Famous Deaths on March 28

  • 193 Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman Emperor (192-93), assassinated
  • 593 Guntram, French King in Burgundy, dies at about 67
  • 1072 Ordulf, Duke of Saxony (1059-1072)
  • 1134 Stefanus Harding, 3rd abbott of Côteaux/saint, dies
  • 1239 Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)
  • 1285 Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brion), reigned 1281-85.
  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1566 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79

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1584 Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53 [O.S. 18 Mar]

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 1673 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter/etcher, buried at 51
  • 1677 Wenzel Hollar, Bohemia cartoonist/etcher, dies at about 69
  • 1687 Constantine Huygens, diplomat/poet/composer (Bluebottles), dies at 90
  • 1701 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1712 Jan van der Heyden, Dutch inventor (street lantern), dies at 75

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1794 Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher, is murdered or commits suicide in prison at 50

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet
  • 1799 Etta L J "baronne" Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55
  • 1801 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (North Holland), dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1840 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1847 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer, dies at 67
  • 1849 Stephan L Endlicher, Austrian priest/botany, dies at 44
  • 1850 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1863 James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-brig-general, dies at 52
  • 1865 Albert G Bilders, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 26
  • 1866 Solomon Foot, American politician (b. 1802)
  • 1868 James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan, dies at about 70
  • 1870 George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1874 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, composer, dies at 53
  • 1887 Ditler G Monrad, Danish bishop/premier (1863-..), dies at 75
  • 1889 Matilde "Tillie" Ziegler, killed by husband William Kemmler
  • 1891 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies
  • 1896 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68
  • 1910 Edouard [Judas] Colonne, French violinist/conductor, dies
  • 1910 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1929 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (b. 1861)
  • 1931 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1939 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)

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1941 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • 1941 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)
  • 1942 Herman A van Karnebeek, Dutch foreign minister (1918-27), dies at 67
  • 1942 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), dies at 31
  • 1943 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • 1944 Chayyim Most, Rabbi/Maggid of Kovono, killed by nazis
  • 1944 Stephen Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • 1946 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1947 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1947 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, composer, dies at 59
  • 1950 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67

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1953 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1954 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • 1958 Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillie HR hitter, dies at 53

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1958 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1959 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • 1960 Ian Keith, US actor (Ramses I-10 Commandments), dies at 61
  • 1962 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • 1965 VAA Mary, English princess, dies at 67
  • 1965 Jack Hoxie, American actor and rodeo performer (b. 1885)
  • 1965 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)

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1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1969 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1974 Francoise Rosay, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison), dies at 82
  • 1974 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • 1978 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • 1979 Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • 1980 Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • 1982 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1983 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • 1983 Martinus A Jansen, bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • 1984 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • 1985 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • 1985 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • 1986 Victor J Lopez, actor (Chuey-Man From Atlantis), dies at 39
  • 1986 Virginia Gilmore, actress (Jennie, Western Union), dies
  • 1987 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • 1987 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1990 Helene Fortescu Reynolds, actress (Bermuda Mystery), dies at 65
  • 1991 Carlos Montalban, actor (Bananas), dies at 85
  • 1992 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1992 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1993 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • 1994 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994 John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Hugh Edward R O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night), ODs at 32
  • 1995 Jack Regan, broadcaster, dies at 53
  • 1995 Vivienne Byerley, publicist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • 1996 Charles Barnet "Roscoe" Harvey, soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • 1996 Edith Fowke, folklorist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1996 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • 1996 Ken Dibbs, actor (Suddenly, Party Girl, High Society), dies at 78
  • 1996 Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81
  • 1996 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2000 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2010 June Havoc Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, dies at 97
  • 2011 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • 2012 John Arden, English novelist/playwright, dies at 81
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Harry Crews, American writer/actor, dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2013 Richard Griffiths, British actor, dies from complications from heart surgery at 65
  • 2013 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2015 Gene Saks, American actor/director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • 2016 James Noble, American actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), dies at 94
  • 2016 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96