Famous Deaths on May 30

  • 727 Hubertus, bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht/saint, dies at about 72
  • 1035 Boudouin IV, count of Flanders (988-1035), dies
  • 1159 Wladislaus II the Exile of Poland (b. 1105)
  • 1252 Ferdinand III the holy, King of Castile/Leon, dies
  • 1416 Jerome of Prague, Czech radical Christian teacher burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

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1431 Joan of Arc, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date), executed and burnt at the stake at 19

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1434 Prokop the Great, Hussite general
  • 1469 Lope de Barrientos, Spanish bishop
  • 1574 Charles IX, King of France (1560-74), dies
  • 1576 Harada Naomasa, Japanese retainer and samurai
  • 1593 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford.
  • 1640 Andre Duchesne, French historian/genealogy, dies
  • 1640 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter, dies at 62
  • 1696 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)
  • 1718 Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle/general, dies at about 48
  • 1718 Bernard Nieuwentyt, physician/theologist, dies at 63
  • 1730 Arabella Churchill, mistress of James II of England, sister of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (b. 1648)

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1744 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56

  • 1746 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, composer, dies at 69
  • 1770 François Boucher, French painter (b. 1703)

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1778 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1791 Ildephons Haas, composer, dies at 56
  • 1797 Carl Ludwig Junker, composer, dies at 48
  • 1809 Johan B Scheffer, portrait painter, dies at about 43
  • 1833 Josef Slavik, composer, dies at 27
  • 1840 Dominique J de Eerens, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59
  • 1864 James Barbour Terrill, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 26
  • 1865 William Clarke Quantrill, criminal/Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27
  • 1870 Gustave Vogt, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1901 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)
  • 1906 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer, dies at 30

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1912 Wilbur Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 45

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Aviator
Wilbur Wright

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1916 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, dies at 82

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 1918 Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist, dies
  • 1922 David Mendes Chumaceiro, Curacaos poet (Adelfas), dies at 45
  • 1923 Camille Chevillard, composer, dies at 63
  • 1923 Charles Fichardt, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests 1892-96), dies
  • 1925 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (b. 1876)
  • 1926 Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)
  • 1934 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)
  • 1935 Lothar Windsperger, composer, dies at 49
  • 1938 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
  • 1939 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)
  • 1940 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
  • 1941 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)
  • 1944 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • 1945 Irma Laplasse, Flemish farmer/nazi collaborator, executed
  • 1946 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1947 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1947 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WW I submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • 1951 Hermann Broch, writer, dies at 64
  • 1953 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)
  • 1954 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian/author, dies at 67
  • 1957 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstacy), dies
  • 1959 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer, dies at 85

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1960 Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist (Doctor Zhivago) (Nobel Prize 1958), dies at 70

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • 1961 Rafael L Trujillo Molina, dictator Dom Rep (1930-61), murdered at 69
  • 1964 Leo Szilard, Hungarians/US nuclear physicst, dies at 66
  • 1964 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • 1964 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)
  • 1967 Claude Rains, actor (Invisible Man), dies at 77
  • 1969 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • 1969 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • 1971 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • 1971 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • 1971 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • 1972 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • 1973 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • 1975 Michel Simon, actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • 1975 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 1975 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)
  • 1976 Max Carey, American baseball player (b. 1890)
  • 1977 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • 1977 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
  • 1979 Jack Raine, actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • 1980 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment
  • 1981 Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
  • 1981 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
  • 1983 Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84
  • 1986 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • 1987 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • 1987 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1988 Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66
  • 1989 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1991 Manolo Gomez Bur, Spanish comedian dies at 74
  • 1992 Daniel Addes, actor (Victor-Sunst Grill), dies at 59
  • 1992 Karl Carstens, president German FR (1979-84), dies at 77
  • 1992 Leen 't Hart, organist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Sun Ra [Herman Blount,], US jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79
  • 1994 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th head of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • 1994 Jean Gattegno, translator/scholar, dies at 58
  • 1994 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan writer (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • 1994 Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79
  • 1994 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • 1995 Bobby Stokes, soccer star, dies at 44
  • 1995 Philip Owen A Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator, dies at 72
  • 1995 Ted Drake, soccer star, dies at 82
  • 1995 Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson, British national park warden, dies at 87
  • 1995 Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (b.1911)
  • 1996 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • 1996 John Cameron, Scottish judge, dies at 96
  • 1996 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Leon-Etienne Duval, archbishop/cardinal, dies at 92
  • 2000 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • 2001 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2003 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Robert Sterling, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2006 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Jean-Claude Brialy, French actor and author (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)
  • 2009 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Duff Roblin, Canadian politician (b. 1917).
  • 2011 Clarice Taylor, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • 2012 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78
  • 2015 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47