Famous Deaths on October 28

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312 Maxentius, Roman emperor (306-312), drowns at the Battle of Milvian Bridge at 34

Roman Emperor Maxentius
Roman Emperor
Maxentius
  • 900 Alfred the Great, English monarch, dies
  • 1138 Boleslaw III Kryzwousty, [scheefmond], duke of Poland, dies
  • 1225 Jien, Japanese poet and historian (b. 1155)
  • 1312 Elisabeth of Tirol, German queen
  • 1412 Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
  • 1520 Pier Gerlofs Donia, Frisian pirate and freedom fighter
  • 1568 Ashikaga Yoshihide, Japanese shogun (b. 1539)
  • 1627 Jahangir, 4th Mughal Emperor of India (1605-27), dies at 58
  • 1637 Foppe van Aitzema, diplomat, dies at about 57
  • 1639 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (b. 1587)
  • 1646 William Dobson, English painter (b. 1610)
  • 1661 Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • 1676 Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)

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1703 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, dies at 86

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis

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1704 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), dies at 72

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke
  • 1708 Prince George of Denmark, Consort of Queen Anne of England (b. 1653)
  • 1716 Stephen Fox, British politician (b. 1627)
  • 1740 Anna Ivanova Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47
  • 1754 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (b. 1708)
  • 1755 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer, dies at 65
  • 1763 Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (b. 1700)
  • 1768 Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1779 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66
  • 1792 Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist (b. 1710)
  • 1792 John Smeaton, British civil engineer (b. 1724)
  • 1800 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (b. 1727)
  • 1806 Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)

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1818 Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies of typhoid fever at 73

2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1841 Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (b. 1792)
  • 1852 Gerhard M Roentgen, founder Fijenoord dockyard, dies at 57
  • 1854 James P Carrell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1857 Louis Eugène Cavaignac, French soldier and politician (b. 1802)
  • 1875 William Howard Glover, composer, dies at 56
  • 1877 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1877 Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)
  • 1879 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 1897 Hercules Robinson, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89,1895-97), dies at 72
  • 1899 C Grant B Allen, Canada, British writer (Woman Who Did), dies
  • 1899 Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-born inventor (tuberculosis) (b. 1854)
  • 1900 Max Müller, German-born orientalist (b. 1823)
  • 1905 Alphonse Allais, French humorist/writer (Le chat noir), dies
  • 1914 Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64
  • 1916 Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (b. 1838)
  • 1916 Oswald Boelcke, German pilot (b. 1891)
  • 1917 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • 1918 Ulisse Dini, Italian mathematician (b. 1845)
  • 1919 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies
  • 1922 Hugo Verriest, Flemish writer/poet (Flemish Motion), dies
  • 1927 Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77
  • 1929 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, dies at 36
  • 1929 Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1849)
  • 1936 E G Winkler, writer, dies
  • 1939 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee), dies at 46
  • 1940 Andrea d' Angeli, composer, dies at 71
  • 1952 Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1957 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of SF '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • 1959 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • 1959 Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68
  • 1959 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • 1962 Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • 1963 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • 1964 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • 1965 Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris
  • 1965 Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)
  • 1968 Henricus WJM Keuls, lawyer/poet, dies at 85
  • 1969 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • 1970 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • 1970 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer, dies at 99
  • 1971 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • 1973 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • 1975 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • 1975 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)
  • 1980 Leon Janney, actor (Jim Matthews-Another World, Hawk), dies at 63
  • 1986 Margaretha "Marga" Klompe, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • 1986 John Braine, British novelist (b. 1922)
  • 1987 Andre Masson, France, surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • 1991 Dudley McConnell, headed NASA's Earth Science Division, dies
  • 1991 G L Vitto entertainer, dies at 69
  • 1991 John Korbal, film historian (Marlene Dietrich), dies at 51
  • 1991 Lydia Hodson Copeland, America's Jr Miss (1972), dies at 37
  • 1991 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993 Carmino Baelen, Belgian sleder, dies at 22
  • 1993 Doris Duke, heiress (American Tobacco Co), dies at 80
  • 1994 Sjlomo Goren, Polish/Israeli supreme rabbi, dies
  • 1995 Allan Leslie Merson, historian, dies at 79
  • 1995 Katsumasu Roy Sakioka, propery owner, dies at 96
  • 1996 Jack Tinker, British drama critic, dies at 58
  • 1996 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • 1996 William Downie Forrest, journalist, dies at 94
  • 1997 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 1997 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)

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1998 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • 1998 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1999 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2000 Lída Baarová, Czech actress (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
  • 2000 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • 2002 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2002 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)
  • 2005 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)

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2006 Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive, dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 2006 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
  • 2006 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)
  • 2010 James MacArthur, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Gerard Kelly, Scottish actor (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • 2013 Ike Skelton, American politician, dies from pneumonia at 81
  • 2014 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87