On This Day

Today is 14 December 2017, and this is some of what happened.

Events

557 - Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake.
835 - Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
1287 - St. Lucia's flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
1542 - Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.
1751 - The Theresian Military Academy is founded as the first military academy in the world.
1782 - The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight.
1812 - The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia.
1814 - War of 1812: The Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.
1819 - Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
1836 - The Toledo War unofficially ends.
1896 - The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
1900 - Quantum mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
1902 - The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
1903 - The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1907 - The schoonerThomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather's Reef within the Isles of Scilly in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
1909 - New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signs the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.
1911 - Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
1913 - Haruna, the fourth and last Kong-class ship, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.
1914 - Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressive Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1918 - Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.
1918 - Portuguese President Sidónio Pais is assassinated.
1939 - Winter War: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
1941 - World War II: Japan signs a treaty of alliance with Thailand.
1946 - The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish its headquarters in New York, New York.
1947 - Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid C.F., staged its first football match.
1955 - Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ceylon, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania and Spain join the United Nations.
1958 - The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility.
1960 - Convention against Discrimination in Education is adopted by UNESCO.
1961 - Tanganyika joins the United Nations.
1962 - NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
1963 - The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles, California.
1964 - American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution's Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.
1971 - Bangladesh Liberation War: Over 200 of East Pakistan's intellectuals are executed by the Pakistan Army and their local allies. (The date is commemorated in Bangladesh as Martyred Intellectuals Day.)
1972 - Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
1981 - Arab/Israeli conflict: Israel's Knesset ratifies the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the occupied Golan Heights.
1988 - The ET3 television network is launched in Thessaloniki, Greece.
1992 - War in Abkhazia: Siege of Tkvarcheli: A helicopter carrying evacuees from Tkvarcheli is shot down, resulting in at least 52 deaths, including 25 children. The incident catalyses more concerted Russian military intervention on behalf of Abkhazia.
1994 - Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river.
1995 - Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by the leaders of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1998 - Yugoslav Wars: The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
1999 - Torrential rains cause flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure.
2003 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
2004 - The Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, is formally inaugurated near Millau, France.
2008 - Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.
2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
2013 - A reported coup attempt in South Sudan leads to continued fighting and hundreds of casualties.

Births

1009 - Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (died 1045)
1332 - Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia (died 1381)
1546 - Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and chemist (died 1601)
1599 - Charles Berkeley, 2nd Viscount Fitzhardinge, English politician (died 1668)
1607 - János Kemény, Hungarian prince (died 1662)
1625 - Barthélemy d'Herbelot, French orientalist and academic (died 1695)
1631 - Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (died 1679)
1640 - Aphra Behn, English playwright and author (died 1689)
1678 - Daniel Neal, English historian and author (died 1743)
1720 - Justus Möser, German jurist and theorist (died 1794)
1730 - Capel Bond, English organist and composer (died 1790)
1775 - Philander Chase, American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College (died 1852)
1775 - Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Scottish admiral and politician (died 1860)
1777 - Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (died 1839)
1784 - Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily (died 1806)
1787 - Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este (died 1816)
1789 - Maria Szymanowska, Polish composer and pianist (died 1831)
1791 - Charles Wolfe, Irish priest and poet (died 1823)
1794 - Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (died 1872)
1816 - Abraham Hochmuth, Hungarian rabbi and educator (died 1889)
1824 - Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter and illustrator (died 1898)
1832 - Daniel H. Reynolds, American general, lawyer, and politician (died 1902)
1852 - Daniel De Leon, Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (died 1914)
1853 - Errico Malatesta, Italian activist and theorist (died 1932)
1866 - Roger Fry, English painter and critic (died 1934)
1870 - Karl Renner, Austrian lawyer and politician, 4th President of Austria (died 1950)
1881 - Katherine MacDonald, American actress and producer (died 1956)
1883 - Manolis Kalomiris, Greek pianist and composer (died 1962)
1883 - Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, developed aikido (died 1969)
1884 - Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (died 1950)
1887 - Xul Solar, Argentinian painter and sculptor (died 1963)
1894 - Alexander Nelke, Estonian-American painter and carpenter (died 1974)
1895 - George VI of the United Kingdom (died 1952)
1895 - Paul Éluard, French poet and author (died 1952)
1896 - Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (died 1993)
1897 - Kurt Schuschnigg, Italian-Austrian lawyer and politician, 15th Federal Chancellor of Austria (died 1977)
1897 - Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician (died 1995)
1901 - Henri Cochet, French tennis player (died 1987)
1901 - Paul of Greece (died 1964)
1902 - Frances Bavier, American actress and singer (died 1989)
1903 - Walter Rangeley, English sprinter (died 1982)
1908 - Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (died 1996)
1908 - Claude Davey, Welsh rugby player (died 2001)
1908 - Mária Szepes, Hungarian journalist, author, and screenwriter (died 2007)
1909 - Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1975)
1911 - Spike Jones, American singer, actor, and bandleader (died 1965)
1911 - Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (died 1998)
1911 - Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, Greek-Polish swimmer and water polo player (died 1943)
1914 - Karl Carstens, German lieutenant and politician, 5th President of the Federal Republic of Germany (died 1992)
1914 - Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (died 1943)
1914 - Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichord player (died 2003)
1915 - Rashid Behbudov, Georgian-Azerbaijani singer and actor (died 1989)
1915 - Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (died 1978)
1916 - Shirley Jackson, American author (died 1965)
1917 - C.-H. Hermansson, Swedish author and politician
1917 - Elyse Knox, American actress and fashion designer (died 2012)
1917 - June Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (died 2004)
1918 - James T. Aubrey, American broadcaster (died 1994)
1918 - Radu Beligan, Romanian actor and director
1918 - born K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (died 2014)
1919 - Michael Bilton, English actor (died 1993)
1920 - Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (died 2015)
1922 - Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died 2001)
1922 - Don Hewitt, American journalist and producer, created 60 Minutes (died 2009)
1922 - Junior J. Spurrier, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (died 1984)
1923 - Gerard Reve, Dutch-Belgian author and poet (died 2006)
1924 - Raj Kapoor, Pakistani-Indian actor, director, and producer (died 1988)
1925 - Sam Jones, American baseball player (died 1971)
1927 - Richard Cassilly, American tenor and actor (died 1998)
1927 - Koos Rietkerk, Dutch lawyer and politician, Dutch Minister of the Interior (died 1986)
1930 - David R. Harris, English geographer, anthropologist, and archaeologist (died 2013)
1931 - Jon Elia, Pakistani philosopher, poet, and scholar (died 2002)
1931 - Vladimir-Georg Karassev-Orgusaar, Estonian director and politician (died 2015)
1932 - George Furth, American actor and playwright (died 2008)
1932 - Abbe Lane, American actress, singer, and dancer
1932 - Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 1995)
1934 - Shyam Benegal, Indian director and screenwriter
1935 - Lewis Arquette, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (died 2001)
1935 - Barbara Leigh-Hunt, English actress
1935 - Lee Remick, American actress (died 1991)
1935 - Arvo Valton, Estonian author and screenwriter
1938 - Leonardo Boff, Brazilian theologian and author
1939 - Ann Cryer, English academic and politician
1939 - Ernie Davis, American football player (died 1963)
1940 - Lex Gold, Scottish footballer and civil servant
1941 - Karan Armstrong, American soprano and actress
1941 - Ellen Willis, American journalist, critic, and academic (died 2006)
1942 - Chris Harris, English actor and director (died 2014)
1942 - Dick Wagner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Frost) (died 2014)
1943 - Tommy McAvoy, Scottish politician
1943 - Emmett Tyrrell, American journalist, author, and publisher, founded The American Spectator
1944 - Graham Kirkham, Baron Kirkham, English businessman, founded DFS
1946 - Antony Beevor, English historian and author
1946 - Jane Birkin, English-French actress and singer
1946 - John Du Prez, English conductor and composer
1946 - Patty Duke, American actress (died 2016)
1946 - Ruth Fuchs, German javelin thrower and politician
1946 - Michael Ovitz, American talent agent, co-founded Creative Artists Agency
1946 - Stan Smith, American tennis player and coach
1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson, American singer (Tony Orlando and Dawn and Former Ladies of the Supremes)
1947 - Christopher Parkening, American guitarist and educator
1947 - Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian economist and politician, 36th President of Brazil
1948 - Kim Beazley, Australian politician and diplomat, 9th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
1948 - Boudewijn Büch, Dutch author, poet, and television host (died 2002)
1948 - Peeter Kreitzberg, Estonian lawyer and politician (died 2011)
1948 - Peter Thorup, Danish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Beefeaters and Collective Consciousness Society) (died 2007)
1948 - Dee Wallace, American actress and producer
1949 - Bill Buckner, American baseball player and manager
1949 - Cliff Williams, English bass player and singer (AC/DC, Home and Bandit)
1951 - Jan Timman, Dutch chess player and author
1952 - John Lurie, American actor, saxophonist, painter, director, and producer (The Lounge Lizards)
1953 - Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and sportscaster
1953 - Wade Davis, Canadian anthropologist, author, and photographer
1953 - René Eespere, Estonian composer
1953 - Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, 4th Greek Minister for National Defence
1953 - Mikael Odenberg, Swedish soldier and politician, 29th Swedish Minister for Defence
1954 - James Horan, American actor
1954 - Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (died 1993)
1954 - Steve MacLean, Canadian physicist and astronaut
1956 - Linda Fabiani, Scottish politician
1956 - Hanni Wenzel, German skier
1958 - Mike Scott, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Waterboys)
1958 - Spider Stacy, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pogues)
1959 - Bob Paris, American-Canadian bodybuilder and actor
1959 - Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer
1960 - Don Franklin, American actor
1960 - Chris Waddle, English footballer, manager, and sportscaster
1960 - Diane Williams, American sprinter
1961 - Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (died 2014)
1961 - Patrik Sundström, Swedish ice hockey player
1963 - Greg Abbott, English footballer and manager
1963 - Diana Gansky, German discus thrower
1963 - Cynthia Gibb, American actress and singer
1963 - Vytautas Juozapaitis, Lithuanian actor and singer
1963 - Michael Moloney, American interior designer
1963 - Mario Yamasaki, Brazilian-American martial artist and referee
1964 - Rebecca Gibney, New Zealand-Australian actress and producer
1965 - Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Kuwaiti terrorist
1965 - Craig Biggio, American baseball player and coach
1965 - Ken Hill, American baseball player
1965 - Ted Raimi, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1966 - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian race car driver
1966 - Anthony Mason, American basketball player and actor (died 2015)
1966 - Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish academic and politician, 41st Prime Minister of Denmark
1966 - Bill Ranford, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1966 - Tim Sköld, Swedish bass player and producer (Shotgun Messiah, Doctor Midnight and The Mercy Cult, MDFMK, KMFDM, and ohGr)
1967 - Hanne Haugland, Norwegian high jumper and coach
1968 - Kelley Armstrong, Canadian author
1968 - Noelle Beck, American actress
1969 - Scott Hatteberg, American baseball player and sportscaster
1969 - Archie Kao, American actor and producer
1969 - Arthur Numan, Dutch footballer and manager
1970 - Nadine Garner, Australian actress
1970 - Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
1970 - Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1971 - Brian Gay, American golfer
1971 - Tia Texada, American actress and singer
1971 - Michaela Watkins, American actress and screenwriter
1971 - Natascha McElhone, English actress
1972 - Miranda Hart, English actress, producer, and screenwriter
1972 - Marcus Jensen, American baseball player and coach
1973 - Falk Balzer, German hurdler
1973 - Pat Burke, Irish basketball player
1973 - Boris Henry, German javelin thrower
1973 - Tomasz Radzinski, Polish-Canadian footballer
1973 - Saulius tombergas, Lithuanian basketball player and coach
1973 - Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (died 2001)
1973 - Jan Uuspõld, Estonian actor and musician
1974 - Billy Koch, American baseball player
1975 - Justin Furstenfeld, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blue October and The Last Wish)
1975 - KaDee Strickland, American actress
1976 - Tammy Blanchard, American actress and singer
1976 - Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
1976 - Sebastien Chaule, French-German rugby player
1976 - André Couto, Portuguese race car driver
1976 - Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer
1977 - Brain Damage, American wrestler (died 2012)
1977 - Jamie Peacock, English rugby player and manager
1978 - Dean Brogan, Australian footballer and coach
1978 - Shedrack Kibet Korir, Kenyan runner
1978 - Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player
1978 - Radu Sîrbu, Moldovan-Romanian singer and producer (O-Zone)
1978 - Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player
1979 - Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
1979 - Andrei Makrov, Estonian ice hockey player
1979 - Sophie Monk, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress (Bardot)
1979 - Michael Owen, English footballer and sportscaster
1980 - Gordon Greer, Scottish footballer
1980 - Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer
1981 - Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
1981 - Émilie Heymans, Canadian diver
1981 - Rebecca Jarvis, American journalist
1981 - Johnny Jeter, American wrestler
1981 - Liam Lawrence, Irish footballer
1981 - Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
1982 - Josh Fields, American baseball player
1982 - Steve Sidwell, English footballer
1982 - Anthony Way, English singer and actor
1983 - Leanne Mitchell, English singer-songwriter
1984 - Chris Brunt, Irish footballer
1984 - Rana Daggubati, Indian actor and producer
1984 - Ed Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer
1984 - Jackson Rathbone, Singaporean-American actor and singer (100 Monkeys)
1985 - Alex Pennie, Welsh keyboard player (The Automatic)
1985 - Paul Rabil, American lacrosse player
1985 - Tom Smith, English-Welsh rugby player
1985 - Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress and singer
1986 - Jang Jae-ho, South Korean gamer
1987 - Kenneth Medwood, Belizean-American hurdler
1987 - Aletta Ocean, Hungarian porn actress
1988 - Nicolas Batum, French basketball player
1988 - Nate Ebner, American football player
1988 - Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer
1988 - Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball player
1989 - Onew, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Shinee)
1989 - Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho, Brazilian footballer
1991 - Samantha Peszek, American gymnast
1991 - Bryan Van Den Bogaert, Belgian footballer
1992 - Tori Kelly, American singer-songwriter
1992 - Alexandra Kolesnichenko, Uzbekistani tennis player
1992 - Ryo Miyaichi, Japanese footballer

Deaths

872 - Pope Adrian II (born 792)
1460 - Guarino da Verona, Italian scholar and translator (born 1370)
1510 - Friedrich of Saxony (born 1473)
1542 - James V of Scotland (born 1512)
1591 - John of the Cross, Spanish priest and saint (born 1542)
1624 - Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English politician, Lord High Admiral (born 1536)
1651 - Pierre Dupuy, French historian and scholar (born 1582)
1715 - Thomas Tenison, English archbishop (born 1636)
1735 - Thomas Tanner, English bishop and historian (born 1674)
1741 - Charles Rollin, French historian and educator (born 1661)
1785 - Giovanni Battista Cipriani, Italian painter and engraver (born 1727)
1788 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German pianist and composer (born 1714)
1788 - Charles III of Spain (born 1716)
1799 - George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (born 1732)
1831 - Martin Baum, American businessman and politician, 5th Mayor of Cincinnati (born 1765)
1838 - Jean-Olivier Chénier, Canadian physician (born 1806)
1860 - George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Scottish-English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1784)
1861 - Albert, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom (born 1819)
1865 - Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist and mineralogist (born 1794)
1873 - Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American zoologist and geologist (born 1807)
1878 - Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (born 1843)
1902 - Julia Grant, American wife of Ulysses S. Grant, 19th First Lady of the United States (born 1826)
1912 - Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, English lieutenant and explorer (born 1887)
1917 - Phil Waller, Welsh rugby player (born 1889)
1920 - George Gipp, American football player (born 1895)
1927 - Julian Sochocki, Russian mathematician and academic (born 1842)
1935 - Stanley G. Weinbaum, American author (born 1902)
1937 - Fabián de la Rosa, Filipino painter and educator (born 1869)
1943 - John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (born 1852)
1947 - Stanley Baldwin, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1867)
1947 - Edward Higgins, English-American 3rd General of The Salvation Army (born 1864)
1953 - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, American author and academic (born 1896)
1956 - Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish lawyer and politician, 7th President of Finland (born 1870)
1963 - Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (born 1924)
1964 - William Bendix, American actor (born 1906)
1966 - Shailendra, Pakistani-Indian songwriter (born 1923)
1970 - Franz Schlegelberger, German judge and politician, German Reich Minister of Justice (born 1876)
1971 - Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury, Bangladeshi linguist and scholar (born 1926)
1971 - Munier Choudhury, Bangladeshi author, playwright, and critic (born 1925)
1971 - Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi journalist and author (born 1927)
1971 - Selina Parvin, Bangladeshi journalist and poet (born 1931)
1971 - Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (born 1929)
1974 - Walter Lippmann, American journalist and author (born 1889)
1975 - Arthur Treacher, English-American actor and singer (born 1894)
1978 - Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish historian and diplomat, co-founded the College of Europe (born 1886)
1980 - Elston Howard, American baseball player and coach (born 1929)
1984 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish poet and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1898)
1985 - Catherine Doherty, Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (born 1896)
1985 - Roger Maris, American baseball player and coach (born 1934)
1989 - Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (born 1919)
1989 - Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1921)
1990 - Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss author and playwright (born 1921)
1991 - Robert Eddison, Japanese-English actor (born 1908)
1993 - Jeff Alm, American football player (born 1968)
1993 - Myrna Loy, American actress (born 1905)
1994 - Orval Faubus, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Arkansas (born 1910)
1995 - G. C. Edmondson, American soldier and author (born 1922)
1996 - Gaston Miron, Canadian poet and author (born 1928)
1997 - Stubby Kaye, American actor and comedian (born 1918)
1997 - Emily Cheney Neville, American author (born 1919)
1997 - Kurt Winter, Canadian guitarist and songwriter (The Guess Who) (born 1946)
1998 - Norman Fell, American actor (born 1924)
1998 - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American lawyer, judge, and activist (born 1928)
1998 - Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (born 1924)
1999 - Gré Brouwenstijn, Dutch soprano (born 1915)
2001 - W. G. Sebald, German novelist, essayist, and poet (born 1944)
2003 - Jeanne Crain, American actress and singer (born 1925)
2003 - Blas Ople, Filipino journalist and politician, 21st President of the Senate of the Philippines (born 1927)
2003 - Frank Sheeran, American union leader and mobster (born 1920)
2004 - Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (born 1934)
2004 - Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor, director, producer, and politician (born 1939)
2005 - Trevanian, American author and scholar (born 1931)
2006 - Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan-English strategist and negotiator (born 1938)
2006 - Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American composer and producer, co-founded Atlantic Records (born 1923)
2006 - Mike Evans, American actor and screenwriter (born 1949)
2009 - Alan A'Court, English footballer and manager (born 1934)
2010 - Timothy Davlin, American politician, Mayor of Springfield (born 1957)
2010 - Neva Patterson, American actress (born 1920)
2010 - Dale Roberts, English footballer (born 1986)
2011 - Joe Simon, American author and illustrator (born 1913)
2011 - Billie Jo Spears, American singer-songwriter (born 1937)
2012 - John Graham, English general (born 1923)
2012 - Edward Jones, American police officer and politician (born 1950)
2012 - Kenneth Kendall, Indian-English journalist and game show host (born 1924)
2012 - Victoria Leigh Soto, American educator (born 1985)
2013 - Janet Dailey, American author (born 1944)
2013 - C. N. Karunakaran, Indian painter and illustrator (born 1940)
2013 - Dennis Lindley, English statistician and academic (born 1923)
2013 - Peter O'Toole, British-Irish actor (born 1932)
2013 - George Rodrigue, American painter (born 1944)
2014 - Angalifu, American rhinoceros (born 1970)
2014 - Theo Colborn, American zoologist and academic (born 1927)
2014 - Irene Dalis, American soprano and pianist (born 1925)
2014 - Louis Alphonse Koyagialo, Congolese politician, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (born 1947)
2014 - Bess Myerson, American model and actress, Miss America 1945 (born 1924)
2014 - Fred Thurston, American football player (born 1933)
2015 - Terry Backer, American soldier and politician (born 1954)
2015 - Glen Sonmor, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (born 1929)
2015 - Vadym Tyshchenko, Ukrainian footballer and manager (born 1963)
2015 - Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (born 1927)