Famous Deaths on June 1

  • 195 BC Gaozu of Han, Emperor of China (202-195 BC), founder of Han Dynasty
  • 193 Didius Julianus, ship owner/emperor of Rome (193), murdered at 61
  • 1191 Philips van de Elzas, count of Vlanderen, dies
  • 1340 Jan III van Diest, bishop of Utrecht (1322-40), dies
  • 1434 Władysław II Jagiełło, King of Lithuania and later also Poland, dies (b.1351)
  • 1568 18 nobles beheaded in Brussels for treason and heresy by Duke of Alva and authority of Council of Troubles
  • 1568 Gijsbert van Bronkhorst-Batenburg, calvinist leader, beheaded
  • 1571 John Story, English Catholic martyr, executed at Tyburn by being hung, drawn and quartered

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1616 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, dies from natural causes

  • 1625 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (b. 1568)
  • 1639 Melchior Franck, German composer
  • 1660 Mary Dyer, English Quaker (martyred) - hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1676 Creutz, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle
  • 1676 Uggla, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle
  • 1710 David Mitchell, British admiral (b. 1642)
  • 1713 Johan Runius, Swedish poet (Dudaim), dies at 34
  • 1729 Matthaeus de Cock, governor general of Dutch Indies (1725-29), dies at about 65
  • 1740 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (b. 1657)
  • 1763 Johann Caspar Vogler, composer, dies at 67
  • 1769 Edward Holyoke, President of Harvard University (b. 1689)
  • 1795 Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist (b. 1744)
  • 1810 Johann Paul Wessely, composer, dies at 47
  • 1815 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (b. 1853)
  • 1823 Louis Nicholas Davout, French fieldmarshal, dies at 53
  • 1826 Jean Frédéric Oberlin, Alsatian pastor (b. 1740)
  • 1830 Sahajanand Swami, believed to be an incarnation of god by his followers, leaves his mortal body. (b. 1781)
  • 1841 David Wilkie, Scottish artist (b. 1785)
  • 1846 Gregory XVI [Bartolomeo Alberto Mauro Cappellari], Pope (1831-1846), dies at 80
  • 1861 John Q Marr, US Confederate captain, dies in battle at Fairfax Courthouse, the first Confederate death of the war
  • 1864 Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of African Americans, assassinated in his home by white terrorists in SC
  • 1864 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (b. 1812)

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1868 James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857-61), dies at 77

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan

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1872 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1873 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • 1876 Christo Botew, writer, dies
  • 1909 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • 1910 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, dies at 91
  • 1918 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • 1918 Jaroslav Novotny, composer, dies at 32
  • 1922 Frank Walters, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 7 & 5), dies
  • 1925 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), dies at 64
  • 1926 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64
  • 1927 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (b. 1861)
  • 1935 Alberto Cametti, composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Hugh S Walpole, British writer (Killer & the Slain), dies
  • 1942 Ernest Pingoud, composer, dies at 53
  • 1942 Vladislav Vancura, Czech physician/resistance fighter, executed at 50
  • 1943 Leslie Howard, actor (Romeo & Juliet), Nazis shot down his plane at 50
  • 1943 Wilfrid B. Israel, Jewish activist
  • 1946 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • 1946 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72

  • 1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1948 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • 1951 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian, dies at 85

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1952 John Dewey, US philosopher (Common Faith), dies at 92

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey
  • 1954 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (b. 1869)
  • 1955 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • 1955 Theo Frenkel, actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies
  • 1959 Sax Rohmer, English author (b. 1883)
  • 1960 Lester Patrick, NHL coach/star, dies at 76
  • 1960 Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler. (b. 1896)

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1962 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • 1964 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66

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1965 Curly Lambeau, First coach of the Green Bay Packers, dies of a heart attack at 67

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1966 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (b. 1873)

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1968 Helen Keller, American blind & deaf author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • 1968 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • 1969 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • 1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82

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1971 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • 1973 Harvey S Firestone Jr, US tire manufacturer, dies at 75
  • 1973 Mary Kornman, actress (Desert Trail, Swing it Professor), dies at 57
  • 1973 Walter Greaza, actor (Leonard-Martin Kane, Treasury Men), dies at 76
  • 1976 Pieter Balledux, actor/stage manager/resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • 1979 Jack Mulhall, actor (Buck Rogers, Held for Ransom), dies at 91
  • 1979 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • 1980 Rube Marquard, American baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • 1980 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • 1981 Carl Vinson, (Rep-D-Ga, 1914-64), dies at 97
  • 1981 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • 1982 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, and politician (ARP), dies
  • 1983 Anna Seghers, writer, dies at 82
  • 1983 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • 1984 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos-I'll Be Home), dies at 52
  • 1985 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 1986 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1958)
  • 1987 Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • 1987 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • 1990 Eric Barker, actor/writer (Carry on Sergeant, Roommates), dies
  • 1991 David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1992 Howard Ralston, actor (Pollyana), dies
  • 1992 Louise Hoff, entertainer, dies at 69
  • 1992 Michael King, actor (Lonely are the Brave), dies at 69
  • 1994 Frances Heflin, actress (Mona Tyler-All My Children), dies at 70
  • 1994 Juan J H Rovira, Spanish general, murdered
  • 1994 Willem C L "Wim" van der Grinten, lawyer/KVP-politician, dies at 80
  • 1995 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader, dies at 58
  • 1996 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48
  • 1996 Fernand Schokweiler, judge, dies at 60
  • 1996 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, president of India, dies at 83
  • 1996 Ray Combs, TV host (Family Feud), commits suicide at 40
  • 1996 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon, dies at 85
  • 1996 Stephen Jones, art historian, dies at 41
  • 1997 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • 1998 Darwin Joston, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 1999 Christopher Sydney Cockerell, British engineer and inventor (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Christopher Cockerell, English inventor (Hovercraft), dies at 88
  • 2001 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal (b. 1949)
  • 2001 King Birendra of Nepal (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • 2003 Johnny Hopp, baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 2004 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)

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2005 George Mikan, American basketball player, dies at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 2006 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Arn Shein, American sports writer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Tony Thompson, Singer in R&B group Hi-Five (b. 1975)
  • 2008 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
  • 2010 Lt. Gen. William H. Ginn, Jr., U.S. Air Force officer (b.1928)
  • 2014 Ann B. Davis, American actress, dies from a subdural hematoma from a fall at 88
  • 2015 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • 2015 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92