1932: 20-month-old infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. Remains identified as those of the baby were found May12, 1932.
1981: Bobby Sands, Irish Republican Army member, began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. He died 65 days later on May5, 1981.
1991: Edwin H. Land, inventor of polarizing filters and Polaroid instant photography, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, at age 81.
1997: Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths.
1997: 3,000 people died when an earthquake devastated region in northwest Iran.
2000: A gunman in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, fatally shot three men and wounded two others.
1992: Actress Sandy Dennis died in Westport, Connecticut, USA, at age 54.
1974: 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.
1987: Danny Kaye, comedian, died in Los Angeles at age 74.
1991: Motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
1991: 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
1992: 270 miners died in an underground coal mine explosion in Kozlu, Turkey.
1996: A bus bomb in Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber.
2001: 21 people were killed when a plane carrying members of a National Guard engineering crew crashed in heavy rain near Macon, Georgia, USA.
1996: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv shopping center, killing 13 people.
1996: Minnie Pearl, comedian, died in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, at age 83
2001: Harold E. Stassen, US presidential candidate, died in Bloomington, Minnesota, at age 93.
2001: Glenn Hughes, singer in the disco band "the Village People", died in New York at age 50.
1770: The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
1953: Josef Stalin, Soviet leader, died at age 73 after 29 years in power.
1963: Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, country music performers, died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee, USA.
1982: US comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.
1986: Islamic Jihad in Lebanon executed French hostage Michel Seurat, who had been kidnapped almost a year earlier.
2001: Charles Andy Williams shot two students to death at Santana High School in Santee, and wounded 13 other people.
2001: 35 Muslims were killed in a stampede during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia.
1935: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., retired Supreme Court Justice, died in Washington.
1944: U.S. heavy bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin during World War II.
1987: 189 people died when the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
2001: 42 people, mostly students, were killed in a schoolhouse explosion in southern China. Parents said the students had been forced to make fireworks by school officials.
1999: Stanley Kubrick, world famous British movie director, died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70.
2000: Frank "Pee Wee" King, country singer, died in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, at age 86.
1874: Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States, died in Buffalo, N.Y.
1930: William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States, died in Washington D.C.
1999: Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees baseball star, died in Hollywood, Florida, USA, at age 84.
1992: 90 people were killed when a ferry carrying pilgrims to a Buddhist shrine collided with an oil tanker in the Gulf of Thailand.
2000: A letter carrier, two firefighters and a sheriff's deputy were shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, by the letter carrier's husband, who was also a firefighter.
2001: Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, died in London at age 102.
1661: Cardinal Jules Mazarin, the chief minister of France, died.
1916: Pancho Villa and other Mexican raiders attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing more than a dozen people.
1977: 12 armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, D.C., killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. The siege ended two days later.
1992: Menachem Begin, former Israeli Prime Minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 78.
1996: American Comedian George Burns at age ??
1997: Notorious B.I.G., gangsta rapper whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at age 24.
2001: James St. Clair, who represented President Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal, died in Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, at age 80.
1948: Jan Masaryk, the anti-Communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, was found dead in the garden of Czernin Palace in Prague.
1980: Dr. Herman Tarnower, author of "Scarsdale Diet", was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y.
1985: Konstantin U. Chernenko, Soviet leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.
1888: "Blizzard of 1888" struck the northeastern United States, killing nearly 400.
1930: William Howard Taft, US President and former Chief Justice, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
1965: James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alaabama, USA.
2004: Few backpacks with explosives blew Madrid subway trains in morning rush hours, killing more than 200 people. Al-Qaeda was responsible for the attack.
1925: Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen died.
2000: In an unprecedented moment in the history of the church, Pope John Paul II asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Roman Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.2001: Five Americans and one New Zealander were killed when a U.S. Navy jet mistakenly dropped a bomb on a group of military personnel at a bombing range in Kuwait.
2001: Morton Downey Jr., chain-smoking TV talk show host died at age 68.
2001: Robert Ludlum, American spy adventure novelist, died in Naples, Florida, USA, at age 73.
1901: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, died in Indianapolis.
1906: Susan B. Anthony, American feminist activtist, died in Rochester, N.Y.
1964: Kitty Genovese, 28, was being stabbed to death while 38 residents of a New York neighborhood failed to respond to her crying.
1996: 16 children and one teacher were killed when a gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire on a class of kindergartners. He then killed himself.
44 B.C.: Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles including Brutus and Cassius.
1975: Aristotle Onassis, Greek millionaire, died near Paris at age 69.
2000: Durward Kirby, TV comedian, died in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, at age 88.
2001: Actress Ann Sothern died in Ketchum, Idaho, USA, at age 92.
1968: Under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. the My Lai massacre in Vietnam was carried out by U.S. troops.
1978: Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas, who later murdered him.
1991: 7 members of country singer Reba McEntire's band were killed in a plane crash near San Diego, California.
2000: Thomas Wilson Ferebee, the Enola Gay bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died in Windermere, Florida, at age 81.2001: Saudi commandos freed surviving hostages and ended the hijacking of a Russian plane by armed Chechen rebels that resulted in the deaths of a flight attendant, a hijacker and a passenger. The Russian plane was hijacked carrying 174 people after it left Turkey and forced to land in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
461: According to tradition, St. Patrick - the patron saint of Ireland - died in Saul.
1996: In Dunblane, Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II came with flowers and sympathy as residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their teacher on March 13, 1996.
2000: More than 300 members of a religious sect burned to death in a makeshift church in southwestern Uganda.
1937: More than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
2001: John Phillips, who co-founded the "Mamas and the Papas" and wrote "California Dreamin" and "Monday", died in Los Angeles at age 65.
1945: More than 800 people were killed as Kamikaze planes attacked the U.S. carrier Franklin off Japan.
1945: Adolf Hitler issued his so-called "Nero Decree," ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.
1997: Willem de Kooning, one of the 20th century's greatest painters, died in East Hampton, N.Y., USA, at age 92.
1413: England's King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.
1727: Sir Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician and astronomer, died in London.
1995: 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains in Tokyo.
1960: About 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on demonstrators.
1997: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Tel Aviv, killing three Israeli women.
1687: Jean-Baptiste-Lully, French composer, died. His real name was Giovanni Battista Lulli before he became a French citizen.
1820: Stephen Decatur, a U.S. naval hero, was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington D.C.
1832: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and author of "Faust", died.
1896: Thomas Hughes, English reformer, jurist and author of "Tom Brown's School Days", died.
1978: Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old high-wire acrobat, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1979: Sir Richard Sykes, Britain's ambassador to the Netherlands, was shot to death by Irish terrorists in the Hague.
1992: 27 people were killed when a US-Air jetliner crashed on takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport; 24 people survived.
1996: Gunmen massacred 11 people in a political attack in South Africa's Zulu heartland, hours after President Nelson Mandela visited the province.
2001: An 18-year-old student opened fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., wounding three classmates and two teachers before he was shot by a police officer.
2001: William Hanna, animation pioneer of Hanna-Barbara studio, died in Los Angeles at age 90.
1801: Paul I, Tsar of Russia, was assassinated and succeeded by Alexander I.
1944: Italian partisans killed 32 German soldiers in occupied Rome.
1983: Dr. Barney Clark died at the University of Utah Medical Center. He died 112 days after being the first person to receive an artificial heart.
2001: Rowland Evans, newspaper columnist, died in Washington D.C. at age 79.
2001: David McTaggart, Greenpeace International co-founder, died in Umbria, Italy, at age 68.
1603: Queen Elizabeth I of England died. James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne as James I, uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.
1882: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, U.S. poet and author of "Song of Hiawatha", died.
1905: Jules Verne, French novelist who wrote "Around the World in Eighty Days", died.
1909: John M. Synge, Irish playwright, died.
1944: The Nazis executed more than 300 Rome citizens in reprisal for Italian partisans attack to German soldiers on March 23, 1944.
1976: British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery died. He defeated the Germans at El Alamein and helped change the course of World War Two in North Africa.
1980: Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, El Salvador's respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
1998: Two boys in camouflage dress opened fire on dozens of schoolmates at an Arkansas school, killing four girls and one teacher.
1999: 40 people were killed when fire trapped 30 vehicles in a tunnel under Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain, in France and burned for two days.
2000: Sig Mickelson, the first president of CBS News, died in San Diego at age 86.
2001: Three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously in southern Russia, killing 23 people.
2001: A Twin Otter plane crashed into a mountainside house on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy, killing all 19 people on board and one person in the house.
1918: Claude Debussy, French composer, died.
1947: 111 lost their lives in a coal mine explosion in Centralia, Illinois, USA.
1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew Prince Faisal with a history of mental illness. He was succeeded by his brother, Khaled ibn Abdul-aziz. The nephew was beheaded the following June.
1990: 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed in a fire accident in a packed nightclub club in New York City.
1996: Abel Goodman died in Britain. He was the first patient to receive a permanent electric heart.
1827: Ludwig van Beethoven, Music composer, died in Vienna.
1892: Walt Whitman, American poet and essayist, died in Camden, NJ, USA. He became a revolutionary figure in American literature after the publication of his "Leaves of Grass."
1902: Cecil Rhodes, British statesman and financier, died. He became enormously wealthy from his commercial exploitation of the British African empire.
1923: Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, died.
1945: David Lloyd George, British statesman and Liberal prime minister, died. He negotiated Irish independence in 1921.
1959: Raymond Chandler, American crime-detective writer, died. He Created the character " Philip Marlowe" in his novels including "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell My Lovely."
1973: Noel Coward, British playwright died.
1982: Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C..1997: 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult, dressed alike and lying on mattresses or cots, committed a mass suicide inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
1996: Edmund Muskie, Former US Secretary of State, died in Washington, D.C., two days before of his 82nd birthday.
2000: Alex Comfort, British author of "Joy of Sex", died in Oxfordshire, England, at age 80.
2001: A fire in a Kenyan secondary school dormitory killed 67 students.
752: Pope Stephen II died two days after his election to succeed Pope Zacharias.
1625: Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
1945: Nazi Germany launched its last V2 rocket at Britain from The Hague in the Netherlands. During the war 8,958 people died in V2 rocket attacks.
1964: 114 people were killed when a powerful earthquake rocked Alaska.
1968: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first man to orbit the earth in 1961, died in a plane crash near Moscow.
1977: In the world's worst aircraft disaster, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747 took off and crashed into a Pan Am 747 on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.. Total of 644 people were on board.
1980: 147 workers died when Alexander I. Keilland, a floating oil field platform for off-duty oil workers, capsized during a storm in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
1995: Maurizio Gucci, former chairman of the Gucci luxury leather goods and fashion dynasty, was shot dead outside his office in Milan.
1998: Ferdinand Porsche, founder of German sportscar maker Porsche and one of the designers of the Volkswagen Beetle under Adolf Hitler's rule, died.
2001: An empty train riding on the wrong side of the tracks crashed into a crowded commuter train in central Belgium, killing eight people.
1881: Mussorgsky, Russian composer of "Pictures from an Exhibition" and the opera "Boris Godunov", died from alcoholism.
1941: Virgina Woolf, British author and critic, committed suicide in Lewes, England.
1943: Sergei Rachmaninov, Russian composer and virtuoso pianist, died in Beverly Hills, California.
1969: Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. Army commander-in-cheif during World War Two, Republican statesman and the 34th president of the United States 1953-1961, died in Washington at age 78..
1979: America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA.
1985: Marc Chagall, Russian-born French surrealist artist, died at 97.
1994: Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-born French playwright, a giant of the ``theatre of the absurd'' and one of the world's most performed authors, died in Paris at 81.
1788: Charles Wesley, British writer of over 5,500 hymns, died.
1792: King Gustav III of Sweden died a few days after being shot by conspirators at the Stockholm opera house. Giuseppe Verdi based his opera "Un Ballo in Maschera" on the incident.
1804: Thousands of white people were massacred in Haiti following a declaration by Governor General Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
1891: Georges Seurat, French impressionist painter and Pointillist, died.
1912: Robert Falcon Scott, English Antarctic explorer, died as his expedition attempted to return after reaching the South Pole.
1972: J. Arthur Rank, a leading architect of Britain's film industry, died.
1980: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, Anglo-Italian conductor and arranger, died.
1982: Carl Orff, German composer of "Carmina Burana", died.
1992: Paul Henreid, Austrian-born actor of stage and screen who played alongside Bogart and Bergman in "Casablanca", died.
1999: Joe Williams, American jazz and blues singer, died at age 80.
1986: James Cagney, famous Hollywood screen actor for such film "Public Enemy" and "Angels with Dirty Faces", died. He won an Oscar for "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
1837: John Constable, English landscape painter, died.
1855: Charlotte Bronte, British author of :"Jane Eyre," died in pregnancy.
1980: Jesse Owens, American athlete, died. He won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics but Hitler refused to shake his hand because he was black.
1983: 500 people were killed in an earthquake devastated the Colombian city of Popayan.
1986: A Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico en route to Los Angeles. All 167 people on board were killed.
1995: Selena Quintanilla-Perez, Mexican-American singer, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club. She was 23.
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