Famous Deaths on June 5

  • 535 Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople
  • 754 Boniface, [Winfrid], English saint/archbishop (Dokkum), dies at 79
  • 754 Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
  • 1017 Emperor Sanjō of Japan (b. 976)
  • 1118 Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • 1288 Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in battle
  • 1296 Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)
  • 1383 Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)
  • 1443 Ferdinand, Portuguese saint/slave to Fez, dies
  • 1568 Lamoraal, earl of Egmont/prince of Gavere, beheaded
  • 1568 Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded
  • 1568 Willem Key, painter, dies at about 47
  • 1625 Orlando Gibbons, English organist/composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1667 Pietro Sforza, Italian theologist (Assertiones Theologicae), dies
  • 1688 Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (b. 1667)
  • 1716 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)
  • 1722 Johann Kuhnau, German composer and writer, dies at 62
  • 1738 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (b. 1659)
  • 1785 Gottfried August Homilius, composer, dies at 71
  • 1791 Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • 1816 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Serva Padrona), dies at 76
  • 1825 Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence
  • 1826 Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber, composer (Oberon), dies at 39
  • 1852 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, composer, dies at 45
  • 1861 John Garland, US Union colonel/brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1861 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer, dies at 55
  • 1864 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 39
  • 1866 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)
  • 1868 Anselm Huttenbrenner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Jacobus J Cremer, painter/author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • 1885 Julius Benedict, composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • 1893 Mary Ann Shadd [Cary], American/Canadian Publisher and anti-slavery campaigner (1st African American Publisher), dies at 69
  • 1894 Immanuel Faisst, composer, dies at 70
  • 1898 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian Shoemaker

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1900 Stephen Crane, author (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

Novelist Stephen Crane
Novelist
Stephen Crane
  • 1902 Louis J. Weichmann, chief witness in the trial of the assassins of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1842)
  • 1906 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (b. 1842)
  • 1908 Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71
  • 1910 O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)
  • 1913 Chris von der Ahe, baseball pioneer (b. 1851)
  • 1915 Brzeska, sculptor, dies
  • 1916 Horatio H Kitchener, British General (Sudan), drowns at 65
  • 1920 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • 1921 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 1923 George H Breitner, impressionist painter, dies at 65
  • 1927 Paul Lacombe, composer, dies at 89
  • 1930 Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist, dies
  • 1932 Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies
  • 1939 Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies
  • 1939 Frank Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist, dies
  • 1944 Riccardo Zandonai, composer, dies at 61
  • 1953 Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • 1953 Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • 1953 William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • 1966 Natacha Rambova, costume designer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, dies at 72
  • 1970 "Jopie" Pengel, [Johan A], premier Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • 1970 Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69
  • 1973 Max Terhune, actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
  • 1975 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1976 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101
  • 1976 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1977 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1978 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • 1979 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
  • 1980 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • 1981 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • 1984 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • 1984 Frederick Russell, English Marine Biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • 1988 Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies
  • 1990 J Zeldenrust, pathology-anatomy, dies
  • 1990 Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
  • 1992 Laurence Naismith, actor (Scrooge, Gypsy Girl), dies at 83
  • 1992 Max Lerner, US writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88
  • 1993 Conway Twitty, country star (Linda on My Mind), dies in surgery at 59
  • 1994 Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86
  • 1994 Thomas Millar, historian, dies at 67
  • 1995 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Jan Decadt Flemish composer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner, dies at 59
  • 1996 Vito Scotti, actor (Nude Bomb, Get Shorty, Big Bus), dies at 78
  • 1997 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 1998 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • 1999 Mel Tormé, American singer ("The Velvet Fog"), composer, and actor (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Don Liddle, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2001 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • 2002 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • 2002 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 2003 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (b. 1945)
  • 2003 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • 2004 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

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2004 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 2005 Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, Mexican politician (b. 1949)
  • 2005 Susi Nicoletti, German actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • 2009 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • 2012 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • 2012 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2013 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish politician, dies at 80
  • 2015 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • 2015 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer, dies at 87
  • 2015 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2015 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • 2016 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94