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.
2001: William P. Rogers, former Attorney General and Secretary of State, died in Bethesda, MD. He was 87.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1980: George Meany, former AFL-CIO president, died in Washington, D.C., USA, at age 85.
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.
519: Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
2001: William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., died in Palo Alto, Ca, USA, at age 87.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1963: Robert Frost, American poet, died in Boston.
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.''
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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