Deaths in History on June 26

  • 363 Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (361-63)
  • 1291 Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III of England

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1541 Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Spanish Conquistador
Francisco Pizarro
  • 1631 Justinus van Nassau, ltalian admiral (Armada), dies
  • 1666 Richard Fanshawe, diplomat/translator/poet, dies
  • 1688 Ralph Cudworth, philospher/cleric, dies
  • 1793 Gilbert White, English naturalist ("Natural History and Antiquities of Selborn"), dies at 72
  • 1810 Joseph Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
  • 1819 Slome Duikelar, [Abraham J Swalff], Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1827 Christian A Vulpius, German writer (Ornaldo Ornaldini), dies
  • 1827 Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny), dies at 73
  • 1863 Andrew Hull Foote, US Union lt admiral, dies
  • 1878 Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
  • 1896 Louis CPR of Orleans, French duke (chosen king of Belgian), dies at 81
  • 1906 Alexander Muir, poet (Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76
  • 1918 Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843)
  • 1922 Albert H K, monarch of Monaco (1889-1922), dies at 73
  • 1926 Christina Goedvolk, wife of Henry Jut, dies
  • 1937 Georg A Erman, Ger egyptologist (Grammar of Ancient Egypt), dies at 82

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1938 James Weldon Johnson, African American leader (NAACP), dies in a car crash at 67

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1939 Ford M Ford, [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65
  • 1943 Fritz Schmidt, Nazi commissioner in Holland, commits suicide at 39
  • 1946 Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • 1946 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)

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1947 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a heart attack at 76

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • 1949 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (b. 1876)
  • 1957 Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1958 Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Vocation), dies at 93
  • 1958 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1961 Kenneth F Fearing, US, poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • 1963 Obe Postma, Fries, poet/geography/historian (Own Cart), dies
  • 1965 Johan C T Kikkert, painter/etcher/critic, dies at 82
  • 1972 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • 1975 St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1977 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • 1979 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • 1982 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, dies
  • 1982 Sandy Powell, costume designer, dies at 82
  • 1984 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984 George H Gallup, pollster (Gallup Poll), dies at 82
  • 1990 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1993 Catherine Leno, mother of Tonight Show host Jay, dies of cancer at 82
  • 1993 Jack Bittner, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 William H. Riker, American political scientist (b. 1920)
  • 1994 A "Bob" den Doolaard, author (Inn with the horseshoe), dies at 93
  • 1994 Ian Board, British barkeeper (Colony Room), dies at 64
  • 1994 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Veronica Guerin, journalist, dies at 36
  • 2002 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • 2003 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)

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2007 Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)

Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne
Fashion Designer
Liz Claiborne
  • 2010 Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • 2016 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85