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January 1

1953:  Hank Williams Sr., the country singer died of a drug and alcohol overdose while on his way to a concert  in Canton, Ohio.  He was 29.

2000:  Ray Walston, Hollywood actor,  died in Beverly Hills, California, USA, at age 86.

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January 2

2001:  William P. Rogers, former Attorney General and Secretary of State, died in Bethesda, MD.  He was 87.

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January 3

1967:  Jack Ruby, who shot  President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald,  died in a Dallas hospital.

1992: In California, a driver was shot to death after police officers said he pointed a shotgun at them.  Highway Patrols pursued him who had killed another motorist along Interstate 5 for more than 300 miles until his car ran out of gas in Westminster.

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January 4

1960:   Albert Camus, French author, died in an automobile accident outskirt of Paris at age 46.

1965:  T.S. Eliot, famous poet died in London at age 76.

1987: 16 people were killed in a train accident when a US Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with another train,Conrail engines, approaching from a side track in Chase, MD

1997:   Harry Helmsley, Real estate mogul, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.  He was 87.

2001:  Les Brown, Orchestra leader known for his ``Band of Renown,'' died at age 88.

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January 5

1477:  Charles le Téméraire, Duke of Burgundy dies while besienging Nancy (France). His body, half devoured by wolves, will be found three days later.

1589:  Catherine de Medici of France died at age 69.

1933:  Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States,  died in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.  He was 60.

1970:  Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their home in Clarksville, PA., USA.

1994:  Thomas P. ``Tip'' O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.

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January 6

1919:  Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., USA, He was 60yeard old.

1993:  Rudolf Nureyev, the ballet dancer, died in Paris, france, at age 54

1993:  Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter, died in Englewood, N.J.,USA, at age 75.

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January 7

1989:  Hirohito, Emperor of Japan died in Tokyo at age 87; he was succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Akihito.

1992:  Serb forces shot down a European Community helicopter in Croatia, killing five truce observers.

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January 8

1642:  Galileo Galilei, astronomer, died in Arcetri, Italy.

1976:  Chinese premier Chou En-lai died in Beijing at age 78.

1997:  The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. 

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January 9

1964:  Anti American rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three US soldiers.

1980:  Saudi Arabia beheaded 63 people for their involvement in the November 1979 raid on the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

1997: A Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Airport, killing all 29 people on board.

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January 10

1980: George Meany, former AFL-CIO president,  died in Washington, D.C., USA, at age 85.

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January 11

2001: The Army acknowledged that U.S. soldiers killed an ``unknown number'' of South Korean refugees early in the Korean War at No Gun Ri.

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January 12

519: Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.

2001: William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., died in Palo Alto, Ca, USA, at age 87.

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January 13

1864: Music composer Stephen Foster died in New York.

1941: Writer James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland.

1962: TV comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles, Ca, USA.

1978: Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President, died in Waverly, Minn., USA,  at age 66.

1982: Air Florida Boeing 737 airplane crashed into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.

2001: More than 840 people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 struck El Salvador.

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January 14

1742: English astronomer Edmond Halley, who observed the comet that was named after his name, died at age 85.

1898: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as ``Alice in Wonderland'' creator Lewis Carroll, died in Guildford, England, less than two weeks before his 66th birthday.

1969: 25 crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise were killed in an explosion that ripped through the ship off Hawaii.

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January 16

1942:  Carole Lombard, actress,  her mother and about 20 other people were killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas, Nev., USA, while returning from a war-bond promotion tour.

1989:  Three days of rioting erupted in Miami, USA, when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger.

1997:  Hollywood entertainer Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis Cosby, was shot to death in Los Angeles in an apparent roadside robbery attempt. 

2001:  Leonard Woodcock, former head of the United Auto Workers  union, died in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA, at age 89.

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January 17

1893:  Rutherford B. Hayes the, 19th president of the United States, died in Fremont, Ohio, USA, at age 70.

1945:  Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat, who saved lives of tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while he was in Soviet custody.

1977:  Gary Gilmore, convicted murderer, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade. He was 36

1992:  President Bush laid a wreath at the crypt of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. 

1992:  Eight Protestant laborers were killed in an IRA bombing in Northern Ireland.

1994:  A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, USA, killing at least 61 people.

1995:  A 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Kobe, Japan, killing more than 6,000 people 

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January 18

1862:  John Tyler, 10th president of the United States, died in Richmond, Va., USA, at age 71.

1936: Rudyard Kipling, British author, died in Burwash, England.

1970: Mormon president David McKay died at the age of 96.

1996: Paul Tsongas, Former Massachusetts Senator and  Democratic front-runner for presidency in 1992, who rebounded from cancer, died in Boston, USA, of pneumonia at age 55.

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January 20

1666:  Anne of Autriche widow of the King of France Louis XIII died or breastcancer.

1936:  Britain's King George V died; he was succeeded by Edward VIII.

1990:  Actress Barbara Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, Ca., USA, at age 82.

1992:  Air France Airbus A-320 crashed near Strasbourg, killing 87 people.

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January 21

1793:  During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

1924:  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian revolutionary & spiritual leader died at age 54.

1950:  George Orwell, British author of  "1984", died in London.

2001:  Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremacist convicted in 1994 after the fact for assassinating civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, died in Prison in Jackson, Miss., USA, at age 80.

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January 22

1901:  Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 82.

1922:  Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI..

1973:  former President Lyndon Johnson died at age 64.

1995:  Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, USA, at age 104.

2001:  One of the seven convicts who had broken out of a Texas prison the previous month killer himself.  Four were captured southwest of Denver.

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January 23

1989:  Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist, died in Spain at age 84.

2001: One of Five Falun Gong followers who set themselves on fire in China's Tiananmen, died.

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January 24

1965:  Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

1989:  Theodore Bundy, confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair.

1992:  State of Arkansas executed convicted Police killer Rickey Ray Rector. Gov. Bill Clinton refused to intervene.

1993:  Thurgood Marshall, retired US Supreme Court Justice, died in Bethesda, Md., USA,  at age 84.

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January 25

1947: American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Florida, USA at age 48.

1990, Ava Gardner, world famous American actress, died in London at age 67.

1997: Astrologer Jeane Dixon died in Washington, D.C., USA, at age 79.

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January 26

1979:  Nelson A. Rockefeller, former Vice President,  died in New York at age 70.

2001:  More than 13,000 people were killed when a devastating earthquake hit the Indian subcontinent.

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January 27

1901:  Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi died in Milan, Italy, at age 87.

1967:  Astronauts Virgil I. ``Gus'' Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Florida, USA.

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January 28

1547:  England's King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

1596:  Sir Francis Drake, English navigator, died off the coast of Panama; he was buried at sea.

1986:  Challenger the space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.

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January 29

1963: Robert Frost, American poet, died in Boston.

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January 30

1649: England's King Charles I was beheaded.

1948: Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader, was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

1962: Two members of the ``Flying Wallendas'' high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.

1972: 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as ``Bloody Sunday.''

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January 31

1606: Guy Fawkes was executed in London. He was convicted for his part in the ``Gunpowder Plot'' against the English Parliament and King James I, 

2000: an Alaska Airlines jet plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.

2001:  Michel Navratil, one of the last known survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, died in Montpellier, France, at age 92.

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