Deaths in History on December 30

  • 274 St Felix I, dies and ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1218 Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1162)
  • 1460 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne killed in Battle of Wakefield. (b. 1411)
  • 1525 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant, dies at 66
  • 1572 Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60
  • 1573 Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian writer (b. 1504)
  • 1591 Innocent IX, [Giovanni Facchinetti], Pope, (1591 62 days), dies at 72
  • 1621 Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)
  • 1640 John Francis Regis, French saint (b. 1597)
  • 1644 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (b. 1577)
  • 1662 Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria (b. 1628)
  • 1691 Robert Boyle, Irish scientist (b. 1627)
  • 1769 Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Austrian soldier (b. 1685)
  • 1777 Maximilian III Jozef, elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50
  • 1788 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter/etcher, dies at 86
  • 1832 Abijah Hammond, owned large portion of Greenwich Village, dies
  • 1870 ... Prim, Spanish general, murdered
  • 1893 Samuel White Baker, English explorer, dies at 72
  • 1894 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragist (Bloomers named for her), dies at 76
  • 1895 LP Hartley, British writer, dies

BattleExecution

1896 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1899 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget), dies at 85
  • 1908 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)
  • 1912 Alfred von Kiderlen-Waechter, German foreign minister, dies at 60
  • 1941 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
  • 1944 Romain Roland, French writer/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78
  • 1947 Han [Henricus A] van Meegeren, Dutch painter/art forger, dies at 58
  • 1951 Jozef E Stokvis, Dutch MP (SDAP), dies at 76
  • 1952 Ivan Olbracht, writer, dies
  • 1955 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)
  • 1959 Maria Baers, Flemish social female worker/senator, dies at 76
  • 1966 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1968 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72
  • 1984 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)
  • 1986 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1988 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1989 Lenore Lemmon, wife of George Reeves (b. 1923)
  • 1992 Caesar [Caesar] Domela, painter/son of Ferdinand D Nieuwenhuis, dies
  • 1992 Ling-Ling, 1st panda China gave US, dies at 23
  • 1993 [Irving Paul] "Swifty" Lazar, superagent, dies of kidney failure at 86
  • 1994 Lloyd James Austin, french Scholar, dies at 79
  • 1995 Heiner Muller, dramatist, dies at 66
  • 1995 Roger W Suddards, solicitor, dies at 65
  • 1996 Robert Grant-Ferris, politician, dies at 89
  • 1997 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • 1999 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer (b. 1909)
  • 1999 Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world's oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • 2002 Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)
  • 2003 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2003 John Gregory Dunne, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Rona Jaffe, American author (b. 1932)

BattleExecution

2006 Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad at 69

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2006 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War
  • 2009 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (b.1940)
  • 2011 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • 2011 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • 2012 Rita Levi-Montalcini, neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 103