Famous Deaths on May 29

  • 1259 King Christopher I of Denmark (b. 1219)
  • 1379 King Henry II of Castile (b. 1334)
  • 1405 Philippe de Mézières, advisor to Charles V of France
  • 1425 Hongxi Emperor [Zhu Gaochi], fourth Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China, dies at 46
  • 1453 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49

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1500 Bartolomeu Dias, Portuguese explorer (1st European to round Cape of Good Hope), drowns at 48 or 49

Portuguese Explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Portuguese Explorer
Bartolomeu Dias
  • 1544 Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson], Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • 1546 Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered in St Andrews Castle at 52
  • 1593 John Penry, English congressionalist, executed
  • 1629 Arnold Baert, Flemish lawyer/member of Great Council, dies at about 74
  • 1660 Gyorgy Rákóczi II, prince of Transylvania, dies in battle
  • 1660 Peter Scriverius, lawyer/historian, dies at 44
  • 1660 Frans van Schooten, Dutch mathematician (b. 1615)
  • 1680 Abraham Megerle, composer, dies at 73
  • 1691 Cornelis Tromp, admiral-general/son of Maarten T, dies at 61
  • 1750 Giuseppe Porsile, composer, dies at 70
  • 1788 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver, dies at 61
  • 1790 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1796 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
  • 1814 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), dies of pneumonia aged 50
  • 1815 Cornelis de Gijselaar, politician/patriot, dies at 64
  • 1816 Madame L'Ouverture, widow of Haiti's leader Toussaint L'O, dies
  • 1829 Humphry Davy, scientist/inventor (Miner's safety lamp), dies at 50
  • 1833 William Marshall, composer, dies at 84
  • 1847 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
  • 1862 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, composer, dies at 71
  • 1866 Winfield Scott, American general (b. 1786)
  • 1866 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • 1868 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia (b. 1823)
  • 1869 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73
  • 1877 John Lothrop Motley, (History of United Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1882 Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)
  • 1883 Albrecht of Prussia, mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • 1883 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies
  • 1885 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63
  • 1892 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74
  • 1896 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (b. 1814)
  • 1899 Frantz Jehin-Prume, composer, dies at 60
  • 1903 Bruce Price, American architect (b. 1845)
  • 1905 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer, dies at 55
  • 1910 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), dies at 73

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1911 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1919 Robert Bacon, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1922 Jevgeni B Vachtangov, Armenian/Russian actor/director, dies at 39
  • 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
  • 1933 Frank Sugg, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888), dies
  • 1934 Eugenie Besserer, actress (Anna Christie, Madame X), dies at 65
  • 1935 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • 1942 John Barrymore, American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60
  • 1943 Hermann Hans Wetzler, composer, dies at 72

  • 1946 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • 1948 May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • 1951 Dimitrios Levidis, composer, dies at 66
  • 1951 Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
  • 1951 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, composer, dies at 91
  • 1951 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1953 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • 1955 Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • 1956 Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • 1956 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • 1957 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • 1957 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67
  • 1958 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • 1961 Uuno Kalervo Klami, composer, dies at 60
  • 1967 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • 1970 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34
  • 1971 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1972 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1972 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1973 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • 1973 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • 1977 Goddard Lieberson, composer, dies at 66
  • 1977 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)

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1979 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1979 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • 1982 Romy Schneider, actress (Cardinal), dies of cardiac arrest at 43
  • 1983 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • 1985 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • 1985 Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93
  • 1987 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • 1989 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • 1991 Coral Browne, Australian actor (Ruling Class), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1992 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally-Capitol), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1992 Karl Carstens, president of RFA (1979-84), dies
  • 1992 Peter John "Ollie" Halsall, guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1992 Pippa Steele, actress (Vampire Lovers), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1993 Billy Conn, American boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 1993 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • 1994 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • 1994 Harry Levin, literary Scholar, dies at 81
  • 1994 Jose Bohr, actor (El Traidor, Sueno de Amor), dies at 92
  • 1994 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • 1994 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer, dies at 61
  • 1995 Margaret Chase Smith, 1st woman Rep & Sen (R-Me), dies at 97
  • 1996 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1996 Jeremy Sinden, actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • 1996 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • 1997 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • 1997 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • 1997 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • 1998 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2003 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • 2004 Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • 2005 George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Jacques Bouchard, Quebec advertising executive (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1987)
  • 2008 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), dies at 81
  • 2008 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • 2011 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • 2012 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • 2013 Françoise Blanchard, French actress, dies at 58
  • 2014 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • 2015 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slams) dies at 89
  • 2015 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72

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2017 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 2017 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98