Famous Deaths on January 28

Person of interestPerson of Interest

814 Charlemagne, German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
Charlemagne
  • 1061 Duke Spytihněv II of Bohemia (b. 1031)
  • 1119 Gelasius II, [Giovannis Caetani], pope (1118-19), dies
  • 1256 Willem II, earl of Holland/German emperor (1238, 47-56), dies at 22
  • 1271 Isabella of Aragon, queen of Philip III of France (b. 1247)
  • 1393 Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
  • 1443 Robert le Maçon, Chancellor of France
  • 1528 Philips of Cleve, ruler of Ravenstein, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1547 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1549 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1560 John a Lasco, [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1596 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1606 Carolus Gallus, [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar, dies at 85
  • 1612 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • 1621 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, dies at 68
  • 1672 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France (b. 1588)
  • 1681 Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (b. 1619)
  • 1687 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • 1697 John Fenwick, English conspirator
  • 1754 Ludvig Holberg, Danish lawyer/writer (Hendrig og Pernille), dies at 69
  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1782 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer, dies at 84
  • 1810 Andrew Hofer, Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead
  • 1813 Jan Joseph Rosler, composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen, composer, dies at 55
  • 1829 William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
  • 1829 Thomas Tredgold, Railway Engineer and Carpenter, dies at 40
  • 1832 Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1838 Aleksandr I Polezjajev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • 1859 Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1782)
  • 1864 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • 1868 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, composer, dies at 57
  • 1895 Francois Certain de Canrobert, French marshal, dies at 85
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, composer, dies at 54
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, composer, dies at 74
  • 1912 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • 1915 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (b. 1846)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918 John McCrae, Canadian poet/physician/soldier, dies of pneumonia at 45

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • 1924 Simon Abramsz, Dutch writer (Artist book), dies at 56
  • 1930 Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1933 Theodor Birt [Beatus Rhenanus], German classicist/writer, dies at 80
  • 1935 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1938 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1938 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • 1939 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • 1942 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • 1945 Philip "Felix" Bekkers, actor (We Go on Trip), dies at 37
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer, dies at 62
  • 1950 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • 1951 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland (b.1867)
  • 1953 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • 1953 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • 1957 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • 1959 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • 1959 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1960 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • 1963 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1963 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, composer, dies at 57
  • 1965 Johan Fiolet, Dutch actor/director, dies at 63
  • 1965 Tich Freeman, cricket (3776 FC wickets leg-spin, 304 in 1928), dies
  • 1965 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • 1967 Stanley Coen, cricket (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies
  • 1970 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • 1971 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1972 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • 1973 John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday
  • 1975 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1977 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 92
  • 1979 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • 1983 Billy Fury, actor (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • 1983 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1890)
  • 1984 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • 1986 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • 1986 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • 1986 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • 1988 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1991 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 1992 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1993 Aben Kandel, screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96
  • 1993 John Steadman, actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of lung ailment 83
  • 1994 Hal Smith, actor (Otis Campbell - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 77
  • 1994 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79
  • 1994 William Levitt, builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86
  • 1995 Barrie Wilson, religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), dies at 59
  • 1995 George Woodcock, author, dies at 82
  • 1995 James P Grant, US director of UNICEF (1980-95), dies at 72
  • 1995 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, dies at 61
  • 1995 Philip Burton, Welsh producer and Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80
  • 1995 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic, dies at 83
  • 1996 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Dan Duva, boxing promoter, dies at 44
  • 1996 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81
  • 1996 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996 Joseph Brodsky, poet, dies at 55
  • 1996 Or San Yu, president of Burma in (1981-88), dies
  • 1996 U San Yu, soldier/politician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, dies at 72
  • 1997 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • 1997 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • 1999 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 2001 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 2002 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Don Stansauk, American professional wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Karen Lancaume, French actress (suicide) (b. 1973)
  • 2005 Jacques Villeret, French actor (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • 2006 Henry McGee, English comedian (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • 2007 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • 2008 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2013 Eddy Choong, Chinese badminton player, dies at 82
  • 2015 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • 2016 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies at 74