|On This Day|
Today is 17 October 2017, and this is some of what happened.
Events456 - Battle of Placentia: Ricimer, supported by Majorian (comes domesticorum), defeats the Roman usurper Avitus near Piacenza (Northern Italy) .
1091 - London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
1346 - Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by the English near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
1448 - Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
1456 - The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia).
1558 - Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded.
1604 - Kepler's Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
1610 - French king Louis XIII is crowned in Reims Cathedral.
1660 - Nine regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.
1662 - Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.
1771 - Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, age 15.
1777 - American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York.
1781 - American Revolutionary War: British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.
1800 - Britain takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
1806 - Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
1814 - Eight people die in the London Beer Flood.
1860 - First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open).
1861 - Nineteen people are killed in the Cullin-la-ringo massacre, the deadliest massacre of Europeans by aborigines in Australian history.
1888 - Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1905 - The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (October 30th in the Gregorian calendar).
1907 - Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.
1912 - Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
1917 - First British bombing of Germany in World War I.
1918 - Haitian rebels attack the barracks of the Gendarmerie of Haiti, igniting the Second Caco War
1919 - RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America.
1931 - Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 - Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.
1940 - The body of Communist propagandist Willi Münzenberg found in South France, starting a never-resolved mystery.
1941 - World War II: a German submarine attacks an American ship for the first time in the war.
1941 - German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece.
1943 - The Burma Railway (Burma/Thailand Railway) is completed.
1943 - The Holocaust: Sobibór extermination camp is closed.
1945 - A massive number of people, headed by CGT, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina to demand Juan Perón's release. It calls "el día de la lealtad peronista" (peronista loyalty day)
1945 - Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens becomes Prime Minister of Greece between the pull-out of the German occupation force in 1944 and the return of King Georgios II to Greece.
1956 - The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England.
1956 - Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer play a famous chess game called The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne and wins a Brilliancy prize.
1961 - Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of former Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
1964 - Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
1965 - The 1964-65 New York World's Fair closes after a two-year run. More than 51 million people had attended the event.
1966 - A fire at a building in New York City kills 12 firefighters, the fire department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
1966 - Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
1970 - Montreal: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
1973 - OPEC imposes an oil embargo against a number of Western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Egypt and Syria.
1977 - German Autumn: Four days after it is hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.
1979 - Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1979 - The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
1980 - As part of the Holy See, United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican
1989 - The 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Sixty-three people were killed.
1989 - Peaceful Revolution: The East German Politburo votes to remove Erich Honecker from his role as General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.
1992 - Having gone to the wrong house for a Halloween party, Japanese exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori is shot and killed by the homeowner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1994 - Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces.
2000 - Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
2001 - Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi becomes the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack.
2003 - The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 56 metres (184 ft) and become the world's tallest highrise.
Births1253 - Ivo of Kermartin, French priest and saint (died 1303)
1577 - Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (died 1621)
1577 - Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (died 1642)
1582 - Johann Gerhard, German theologian and academic (died 1637)
1587 - Nathan Field, English dramatist and actor (died 1620)
1623 - Francis Turretin, Swiss-Italian minister, theologian, and academic (died 1687)
1688 - Domenico Zipoli, Italian missionary and composer (died 1726)
1711 - Jupiter Hammon, American poet (died 1806)
1719 - Jacques Cazotte, French author and academic (died 1792)
1720 - Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini, Italian harpsichord player and composer (died 1795)
1725 - John Wilkes, English journalist and politician (died 1797)
1729 - Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, French composer and academic (died 1817)
1760 - Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon, French economist and philosopher (died 1825)
1810 - Adolphe-Félix Cals, French painter (died 1880)
1811 - Albertus van Raalte, Dutch-American pastor and educator (died 1876)
1813 - Georg Büchner, German-Swiss poet and playwright (died 1837)
1814 - Yakiv Holovatsky, Ukrainian historian, scholar, and poet (died 1888)
1817 - Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian philosopher and scholar (died 1898)
1845 - John J. Gardner, American politician (died 1921)
1853 - Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (died 1920)
1859 - Childe Hassam, American painter and illustrator (died 1935)
1864 - Elinor Glyn, English author, screenwriter, and producer (died 1943)
1865 - James Rudolph Garfield, American lawyer and politician, 23rd United States Secretary of the Interior (died 1950)
1886 - Spring Byington, American actress and singer (died 1971)
1890 - Roy Kilner, English cricketer (died 1928)
1892 - Theodor Eicke, German general (died 1943)
1892 - Herbert Howells, English organist, composer, and educator (died 1983)
1898 - Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist and educator (died 1998)
1898 - Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author and poet (died 1971)
1900 - Jean Arthur, American actress and singer (died 1991)
1902 - Irene Ryan, American actress (died 1973)
1903 - Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter (died 1940)
1906 - Paul Derringer, American baseball player (died 1987)
1908 - Hjördis Petterson, Swedish actress (died 1988)
1908 - Red Rolfe, American baseball player, coach, and manager (died 1969)
1909 - Cozy Cole, American drummer (died 1981)
1910 - Ester Wier, American author (died 2000)
1912 - Pope John Paul I (died 1978)
1912 - Theodore Marier, American composer and educator, founded the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (died 2001)
1912 - Jack Owens, American singer-songwriter and pianist (died 1982)
1913 - Faik Türün, Turkish general (died 2003)
1914 - Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator (died 1996)
1915 - Arthur Miller, American playwright and screenwriter (died 2005)
1917 - Adele Stimmel Chase, American painter and sculptor (died 2000)
1917 - Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-American author and playwright (died 1991)
1917 - Marsha Hunt, American actress and singer
1917 - Norman Leyden, American composer and conductor (died 2014)
1918 - Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, dancer, and producer (died 1987)
1918 - Ralph Wilson, American businessman, founded the Buffalo Bills (died 2014)
1919 - Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic
1920 - Montgomery Clift, American actor and screenwriter (died 1966)
1920 - Miguel Delibes, Spanish journalist and author (died 2010)
1921 - George Mackay Brown, Scottish author, poet, and playwright (died 1996)
1921 - Priscilla Buckley, American journalist and author (died 2012)
1921 - Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian-Israeli gymnast (died 2001)
1921 - Tom Poston, American actor (died 2007)
1922 - Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (died 2001)
1922 - Pierre Juneau, Canadian broadcaster and politician, co-founded the Montreal World Film Festival (died 2012)
1923 - Barney Kessel, American guitarist and composer (died 2004)
1923 - Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (died 2001)
1924 - Don Coryell, American football player and coach (died 2010)
1924 - Anton Geiser, Croatian SS officer (died 2012)
1925 - Harry Carpenter, English sportscaster (died 2010)
1926 - Julie Adams, American actress
1926 - Beverly Garland, American actress (died 2008)
1926 - Roberto Lippi, Italian race car driver (died 2011)
1929 - Mário Wilson, Mozambican footballer and manager
1930 - Ismail Akbay, Turkish physicist and engineer (died 2003)
1930 - Robert Atkins, American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (died 2003)
1930 - Jimmy Breslin, American journalist and author
1931 - Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian author and playwright (died 2012)
1933 - William Anders, Hong Kong-American general and astronaut
1933 - The Singing Nun, Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and nun (died 1985)
1934 - Alan Garner, English author and playwright
1934 - Johnny Haynes, English-Scottish footballer (died 2005)
1934 - Rico Rodriguez, American trombonist (The Specials and Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra)
1935 - Sydney Chapman, English architect and politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (died 2014)
1935 - Michael Eavis, English farmer, founded the Glastonbury Festival
1936 - Sathima Bea Benjamin, South African singer-songwriter (died 2013)
1936 - Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese-American seismologist and academic
1937 - Paxton Whitehead, English actor
1938 - Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (died 2007)
1938 - Marita Lindahl, Finnish model, beauty queen and Miss World 1957
1938 - Les Murray, Australian anthologist, poet, and critic
1939 - Oliver Rackham, English botanist and academic
1940 - Stephen Kovacevich, American pianist and conductor
1940 - Jim Smith, English footballer and manager
1940 - Peter Stringfellow, English businessman
1941 - Earl Thomas Conley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1942 - Steve Jones, American basketball player and sportscaster
1946 - Ronni Chasen, American publicist (died 2010)
1946 - Michael Hossack, American drummer (The Doobie Brothers) (died 2012)
1946 - Cameron Mackintosh, English producer and manager
1946 - Adam Michnik, Polish journalist and historian
1946 - Drusilla Modjeska, English-Australian author and critic
1946 - Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter and actor
1947 - Simi Garewal, Indian actress and director
1947 - Gene Green, American lawyer and politician
1947 - Michael McKean, American singer-songwriter, actor, and director
1947 - Robert Post, American dean and professor of law
1948 - Robert Jordan, American soldier and author (died 2007)
1948 - Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress
1948 - Michael Lynch, American sociologist and academic
1948 - George Wendt, American actor
1948 - Akira Kushida, Japanese singer
1949 - Owen Arthur, Barbadian economist and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Barbados
1950 - Philippe Barbarin, French cardinal
1950 - Howard Rollins, American actor (died 1996)
1951 - Annie Borckink, Dutch speed skater
1951 - Roger Pontare, Swedish singer
1951 - Shari Ulrich, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist (Hometown Band, The Pied Pumkin, and UHF)
1953 - Joseph Bowie, American trombonist and bandleader (Defunkt and Black Artists Group)
1954 - Carlos Buhler, American mountaineer
1955 - Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek economist, academic, and politician, Greek Minister of Finance
1955 - Tyrone Mitchell, American murderer (died 1984)
1955 - Smita Patil, Indian actress (died 1986)
1956 - Fran Cosmo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Boston and Orion the Hunter)
1956 - Mae Jemison, American physician, academic, and astronaut
1956 - Pat McCrory, American businessman and politician, 74th Governor of North Carolina
1957 - Lawrence Bender, American actor and producer
1957 - Steve McMichael, American football player, wrestler, and sportscaster
1957 - Vincent Van Patten, American tennis player and actor
1958 - Howard Alden, American guitarist
1958 - Alan Jackson, American singer-songwriter
1958 - Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
1959 - Ron Drummond, American author and scholar
1959 - Francisco Flores Pérez, Salvadorian politician, President of El Salvador (died 2016)
1959 - Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1959 - Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
1959 - Richard Roeper, American journalist and critic
1960 - Guy Henry, English actor
1960 - Rob Marshall, American director, producer, and choreographer
1960 - Bernie Nolan, Irish singer and actress (The Nolans) (died 2013)
1960 - Philippe Sands, American lawyer and academic
1961 - David Means American short story writer
1962 - Mike Judge, American animator, director, screenwriter, producer and actor
1963 - Sergio Goycochea, Argentinian footballer and journalist
1963 - Norm Macdonald, Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1963 - Toby Young, English journalist and academic
1965 - Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
1966 - Shaun Edwards, English rugby player and coach
1966 - Danny Ferry, American basketball player and manager
1966 - Mark Gatiss, English actor, screenwriter, and author
1966 - Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and sportscaster
1967 - René Dif, Danish singer and actor (Aqua)
1967 - Simon Segars, English businessman
1967 - Kim Seung-jun, South Korean voice actor
1968 - Graeme Le Saux, English footballer and sportscaster
1968 - Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor (Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers)
1968 - David Robertson, Scottish footballer and manager
1969 - Ernie Els, South African golfer and sportscaster
1969 - Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor (Fugees)
1969 - Wood Harris, American actor and producer
1969 - Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1970 - Anil Kumble, Indian cricketer
1970 - John Mabry, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
1970 - Shauna O'Brien, American model and actress
1970 - Blues Saraceno, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Poison)
1971 - Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor ('N Sync)
1971 - Kim Ljung, Norwegian singer-songwriter and bass player (Seigmen and Zeromancer)
1972 - Eminem, American rapper, producer, and actor (D12, Outsidaz, and Bad Meets Evil)
1972 - Musashi, Japanese martial artist and kick-boxer
1972 - Tarkan, Turkish singer-songwriter and producer
1972 - Sharon Leal, American actress and singer
1972 - Joe McEwing, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1973 - Andrea Tarozzi, Italian footballer and coach
1974 - Ariel Levy, American journalist and author
1974 - Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
1974 - Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboard player (HIM)
1974 - Cincinnati Red, American wrestler (died 2015)
1974 - John Rocker, American baseball player and actor
1974 - Dhondup Wangchen, Chinese director and producer
1975 - Janne Aikala, Finnish murder victim (died 1986)
1975 - Francis Bouillon, American-Canadian ice hockey player
1975 - Vina Morales, Filipino actress and singer
1975 - Despina Olympiou, Greek-Cypriot singer
1976 - Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
1976 - Rena Inoue, Japanese-American figure skater
1976 - Nil Karaibrahimgil, Turkish singer-songwriter
1976 - Kevin Maher, English-Irish footballer and coach
1977 - Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
1977 - Alimi Ballard, American actor and producer
1977 - Bryan Bertino, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1977 - Ryan McGinley, American photographer
1977 - André Villas-Boas, Portuguese footballer and manager
1978 - Jerry Flannery, Irish rugby player and coach
1978 - Chuka Umunna, English lawyer and politician
1979 - Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer-songwriter and violinist (Stream of Passion and Elfonía)
1979 - Alexandros Nikolaidis, Greek martial artist
1979 - Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
1979 - Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
1980 - Alessandro Piccolo, Italian race car driver
1980 - Angel Parker, American actress
1980 - Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistani cricketer
1980 - Yekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
1981 - Tsubasa Imai, Japanese singer, actor, and dancer (Tackey and Tsubasa)
1982 - Nick Riewoldt, Australian footballer
1983 - Daniel Booko, American voice actor
1983 - Milica Brozovic, Serbian-Russian figure skater
1983 - Felicity Jones, English actress
1983 - Toshihiro Matsushita, Japanese footballer
1983 - Riki Miura, Japanese actor
1983 - Junichi Miyashita, Japanese swimmer
1983 - Ivan Saenko, Russian footballer
1983 - Mitch Talbot, American baseball player
1984 - Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
1984 - Chris Lowell, American actor
1984 - Randall Munroe, American author and illustrator
1984 - Luke Rockhold, American mixed martial artist
1984 - Anja Eline Skybakmoen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and bandleader (Pitsj)
1985 - Carlos González, Venezuelan baseball player
1985 - Max Irons, English actor
1985 - Collins John, Dutch footballer
1985 - Baran Kosari, Iranian actress
1985 - Tomokazu Nagira, Japanese footballer
1986 - Aija Brumermane, Latvian basketball player
1986 - Yannick Ponsero, French figure skater
1987 - Bea Alonzo, Filipino actress and singer
1987 - Hideto Takahashi, Japanese footballer
1988 - Christina Crawford, American wrestler and dancer
1988 - Tori Matsuzaka, Japanese model and actor
1988 - Yuko Oshima, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and Not Yet)
1989 - Tokio Emoto, Japanese actor
1989 - Oleksandr Isakov, Ukrainian swimmer
1990 - Bianca Bree, Belgian-American actress and producer
1990 - Paolo Campinoti, Italian footballer
1990 - Saki Kumagai, Japanese footballer
1990 - Patrick Lambie, South African rugby player
1990 - Arisa Murata, Japanese skier
1991 - Brenda Asnicar, Argentinian actress, singer, and dancer
1992 - Sam Concepcion, Filipino singer, dancer, and actor
1992 - Nanami Sakuraba, Japanese actress and singer
Deaths33 - Agrippina the Elder, Roman wife of Germanicus (born 14 BC)
532 - Pope Boniface II
866 - Al-Musta'in, Abbasid caliph (born 836)
1575 - Gaspar Cervantes de Gaeta, Spanish cardinal (born 1511)
1586 - Philip Sidney, English courtier, poet, and general (born 1554)
1587 - Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (born 1541)
1616 - John Pitts, English priest and scholar (born 1560)
1660 - Adrian Scrope, English colonel and politician (born 1601)
1673 - Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English politician, Lord High Treasurer of England (born 1630)
1757 - René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French entomologist and academic (born 1683)
1776 - Pierre François le Courayer, French-English theologian and author (born 1681)
1780 - William Cookworthy, English pharmacist and minister (born 1705)
1786 - Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss painter and illustrator (born 1723)
1806 - Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian commander and politician, Governor-General of Haiti (born 1758)
1836 - Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (born 1782)
1837 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian pianist and composer (born 1778)
1849 - Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer (born 1810)
1868 - Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine (born 1775)
1887 - Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist and chemist (born 1824)
1889 - Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher and critic (born 1828)
1893 - Patrice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, French general and politician, 3rd President of France (born 1808)
1910 - Julia Ward Howe, American poet and songwriter (born 1819)
1918 - Malak Hifni Nasif, Egyptian poet and author (born 1886)
1928 - Frank Dicksee, English painter and illustrator (born 1853)
1931 - Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist and academic (born 1884)
1937 - J. Bruce Ismay, English businessman (born 1862)
1938 - Karl Kautsky, Czech-German journalist, philosopher, and theoretician (born 1854)
1956 - Anne Crawford, Israeli-English actress (born 1920)
1958 - Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (born 1896)
1958 - Charlie Townsend, English cricketer and lawyer (born 1876)
1962 - Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter, costume designer, and set designer (born 1882)
1963 - Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician and academic (born 1865)
1965 - Bart King, American cricketer (born 1873)
1966 - Sidney Hatch, American runner and soldier (born 1883)
1966 - Wieland Wagner, German director and manager (born 1917)
1967 - Puyi, Chinese emperor (born 1906)
1970 - Pierre Laporte, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (born 1921)
1970 - Vola Vale, American actress (born 1897)
1970 - Quincy Wright, American political scientist and academic (born 1890)
1972 - Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (born 1914)
1972 - George, Crown Prince of Serbia (born 1887)
1972 - Billy Williams, American singer (The Charioteers) (born 1910)
1973 - Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (born 1926)
1978 - George Clark, American racing driver (born 1890)
1978 - Giovanni Gronchi, Italian educator, soldier, and politician, 3rd President of the Italian Republic (born 1887)
1979 - S. J. Perelman, American humorist and screenwriter (born 1904)
1979 - John Stuart, Scottish-English actor (born 1898)
1981 - Kannadasan Indian author, poet, and songwriter (born 1927)
1981 - Albert Cohen, Greek-Swiss civil servant and author (born 1895)
1981 - Lina Tsaldari, Greek politician (born 1887)
1983 - Raymond Aron, French sociologist, political scientist, and philosopher (born 1905)
1987 - Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi lawyer and politician (born 1925)
1991 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and actor (born 1919)
1992 - Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist, academic, and politician (born 1912)
1992 - Orestis Laskos, Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (born 1908)
1993 - Criss Oliva, American guitarist and songwriter (Savatage) (born 1963)
1996 - Chris Acland, English drummer (Lush) (born 1966)
1997 - Larry Jennings, American magician and author (born 1933)
1998 - Joan Hickson, English actress (born 1906)
1998 - Hakim Said, Pakistani scholar and politician, 20th Governor of Sindh (born 1920)
1999 - Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician and physicist (born 1915)
2000 - Leo Nomellini, Italian-American football player and wrestler (born 1924)
2000 - Joachim Nielsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and poet (born 1964)
2001 - Jay Livingston, American singer-songwriter (born 1915)
2001 - Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot putter, discus thrower, and pianist (born 1922)
2001 - Rehavam Ze'evi, Israeli historian, general, and politician, Tourism Minister of Israel (born 1926)
2002 - Derek Bell, Irish harpist and composer (The Chieftains) (born 1935)
2002 - Aileen Riggin, American swimmer and diver (born 1906)
2004 - Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer-songwriter (born 1952)
2005 - Ba Jin, Chinese author (born 1904)
2006 - Daniel Emilfork, Chilean-French actor (born 1924)
2006 - Christopher Glenn, American journalist (born 1938)
2007 - Joey Bishop, American actor and talk show host (born 1918)
2007 - Teresa Brewer, American singer (born 1931)
2007 - Suzy Covey, American scholar and academic (born 1939)
2008 - Urmas Ott, Estonian journalist and author (born 1955)
2008 - Levi Stubbs, American singer and actor (Four Tops) (born 1936)
2008 - Ben Weider, Canadian businessman, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (born 1923)
2009 - Norma Fox Mazer, American author and educator (born 1931)
2009 - Vic Mizzy, American composer (born 1916)
2011 - Carl Lindner, Jr., American businessman (born 1919)
2012 - Milija Aleksic, English-South African footballer (born 1951)
2012 - Émile Allais, French skier (born 1912)
2012 - Henry Friedlander, German-American historian and author (born 1930)
2012 - Stanford R. Ovshinsky, American scientist and businessman, co-founded Energy Conversion Devices (born 1922)
2013 - Mother Antonia, American-Mexican nun and activist (born 1926)
2013 - Terry Fogerty, English rugby player and coach (born 1944)
2013 - Giant George, American dog (born 2005)
2013 - Arthur Maxwell House, Canadian neurologist and politician, 10th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador (born 1926)
2013 - Lou Scheimer, American animator, producer, and voice actor, co-founded the Filmation Company (born 1928)
2013 - Rene Simpson, Canadian-American tennis player (born 1966)
2014 - Edwards Barham, American farmer and politician (born 1937)
2014 - Masaru Emoto, Japanese author and activist (born 1943)
2014 - Leigh Kamman, American radio host (born 1922)
2014 - Tom Shaw, American bishop (born 1945)
2014 - Berndt von Staden, German diplomat, German Ambassador to the United States (born 1919)
2015 - Danièle Delorme, French actress and producer (born 1926)
2015 - Howard Kendall, English footballer and manager (born 1946)
2015 - Anne-Marie Lizin, Belgian lawyer and politician (born 1949)
2015 - Tom Smith, American businessman and politician (born 1947)