Famous Deaths on January 23

  • 1002 Otto III, German king/emperor 983/996-1002, dies at 21
  • 1199 Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)
  • 1356 Margaretha of Bavaria, Emperess of Germany, dies
  • 1516 Ferdinand II, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 63
  • 1548 Bernardo Pisano, composer, dies at 57
  • 1549 Johannes Honter, Transylvanian Saxon humanist and theologian (b. 1498)
  • 1567 Jiajing, Emperor of China (b. 1507)
  • 1622 William Baffin, English explorer, dies at of a gunshot wound at about 38
  • 1639 Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • 1648 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), dies at 40
  • 1708 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • 1744 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (b. 1668)
  • 1785 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)
  • 1789 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)
  • 1789 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)
  • 1800 Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
  • 1803 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (b. 1725)
  • 1805 Vaclav Pichl, composer, dies at 63
  • 1805 Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)

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1806 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), dies of a suspected peptic ulceration of his stomach or duodenum at 46

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
  • 1812 Robert Craufurd, British general (b. 1764)
  • 1813 George Clymer, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 73
  • 1814 Georg Friedrich Theodor Wolf, composer, dies at 52
  • 1820 Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
  • 1833 Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, British admiral (b. 1757)
  • 1837 John Field, composer, dies at 54
  • 1838 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • 1845 Francesco Ruggi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1864 Michele Puccini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1866 Thomas Love Peacock, English satirist (b. 1785)
  • 1875 Charles Kingsley, English vicar and writer (Westward Ho!), dies at 55
  • 1879 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • 1883 Gustave Doré, French artist, engraver, and illustrator (b. 1832)
  • 1891 Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Flaanders, dies at 21
  • 1893 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • 1893 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1825)
  • 1898 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • 1908 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • 1913 Nazim Pasha, Turkey's PM, assassinated
  • 1921 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1922 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (b. 1855)
  • 1923 Max Nordau, Austrian author, philosopher, and Zionist leader (b. 1849)
  • 1926 Desire J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal, dies at 74
  • 1926 Joseph Carl Breil, composer, dies at 55
  • 1931 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • 1936 Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
  • 1937 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (b. 1876)
  • 1939 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 1941 Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1943 Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56

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1944 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80, bequeathing all of his work to the city of Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1944 Viktor Gusev, Russian poet (b. 1909)
  • 1945 Helmuth J Moltke, German politician ("July 20th Plot"), executed at 37
  • 1946 Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
  • 1946 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • 1947 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1947 Roy Park, cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies
  • 1956 Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • 1957 Willie Edwards, US African American, murdered by KKK at 25
  • 1958 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • 1964 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • 1971 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • 1973 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • 1973 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1975 Karel Paul van der Mandele, director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • 1976 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • 1976 Paul Robeson, athlete/lawyer/singer, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • 1976 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian film and television actor (b. 1913)
  • 1977 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • 1978 Jack Oakie, American actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74
  • 1978 Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1978 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • 1981 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

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1981 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1982 Hope Hampton, actress (Star Dust, Lawful Larcency), dies at 83
  • 1984 Samuel Gardner, composer, dies at 92
  • 1984 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1986 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • 1988 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73

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1989 Salvador Dalí, Catalan artist (b. 1904)

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali
  • 1990 Allen Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1990 Mariano Rumor, Italy's PM (1968-70, 73-1974), dies
  • 1991 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • 1992 Freddie Bartholomew, child actor (Kidnapped), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1992 Ian Wolfe, American actor (Houdini, THX-1138, Homebodies), dies at 95

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1992 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1993 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1993 Thomas A Dorsey, jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies
  • 1994 Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76
  • 1994 Oliver Smith, US set designer (Guys & Dolls-7 Tony Awards), dies at 75
  • 1994 Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1994 Suzanne M Blum, French lawyer (Charlie Chaplin), dies at 95
  • 1994 Brian Redhead, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 1995 Harold Collett Dent, journalist/educationist, dies at 100
  • 1995 Ken Hill, playwright/director, dies at 57
  • 1995 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist, dies at 91
  • 1995 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright, dies at 75
  • 1995 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), dies at 65
  • 1996 John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • 1996 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • 1996 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • 1997 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997 David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • 1997 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • 1997 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • 1997 Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1997 Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • 1998 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • 1999 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • 2002 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Bob Keeshan, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • 2007 E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • 2015 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90
  • 2016 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • 2016 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • 2016 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • 2016 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42