Famous Deaths on May 23

  • 1125 Hendrik V, Roman catholics German king/emperor (1098/1111-25), dies
  • 1304 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1423 Benedict XIII, [Pedro the Luna], Spanish Pope (1394-1423), dies
  • 1498 Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45
  • 1523 Ashikaga Yoshitane, Japanese shogun (b. 1466)
  • 1524 Ismail I, Shah of Persia (b. 1487)
  • 1568 Adolf van Nassau, German son of Willem the Rich, dies in battle at 27
  • 1627 Luis de Gongora y Argote, poet/writer, dies
  • 1648 Luis de Nain, painter, dies
  • 1662 John Gauden, English bishop and writer (b. 1605)
  • 1668 Philips Wouwerman, Haarlems painter, buried
  • 1670 Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1610)
  • 1684 Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
  • 1691 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (b. 1622)

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1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London's Execution Dock at about 56

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • 1752 William Bradford, English-born printer (b. 1663)
  • 1754 John Wood, architect/town planner, dies
  • 1783 James Otis, American lawyer, dies
  • 1785 William Woollett, engraver, dies
  • 1786 Móric Beňovský, Slovak military officer, explorer and self-declared King of Madagascar, dies of a fatal bullet wound to his chest at 39
  • 1813 Geraud Duroc, French general (b. 1772)
  • 1825 Ras Gugsa of Yejju, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1834 Charles Wesley, composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 John W Janssens, gov-gen (Cape Colony), dies at 75
  • 1841 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist, dies at 76
  • 1842 Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary/poet, dies at 34
  • 1846 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (b. 1778)
  • 1851 Lucas Pieter Roodbaard, architect, dies at 69
  • 1855 Charles Robert Malden, English explorer (b. 1797)
  • 1857 Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician (b. 1789)
  • 1860 Albert Richard Smith, author/lecturer, dies
  • 1867 Archibald Alison, Scottish historian, dies at 74

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1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 58

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • 1875 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, composer, dies at 78
  • 1881 Leopold von Ranke, historian, dies
  • 1883 Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda), dies
  • 1886 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)
  • 1887 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer, dies at 73
  • 1893 Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman (b. 1805)
  • 1895 Franz E Neumann, German mineralogist/physicist, dies at 96
  • 1897 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34
  • 1905 Martinus W van AA Meerbeke, head-editor (Time), dies at 75
  • 1906 Henrik Johan Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House), dies at 78
  • 1908 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
  • 1920 Svetozar Boroević, Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)
  • 1926 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73

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1934 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 23

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker

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1934 Clyde Barrow, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush in Louisiana at 25

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow

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1937 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1938 Philip Kleintjes, republic leader, dies at 70
  • 1940 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 1941 Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies
  • 1941 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45

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1945 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader (head of the SS), commits suicide while in Allied custody at 44

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1947 C F Ramuz, writer, dies at 68
  • 1952 Georg Alfred Schumann, composer, dies at 85
  • 1954 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1960 Georges Claude, engineer/inventor, dies
  • 1961 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • 1965 David Smith, sculptor, dies
  • 1965 Earl Webb, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1966 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • 1966 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1967 Philip Coolidge, actor (I Want to Live, Tingler), dies at 58
  • 1967 Sanne Sannes, photographer, dies at 30
  • 1968 James Burke, American actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • 1968 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • 1969 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1969 Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • 1969 Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • 1970 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • 1973 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies at 57
  • 1974 Kathleen Cannell, writer, dies
  • 1975 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
  • 1979 Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79
  • 1981 George Jessel, US comic/toastmaster (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83
  • 1981 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (d. 1911)
  • 1981 David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1983 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • 1986 Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
  • 1987 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • 1988 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • 1989 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • 1991 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • 1991 Peter T Thwaites, British brig-gen/playwright (Love or money), dies
  • 1991 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1991 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1992 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer/composer/poet/guitarist, dies
  • 1992 Giovanni Falcone, anti-mafia judge (Palermo), murdered
  • 1993 James Millhollin, actor (Anston Foster-Grindl), dies at 77
  • 1994 Carl Althoff, German circus director, dies at 82
  • 1994 Joe Pass, US jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65
  • 1994 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler (b. 1951)
  • 1996 Dorothy Hyson, actress (Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • 1996 Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61
  • 1996 Patrick Cargill, actor (Up Pompeii, Magic Christian), dies at 77
  • 1996 Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber (b. 1941)
  • 1996 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber (b. 1955)
  • 1999 Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1965)

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2002 Sam Snead, American golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2003 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • 2004 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Clifford Antone, American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Frits Bernard, American activist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2008 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • 2010 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • 2010 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Joseph Lesniewski, soldier (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), dies at 91
  • 2012 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2014 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • 2015 Anne Meara, American Comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place), dies at 85

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2015 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash

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2017 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89

  • 2017 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • 2017 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75