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Andrej Bajuk, Slovenian politician and economist, Prime Minister (2000), died from stroke at 67.

Andrej Bajuk, also known in Spanish as Andrés Bajuk was a Slovene politician and economist died from stroke at 67..He served briefly as Prime Minister of Slovenia in the year 2000, and Finance Minister in the centre-right government of Janez Janša between 2004 and 2008. He was founder and first president of the Christian Democratic party called New Slovenia.

(18 October 1943 – 16 August 2011)

Life in exile

Bajuk was born in a Slovene intellectual family in Nazi-occupied Ljubljana. His father Bozidar Bajuk was a classical philologist, and his grandfather Marko Bajuk was the principal of the Bežigrad Grammar School, one of the most prestigious secondary schools in Ljubljana. The Bajuks were acquainted with the famous poet Edvard Kocbek who lived in the same building.
The family left Slovenia in early May 1945, when the Communists took power in Yugoslavia. They spent nearly three years in refugee camps in Lower and Upper Austria before leaving to Argentina with the help of the Slovene refugee relief network set by Ivan Ahčin and Miha Krek. They settled in Mendoza, where Bajuk grew up, studied and started a family.
He received his first degree in economics at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He received his first Master’s degree in a two-year international study program organised by the University of Chicago, receiving the second jointly with his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Mendoza, where he taught as a professor at the university. After the military coup in 1976 he was fired and soon left for Washington, D.C., working for the World Bank for a year. He then switched to the Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB), where he stayed for a number of years. He held a range of
positions at the IDB, from economist in charge of analysing social
projects to adviser to the executive vice-president. For his last six
years in Washington he was in charge of the office of the Presidency of
the bank and a member of the board of executive directors of the bank.
From September 1994 he was IDB representative for Europe in Paris.

Return to Slovenia

From the second half of 1999 Bajuk spent a considerable amount of time in Slovenia and, following the coalition agreement between the Slovenian Christian Democrats and the Social Democratic Party of Slovenia,
assumed leadership of the expert council developing the coalition’s
alternative government programme. At the unification congress of the SKD
and Slovene People’s Party, he was elected deputy president of the unified party.
After the fall of Janez Drnovšek‘s centre-left government, Andrej Bajuk became the Prime Minister on 3 May 2000, and led the government until 16 November 2000. In July 2000, the newly merged SLS+SKD – Slovenian People’s Party – contrary to previously agreed policy and government stance – voted in favour of an electoral system based on proportional representation. This led Prime Minister Bajuk to leave the Slovene People’s Party. In August 2000, he and his supporters founded a new political party called New Slovenia (Nova Slovenija, N.Si).
In the elections of 2000, he was elected to the National Assembly, but Janez Drnovšek returned to power as prime minister. Bajuk’s party stayed in the opposition and formed a shadow cabinet jointly with Janez Janša‘s Social Democratic Party of Slovenia.
In the 2004 national elections, he was again elected to the Slovenian
parliament. He did not stay an MP for long, as he soon took on the role
of the finance minister in the newly elected government, led by Janez Janša. For his actions and work during his time in office, he was declared (the) “finance minister of the year in Europe” by the Financial Times Business magazine, “The Banker” in 2005.
In the parliamentary elections of 2008, the “New Slovenia” party suffered a severe defeat and did not secure the entry in the Slovenian National Assembly. Bajuk resigned as president of the party and was replaced by Ljudmila Novak. At that time, he completely retired from public life.
He was fluent in Slovene, Spanish, English and French. Bajuk was the father-in-law of the Slovenian diplomat and essayist Igor Senčar.
Bajuk died of a stroke on 16 August 2011.[2]



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Creed Black, American newspaper publisher (Lexington Herald-Leader), died at 86

Creed Carter Black was an American newspaper executive and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he published a series of articles on corruption in Kentucky’s coal industry and the University of Kentucky‘s Wildcats men’s basketball team died at 86..

(July 15, 1925 – August 16, 2011)

In addition, Black also worked as an executive for The Nashville Tennessean, Savannah Morning News, the now defunct Savannah Evening Press, Chicago Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer during his career.[1] Black served as the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Conference of Editorial Writers, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.[1]

Outside of journalism, Black served as an assistant secretary of health, education and welfare for legislation during the first eighteen months of President Richard Nixon‘s first term in office.[1]
Black was born on July 15, 1925, in Harlan, Kentucky.[1] His father was struck and killed by lightning when he was five years old and he moved to Paducah with his mother.[1] He began his career in professional journalism by working at the Paducah Sun-Democrat as a part-time journalist when he was seventeen years old.[1] He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the infantry in the European Theater.[1] He was awarded the Bronze Star during the war.[1] Black obtained his bachelor’s degree[1] from Northwestern University and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago after the war.[1]
Creed Black died of complications from a stroke in Miami, Florida, on August 16, 2011, at the age of 86.[1]



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Augustus Aikhomum, Nigerian admiral and politician, Vice President (1986–1993), died at 72.

Augustus Akhabue Aikhomu was an Admiral in the Nigerian Navy, who served as the de facto Vice President of Nigeria during the Ibrahim Babangida-led military junta from 1986 to 1993 died at 72..

(20 October 1939 – 17 August 2011) 

He hailed from Idumebo-Irrua, Edo State, in southern Nigeria. As a student, Aikhomu spent various periods of his early life studying at Irrua Government School, Yaba College of Technology, Royal Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth, England, Long Gunnery Specialist Course, India and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.
Aikhomu was the Commanding Officer, Shore Patrol Craft, commanding officer, NNS Dorina,
chief of naval personnel, naval headquarters, chief of naval operations
(1983–84), and chief of naval staff (1984–86). Aikhomu is survived by
his wife, Rebecca, and six children.
Aikhomu will be remembered for the act that he was a highly
detribalised Nigerian who displayed professionalism and loyalty while
serving as chief of Naval Staff, Chief of General Staff and later, in
the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida,
as Vice President. Aikhomu in his later years was a key player in the
politics of Nigeria. He was at a time the Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of All Nigeria Peoples Party,
an opposition party in the country. As a nation builder, Aikhomu in the
various tributes by his associates was described as a national hero, a
dependable ally, an uncommon statesman, a great naval officer, a highly
disciplined gentleman and a respected mentor to most of his subordinate
officers during the Babangida Administration. Aikhomu left his
footprints in his native town of Irrua, where he bequeated many
developmental projects to his name, especially the Irrua Specialist
Hospital, the referral hospital for lassa fever in the country.



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Huw Ceredig, Welsh actor, died he was 69.

Huw Ceredig , born Huw Ceredig Jones, was a Welsh television actor best known for playing Reg Harries in the Welsh soap opera, Pobol y Cwm  died he was 69..

(22 June 1942 – 16 August 2011)

Personal life

Huw Ceredig was born in Brynamman, Carmarthenshire in 1942,[2] the son of Reverend Gerallt Jones, and Elizabeth J. Griffiths,[3][4] a Welsh teacher. Ceredig was educated at Llandovery College, where one of his teachers was the Welsh rugby player and coach Carwyn James, before going on to train as a teacher at Trinity College in Carmarthen. He was a member of the renowned Cilie family of poets,[5] and was raised in Llanuwchllyn. Ceredig was the brother of Welsh politician Alun Ffred Jones, folk singer/politician Dafydd Iwan, and Arthur Morus.[6][7]
Ceredig re-mortgaged his house to purchase instruments for the new Welsh band Edward H. Dafis and introduced them to the stage for the first time at the Welsh National Eisteddfod in Ruthin in 1973.[5]
He played the part of Reg Harris on S4C‘s long-running soap opera, Pobol y Cwm, for 29 years, from 1974 to 2003. He also played the father of Rhys Ifans and Llŷr Ifans as “Fatty Lewis” in the film Twin Town. He also provided Welsh-language voices for Superted, and more recently, Meees.[2]
Ceredig was married to Margaret, and they had two daughters. He died,
following a long term illness, at Morriston Hospital,south Wales on 16
August 2011.[8] Ioan Gruffudd, who played his son on Pobol y Cwm for ten years was one of those who paid tribute.[9]


In Huw’s early days, he won a scholarship to Llandovery College,
where one of his teachers was the Welsh rugby player and coach Carwyn
James, before going on to train as a teacher at Trinity College,
Carmarthen. There his interest in drama was fuelled by the celebrated
Welsh drama lecturer Norah Isaac, and while teaching in two schools at
Maesteg, near Bridgend, he began acting as an amateur in his spare time,
using the stage name Huw Ceredig.
After being spotted in productions at the Swansea Welsh language
theatre, Ceredig was offered small parts on Welsh television. He was
teaching at his local primary school in Laleston, near Bridgend, when,
in his early 1930s, he decided to become a professional actor. He joined
the cast of Pobol Y Cwm at the outset, and remained a popular fixture
in the show for almost 30 years. When he was written out in 2003 — Reg
Harries met with a car accident — Ceredig was aggrieved that he had not
been allowed to stay for another year to complete three full decades in
the part.
Between 1987 and 1994 his on-screen son, Gareth Wyn Harries, was
played by the young actor Ioan Gruffudd, who later became a film star,
with credits including Titanic (1997), Black Hawk Down (2001), Fantastic
Four (2005) and Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007). Ceredig’s own film
credits include the 1992 comedy Rebecca’s Daughters and the Dylan Thomas
biopic The Edge of Love (2008). He also featured as Fatty Lewis in the
cult comedy film Twin Town (1997), which launched the career of Rhys
Ifans, and was also seen in other television roles in Emmerdale,
Heartbeat and Z-Cars.
His voice was familiar to generations of younger viewers through his
voiceover work on Welsh television series, notably the animation
SuperTed and more recently Meees, about a family of multicultural
operatic sheep (“meees” being the Welsh for “baaas”, the noise that
sheep make). Ceredig, who became a household name in Wales, was a
gregarious man with a remarkable gift for forging firm friendships. A
fan of sport in general, his overriding passion was for rugby, and for a
time he served as chairman of Bridgend Rugby Club. He was also a
devotee of the Turf, and at one period was the part-owner of a


Huw Ceredig died on August 16, 2011 aged 69 of natural causes.



  • Pobol y Cwm – Reg Harries, opera sebon (1974–2003)
  • Z Cars – Det. Con. Probert, cyfres, 1 pennod (1977)
  • The Life and Times of David Lloyd George – D.A. Thomas, cyfres, 1 pennod (1981)
  • Ennal’s Point – Len Dunce, cyfres, 4 pennod (1982)
  • The District Nurse – Rowlands, cyfres, 1 pennod (1984)
  • We Are Seven – Jim Powell, cyfres, 12 pennod (1989–1991)
  • Rebecca’s Töchter – Mordecai Thomas, cyfres, 1 pennod (1992)
  • Yr Heliwr – Peter Webb, cyfres, 1 pennod (1997)
  • Emmerdale – George Gibbons, opera sebon, 1 pennod (2003)
  • Heartbeat – Cyril Williams, cyfres, 1 pennod (2005)
  • Doctors – Kenneth Gough, cyfres, 1 pennod (2005)
  • Y Pris – Rhidian Edwards, cyfres, 4 pennod (2007)
  • Hawkmoor
  • Enoc Huws





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Albert Facchiano, American mobster, died at 101.

Albert Joseph Facchiano , also known as “Chinkie” and “the Old Man”, was a Miami mobster with the New York Genovese crime family who was involved in loansharking and extortion in South Florida. Facchiano achieved notoriety for being indicted on mob crimes at age 96.

(March 10, 1910 – August 16, 2011)



A longtime underworld figure, Facchiano oversaw armed robberies, money laundering, bank fraud
and other criminal activities for the Genovese family for nearly nearly
60 years. Although considered a “low-level figure” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Facchiano has an extensive arrest record.
In 1930, Facchiano was arrested in New York for rape, but the charge was later dismissed.[2] In 1932, Facchino was convicted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
of robbery and receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to two to five
years in prison. In 1936, Facchiano was arrested in New York on grand larceny charges, in 1944 for bookmaking charges.[3]

Federal investigation

In 1979, Facchino was convicted in Alabama of federal racketeering charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison. While still in prison, Facchiano became involved in an investigation of Reagan Administration U.S. Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan and his alleged ties to organized crime. Investigators claimed that in January 1979 Facchiano and Genovese mobster William Maselli had met with Donovan. The subject of this meeting was setting up so-called “no show” jobs for Genovese mobsters at Schiavoni Construction, Donovan’s company, at sites near Miami, Florida.[4] Donovan denied that the meeting took place and claimed his innocence. In 1982, Facchiano reportedly testified to a New York grand jury on the Donovan case. In 1987, Donovan was tried and acquitted of larceny charges.[5]

Later life

In the Fall of 1987, Facchiano was released from prison. In 2001, in a
conversation recorded by the FBI while Facchiano was dining with other
Genovese mobsters, he offered to do a killing if the family needed it.
Mobster Joseph Zito
said that Facchiano should retire and leave murders to the younger
guys. Facchiano, who was 91 at the time, allegedly responded ‘that
you’re never retired’, and then reiterated his willingness to ‘kill for
the family’.[2]
In 2006, Facchiano was indicted in Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, on charges of supervising mob associates engaged in crimes
such as robbery, money laundering and bank fraud from 1994 to 2006. That
same year, Facchiano was indicted in New York for attempting to
intimidate or kill a mob witness in Florida in 2005.[6]
In February 2007, Facchiano pleaded guilty to witness tampering and racketeering charges from both indictments.[7] On June 4, 2007, Facchiano, 97 years old at the time, was sentenced to six months of house arrest and 18 months of probation.
He avoided jail time due to his advanced age and poor health. At the
sentencing, Facchiano told the judge that he was “sorry” for his crimes.
He also said that he “would never get mixed up anymore” and his “days
in organized crime are over”.[8]
On August 16, 2011, Facchiano died in Florida of natural causes.[1]


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Akiko Futaba, Japanese ryūkōka singer, died at 96.

Akiko Futaba born Yoshie Katowas a Japanese popular music (ryūkōka) singer died at 96.. As of the end of the World War II, she was one of the most popular female singers in Japan, competing with Hamako Watanabe and Noriko Awaya.[1] In addition, she had taken part in the Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Japan’s one of most famous year-end shows) 10 times.[2]

(February 2, 1915 – August 16, 2011) 

She was born in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture and raised in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture.[3] She graduated from the Tokyo Music School. Impressed by Takeo Masunaga (also known as Ichiro Fujiyama) at a performance held by the music school, she debuted in 1936. Her famous song “Furuki Hanazono” (古き花園 lit. “Old Flower Garden”?) was released in 1939. On August 6, 1945, she narrowly avoided the atomic bombing of Hiroshima because she was riding a train traveling through a tunnel at the time of the explosion.[1]
She ceased activity as a singer in 2003, and retired in Hiroshima Prefecture.


  • Ano Yume Kono Yume (あの夢この夢 That Dream, This Dream?) : 1936
  • Otome Jūku (乙女十九 Girl at the Age of 19?) : 1937
  • Furuki Hanazono (古き花園 Old Flower Garden?) : 1939
  • Ano Hana Kono Hana (あの花この花 That Flower, This Flower?) : 1940
  • Wakarete mo (別れても Even If We’re Apart?) : 1946
  • Otome Gokoro wa (乙女心は A Girl’s Heart Is?) : 1946
  • Francesca no Kane (フランチェスカの鐘 The Bells of Francesca?) : 1948
  • Yume yo Mō Ichido (夢よもういちど Once Again, Dream?) : 1949
  • Hoshi no Tameiki (星のためいき Star’s Sigh?) : 1950



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Frank Munro, Scottish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.), died from a heart attack 63.

Francis Michael “Frank” Munro ( was a Scottish international footballer who played as a centre back died from a heart attack 63..
Munro played for Dundee United and Aberdeen in his native Scotland before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1968. Here he won a League Cup winners medal while with the club, and played in the first-ever UEFA Cup Final.

25 October 1947 – 16 August 2011)

Early Career

Munro started his career as a centre-forward with Chelsea at junior and amateur level in 1961–62, after leaving school, but he left without signing professional forms.[1] Following this, he returned home to his native Scotland and signed as a professional for Dundee United.[1] He broke into the first team in 1964 and won four youth caps for his country during his time at Tannadice.
In October 1966, he moved to fellow Division 1 outfit Aberdeen for £10,000.[1] His first season proved a success as he collected a runners-up medal as the team fought its way through to the 1967 Scottish Cup Final, losing 0–2 to Celtic at Hampden Park. This was sufficient to qualify for Europe though, and they competed in the Cup Winners’ Cup
the following season, giving Munro his first — but not last — taste of
European football. Munro scored Aberdeen’s first goal in European competition, in a 10–1 win against KR Reykjavik.[1]
In the summer of 1967, Munro and Aberdeen travelled to America to compete in the newly formed United Soccer Association league.
Due to the lack of existing teams, the league organisers instead
imported several established teams from around the globe to compete
under ‘franchise’ names. Aberdeen competed as the “Washington Whips“,
based in the capital. The Whips won the Eastern division and so
progressed through to the championship play-off match in July, where
they faced the Western champions, Los Angeles Wolves (represented by Wolverhampton Wanderers).
The Whips eventually lost 5–6 in extra time, but Munro’s performance in
scoring a hat-trick, caught the eye of the opposition manager Ronnie Allen.[1]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In October 1968, Wolves acted upon this display and signed Munro for £55,000.[1]
Munro went on to play 371 times in total for the club, becoming firmly
established at centre back, despite signing as a midfielder. He also
chipped in with 18 goals in total, including scoring in both legs of the
1972 UEFA Cup semi final defeat of Ferencváros and played in the final, collecting another runners-up medal after a 2–3 aggregate defeat to Spurs.[1]
Munro didn’t have to wait too long though for a winners’ medal as Wolves lifted the 1974 League Cup, after a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Wembley. The Wolves also won the Texaco Cup in 1971.[1]
His performances for Wolves also won him nine Scotland caps — as well as four at Under-23 level — spread from 1971 to 1975. His full debut coming on 18 May 1971 against Northern Ireland.[1] His last appearance for Scotland was in a 1–1 draw against Romania in Bucharest.[1]
Shortly after helping the Midlanders to regain their First Division status in 1976–77 — after a year outside it — Munro returned to Scotland when the lure of Celtic proved too strong. He signed after a short loan period in December 1977 for £20,000. Munro was the last player Jock Stein signed as Celtic manager.[1]

Later life

Stein saw Munro as being a replacement for the injured Pat Stanton.[1] His time in Glasgow was to prove short-lived, however. Despite picking up another runners-up medal (in the 1978 Scottish League Cup), Celtic only finished fifth in the Scottish Premier Division.[1] Munro was released by Celtic in the summer of 1978 and he headed for a new challenge in Australia by signing for South Melbourne Hellas, managed by former Wolves goalkeeper Dave MacLaren. Although initially this was only planned as a short-term arrangement, he ended up moving there permanently.
During the 1980s Munro took up a player/coach role at Albion Rovers, before retiring as a player.[1]
He later managed Hamlyn Rangers (now known as Geelong Rangers F.C.) and
Keilor Park (formerly Keilor Australia). He returned to the UK in 1991
and settled in Wolverhampton,[1]
with his partner Naomi. He suffered a stroke in the early 2000s that
left him confined to a wheelchair for his remaining life. He died on 16
August 2011 after suffering acute breathing difficulties.[2]


with Aberdeen
with Wolverhampton Wanderers
with Celtic


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