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)
  • 1316 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26
  • 1383 Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)
  • 1443 Ferdinand, Portuguese saint/slave to Fez, dies
  • 1568 Lamoral, Count of Egmont and Philip de Montmorency executed in Brussels, fueling Dutch resistance to Spanish rule
  • 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/brigadier 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

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1916 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), drowns at 65 after the HMS Hampshire struck a German mine

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 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