On This Day

Today is 12 December 2017, and this is some of what happened.

Events

627 - Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.
1098 - First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.
1388 - Mary of Enghien sells the lordship of Argos and Nauplia to the Republic of Venice.
1408 - The Order of the Dragon a monarchical chivalric order is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then King of Hungary.
1781 - American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant: A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet.
1787 - Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.
1862 - American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine.
1870 - Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.
1897 - Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded.
1901 - Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
1911 - Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
1911 - King George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck are enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India.
1915 - President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
1917 - In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
1918 - The Flag of Estonia is raised atop the Pikk Hermann for the first time.
1925 - The Majlis of Iran votes to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Iran, starting the Pahlavi dynasty.
1935 - Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler.
1936 - Xi'an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
1937 - Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident: Japanese aircraft bomb and sink U.S. gunboat USS Panay on the Yangtze river in China.
1939 - Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi: Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
1939 - HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.
1940 - World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid.
1941 - World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; César Basa is killed.
1941 - World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.
1941 - Adolf Hitler declares the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery
1942 - World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
1942 - A fire in a hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, kills 100 people.
1946 - A fire at a New York City ice plant spreads to a nearby tenement, killing 37 people.
1948 - Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre: Fourteen members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaya allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
1950 - Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
1956 - Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's "Border Campaign".
1956 - United Nations Security Council Resolution 121 relating to Japan on membership in United Nations.
1958 - Guinea joins the United Nations.
1963 - Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
1964 - Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.
1969 - Years of Lead: Piazza Fontana bombing: The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
1979 - Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung-hee.
1979 - President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
1979 - The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
1979 - The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300-600, and generating a large tsunami.
1983 - The Australian Labor government led by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating floats the Australian dollar.
1984 - Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d'état against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter is attending a summit.
1985 - Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.
1988 - The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains—one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom.
1991 - The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.
2000 - The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.

Births

1298 - Albert II, Duke of Austria (died 1358)
1526 - Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral (died 1588)
1574 - Anne of Denmark (died 1619)
1610 - Basil of Ostrog, Serbian monk and saint (died 1671)
1685 - Lodovico Giustini, Italian pianist and composer (died 1743)
1712 - Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (died 1780)
1724 - Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, English admiral and politician (died 1816)
1731 - Erasmus Darwin, English physician and poet (died 1802)
1745 - John Jay, American jurist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States (died 1829)
1766 - Nikolay Karamzin, Russian poet and historian (died 1826)
1779 - Madeleine Sophie Barat, French nun and saint, founded the Society of the Sacred Heart (died 1865)
1786 - William L. Marcy, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 21st United States Secretary of State (died 1857)
1791 - Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (died 1847)
1792 - Alexander Ypsilantis, Greek-Russian general and politician, Military ruler of Moldavia (died 1828)
1799 - Karl Bryullov, Russian painter (died 1852)
1805 - William Lloyd Garrison, American journalist and activist, founded The Liberator (died 1879)
1805 - Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (died 1878)
1806 - Stand Watie, American general (died 1871)
1812 - John Sandfield Macdonald, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of Ontario (died 1872)
1814 - Juan Prim, 1st Marquis of los Castillejos, Spanish general and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (died 1870)
1821 - Gustave Flaubert, French author and playwright (died 1880)
1842 - Adolf Bötticher, German journalist and historian (died 1901)
1845 - Bruce Price, American architect, designed the American Surety Building and Bank of the Metropolis (died 1903)
1849 - William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman and horse breeder (died 1920)
1862 - J. Bruce Ismay, English businessman (died 1937)
1863 - Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and illustrator (died 1944)
1864 - Paul Elmer More, American journalist, author, and critic (died 1937)
1866 - Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1919)
1870 - Walter Benona Sharp, American businessman, co-founded Hughes Tool Company (died 1912)
1875 - Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal (died 1953)
1876 - Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and runner (died 1928)
1881 - Harry Warner, Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros. (died 1958)
1882 - Ioannis Demestichas, Greek admiral and politician (died 1960)
1884 - Zinaida Serebriakova, Ukrainian-French painter (died 1967)
1887 - Kurt Atterberg, Swedish composer and engineer (died 1974)
1892 - Milko Kos, Slovenian historian and academic (died 1972)
1893 - Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-American actor and singer (died 1973)
1900 - Sammy Davis, Sr., American actor and dancer (died 1988)
1901 - Harald Kaarmann, Estonian footballer (died 1942)
1902 - Adele Dunlap, American educator
1902 - Koloman Sokol, Slovak-American painter and illustrator (died 2003)
1903 - Dagmar Nordstrom, American singer-songwriter and pianist (Nordstrom Sisters) (died 1976)
1904 - Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker, journalist, and actor (died 1981)
1905 - Manès Sperber, Austrian-French psychologist and author (died 1984)
1905 - Vasily Grossman, Russian journalist and author (died 1964)
1907 - Roy Douglas, English pianist and composer (died 2015)
1908 - Gustav Ernesaks, Estonian composer and conductor (died 1993)
1909 - Hans Keilson, German-Dutch psychologist, author, and poet (died 2011)
1909 - Karen Morley, American actress and singer (died 2003)
1911 - Boun Oum, Laotian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Laos (died 1980)
1914 - Patrick O'Brian, English author and translator (died 2000)
1915 - Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (died 1998)
1917 - James Wall, American actor and manager (died 2010)
1918 - Joe Williams, American singer and pianist (died 1999)
1919 - Olivia Barclay, English astrologer and author (died 2001)
1919 - Dan DeCarlo, American soldier and illustrator (died 2001)
1919 - born born Nimbalkar, Indian cricketer (died 2012)
1920 - Josef Dolelal, Czech race walker (died 1999)
1920 - Fred Kida, American illustrator (died 2014)
1922 - Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and poet (died 1979)
1923 - Bob Barker, American game show host and producer
1923 - Ken Kavanagh, Australian race car driver and motorcycle racer
1924 - Ray Cordeiro, Hong Kong radio and television host
1924 - Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (died 2013)
1925 - Vladimir Shainsky, Ukrainian-Russian pianist and composer
1925 - Ahmad Shamloo, Iranian journalist and poet (died 2000)
1927 - Robert Noyce, American inventor and businessman, co-founded the Intel Corporation (died 1990)
1928 - Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani diplomat and author (died 2008)
1928 - Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and academic (died 2011)
1928 - Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Swedish actor (died 1998)
1929 - Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese pianist and composer (Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band)
1929 - John Osborne, English playwright and screenwriter (died 1994)
1930 - Bill Beutel, American journalist (died 2006)
1930 - Silvio Santos, Brazilian television host and businessman, founded Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão
1931 - Lionel Blair, English actor, dancer, and choreographer
1932 - Bob Pettit, American basketball player and coach
1933 - Christa Stubnick, German sprinter
1934 - Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican lawyer and politician, 52nd President of Mexico (died 2012)
1935 - John Wise, Canadian farmer and politician, 23rd Minister of Agriculture (died 2013)
1936 - Denise Coffey, English actress and director
1937 - Michael Jeffery, Australian general and politician, 24th Governor-General of Australia
1937 - Philip Ledger, English pianist, composer, and academic (died 2012)
1937 - Buford Pusser, American police officer (died 1974)
1938 - Connie Francis, American singer and actress
1940 - Sharad Pawar, Indian politician, Indian Minister of Agriculture
1940 - Dionne Warwick, American singer and actress
1941 - Tim Hauser, American singer (The Manhattan Transfer) (died 2014)
1942 - Fatma Girik, Turkish actress and politician
1942 - Morris Sadek, Egyptian-American lawyer and activist
1942 - Brough Scott, English jockey and journalist
1943 - Vassilis Alexakis, Greek-French author and translator
1943 - Dickey Betts, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band)
1943 - Sadeq Tabatabaei, Iranian journalist and politician (died 2015)
1943 - Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (died 1999)
1944 - Jean Doré, Canadian lawyer and politician, 39th Mayor of Montreal (died 2015)
1944 - Cara Duff-MacCormick, Canadian actress
1944 - Rob Tyner, American singer-songwriter and bass player (MC5) (died 1991)
1945 - Portia Simpson-Miller, Jamaican politician, 7th Prime Minister of Jamaica
1945 - Tony Williams, American drummer, composer, and producer (The Tony Williams Lifetime) (died 1997)
1947 - Will Alsop, English architect and academic, designed the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre
1947 - Wings Hauser, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1947 - Chris Mullin, English journalist and politician
1949 - Gopinath Munde, Indian lawyer and politician, 3rd Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (died 2014)
1949 - Bill Nighy, English actor
1949 - Marc Ravalomanana, Malagasy businessman and politician, President of Madagascar
1950 - Rajinikanth, Indian actor, producer, and screenwriter
1950 - Pedro Ferriz de Con, Mexican journalist
1950 - Heiner Flassbeck, German economist and academic
1950 - Gorman Thomas, American baseball player
1950 - Billy Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager
1951 - Rehman Malik, Pakistani politician, Pakistani Minister of Interior
1952 - Herb Dhaliwal, Indian-Canadian businessman and politician, 3rd Canadian Minister of Natural Resources
1952 - Sarah Douglas, English actress
1952 - Helen Dunmore, English poet and author
1952 - Cathy Rigby, American gymnast and actress
1953 - Martin Ferguson, Australian lawyer and politician
1953 - Bruce Kulick, American guitarist and songwriter (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, Blackjack, Union, and Eric Singer Project)
1953 - Rafael Septién, Mexican-American football player
1954 - Hemant Karkare, Indian police officer (died 2008)
1955 - Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman
1955 - Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
1955 - Stephen Smith, Australian lawyer and politician, 53rd Australian Minister of Defence
1956 - Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
1957 - Sheila E., American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress
1959 - Jasper Conran, English fashion designer
1960 - Martina Hellmann, German discus thrower
1961 - Andrey Perlov, Russian race walker
1962 - Tracy Austin, American tennis player and sportscaster
1962 - Arturo Barrios, Mexican-American runner
1962 - Peter Bergen, American-English journalist and author
1962 - Mike Golic, American football player and radio host
1962 - Ulrike Tillmann, German mathematician and academic
1963 - Eduardo Castro Luque, Mexican businessman and politician (died 2012)
1964 - Reeta Chakrabarti, English journalist
1964 - Haywood Jeffires, American football player and coach
1966 - Royce Gracie, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and actor
1966 - Ian Paisley, Jr., Northern Irish politician
1966 - Lydia Zimmermann, Spanish actress and director
1967 - Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese composer and producer
1967 - John Randle, American football player
1968 - Rory Kennedy, American director and producer
1968 - Laurie Williams, Jamaican cricketer (died 2002)
1969 - Sophie Kinsella, English author and educator
1969 - Wilfred Kirochi, Kenyan runner
1969 - Fiona May, English-Italian long jumper
1969 - Michael Möllenbeck, German discus thrower
1969 - Carrie Westcott, American model and actress
1970 - Mädchen Amick, American actress
1970 - Jennifer Connelly, American actress
1970 - Regina Hall, American actress
1971 - Sammy Korir, Kenyan runner
1972 - Nicky Eaden, English footballer and coach
1972 - Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-Danish runner
1972 - Georgios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
1972 - Hank Williams III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Assjack, Superjoint Ritual, and Arson Anthem)
1973 - Gary Breen, English-Irish footballer and manager
1973 - Tony Hsieh, American businessman, founded LinkExchange
1973 - Walter Otta, Argentinian footballer
1974 - Bernard Lagat, Kenyan-American runner
1974 - Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer and manager
1975 - Mayim Bialik, American actress
1975 - Wesley Charles, Vincentian footballer
1975 - Craig Moore, Australian footballer and manager
1975 - Houko Kuwashima, Japanese voice actress and singer
1976 - Dan Hawkins, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Darkness and Stone Gods)
1976 - Lloyd Owusu, Ghanaian footballer
1976 - Asaka Seto, Japanese actress
1977 - Yoel Hernández, Cuban hurdler
1977 - Orlando Hudson, American baseball player
1977 - Dean Macey, English decathlete and bobsledder
1977 - Colin White, Canadian ice hockey player
1978 - Gbenga Akinnagbe, American actor and screenwriter
1979 - Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
1979 - Nate Clements, American football player
1979 - John Salmons, American basketball player
1980 - Dejene Berhanu, Ethiopian runner (died 2010)
1980 - Dorin Goian, Romanian footballer
1980 - Berkant Göktan, Turkish-German footballer
1981 - Ronnie Brown, American football player
1981 - Jeret Peterson, American skier (died 2011)
1981 - Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
1981 - Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
1981 - Stephen Warnock, English footballer
1982 - Lim "NesTea" Jae-duk, South Korean gamer
1982 - Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
1984 - Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
1984 - Daniel Merrett, Australian footballer
1985 - Pat Calathes, Greek-American basketball player
1985 - Chris Jennings, American football player
1985 - David Veikune, American football player
1985 - Giannis Zaradoukas, Greek footballer
1986 - Daddy Birori, Rwandan footballer
1986 - Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
1986 - Lee Qri, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (T-ara and QBS)
1986 - T. J. Ward, American football player
1987 - Marte Eberson, Norwegian keyboard player and composer (Morning Has Occurred and Highasakite)
1988 - Hahm Eun-Jung, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (T-ara and T-ara N4)
1990 - Seungri, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Big Bang)
1990 - Nixon Chepseba, Kenyan runner
1990 - Victor Moses, Nigerian footballer
1993 - Zeli Ismail, English footballer
1994 - Mitchell Pinnock, English footballer

Deaths

884 - Carloman II, Frankish king (born 866)
1204 - Maimonides, Egyptian religious scholar, philosopher and physician (born 1135)
1212 - Geoffrey, English archbishop and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (born 1152)
1569 - Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow (born 1507)
1586 - Stephen Báthory, Polish king (born 1533)
1685 - John Pell, English mathematician and linguist (born 1610)
1751 - Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English philosopher and politician, Secretary at War (born 1678)
1766 - Johann Christoph Gottsched, German philosopher, author, and critic (born 1700)
1782 - Charles Gray, English lawyer and politician (born 1696)
1789 - John Ponsonby, Irish lawyer and politician (born 1713)
1790 - Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian historian and philosopher (born 1733)
1794 - Meshullam Feivush Heller, Ukrainian author (born 1742)
1817 - Tekle Giyorgis I, Ethiopian emperor (born 1751)
1843 - William I of the Netherlands (born 1772)
1858 - Jacques Viger, Canadian archeologist and politician, 1st Mayor of Montreal (born 1787)
1889 - Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (born 1812)
1889 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and theorist (born 1804)
1894 - John Sparrow David Thompson, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Canada (born 1845)
1913 - Menelik II, Ethiopian emperor (born 1844)
1921 - Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer and academic (born 1868)
1923 - Raymond Radiguet, French author and poet (born 1903)
1924 - Alexander Parvus, Russian-German theorist and politician (born 1867)
1926 - Jean Richepin, French author, poet, and playwright (born 1849)
1929 - Charles Goodnight, American cattle rancher (born 1836)
1934 - Thorleif Haug, Norwegian skier (born 1894)
1939 - Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (born 1883)
1941 - César Basa, Filipino lieutenant and pilot (born 1915)
1951 - Mildred Bailey, American singer (born 1907)
1958 - Albert Walsh, Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (born 1900)
1964 - Maithili Sharan Gupt, Indian poet and playwright (born 1866)
1964 - William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes, English businessman, founded Rootes Group (born 1894)
1964 - Sailor Young. English cricketer (born 1876)
1966 - Karl Ruberl, Austrian-American swimmer (born 1880)
1968 - Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (born 1902)
1970 - Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (born 1889)
1970 - George Terwilliger, American director and screenwriter (born 1882)
1971 - Yechezkel Kutscher, Israeli philologist and linguist (born 1909)
1971 - David Sarnoff, Belarusian-American businessman (born 1891)
1975 - Richard Baggallay, English colonel and cricketer (born 1884)
1976 - Jack Cassidy, American actor and singer (born 1927)
1976 - Vinko Aganec, Croatian lawyer and musicologist (born 1890)
1977 - Clementine Churchill, English wife of Winston Churchill, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1885)
1978 - Fay Compton, English actress (born 1894)
1980 - Jean Lesage, Canadian lawyer and politician, 19th Premier of Quebec (born 1912)
1983 - Amza Pellea, Romanian actor (born 1931)
1985 - Anne Baxter, American actress (born 1923)
1985 - Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboard player and manager (The Rolling Stones) (born 1938)
1986 - Paul Verner, German politician (born 1911)
1987 - Enrique Jorrín, Cuban violinist and composer (born 1926)
1990 - Concha Piquer, Spanish singer and actress (born 1908)
1992 - Suzanne Lilar, Belgian author and playwright (born 1901)
1993 - József Antall, Hungarian historian and politician, 35th Prime Minister of Hungary (born 1932)
1994 - Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (born 1933)
1994 - Donna J. Stone, American poet and philanthropist (born 1933)
1996 - Vance Packard, American journalist, author, and critic (born 1914)
1997 - Evgenii Landis, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and academic (born 1921)
1998 - Lawton Chiles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Florida (born 1930)
1998 - Marco Denevi, Argentinian author and screenwriter (born 1922)
1998 - Mo Udall, American captain and politician (born 1922)
1999 - Paul Cadmus, American painter and illustrator (born 1904)
1999 - Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright(born 1923)
2000 - George Montgomery, American actor, stuntman, director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1916)
2000 - Ndabaningi Sithole, Zimbabwean militant leader, founded Zimbabwe African National Union (born 1920)
2001 - Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and explorer (born 1897)
2001 - Jean Richard, French actor and singer (born 1921)
2002 - Dee Brown, American historian and author (born 1908)
2002 - Jay Wesley Neill, American murderer (born 1965)
2003 - Keiko, Icelandic-Norwegian whale (born 1976)
2003 - Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani general and politician, 3rd President of Azerbaijan (born 1923)
2003 - Gangodawila Soma Thero, Sri Lankan monk and educator (born 1948)
2005 - Robert Newmyer, American actor and producer (born 1956)
2005 - Ramanand Sagar, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1917)
2005 - Annette Stroyberg, Danish actress (born 1936)
2005 - Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician (born 1957)
2006 - Paul Arizin, American basketball player (born 1928)
2006 - Peter Boyle, American actor (born 1935)
2006 - Kenny Davern, American clarinet player and saxophonist (born 1935)
2006 - Raymond P. Shafer, American lawyer and politician, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (born 1917)
2006 - Alan Shugart, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Seagate Technology (born 1930)
2007 - François al-Hajj, Lebanese general (born 1953)
2007 - Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (born 1931)
2008 - Avery Dulles, American cardinal and theologian (born 1918)
2008 - Van Johnson, American actor, singer, and dancer (born 1916)
2008 - Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot lawyer and politician, 5th President of Cyprus (born 1934)
2010 - Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver, founded Tom Walkinshaw Racing (born 1946)
2012 - Joe Allbritton, American banker, publisher, and philanthropist, founded the Allbritton Communications Company (born 1924)
2012 - Nityanand Swami, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (born 1927)
2012 - David Tait, English rugby player (born 1987)
2013 - Tom Laughlin, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1931)
2013 - Abdul Quader Molla, Bangladeshi journalist and politician (born 1948)
2013 - Leo Sachs, German-Israeli biologist and academic (born 1924)
2013 - Jang Sung-taek, North Korean general and politician (born 1946)
2013 - Audrey Totter, American actress (born 1917)
2014 - Norman Bridwell, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog (born 1928)
2014 - Ivor Grattan-Guinness, English mathematician, historian, and academic (born 1941)
2014 - Herb Plews, American baseball player (born 1928)
2014 - Yury Shutov, Russian politician (born 1946)
2015 - Luis Bermejo, Spanish illustrator (born 1931)
2015 - Frans Geurtsen, Dutch footballer (born 1942)
2015 - Sharad Anantrao Joshi, Indian farmer and politician (born 1935)
2015 - Evelyn S. Lieberman, American politician, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (born 1944)