Famous Deaths on April 28

  • 1089 Dirk de Grote, bishop of Verdun/Basel/archbishop of Trier, dies
  • 1109 Hugo van Cluny, 6th abbott of Cluny/saint, dies
  • 1192 Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem (b. mid 1140s)
  • 1498 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1533 Nicholas West, English bishop and diplomat (b. 1461)
  • 1710 Thomas Betterton, English actor
  • 1716 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest (b. 1673)
  • 1726 Thomas Pitt, British Governor of Madras (b. 1653)
  • 1741 Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish General and statesman (b. 1668)
  • 1754 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), dies at 72
  • 1770 Marie AC de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer, dies at 60
  • 1772 Johann Friedrich Struensee, physician of Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1737)
  • 1781 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
  • 1799 Francois Giroust, composer, dies at 62
  • 1804 Hans Gram, composer, dies at 49
  • 1813 Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (b. 1745)
  • 1816 Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher (b. 1862)
  • 1841 Peter Chanel, French saint (b. 1803)
  • 1843 William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies
  • 1853 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1858 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (b. 1801)
  • 1865 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born British shipping magnate (b. 1787)
  • 1873 A Manzoni, writer, dies at 88
  • 1881 Robert W Ollinger, US warden/last victim of Billy the Kid, dies
  • 1887 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian, dies
  • 1905 Fitzhugh Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1835)
  • 1925 Louis F J Bouwmeester, actor (Shakespeare), dies
  • 1926 Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer (b. 1857)
  • 1933 Robin Irvine, actor (Easy Virtue), dies at 31
  • 1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • 1936 Foead I, king of Egypt (1922-36), dies
  • 1944 Frank Knox, U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate (b. 1874)

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1945 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), shot by communist partisans at 61

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1945 Claretta Petacci, mistress of Mussolini, executed
  • 1945 Hans Bloesch, writer, dies
  • 1945 Roberto Farinacci, Italian fascist (b. 1892)
  • 1946 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)
  • 1949 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)
  • 1954 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • 1955 Lode Cantens, Flemish playwrite (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • 1957 Heinz "Pritzl" Bär, German fighter pilot (b. 1913)
  • 1960 Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • 1964 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer/writer (Character), dies at 80
  • 1966 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1969 Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69
  • 1973 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • 1973 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • 1974 Paul Page, actor (Girl from Havanna, Moth), dies at 70
  • 1975 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • 1976 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1977 Ricardo Cortez, American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • 1979 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies
  • 1980 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Abraham J Cohen], Dutch singer and actor, dies at 66
  • 1982 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • 1983 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies
  • 1984 Glen H Taylor, US senator/VP candidate (1948), dies at 80
  • 1984 Silvia A Warner, writer, dies
  • 1987 Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • 1988 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
  • 1989 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1990 Jean Blazer Baney, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • 1991 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1991 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • 1992 Francis Bacon, Irish/British abstract painter, dies at 82
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1992 Iceberg Slim, American writer (b. 1918)
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Andrew Salkey, author editor/broadcaster, dies at 67
  • 1995 Henry C Rogers, press Agent, dies at 81
  • 1995 Peaches Roy Davis, baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1996 Giles Grangier, film director, dies at 84
  • 1996 Henry Clarke, fashion photographer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician, dies at 80
  • 1996 William E Colby, director of CIA (1973-76), dies
  • 1997 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • 1999 Rory Calhoun, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)

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1999 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • 2000 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Lou Thesz, American wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2005 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Dabbs Greer, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2009 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • 2012 Patricia Medina, English actress, dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2013 János Starker, Hungarian cellist, dies at 88
  • 2014 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2016 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Conrad Burns, US politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81