Thursday, September 18, 2008

the death report

Unusual Deaths in 1984
Tommy Cooper collapsed from a massive heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act, on the popular ITV variety show, live from Her Majesty's. At first the audience assumed he was joking.
Jon-erik Hexum, an American television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming. Hexum apparently did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell, and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at point-blank range.

People who died on September 18 (various years)
2007 - Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz
2005 - Michael Park, British Rally co-driver
2004 - Russ Meyer, American film director
2004 - Norman Cantor, Canadian historian
2003 - Bob Mitchell, British politician
2003 - Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher
2002 - Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player
2002 - Bob Hayes, American athlete
2001 - Ernie Coombs, Canadian entertainer
1997 - Jimmy Witherspoon, blues singer
1994 - Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player
1980 - Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist
1977 - Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician
1970 - Jimi Hendrix, American musician
1967 - John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1964 - Sean O'Casey, Irish writer
1964 - Clive Bell, English art critic
1961 - Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish United Nations Secretary-General and distinguished economist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1959 - Benjamin Péret, French surrealist author
1956 - Adélard Godbout, premier of Quebec
1953 - Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver
1949 - Frank Morgan, American actor
1944 - Robert G. Cole American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division
1939 - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer
1924 - Francis Herbert Bradley, British philosopher
1911 - Pyotr Stolypin, Russian politician
1905 - George MacDonald, Scottish writer and minister
1896 - Hippolyte Fizeau, French physicist
1891 - William Ferrel, American mathematician
1872 - King Charles XV / Carl IV of Sweden and Norway
1860 - Joseph Locke, English railway builder and civil engineer
1830 - William Hazlitt, English essayist
1827 - Robert Pollok, Scottish poet
1792 - August Gottlieb Spangenberg, German religious leader
1783 - Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar
1783 - Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician
1722 - André Dacier, French classical scholar
1721 - Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat
1675 - Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine
1663 - St Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint
1630 - Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman
1598 - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord
1180 - King Louis VII of France
887 - Pietro I Candiano, Doge of Venice (killed in battle)
96 - Domitian, Roman Emperor (b. 51)

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