Famous Deaths on September 30

  • 420 Saint Jerome, translator of the Vulgate Bible
  • 653 Saint Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 739 P'u-chi Ho-shang Tao-chao, Northern Ch'an Line Zen teacher, dies
  • 1101 Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1246 Yaroslav II of Russia (b. 1191)
  • 1351 Muso Soseki, Zen teacher/Rinzai line/head of Nanzenji, dies in Japan
  • 1440 Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician
  • 1487 John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1400)
  • 1551 Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (b. 1507)
  • 1560 Melchior Cano, Spanish theologian (b. 1525)
  • 1572 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, dies at 61
  • 1581 Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • 1612 Ercole Bottrigari, composer, dies at 81
  • 1626 Nurhaci, Manchurian chief (b. 1559)
  • 1628 Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet (b. 1554)
  • 1630 John Billington, murderer, 1st American execution, hanged
  • 1712 Johann Michael Zacher, composer, dies at 61
  • 1716 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, dies at 62
  • 1755 Francesco Durante, composer, dies at 71
  • 1770 Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, English politician and diplomat

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1770 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1772 James Brindley, English engineer (b. 1716)
  • 1803 Charles Broche, composer, dies at 51
  • 1811 Thomas Percy, English bishop of Dromore, dies at 82
  • 1819 Nicolas Roze, composer, dies at 74
  • 1837 Tsultrim Gyatso, 10th Dalai Lama, dies at 21
  • 1862 Isaac Peace Rodman, banker/Union brig-gen, dies of injury at about 40
  • 1865 Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian-Jewish scholar (b. 1800)
  • 1877 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle
  • 1884 Louis Lacombe, composer, dies at 65
  • 1885 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress, dies at 60
  • 1888 Catherine Eddowes, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1888 Elizabeth Stride, Long Liz, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1891 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (b. 1837)
  • 1897 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)
  • 1904 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1910 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • 1912 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer, dies at 63
  • 1921 Oskar Panizza, German writer (Das Liebeskonzil), dies at 77
  • 1922 Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1925 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1929 Charles E Bonin, French explorer/diplomat (China), dies
  • 1940 Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)

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1948 Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, dies at 87

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
  • 1952 Waldorf Astor, House of Lords & Commons/owner of Observer, dies
  • 1954 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies

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1955 James Dean, actor (Rebel Without a Cause), dies in a car crash at age 24

Actor James Dean
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James Dean
  • 1955 Michael Chekhov, actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • 1958 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • 1959 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • 1959 Taylor Holmes, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • 1959 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • 1960 Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer, dies
  • 1961 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)
  • 1963 Arnold Foster, composer, dies at 66
  • 1965 E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), dies at 75
  • 1970 Patrick Aherne, actor (Bwana Devil, Botany Bay), dies at 69
  • 1973 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1976 Louis Fourestier, composer, dies at 84
  • 1978 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • 1983 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
  • 1983 William Elliott, American actor (Bernie Loves Bridget", "Adam 12"), dies at 49
  • 1984 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • 1985 Charles F Richter, US seismologist (scale of R), dies at 85
  • 1985 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

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1985 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

  • 1987 Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • 1988 Joachim Prinz, author/Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • 1989 Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92
  • 1990 Liesbeth de Uyl-of Vessem, feminist/wife of Joop du, dies
  • 1990 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990 Patrick White, Australian writer (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1990 Alice Parizeau, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 1991 Nancy Welford, entertainer, dies at 87
  • 1993 Alex Lyon, English Labor Lower house leader (1966-83), dies at 61
  • 1993 Gordon Douglas, actor/director (Tony Rome), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1993 Paul Nowee, writer (Arendsoog.. premiejager), dies at 57
  • 1993 Tony Brafa, actor (Enrico Pallazzo-Naked Gun), dies at 72
  • 1994 Alex Scott, trainer, Horses, dies at 34
  • 1994 Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist, dies at 92
  • 1994 Lina Basquette, actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1994 Roberto Viola, Argentine general/president (1981), dies at 69
  • 1995 Frederick Archibauld Warner, diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1995 George Kirby, comedian/impressionist (Pearl Bailey), dies at 71
  • 1996 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • 1996 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor, dies at 59
  • 1996 Frances Lear, writer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Kenneth Muir, english scholar, dies at 89
  • 1996 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer, dies at 79
  • 1997 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • 1997 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • 1998 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, dies at 45
  • 1999 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 2002 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • 2003 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • 2003 Yusuf Bey, Black Muslim leader (b. 1935)
  • 2004 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2008 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singapore Opposition Leader & former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • 2012 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater, dies at 84
  • 2012 Turhan Bey, Austrian born actor, dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • 2014 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2016 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96