This day in history (June 19)

Staff Writer

1179 – The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the civil wars.
1269 – King Louis IX of France orders all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver.
1306 – The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.
1586 – English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America.
1816 – Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1821 – Decisive defeat of the Filiki Eteria by the Ottomans at Drăgășani (in Wallachia).
1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.
1850 – Princess Louise of the Netherlands marries Crown Prince Karl of Sweden–Norway.
1857 – The 19 June 1857 law (Loi relative à l'assainissement et de mise en culture des Landes de Gascogne): A turning point in the history of the Landes forest.
1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.
1867 – Maximilian I of the Second Mexican Empire is executed by a firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro.
1875 – The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire begins.
1910 – The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1911 – the Norwegian football club Molde FK was founded.
1913 – Natives Land Act, 1913 in South Africa implemented.
1917 – The solar eclipse of June 19, 1917.
1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
1936 – The solar eclipse of June 19, 1936.
1944 – World War II: First day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
1949 -- The first ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.
1961 – Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.
1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
1965 – Nguyễn Cao Kỳ becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu becomes the figurehead chief of state.
1966 – Shiv Sena a political party in India is founded in Mumbai.
1970 – The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed.
1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
1982 – In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University of Beirut, is kidnapped.
1985 – Members of the Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers, dressed as Salvadoran soldiers, attack the Zona Rosa area of San Salvador.
1987 – Basque separatist group ETA commits one of its most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45.
1990 – The current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, is ratified for the first time by Norway.
1990 – The Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is founded in Moscow.
1991 – The Soviet occupation of Hungary ends.
2007 – The al-Khilani Mosque bombing in Baghdad leaves 78 people dead and another 218 injured.
2009 – Mass riots involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers break out in Shishou, China, over the dubious circumstances surrounding the death of a local chef.
2009 – War in North-West Pakistan: The Pakistani Armed Forces open Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the Taliban and other Islamist rebels in the South Waziristan area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
2010 – The Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling was held at Storkyrkan in Stockholm.
2012 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US army.
2014 – Felipe VI, Prince of Asturias, rises to the Spanish throne following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I.

Births

1301 – Prince Morikuni of Japan (d. 1333)
1566 – James VI and I of the United Kingdom (d. 1625)
1606 – James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Scottish soldier and politician, Lord Chancellor of Scotland (d. 1649)
1623 – Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1662)
1633 – Philipp van Limborch, Dutch author and theologian (d. 1712)
1701 – François Rebel, French violinist and composer (d. 1775)
1731 – Joaquim Machado de Castro, Portuguese sculptor (d. 1822)
1764 – José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan general and politician (d. 1850)
1771 – Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1859)
1776 – Francis Johnson, American lawyer and politician (d. 1842)
1783 – Friedrich Sertürner, German chemist and pharmacist (d. 1841)
1792 – Gustav Schwab, German pastor and author (d. 1850)
1793 – Joseph Earl Sheffield, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1882)
1795 – James Braid, Scottish-English surgeon (d. 1860)
1815 – Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter (d. 1872)
1816 – William H. Webb, American shipbuilder and philanthropist, founded the Webb Institute (d. 1899)
1834 – Charles Spurgeon, English pastor and author (d. 1892)
1840 – Georg Karl Maria Seidlitz, German entomologist and academic (d. 1917)
1843 – Mary Sibbet Copley, American philanthropist (d. 1929)
1845 – Cléophas Beausoleil, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1904)
1846 – Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer and academic (d. 1928)
1850 – David Jayne Hill, American historian and politician, 24th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1932)
1851 – Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricketer (d. 1890)
1851 – Silvanus P. Thompson, English physicist, engineer, and academic (d. 1916)
1854 – Alfredo Catalani, Italian composer and academic (d. 1893)
1854 – Hjalmar Mellin, Finnish mathematician and theorist (d. 1933)
1854 – Eleanor Norcross, American painter (d. 1923)
1855 – George F. Roesch, American lawyer and politician (d. 1917)
1858 – Sam Walter Foss, American poet and librarian (d. 1911)
1861 – Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, Scottish-English field marshal (d. 1928)
1861 – Émile Haug, French geologist and paleontologist (d. 1927)
1861 – José Rizal, Filipino journalist, author, and poet (d. 1896)
1865 – May Whitty, English actress (d. 1948)
1869 – Mamah Borthwick, American librarian and translator (d. 1914)
1871 – Alajos Szokolyi, Hungarian hurdler, jumper, and physician (d. 1932)
1872 – Theodore Payne, English-American gardener and botanist (d. 1963)
1874 – Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish physicist and engineer (d. 1941)
1875 – William Courtenay, American actor (d. 1933)
1876 – Nigel Gresley, Scottish-English engineer (d. 1941)
1877 – Charles Coburn, American actor (d. 1961)
1879 – Martha Mattox, American actress (d. 1933)
1881 – Maginel Wright Enright, American illustrator (d. 1966)
1883 – Gladys Mills Phipps, American horse breeder (d.1970)
1884 – Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French painter and historian (d. 1974)
1886 – Finley Hamilton, American lawyer and politician (d. 1940)
1888 – Arthur Massey Berry, Canadian soldier and pilot (d. 1970)
1890 – Mabel Wayne, American songwriter (d. 1978)
1891 – John Heartfield, German photographer and activist (d. 1968)
1893 – Madeleine Astor, American survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 1940)
1896 – Rajani Palme Dutt, English journalist and politician (d. 1974)
1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)
1897 – Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
1897 – Moe Howard, American comedian (d. 1975)
1898 – James Joseph Sweeney, American bishop (d. 1968)
1900 – Laura Z. Hobson, American author (d. 1986)
1902 – Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American violinist and bandleader (d. 1977)
1903 – Mary Callery, American-French sculptor and academic (d. 1977)
1903 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (d. 1941)
1903 – Wally Hammond, English cricketer and coach (d. 1965)
1903 – Hans Litten, German lawyer (d. 1938)
1905 – Mildred Natwick, American actress (d. 1994)
1906 – Ernst Boris Chain, German-Irish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)
1906 – Knut Kroon, Swedish footballer (d. 1975)
1906 – Walter Rauff, German SS officer (d. 1984)
1907 – Clarence Wiseman, Canadian 10th General of the Salvation Army (d. 1985)
1909 – Osamu Dazai, Japanese author (d. 1948)
1909 – Rūdolfs Jurciņš, Latvian basketball player (d. 1948)
1909 – Midori Naka, Japanese actress (d. 1945)
1910 – Sydney Allard, English race car driver, founded the Allard Company (d. 1966)
1910 – Paul Flory, American chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
1910 – Abe Fortas, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1982)
1912 – Don Gutteridge, American baseball player and manager (d. 2008)
1912 – Virginia MacWatters, American soprano and actress (d. 2005)
1912 – George Spitz, American high jumper (d. 1986)
1913 – Helene Madison, American swimmer (d. 1970)
1914 – Alan Cranston, American journalist and politician (d. 2000)
1914 – Lester Flatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foggy Mountain Boys and Nashville Grass) (d. 1979)
1914 – Morgan Morgan-Giles, English admiral and politician (d. 2013)
1914 – Anthony of Sourozh, Swiss-English bishop and theologian (d. 2003)
1915 – Pat Buttram, American actor and singer (d. 1994)
1915 – Julius Schwartz, American publisher and agent (d. 2004)
1917 – Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean guerrilla leader and politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (d. 1999)
1919 – Pauline Kael, American author and critic (d. 2001)
1918 – Dave Lambert, American singer-songwriter (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) (d. 1966)
1920 – Yves Robert, French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2002)
1921 – Louis Jourdan, French-American actor and singer (d. 2015)
1922 – Aage Bohr, Danish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
1922 – Marilyn P. Johnson, American educator and diplomat, 8th United States Ambassador to Togo
1923 – Bob Hank, Australian footballer and coach (d. 2012)
1924 – Cornelius, Estonian metropolitan
1924 – Leo Nomellini, Italian-American football player and wrestler (d. 2000)
1925 – Charlie Drake, English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)
1928 – Tommy DeVito, American singer and guitarist (The Four Seasons and Four Lovers)
1928 – Elizabeth Connelly, American politician (d. 2006)
1928 – Nancy Marchand, American actress and singer (d. 2000)
1928 – K. H. Scheer, German author (d. 1991)
1928 – Barry Took, English actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)
1929 – Thelma Barlow, English actress
1930 – Bryan Kneale, Manx sculptor and academic
1930 – Gena Rowlands, American actress
1932 – Pier Angeli, Italian actress (d. 1971)
1932 – José Sanchis Grau, Spanish author and illustrator (d. 2011)
1932 – Marisa Pavan, Italian-American actress and singer
1933 – Michael M. Ames, Canadian anthropologist and academic (d. 2006)
1933 – Viktor Patsayev, Kazakh engineer and astronaut (d. 1971)
1934 – Terence Clark, English soldier and diplomat, British Ambassador to Iraq
1934 – Gérard Latortue, Haitian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Haiti
1936 – Marisa Galvany, American soprano and actress
1936 – Shirley Goodman, American singer (Shirley & Company) (d. 2005)
1937 – André Glucksmann, French philosopher and author (d. 2015)
1938 – Jean-Claude Labrecque, Canadian director and cinematographer
1938 – Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and wrestler (d. 2002)
1938 – Beth Phinney, Canadian educator and politician
1938 – John Sheil, English lawyer and judge
1938 – Cheng-Wen Wu, Taiwanese biochemist and academic
1938 – Ian Smith, Australian actor and screenwriter
1939 – Bernd Hoss, German footballer and manager
1939 – John F. MacArthur, American minister and theologian
1939 – Michael Standing, English actor
1939 – Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008)
1940 – Shirley Muldowney, American race car driver
1940 – Paul Shane, English actor and singer (d. 2013)
1941 – Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino lawyer and jurist
1941 – Václav Klaus, Czech economist and politician, 2nd President of the Czech Republic
1942 – Jos Brink, Dutch actor and producer (d. 2007)
1942 – Merata Mita, New Zealand director and producer (d. 2010)
1944 – Peter Bardens, English keyboard player and songwriter (Camel, Them, and Mirage) (d. 2002)
1944 – Chico Buarque, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1944 – Richard Monette, Canadian actor and director (d. 2008)
1945 – John Hind, English bishop and theologian
1945 – Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician and convicted war criminal, 1st President of Republika Srpska
1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate
1945 – Tobias Wolff, American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist.
1946 – Jimmy Greenhoff, English footballer and manager
1946 – Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme, English politician and diplomat, British Ambassador to France
1947 – Linda Myers, American archer
1947 – Salman Rushdie, Indian-English author and academic
1947 – John Ralston Saul, Canadian philosopher and author
1948 – Nick Drake, Burmese-English singer-songwriter (d. 1974)
1948 – Barry Hearn, English accountant and businessman
1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress
1950 – Constance Forslund, American actress
1950 – Neil Asher Silberman, American archaeologist and historian
1950 – Ann Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Heart)
1951 – Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian terrorist
1951 – Patty Larkin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1951 – Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
1951 – Karen Young, Canadian singer-songwriter
1952 – Bob Ainsworth, English politician, Secretary of State for Defence
1953 – Larry Dunn, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1953 – Hilary Jones, English physician, television host and media personality
1953 – Simon Wright, English drummer (AC/DC, Dio, and UFO)
1954 – Mike O'Brien, English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales
1954 – Kathleen Turner, American actress, singer, and producer
1955 – Mary O'Connor, New Zealand runner
1955 – Mary Schapiro, American lawyer and politician
1956 – Danny Chauncey, American guitarist (38 Special)
1956 – Doug Stone, American singer and actor
1957 – Anna Lindh, Swedish politician, 39th Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2003)
1957 – Jean Rabe, American journalist and author
1958 – Sergei Makarov, Russian-American ice hockey player and coach
1959 – Mark DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (DeBarge)
1959 – Christian Wulff, German lawyer and politician, 10th President of Germany
1960 – Andrew Dilnot, English economist and academic
1960 – Johnny Gray, American runner and coach
1960 – Luke Morley, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Union, Terraplane, and Thunder)
1960 – Patti Rizzo, American golfer
1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
1962 – Jeremy Bates, English tennis player
1962 – Peter Bradshaw, English author and critic
1963 – Katia Cardenal, Nicaraguan singer-songwriter
1963 – Margarita Ponomaryova, Russian hurdler
1963 – Rory Underwood, English rugby player, lieutenant, and pilot
1964 – Bill Barretta, American actor and puppeteer
1964 – Brent Goulet, American soccer player and manager
1964 – Laura Ingraham, American radio host and author
1964 – Boris Johnson, British journalist and politician, Mayor of London
1964 – Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Verve Pipe)
1965 – Sabine Braun, German heptathlete
1965 – Sadie Frost, English actress and producer
1966 – Michalis Romanidis, Greek basketball player
1966 – Samuel West, English actor and director
1967 – Bjørn Dæhlie, Norwegian skier and businessman
1967 – Araceli González, Argentinian actress and singer
1968 – Alastair Lynch, Australian footballer and sportscaster
1968 – Timothy Morton, American philosopher and academic
1969 – Thomas Breitling, American journalist and businessman
1969 – Lara Spencer, American journalist
1970 – Rahul Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician
1970 – Quincy Watts, American sprinter and football player
1970 – Brian Welch, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Korn and Love and Death)
1971 – Chris Armstrong, English footballer
1972 – Jean Dujardin, French actor, director, and producer
1972 – Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish singer-songwriter (Refused, AC4, Invasionen, and The (International) Noise Conspiracy)
1972 – Ilya Markov, Russian race walker
1972 – Brian McBride, American soccer player and coach
1972 – Poppy Montgomery, Australian-American actress
1972 – Robin Tunney, American actress
1973 – Jahine Arnold, American football player
1973 – Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume and Dream Morning Musume)
1973 – Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
1974 – Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1974 – Bumper Robinson, American actor and singer
1975 – Hugh Dancy, English actor and model
1975 – Anthony Parker, American basketball player
1975 – Geoff Ramsey, American voice actor and producer, co-founded Rooster Teeth
1976 – Dennis Crowley, American businessman, co-founded Foursquare
1976 – Bryan Hughes, English footballer and manager
1976 – Abdoul Thiam, German footballer
1976 – Anita Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
1977 – Maria Cioncan, Romanian runner (d. 2007)
1977 – Rebecca Loos, Spanish-Dutch model and television host
1977 – Peter Warrick, American football player
1978 – Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler
1978 – Mía Maestro, Argentinian actress and singer
1978 – Assefa Mezgebu, Ethiopian runner
1978 – Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball player
1978 – Zoe Saldana, American actress, director, and producer
1978 – Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player
1979 – Graeme Ballard, English sprinter
1979 – U Gambira, Burmese monk and activist
1979 – Quentin Jammer, American football player
1979 – José Kléberson, Brazilian footballer
1980 – Adel Abdulaziz, Emirati footballer
1980 – Dan Ellis, Canadian ice hockey player
1980 – Milka Loff Fernandes, German actress
1980 – Arkadiusz Malarz, Polish footballer
1980 – Robbie Neilson, Scottish footballer and manager
1980 – Nuno Santos, Portuguese footballer
1981 – Mohammed Al-Khuwalidi, Saudi Arabian long jumper
1981 – Moss Burmester, New Zealand swimmer
1981 – Melissa McMorrow, American boxer
1981 – Quintin Geldenhuys, South African-Italian rugby player
1982 – Alexander Frolov, Russian ice hockey player
1982 – David Pollack, American football player
1982 – Chris Vermeulen, Australian motorcycle racer
1983 – Gregor Arbet, Estonian basketball player
1983 – Nicolette Fernandes, Guyanese squash player
1983 – Macklemore, American rapper (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
1983 – Tanja Mihhailova, Russian-Estonian singer and actress
1983 – Mark Selby, English snooker player
1983 – Aidan Turner, Irish actor
1984 – Paul Dano, American actor
1984 – Wieke Dijkstra, Dutch field hockey player
1985 – Kajal Aggarwal, Indian actress
1985 – Jason Capizzi, American football player
1985 – Ai Miyazato, Japanese golfer
1985 – Stéphanie Montreux, Australian actress and singer
1985 – Carmel Moore, English pornographic actress
1985 – José Ernesto Sosa, Argentinian footballer
1985 – Dire Tune, Ethiopian runner
1986 – Lázaro Borges, Cuban pole vaulter
1986 – Nazareno Casero, Argentinian actor
1986 – Andrea De Falco, Italian footballer
1986 – Sjoerd Huisman, Dutch speed skater (d. 2013)
1986 – Diego Hypólito, Brazilian gymnast
1986 – Dimitris Sialmas, Greek footballer
1986 – Marvin Williams, American basketball player
1987 – Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
1987 – Mutsumi Tamura, Japanese voice actress
1987 – Rachael Todd, American model, Miss Florida 2009
1988 – Sarah Kay, American poet
1990 – Moa Hjelmer, Swedish sprinter
1990 – Ksenia Lykina, Russian tennis player
1991 – Ludwig Rieder, Italian luger
1992 – Oscar Taveras, Dominican-Canadian baseball player (d. 2014)
1996 – Larisa Iordache, Romanian gymnast

Deaths

626 – Soga no Umako, Japanese son of Soga no Iname (b. 551)
1027 – Romuald, Italian mystic and saint (b. 951)
1282 – Eleanor de Montfort, English daughter of Eleanor of Leicester (b. 1252)
1312 – Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall, English politician (b. 1284)
1341 – Juliana Falconieri, Italian nun and saint (b. 1270)
1542 – Leo Jud, Swiss theologian and reformer (b. 1482)
1545 – Abraomas Kulvietis, Lithuanian-Russian lawyer and jurist (b. 1509)
1567 – Anna of Brandenburg, Duchess of Mecklenburg (b. 1507)
1584 – Francis, Duke of Anjou (b. 1555)
1608 – Alberico Gentili, Italian lawyer and jurist (b. 1551)
1650 – Matthäus Merian, Swiss-German engraver and publisher (b. 1593)
1747 – Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer and educator (b. 1669)
1762 – Johann Ernst Eberlin, German organist and composer (b. 1702)
1768 – Benjamin Tasker, Sr., American soldier and politician, 10th Colonial Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)
1786 – Nathanael Greene, American general (b. 1742)
1787 – Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France (b. 1786)
1805 – Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter and educator (b. 1724)
1820 – Joseph Banks, English botanist and author (b. 1743)
1844 – Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French zoologist and biologist (b. 1772)
1864 – Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, American soldier (b. 1843)
1865 – Evangelos Zappas, Greek-Romanian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1800)
1884 – Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentinian-French politician and diplomat (b. 1810)
1867 – Maximilian I of Mexico (b. 1832)
1874 – Ferdinand Stoliczka, Moravian palaeontologist and ornithologist (b. 1838)
1896 – Margaret Carver Leighton, American author (b. 1896)
1902 – Albert of Saxony (b. 1828)
1903 – Herbert Vaughan, English cardinal (b. 1832)
1918 – Francesco Baracca, Italian fighter pilot (b. 1888)
1921 – Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet and author (b. 1888)
1922 – Hitachiyama Taniemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 19th Yokozuna (b. 1874)
1932 – Sol Plaatje, South African journalist and activist (b. 1876)
1937 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (b. 1860)
1939 – Grace Abbott, American social worker and activist (b. 1878)
1940 – Maurice Jaubert, French composer and conductor (b. 1900)
1941 – C. V. Hartman, Swiss botanist and anthropologist (b. 1862)
1941 – Otto Hirsch, German jurist and politician (b. 1885)
1949 – Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian philosopher and academic (b. 1885)
1951 – Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet and playwright (b. 1884)
1953 – Ethel Rosenberg, American spy (b. 1915)
1953 – Julius Rosenberg, American spy (b. 1918)
1956 – Thomas J. Watson, American businessman (b. 1874)
1966 – Ed Wynn, American actor and singer (b. 1886)
1968 – James Joseph Sweeney, American bishop (b. 1898)
1973 – Gustaf Molander, Swedish actor and director (b. 1888)
1975 – Sam Giancana, American mob boss (b. 1908)
1977 – Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and philosopher (b. 1933)
1979 – Paul Popenoe, American explorer and scholar, founded Relationship counseling (b. 1888)
1984 – Lee Krasner, American painter and educator (b. 1908)
1986 – Coluche, French comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1944)
1986 – Len Bias, American basketball player (b. 1963)
1987 – Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
1988 – Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist and academic (b. 1922)
1988 – Teru Shimada, Japanese-American actor (b. 1905)
1988 – Gladys Spellman, American lawyer and politician (b. 1918)
1989 – Betti Alver, Estonian author and poet (b. 1906)
1990 – George Addes, American trade union leader, co-founded United Automobile Workers (b. 1911)
1991 – Jean Arthur, American actress (b. 1900)
1993 – William Golding, English author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
1995 – Peter Townsend, Burmese-English captain and pilot (b. 1914)
1996 – Cordelia E. Cook, American soldier and nurse (b. 1919)
1996 – Kay Rhodes, American bridge player (b. 1910)
1996 – G. David Schine, American soldier and businessman (b. 1927)
1997 – Olga Georges-Picot, Chinese-French actress (b. 1944)
1997 – Bobby Helms, American singer and guitarist (b. 1933)
2001 – Stanley Mosk, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (b. 1912)
2001 – John Heyer, Australian director and producer (b. 1916)
2001 – Steve Sheppard-Brodie, Filipino-American voice actor (b. 1950)
2002 – Navleen Kumar, Indian activist (b. 1948)
2007 – Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1919)
2007 – Alberto Mijangos, Mexican-American painter and educator (b. 1925)
2007 – Terry Hoeppner, American football player and coach (b. 1947)
2007 – Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and author (b. 1932)
2008 – Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist, founded Bartaman (b. 1934)
2008 – Bennie Swain, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
2009 – Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese engineer and surveyor (b. 1895)
2010 – Manute Bol, Sudanese-American basketball player and activist (b. 1962)
2010 – R. Kanagasuntheram, Sri Lankan physician, zoologist, and academic (b. 1919)
2010 – Anthony Quinton, Baron Quinton, English philosopher and academic (b. 1925)
2010 – Paul Thiebaud, American art dealer (b. 1960)
2010 – Carlos Monsivais, Mexican writer, journalist and political activist (b. 1938)
2012 – Richard Lynch, American actor and producer (b. 1936)
2012 – Michael Palliser, English soldier and diplomat (b. 1922)
2012 – Emili Teixidor, Catalan journalist and author (b. 1933)
2012 – Norbert Tiemann, American soldier and politician, 32nd Governor of Nebraska (b. 1924)
2013 – Vince Flynn, American author (b. 1966)
2013 – James Gandolfini, American actor and producer (b. 1961)
2013 – Michael Hodgman, Australian lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
2013 – Gyula Horn, Hungarian politician, 37th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1932)
2013 – Paul Mees, Australian lawyer and academic (b. 1961)
2013 – Kim Thompson, Danish-American publisher (b. 1956)
2013 – Filip Topol, Czech singer-songwriter and pianist (Psí vojáci) (b. 1965)
2013 – Slim Whitman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1923)
2014 – Oskar-Hubert Dennhardt, German general (b. 1915)
2014 – Gerry Goffin, American songwriter (b. 1939)
2014 – Shrenik Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Indian businessman (b. 1925)
2014 – Alan Moller, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1950)
2014 – Bill Renna, American baseball player and coach (b. 1924)
2014 – Ibrahim Touré, Ivorian footballer (b. 1985)
2015 – Harold Battiste, American saxophonist, pianist, and composer (b. 1931)
2015 – Earl Norem, American painter and illustrator (b. 1924)
2015 – James Salter, American soldier, author, and academic (b. 1925)
2015 – Fredrik Fasting Torgersen, Norwegian murderer (b. 1934)

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