Deaths in History on March 23

MurderMurder of Interest

59 Agrippina the Younger, Roman Empress, dies at 43 (circumstances of her death vary, but suggest she was murdered by her son, the Emperor Nero)

Roman Empress Agrippina the Younger
Roman Empress
Agrippina the Younger
  • 1103 Eudes I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1058)
  • 1169 Shirkuh, Kurd general/vizier of Cairo/Saladin's uncle, dies
  • 1237 Jan of Brienne, King of Jerusalem/Emperor of Constantinople, dies
  • 1361 Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster (b. c.1310)

MurderMurder of Interest

1369 Pedro, the Cruel, King/tyrant of Castile & Leon, murdered at 34

King of Castille and Leon Peter the Cruel
King of Castille and Leon
Peter the Cruel
  • 1548 Itagaki Nobukata, retainer of Takeda Shingen
  • 1555 Julius III, [Giovanni M del Monte], Pope (1550-55), dies at 67
  • 1559 Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia (killed in battle) (b. 1521/1522)
  • 1596 Henry Unton, English diplomat
  • 1606 Justus Lipsius, [Joost Lips], Dutch classic philologist, dies at 58
  • 1618 James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, Scottish politician
  • 1653 Johan van Galen, Dutch admiral (Dunes Monte Christo), dies at about 48
  • 1680 Nicolas Fouquet, French statesman (b. 1615)
  • 1742 Jean-Baptiste Dubos, French writer (b. 1670)
  • 1747 Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
  • 1754 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
  • 1786 Patience Wright, 1st US woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1801 Tsar Paul I of Russia (1796-1801) is struck with a sword, strangled, and trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael's Castle aged 46
  • 1819 August v Kotzebue, writer, dies
  • 1840 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76
  • 1842 Stendhal, [Marie-Henri Beyle], French author (Lamiel), dies at 59
  • 1862 Karl Robert von Nesselrode, German chancellor, dies at 81
  • 1907 Constantine P Pobedonostsev, Russian reactionary senator, dies at 79
  • 1914 Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès (Saint Rebecca) Lebanese saint (b. 1832)
  • 1925 Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general/minister of War, dies at 76
  • 1927 Paul César Helleu, French artist (b. 1859)

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1931 Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev Indian freedom fighters

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • 1937 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist, dies at 66
  • 1943 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • 1944 O C Wingate, British general-major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • 1946 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (atomic theory), dies at 70
  • 1947 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • 1952 Klaas Schilder, Dutch vicar/theologist/antifascist, dies at 61
  • 1953 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • 1955 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • 1957 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect, dies at 77
  • 1958 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • 1960 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • 1961 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • 1961 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • 1962 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • 1962 Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • 1964 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66
  • 1968 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • 1969 Rudolf Pannwitz, German author/philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • 1970 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • 1971 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • 1980 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • 1982 Mario Praz, Italian author (Casa della vita), dies at 85
  • 1983 Barney Clark, 1st artifical heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • 1985 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1985 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), dies at 60
  • 1985 Singing Nun, commits suicide in Belgium at 52
  • 1985 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • 1987 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • 1991 Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
  • 1991 Fons Jansen, Dutch night club performer, dies at 65
  • 1991 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Friedrich A von Hayek, British economist (Road to Serfdom), dies at 92
  • 1993 Hans Werner Richter, German writer/founder (Gruppe 47), dies at 84
  • 1994 Alvara del Portillo, Spanish Opus Dei bishop, dies at 80
  • 1994 Giulietta Masina, Italy, wife of Federico Fellini/(La Strada), dies at 74
  • 1994 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican presidential candidate, assassinated at 44
  • 1995 Robert Turner, winner of 1st All-American Soap Box Derby, dies at 72
  • 1995 Russell Reading Braddon, author, dies at 74
  • 1996 Peter Baer, artost/printmaker, dies at 72
  • 1999 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • 2001 Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2004 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2006 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • 2013 David Bond, British sailor, dies at 90
  • 2014 Adolfo Suarez, Spanish Prime Minister, dies from a respiratory infection at 81

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2015 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew