Famous Deaths on March 23

MurderMurder of Interest

59 Agrippina the Younger, Roman Empress, dies at 43 (circumstances of her death vary, but suggest she was murdered by her son, the Emperor Nero)

Roman Empress Agrippina the Younger
Roman Empress
Agrippina the Younger
  • 1103 Eudes I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1058)
  • 1169 Shirkuh, Kurd general/vizier of Cairo/Saladin's uncle, dies
  • 1237 Jan of Brienne, King of Jerusalem/Emperor of Constantinople, dies
  • 1361 Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster (b. c.1310)

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1369 Pedro, the Cruel, King/tyrant of Castile & Leon, murdered at 34

King of Castille and Leon Peter the Cruel
King of Castille and Leon
Peter the Cruel
  • 1548 Itagaki Nobukata, retainer of Takeda Shingen
  • 1555 Julius III, [Giovanni M del Monte], Pope (1550-55), dies at 67
  • 1559 Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia (killed in battle) (b. 1521/1522)
  • 1596 Henry Unton, English diplomat
  • 1606 Justus Lipsius, [Joost Lips], Dutch classic philologist, dies at 58
  • 1618 James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, Scottish politician
  • 1653 Johan van Galen, Dutch admiral (Dunes Monte Christo), dies at about 48
  • 1658 Valentin Dretzel, composer, dies at 79
  • 1669 Philipp Buchner, composer, dies at 54
  • 1680 Nicolas Fouquet, French statesman (b. 1615)
  • 1742 Jean-Baptiste Dubos, French writer (b. 1670)
  • 1747 Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
  • 1748 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer/musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1754 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner, composer, dies at 57
  • 1783 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • 1786 Patience Wright, 1st US woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1801 Tsar Paul I of Russia (1796-1801) is struck with a sword, strangled, and trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael's Castle aged 46
  • 1806 George Frederic Pinto, composer, dies at 20
  • 1809 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer, dies at 60
  • 1816 Ignaz Vitzthumb, composer, dies at 95
  • 1818 Nicolas Isouard, composer, dies at 42
  • 1819 August v Kotzebue, writer, dies
  • 1821 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 56
  • 1832 Vaclav Vilem Wurfel, composer, dies at 41
  • 1840 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76
  • 1842 Stendhal, [Marie-Henri Beyle], French author (Lamiel), dies at 59
  • 1862 Karl Robert von Nesselrode, German chancellor, dies at 81
  • 1869 Charles Lucas, composer, dies at 60
  • 1880 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Nikolay Rubinstein, composer, dies at 45
  • 1906 Victor Barton, cricketer (scored 23 in Test Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1907 Constantine P Pobedonostsev, Russian reactionary senator, dies at 79
  • 1914 Teunis Stoel, actor, dies at 62
  • 1914 Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès (Saint Rebecca) Lebanese saint (b. 1832)
  • 1918 Cesar Cortinas, composer, dies at 27
  • 1919 Jean HL Bossard, actor/impresario (2 Orphans), dies at 45
  • 1925 Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general/minister of War, dies at 76
  • 1927 Paul César Helleu, French artist (b. 1859)

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1931 Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter, hanged at 23

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • 1935 Florence Moore, American actress (b. 1886)
  • 1937 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist, dies at 66
  • 1942 Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), dies at 73
  • 1943 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • 1943 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • 1944 O C Wingate, British general-major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • 1946 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • 1946 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • 1947 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • 1950 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • 1952 Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
  • 1953 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • 1955 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • 1957 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect, dies at 77
  • 1958 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • 1960 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • 1961 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • 1961 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • 1961 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • 1962 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • 1962 Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • 1963 Davey Moore, dies seconds after KOed in feather-weight championship
  • 1964 Peter Lorre, actor (Casino Royale), dies at 59
  • 1964 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66
  • 1965 Mae Murray, actress (Bachelor Apartment), dies of heart ailment at 75
  • 1966 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • 1967 Duncan Macrae, actor (Casino Royale, Kidnapped), dies at 61
  • 1968 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • 1969 Rudolf Pannwitz, German author/philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • 1970 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • 1971 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • 1971 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • 1973 Ken Maynard, actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies at 77
  • 1978 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • 1979 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • 1980 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • 1982 Mario Praz, Italian author (Casa della vita), dies at 85
  • 1983 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • 1983 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • 1985 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1985 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), 1st African American woman cabinet member, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1985 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • 1987 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • 1991 Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
  • 1991 Fons Jansen, Dutch night club performer, dies at 65
  • 1991 Mona Maris, actress (Camila, Berlin Correspondent), dies at 88
  • 1991 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Friedrich A von Hayek, British economist (Road to Serfdom), dies at 92
  • 1993 Hans Werner Richter, German writer/founder (Gruppe 47), dies at 84
  • 1994 Alvara del Portillo, Spanish Opus Dei bishop, dies at 80
  • 1994 Giulietta Masina, Italy, wife of Federico Fellini/(La Strada), dies at 74
  • 1994 Jim Moloney, American actor and writer, dies of Parkinson's disease at 64
  • 1994 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican presidential candidate, assassinated at 44
  • 1995 Alan Barton, singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash
  • 1995 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter, dies at 61
  • 1995 Davie Cooper, soccer star, dies at 39
  • 1995 Irving Shulman, author/screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 1995 Ripley L. Ingram, singer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Robert Turner, winner of 1st All-American Soap Box Derby, dies at 72
  • 1995 Russell Reading Braddon, author, dies at 74
  • 1996 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Peter Baer, artost/printmaker, dies at 72
  • 1999 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • 2001 Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • 2003 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2004 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2006 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer (b. 1973)
  • 2009 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)

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2011 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) dies at 79

  • 2012 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • 2013 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • 2013 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher, dies at 95
  • 2014 Adolfo Suarez, Spanish Prime Minister, dies from a respiratory infection at 81

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2015 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 2016 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • 2016 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • 2017 Lola Albright, American actress (A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92