|On This Day|
Today is 20 January 2018, and this is some of what happened.
Events250 - Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian is martyred.
649 - King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.
1265 - The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament".
1320 - Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
1356 - Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension.
1523 - Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
1567 - Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.
1576 - The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
1649 - Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other "high crimes".
1783 - The Kingdom of Great Britain signs a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence).
1788 - The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson.
1839 - In the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia.
1841 - Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
1877 - Last day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
1887 - The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
1920 - The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
1921 - The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.
1929 - In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
1936 - Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President, the first occasion a Presidential Inauguration to take place on 20 January following the ratification of the 20th Amendment
1941 - A German officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
1942 - World War II: At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discuss the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish question".
1945 - World War II: The Miklós provisional government of Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.
1945 - World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
1948 - United Nations Security Council Resolution 39 relating to India and Pakistan is adopted.
1949 - Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
1954 - In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
1959 - The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
1960 - Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
1969 - East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War.
1972 - Pakistan launched its Nuclear weapons program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
1976 - Lebanese Civil War: Damour massacre takes place.
1981 - Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, Iran released 52 American hostages.
1986 - In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
1987 - Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.
1990 - The Red Army crackdown on civil protests in Baku, Azerbaijan during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Also known as Black January.
1991 - Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
1992 - Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system resulted in the crew selecting the wrong rate of descent.
1999 - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés.
2001 - President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
2006 - Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.
2007 - A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.
2009 - A protest movement in Iceland culminates as the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests start. Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States.
2016 - An attack had been carried out on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan killing 21 people and injuring 50 people.
Births225 - Gordian III, Roman emperor (died 244)
1029 - Alp Arslan, Seljuk sultan (died 1072)
1292 - Elizabeth of Bohemia (died 1330)
1436 - Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (died 1490)
1502 - Sebastian de Aparicio, Spanish-Mexican rancher and missionary (died 1600)
1554 - Sebastian of Portugal (died 1578)
1573 - Simon Marius, German astronomer and academic (died 1624)
1586 - Johann Schein, German composer (died 1630)
1664 - Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian lawyer and jurist (died 1718)
1703 - Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (died 1741)
1716 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French archaeologist and numismatist (died 1795)
1716 - Charles III of Spain (died 1788)
1732 - Richard Henry Lee, American lawyer and politician, President of the Continental Congress (died 1794)
1741 - Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Swedish botanist and author (died 1783)
1755 - Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, English admiral (died 1824)
1762 - Jérôme-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian-French composer and theorist (died 1842)
1775 - André-Marie Ampère, French physicist and mathematician (died 1836)
1781 - Joseph Hormayr, Baron zu Hortenburg, Austrian-German historian and politician (died 1848)
1783 - Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (died 1860)
1798 - Anson Jones, American physician and politician, 5th President of the Republic of Texas (died 1858)
1804 - Eugène Sue, French author and politician (died 1857)
1812 - Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (died 1896)
1834 - George D. Robinson, American lawyer and politician, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (died 1896)
1855 - Ernest Chausson, French composer (died 1899)
1867 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (died 1944)
1870 - Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian pianist and composer (died 1894)
1873 - Johannes V. Jensen, Danish author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1950)
1876 - Josef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist and composer (died 1967)
1878 - Finlay Currie, Scottish-English actor (died 1968)
1878 - Ruth St. Denis, American dancer and educator (died 1968)
1880 - Walter W. Bacon, American accountant and politician, 60th Governor of Delaware (died 1962)
1882 - Johnny Torrio, Italian-American mob boss (died 1957)
1883 - Enoch L. Johnson, American mob boss (died 1968)
1883 - Forrest Wilson, American journalist and author (died 1942)
1888 - Lead Belly, American musician (died 1949)
1889 - Allan Haines Loughead, American engineer and businessman, founded the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company (died 1969)
1891 - Mischa Elman, Ukrainian-American violinist (died 1967)
1893 - Georg Åberg, Swedish triple jumper (died 1946)
1894 - Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (died 1968)
1894 - Walter Piston, American composer, theorist, and academic (died 1976)
1896 - George Burns, American actor, comedian, and producer (died 1996)
1896 - Rolfe Sedan, American actor (died 1982)
1898 - U Razak, Burmese educator and politician (died 1947)
1899 - Clarice Cliff, English potter (died 1972)
1899 - Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese engineer (died 1990)
1900 - Colin Clive, French-English actor (died 1937)
1902 - Leon Ames, American actor (died 1993)
1902 - Kevin Barry, Irish republican (died 1920)
1907 - Paula Wessely, Austrian actress and producer (died 2000)
1908 - Fleur Cowles, American author and illustrator (died 2009)
1910 - Joy Adamson, Austria-born Kenyan painter and author (died 1980)
1915 - Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Pakistani businessman and politician, 7th President of Pakistan (died 2006)
1918 - Juan García Esquivel, Mexican pianist, composer, and bandleader (died 2002)
1918 - W. Cleon Skousen, American author and academic (died 2006)
1920 - Federico Fellini, Italian director and screenwriter (died 1993)
1920 - DeForest Kelley, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (died 1999)
1920 - Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian ski jumper and author (died 2006)
1921 - Telmo Zarra, Spanish footballer (died 2006)
1922 - Ray Anthony, American trumpet player, composer, bandleader, and actor
1922 - Don Mankiewicz, German-American author and screenwriter (died 2015)
1922 - Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (died 2012)
1922 - Graham Stark, English actor and director (died 2013)
1923 - Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer (died 2015)
1923 - Slim Whitman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 2013)
1924 - Yvonne Loriod, French pianist and composer (died 2010)
1925 - Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, playwright, and critic (died 2015)
1925 - Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest, poet, and politician
1926 - Patricia Neal, American actress (died 2010)
1926 - David Tudor, American pianist and composer (died 1996)
1927 - Qurratulain Hyder, Indian-Pakistani journalist, author, and academic (died 2007)
1928 - Antonio de Almeida, French conductor and musicologist (died 1997)
1929 - Jimmy Cobb, American drummer
1929 - Arte Johnson, American actor and comedian
1929 - Frank Kush, American football player and coach
1929 - Fireball Roberts, American race car driver (died 1964)
1930 - Buzz Aldrin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
1930 - Blair Lent, American author and illustrator (died 2009)
1931 - Preston Henn, American businessman, founded the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
1931 - David Lee, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 - Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese pianist and composer (died 1992)
1932 - Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player
1933 - Ronald Townson, American singer and actor (The 5th Dimension) (died 2001)
1934 - Hennie Aucamp, South African poet, author, and academic (died 2014)
1934 - Tom Baker, English actor
1936 - Frances Shand Kydd, English-Scottish mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (died 2004)
1937 - Dorothy Provine, American actress, singer, and dancer (died 2010)
1938 - William Berger, Austrian-American actor (died 1993)
1938 - Derek Dougan, Irish-English footballer and journalist (died 2007)
1939 - Paul Coverdell, American captain and politician (died 2000)
1939 - Chandra Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan-English mathematician, astronomer, and biologist
1940 - Carol Heiss, American figure skater and actress
1940 - Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
1940 - Mandé Sidibé, Malian economist and politician, Prime Minister of Mali (died 2009)
1941 - Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer and television host
1942 - Linda Moulton Howe, American journalist and producer
1944 - José Luis Garci, Spanish director and producer
1944 - Farhad Mehrad, Iranian singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 2002)
1945 - Christopher Martin-Jenkins, English journalist and sportscaster (died 2013)
1945 - Eric Stewart, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (10cc, Hotlegs, Mandalaband, and The Mindbenders)
1946 - David Lynch, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1946 - Vladimír Merta, Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and journalist
1947 - Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and sportscaster
1948 - Nancy Kress, American author and academic
1948 - Mel Pritchard, English drummer (Barclay James Harvest) (died 2004)
1948 - Natan Sharansky, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel
1948 - Nigel Williams, English author, playwright, and screenwriter
1949 - Göran Persson, Swedish lawyer and politician, 31st Prime Minister of Sweden
1950 - Daniel Benzali, Brazilian-American actor
1950 - Liza Goddard, English actress
1950 - William Mgimwa, Tanzanian banker and politician, 13th Tanzanian Minister of Finance (died 2014)
1950 - Mahamane Ousmane, Nigerian politician, President of Niger
1951 - Iván Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer
1951 - Ian Hill, English bass player (Judas Priest)
1952 - Nikos Sideris, Greek psychiatrist and poet
1952 - Paul Stanley, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Kiss and Wicked Lester)
1952 - John Witherow, South African-English journalist and author
1953 - Jeffrey Epstein, American financier and philanthropist
1954 - Rudy La Scala, Venezuelan singer-songwriter and producer
1954 - Alison Seabeck, English lawyer and politician
1955 - McKeeva Bush, Caymanian politician, Premier of the Cayman Islands
1956 - Maria Larsson, Swedish educator and politician, Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs
1956 - Bill Maher, American comedian, actor, and television host
1956 - Richard Morecroft, English-Australian journalist and game show host
1957 - Andy Sheppard, English saxophonist and composer
1958 - Lorenzo Lamas, American actor, director, and producer
1959 - Tami Hoag, American author
1959 - R. A. Salvatore, American author
1960 - Apa Sherpa, Nepalese-American mountaineer
1960 - Scott Thunes, American bass player (Fear, The Mother Hips, and Heavy Bones)
1960 - Will Wright, American video game designer, co-founded Maxis
1963 - Firebreaker Chip, American wrestler
1963 - James Denton, American actor
1963 - Mark Ryden, American painter and illustrator
1964 - NoB, Japanese singer (Make-Up and Project.R)
1964 - Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager
1964 - Ron Harper, American basketball player and coach
1964 - Jack Lewis, American soldier and author
1964 - Kaho Minami, Japanese actress
1964 - Kazushige Nojima, Japanese screenwriter and songwriter
1964 - Aquilino Pimentel III, Filipino lawyer and politician
1964 - Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist and author
1965 - Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer and manager
1965 - Sophie, Countess of Wessex
1965 - Warren Joyce, English footballer and manager
1965 - Greg K., American bass player (The Offspring)
1965 - John Michael Montgomery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1965 - Heather Small, English singer-songwriter and actress (Hot House and M People)
1965 - Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer
1966 - Tracii Guns, American guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Guns, Brides of Destruction, Hollywood Rose, and Contraband)
1966 - Rainn Wilson, American actor, director, and producer
1967 - Stacey Dash, American actress and journalist
1967 - Jay Hunt, Australian-English businessman
1968 - Nick Anderson, American basketball player and sportscaster
1968 - Junior Murray, Grenadian cricketer
1968 - Charlie Swan, Irish jockey and trainer
1969 - Patrick K. Kroupa, American computer hacker and activist, co-founded MindVox
1969 - Blair Larsen, New Zealand rugby player
1969 - Nicky Wire, Welsh singer-songwriter and bass player (Manic Street Preachers)
1970 - Mitch Benn, English comedian, singer-songwriter, and guitarist
1970 - Edwin McCain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1970 - Skeet Ulrich, American actor
1971 - Questlove, American drummer, DJ, and producer (The Roots and Soulquarians)
1971 - Gary Barlow, English singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (Take That)
1971 - Brian Giles, American baseball player
1971 - Derrick Green, American singer-songwriter (Sepultura)
1971 - Wakanohana Masaru, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 66th Yokozuna
1971 - Ger McDonnell, Irish mountaineer and engineer (died 2008)
1972 - Tony DeVito, American wrestler and actor
1972 - Nikki Haley, American accountant and politician, 116th Governor of South Carolina
1973 - Stephen Crabb, Scottish-Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Wales
1973 - Queen Mathilde of Belgium
1973 - Josh Weston, American porn actor (died 2012)
1974 - David Dei, Italian footballer and coach
1975 - David Eckstein, American baseball player
1975 - Norberto Fontana, Argentinian race car driver
1975 - Zac Goldsmith, English journalist and politician
1976 - Kirsty Gallacher, Scottish journalist and sportscaster
1976 - Michael Myers, American football player
1976 - Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
1977 - Melody, Belgian singer
1977 - Paul Adams, South African cricketer and coach
1978 - Salvatore Aronica, Italian footballer
1978 - Joy Giovanni, American wrestler and actress
1978 - Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
1978 - Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
1978 - Sid Wilson, American DJ and pianist (Slipknot)
1978 - Luciano Zauri, Italian footballer
1979 - Will Young, English singer-songwriter and actor
1980 - Karl Anderson, American wrestler
1980 - Philippe Cousteau, Jr., American-French oceanographer and journalist
1980 - Philippe Gagnon, Canadian swimmer
1980 - Kim Jeong-hoon, South Korean singer and actor (UN)
1980 - Petra Rampre, Slovenian tennis player
1980 - Matthew Tuck, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine and AxeWound)
1981 - Daniel Cudmore, Canadian actor and stuntman
1981 - Brendan Fevola, Australian footballer
1981 - Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
1981 - Owen Hargreaves, English footballer
1981 - Jason Richardson, American basketball player
1982 - Fredrik Strømstad, Norwegian footballer
1983 - Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
1983 - Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Dream Morning Musume, and ZYX)
1984 - Victoria Asher, American keyboard player (Cobra Starship)
1985 - Marina Inoue, Japanese voice actress and singer
1985 - Tanel Sokk, Estonian basketball player
1986 - Derek Fathauer, American golfer
1986 - Kevin Parker, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Tame Impala and Pond)
1987 - Evan Peters, American actor
1987 - Janin Lindenberg, German sprinter
1987 - Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (died 2011)
1987 - Mark Wright, English actor, footballer, and radio host
1988 - Colin Bensadon, Gibraltarian swimmer
1988 - Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé, Nigerian footballer
1988 - Nathan Jones, Australian footballer
1988 - Callum MacLeod, English race car driver
1988 - Jeffrén Suárez, Spanish footballer
1988 - Benjamin Ulrich, German rugby player
1989 - Nick Foles, American football player
1989 - Washington Santana da Silva, Brazilian footballer
1991 - Polona Hercog, Slovenian tennis player
1991 - Jolyon Palmer, English race car driver
1992 - Jorge Zárate, Mexican footballer
1992 - Maria Harfanti, Indonesian model and activist, Miss Indonesia 2015
1993 - Lorenzo Crisetig, Italian footballer
1994 - Denis Mukhametdinov, Russian footballer
Deaths250 - Pope Fabian (born 200)
820 - Al-Shafi‘i, Palestinian scholar and jurist (born 767)
842 - Theophilos, Byzantine emperor (born 813)
1156 - Henry, English-Finnish bishop and saint
1191 - Frederick VI, Duke of Swabia (born 1167)
1410 - Martin of Aragon (born 1356)
1479 - John II of Aragon (born 1397)
1568 - Myles Coverdale, English bishop and translator (born 1488)
1612 - Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (born 1552)
1663 - Isaac Ambrose, English minister and author (born 1604)
1666 - Anne of Austria (born 1601)
1707 - Humphrey Hody, English scholar and theologian (born 1659)
1709 - François de la Chaise, French priest (born 1624)
1751 - John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (born 1665)
1770 - Charles Yorke, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (born 1722)
1779 - David Garrick, English actor, producer, playwright, and manager (born 1717)
1810 - Benjamin Chew, American lawyer and judge (born 1721)
1819 - Charles IV of Spain (born 1748)
1837 - John Soane, English architect, designed the Bank of England (born 1753)
1841 - Jørgen Jørgensen, Danish explorer (born 1780)
1848 - Christian VIII of Denmark (born 1786)
1850 - Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet and playwright (born 1779)
1873 - Basil Moreau, French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (born 1799)
1875 - Jean-François Millet, French painter and educator (born 1814)
1900 - John Ruskin, English painter and critic (born 1819)
1901 - Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer, invented the Gramme machine (born 1826)
1907 - Agnes Mary Clerke, Irish astronomer and author (born 1842)
1908 - John Ordronaux, American surgeon and academic (born 1830)
1913 - José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican engraver and illustrator (born 1852)
1915 - Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun, Irish businessman, philanthropist, and politician (born 1840)
1920 - Georg Lurich, Estonian-Russian wrestler and strongman (born 1876)
1921 - Mary Watson Whitney, American astronomer and academic (born 1847)
1924 - Ivor Crapp, Australian footballer and umpire (born 1872)
1936 - George V of the United Kingdom (born 1865)
1940 - Omar Bundy, American general (born 1861)
1944 - James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist and academic (born 1860)
1947 - Josh Gibson, American baseball player (born 1911)
1954 - Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (born 1882)
1954 - Fred Root, English cricketer and umpire (born 1890)
1955 - Robert P. T. Coffin, American author and poet (born 1892)
1962 - Robinson Jeffers, American poet and philosopher (born 1887)
1965 - Alan Freed, American radio host (born 1922)
1971 - Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1880)
1973 - Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician and surgeon (born 1885)
1973 - Amílcar Cabral, Guinea Bissauan-Cape Verdian engineer and politician (born 1924)
1977 - Dimitrios Kiousopoulos, Greek jurist and politician, 151st Prime Minister of Greece (born 1892)
1979 - Gustav Winckler, Danish singer-songwriter (born 1925)
1980 - William Roberts, English soldier and painter (born 1895)
1983 - Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (born 1933)
1984 - Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (born 1904)
1988 - Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pakistani activist and politician (born 1890)
1988 - Dora Stratou, Greek dancer and choreographer (born 1903)
1989 - Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1938)
1990 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (born 1907)
1991 - Stan Szelest American keyboard player (The Band) (born 1943)
1993 - Audrey Hepburn, British actress and humanitarian activist (born 1929)
1994 - Matt Busby, Scottish footballer and coach (born 1909)
1996 - Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and composer (born 1927)
1997 - Curt Flood, American baseball player and sportscaster (born 1938)
1998 - Bobo Brazil, American wrestler and actor (born 1924)
2002 - Carrie Hamilton, American actress and singer (born 1963)
2003 - Al Hirschfeld, American painter and illustrator (born 1903)
2003 - Craig Kelly, American snowboarder (born 1966)
2003 - Nedra Volz, American actress (born 1908)
2003 - Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (born 1947)
2004 - Alan Brown, English race car driver (born 1919)
2004 - T. Nadaraja, Sri Lankan lawyer and academic (born 1917)
2005 - Parveen Babi, Indian model and actress (born 1949)
2005 - Per Borten, Norwegian lawyer and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (born 1913)
2005 - Roland Frye, American theologian and critic (born 1921)
2005 - Miriam Rothschild, English zoologist, entomologist, and author (born 1908)
2006 - Dave Lepard, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Crashdïet) (born 1980)
2007 - Dan Christensen, American painter (born 1942)
2009 - Stéphanos II Ghattas, Egyptian patriarch (born 1920)
2009 - David "Fathead" Newman, American saxophonist and songwriter (born 1933)
2009 - Sheila Walsh, English author (born 1928)
2012 - John F. Baker, Jr., American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (born 1945)
2012 - Etta James, American singer-songwriter (born 1938)
2012 - John Levy, American bassist and manager (born 1912)
2012 - Ioannis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician, Greek Minister of the Interior (born 1933)
2012 - Alejandro Rodriguez, Venezuelan-American pediatrician and psychiatrist (born 1918)
2013 - Ron Fraser, American baseball player and coach (born 1933)
2013 - Pavlos Matesis, Greek author and playwright (born 1933)
2013 - Dolores Prida, Cuban-American journalist and playwright (born 1943)
2013 - Toyo Shibata, Japanese poet and author (born 1911)
2013 - Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle racer (born 1926)
2014 - Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (born 1933)
2014 - Vern Benson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (born 1924)
2014 - Otis G. Pike, American judge and politician (born 1921)
2014 - George Scott, Scottish-American wrestler and promoter (born 1929)
2015 - Canserbero, Venezuelan singer-songwriter (born 1988)
2015 - Edgar Froese, Russian-German keyboard player and songwriter (Tangerine Dream) (born 1944)
2016 - Edmonde Charles-Roux, French journalist and author (born 1920)
2016 - Ronald Greenwald, American rabbi, businessman, and educator (born 1934)
2016 - David G. Hartwell, American anthologist, author, and critic (born 1941)