Deaths in History on December 28

  • 300 Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 1367 Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (b. 1330)
  • 1446 Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies
  • 1503 Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)
  • 1542 Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52
  • 1622 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, dies at 55
  • 1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)
  • 1671 Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar (b. 1611)
  • 1673 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • 1694 Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]
  • 1703 Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)
  • 1706 Pierre Bayle, French theologist (History of Criticism), dies at 59
  • 1708 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)
  • 1715 William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)

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1734 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63

Folk Hero and Outlaw Rob Roy
Folk Hero and Outlaw
Rob Roy
  • 1772 Ernst J earl van/of Biron, Russian duke of Courland, dies at 82
  • 1775 Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of (Neth Indies), dies at 61
  • 1793 Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75
  • 1795 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
  • 1859 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English essayist/historian, dies
  • 1860 Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57
  • 1870 Peter van Schendel, Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • 1872 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • 1884 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist/publisher, dies at 56
  • 1897 Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • 1900 Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)
  • 1903 George [Robert] Gissing, English novelist, dies at 46
  • 1915 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer/politician, dies at 78
  • 1917 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
  • 1918 George H White, last post Reconstruction congressman (Penn), dies
  • 1918 Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
  • 1919 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)
  • 1924 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, dis at 58
  • 1935 Clarence Day, writer (Life with Father), dies
  • 1944 Cornelia ten Boom is accidentally released from Ravensbruck
  • 1945 Theodore Dreiser, novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • 1947 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • 1948 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • 1949 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
  • 1956 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic party-chairman, dies at 76
  • 1959 Ante Pavelić, leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia (b. 1889)
  • 1961 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
  • 1963 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1967 Béla Schick, Hung/US children's physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90
  • 1967 Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)
  • 1970 L Mendel Rivers, (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
  • 1976 Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 1978 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82
  • 1980 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • 1984 Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1986 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1987 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • 1988 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1990 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • 1990 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • 1993 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • 1994 Julian Belfrage, theatre agent, dies at 60
  • 1995 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), dies at 86
  • 1997 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • 2001 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2001 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Benjamin Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)

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2004 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • 2006 Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • 2012 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76
  • 2015 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • 2016 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91