Famous Deaths on January 30

  • 1030 William V, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 969)
  • 1156 Herman van Horn, bishop of Utrecht (1151/52-56), dies
  • 1181 Emperor Takakura of Japan (b. 1161)
  • 1384 Louis II of Flanders (b. 1330)
  • 1393 Aimery Poitiers, French nobleman, burned at royal ball
  • 1393 Yvain, son of earl of Foix, burned at royal ball
  • 1574 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (b. 1502)
  • 1584 Jonker Wigbold van Ewsum, mister of Nienoord, dies in battle
  • 1584 Pieter Jansz Pourbus, Flemish painter, dies
  • 1606 Everard Digby, English conspirator (b. 1578)
  • 1644 William Chillingworth, Engl theologian, Cambridge Platonist, dies

BattleExecution

1649 Charles I, King of Great Britain (1625-49), beheaded for treason

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1730 Peter II Alekseyevitch, tsar of Russia (1727-30), dies at 14
  • 1774 Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma, composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer, dies at 40
  • 1816 Reinier Vinkeles, Dutch engraver/cartoonist/art collector, dies at 74
  • 1827 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, composer, dies at 53

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1836 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, dies at 84

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1838 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail
  • 1858 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (b. 1778)
  • 1860 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, composer, dies at 44
  • 1867 Emperor Kōmei of Japan (b. 1831)
  • 1869 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • 1881 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • 1888 Asa Gray, US botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • 1889 Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria (b. 1858)
  • 1890 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53
  • 1897 John Cottam, cricket (Test for Aust 1897, no Sheffield matches), dies
  • 1900 Vittorio Bersezio, [Carlo Nugelli], Italian playwright, dies at 71
  • 1919 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • 1925 Jakab Gyula Major, composer, dies at 66
  • 1925 John F Mellaerts, Flemish social founder (Boerenbond), dies at 79
  • 1926 Barbara La Marr, American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1927 Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer, dies at 64
  • 1928 Douglas Haig, British fieldmarshal (Sudan/Boer war/WW I), dies at 66
  • 1928 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1929 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (b. 1862)
  • 1942 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • 1945 Gottlieb J Haberlandt, Hungarian/German botanist, dies at 90
  • 1945 William Busch, composer, dies at 43
  • 1947 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80

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1948 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1948 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

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1948 Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76

  • 1951 Ferdinand Porsche, German car inventor (Porsche), dies at 75
  • 1953 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • 1956 Gerrit Mannoury, mathematician/philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1956 Jane Seymour, actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56
  • 1957 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian min of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65
  • 1958 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WW II), dies at 70
  • 1958 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (b. 1878)
  • 1962 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • 1963 P F "Plum" Warner, cricketer (England mgr during Bodyline tour), dies
  • 1963 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
  • 1964 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80
  • 1965 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car
  • 1967 Lee Morgan, actor (Dungeons of Harrow, Last Rebel), dies
  • 1968 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • 1969 Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • 1969 Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • 1970 Malcolm Keen, English actor (Uncle Chris-Mama), dies at 82
  • 1972 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • 1973 Jack McGowan, actor (On Our Selection), dies at 54
  • 1974 Bill Whitty, cricketer (37 wkts v South Africa 1910-11 series), dies
  • 1975 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • 1976 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, SF Blues Great, dies at 80
  • 1976 Mance Lipscomb, rocker, dies at 80
  • 1976 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, cricketer (pair in only Test for S Af), dies
  • 1980 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • 1980 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1982 Félix L V L J Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • 1982 Lightning Hopkins, rocker, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1982 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73
  • 1982 Stanley Holloway, comedian (My Fair Lady, Our Man Higgins), dies at 91

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1982 Lightnin' Hopkins, American musician (b. 1912)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1983 Joan Valerie, actress (Pier 13), dies of pneumonia
  • 1983 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65
  • 1985 Ken Mayers, actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol), dies at 67
  • 1986 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • 1987 Angelo Rutherford, actor (Willie-Gentle Ben), dies at 32
  • 1987 Ken Drake, actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies
  • 1988 Cornelia D "Corry" Spark, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • 1991 John McIntire, actor (Virginian, Psycho), dies of emphysema at 83

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1991 John Bardeen, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1908)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • 1991 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)
  • 1993 Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88
  • 1994 Bahjat Talhouni, PM of Jordan (1960-62, 64-65, 67-69, 69-70), dies
  • 1994 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994 Jan L N Schaefer, Dutch undersecretary of Housing (PvdA), dies at 53
  • 1995 George H Poyser, English soccer player (Manchester City), dies at 84
  • 1995 George Richard James, saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Gerald M Durrell, British zoologist/author (Mockery Bird), dies at 70
  • 1996 Bob Thiele, record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Guy Doleman, actor (Deadly Bees, Idol, Thunderball), dies at 72
  • 1998 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • 1998 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 1999 Huntz Hall, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1999 Ed Herlihy, American broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)
  • 2001 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Joseph Ransohoff, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • 2005 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • 2006 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor and artistic director (b. 1934)

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2007 Sidney Sheldon, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 2008 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • 2008 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • 2011 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • 2012 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • 2013 Patty Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 94

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2015 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist, father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • 2015 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • 2015 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • 2016 Frank Finlay, English actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • 2016 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95