1829 (-) 252nd Pope Leo XII originally Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola della Genga, dies at the age of 68 in Rome, Italy.
1837 (-) Poet Alexander Pushkin dies at the age of 37 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He was mortally wounded in a duel with Georges D'Anthès, the alleged lover of his wife, two days earlier.
1883 (+) Revolutionary Fanya Kaplan aka The Woman Who Tried to Kill Lenin, is born in Russia.
1890 (+) Writer Boris Pasternak is born in Moscow, Russia.
1893 (+) Comedian and actor Jimmy Durante is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
1898 (+) Dramatist Berthold Brecht is born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany.
1898 (+) Writer Joseph Kessel known from “Belle de Jour”, is born in Clara, Entre Rios, Argentina.
1923 (-) Scientist William Konrad Röntgen dies of carcinoma of the intestine at the age of 77 in München, Germany.
1932 (-) Writer Edgar Wallace known from “King Kong”, dies of diabetes at the age of 56 in Beverley Hills, California, USA.
1939 (-) 260th Pope Pius XI originally Achille Ratti, dies at the age of 81 in Rome, Italy.
1954 (x) 59-year-old Guru Meher Baba originally Merwan Sheriar Irani aka The Silent Avatar, declares he is the Avatar, an incarnation of God in India.
1962 (x) The United States and Russia exchange the spies Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel against each other in Berlin, Germany.
1973 (-) 19 year-old Mark John Dreibelbis and three other boys are shot dead by Herbert Mullin in Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell State Park, The Garden of Eden Overlook, California, USA.
1978 (x) 31-year-old Serial Killer Ted Bundy aka The Only Living Witness, is added to the list of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted in the USA.
1997 (-) Murderer Richard Brimage is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1999 (-) Serial Killer George Cordova aka Spiderman, is executed by lethal injection at the age of 39 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1999 (-) Murderer George Cardova is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2002 (-) Murderer and litterary talent Jack Henry Abbott known from The Belly of the Beast, commits suicide by hanging with a shoelace in his prison cell at the age of 58 in Wende Correctional Faculty, New York, USA.
2003 (-) Wrestler and bodybuilder Curt Hennig aka Mr Perfect, dies of a heart-attack at the age of 44 in a hotel room, Tampa, Florida, USA.
"I am the greatest wrestler, the greatest athlete the state of Minnesota has ever produced."
2005 (-) Playwright and author Arthur Miller dies of congenital heart failure at the age of 89 in Roxbury, Connecticut, USA.
2008 (-) Actor Roy Scheider dies of multiple myeloma at the age of 75 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.