropist (born 1907)
1992 - Kaysone Phomvihane, Laotian soldier and politician, 2nd President of Laos (born 1920)
1992 - Ricky Williams, American singer-songwriter and drummer (Crime, The Sleepers, Flipper, and Toiling Midgets) (born 1956)
1993 - Bill Bixby, American actor, director, and producer (born 1934)
1994 - Willem Jacob Luyten, Dutch-American astronomer and academic (born 1899)
1995 - Peter Grant, English actor and manager (born 1935)
1995 - Noel Jones, Indian-English diplomat, British ambassador to Kazakhstan (born 1940)
1996 - Bernard Rose, English organist and composer (b 1916)
1996 - Abdus Salam, Pakistani-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1926)
1997 - Jack Purvis, English actor (born 1937)
1999 - Quentin Crisp, English actor, author, and illustrator (born 1908)
1999 - Ralph Foody, American actor (born 1928)
2000 - Ernest Lluch, Spanish economist and politician (born 1937)
2001 - Salahuddin of Selangor (born 1926)
2002 - Hadda Brooks, American singer-songwriter and pianist (born 1916)
2005 - Alfred Anderson, Scottish soldier (born 1896)
2005 - Hugh Sidey, American journalist and academic (born 1927)
2006 - Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Somalian-Djiboutian politician, 1st President of Djibouti (born 1916)
2006 - Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese lawyer and politician (born 1972)
2006 - Kathryn Johnston, American shooting victim (born 1914)
2006 - Robert Lockwood, Jr., American guitarist (born 1915)
2007 - Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (born 1921)
2007 - Tom Johnson, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (born 1928)
2007 - Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (born 1931)
2009 - Konstantin Feoktistov, Russian engineer and astronaut (born 1926)
2010 - Norris Church Mailer, American author (born 1949)
2010 - David Nolan, American activist and politician (born 1943)
2010 - Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American painter and author, co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History (born 1917)
2011 - Anne McCaffrey, American-Irish author (born 1926)
2012 - Mr. Food, American chef and author (born 1931)
2012 - Ajmal Kasab, Pakistani terrorist (born 1987)
2012 - Edwarda O'Bara, American coma patient (born 1953)
2012 - Austin Peralta, American pianist and composer (born 1990)
2012 - Deborah Raffin, American actress and producer (born 1953)
2012 - Emily Squires, American director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1941)
2013 - John Egerton, American journalist and author (born 1935)
2013 - Fred Kavli, Norwegian-American businessman and philanthropist, founded The Kavli Foundation (born 1927)
2013 - Dimitri Mihalas, American astronomer and author (born 1939)
2013 - Vern Mikkelsen, American basketball player and coach (born 1928)
2013 - Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (born 1927)
2013 - Maurice Vachon, Canadian-American wrestler (born 1929)
2014 - J. C. Gilbert, American soldier, farmer, and politician (born 1922)
2014 - Wang Kun, Chinese actress and singer (born 1925)
2014 - John H. Land, American soldier and politician (born 1920)
2014 - Robert Richardson, English general (born 1929)
2015 - Gil Cardinal, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1950)
2015 - Ameen Faheem, Indian-Pakistani poet and politician (born 1939)
2015 - Bob Foster, American boxer and police officer (born 1938)
2015 - Anthony Read, English screenwriter and producer (born 1935)
2015 - Joseph Silverstein, American violinist and conductor (born 1932)