Deaths in History on May 29

  • 1259 King Christopher I of Denmark (b. 1219)
  • 1379 King Henry II of Castile (b. 1334)
  • 1405 Philippe de Mézières, advisor to Charles V of France
  • 1425 Hongxi Emperor of China (b. 1378)
  • 1453 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49

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1500 Bartolomeu Dias, Portuguese explorer (1st European to round Cape of Good Hope), drowns at 48 or 49

Portuguese Explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Portuguese Explorer
Bartolomeu Dias
  • 1544 Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson], Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • 1546 Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered in St Andrews Castle at 52
  • 1593 John Penry, English congressionalist, executed
  • 1629 Arnold Baert, Flemish lawyer/member of Great Council, dies at about 74
  • 1660 Gyorgy Rákóczi II, prince of Transylvania, dies in battle
  • 1660 Peter Scriverius, lawyer/historian, dies at 44
  • 1660 Frans van Schooten, Dutch mathematician (b. 1615)
  • 1691 Cornelis Tromp, admiral-general/son of Maarten T, dies at 61
  • 1788 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver, dies at 61
  • 1790 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1796 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
  • 1814 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), dies of pneumonia aged 50
  • 1815 Cornelis de Gijselaar, politician/patriot, dies at 64
  • 1816 Madame L'Ouverture, widow of Haiti's leader Toussaint L'O, dies
  • 1829 Humphry Davy, scientist/inventor (Miner's safety lamp), dies at 84
  • 1847 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
  • 1866 Winfield Scott, American general (b. 1786)
  • 1866 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • 1868 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia (b. 1823)
  • 1869 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73
  • 1877 John Lothrop Motley, (History of United Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1882 Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)
  • 1883 Albrecht of Prussia, mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • 1883 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies
  • 1885 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63
  • 1892 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74
  • 1896 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (b. 1814)
  • 1903 Bruce Price, American architect (b. 1845)

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1911 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1919 Robert Bacon, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
  • 1939 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • 1946 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • 1951 Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
  • 1955 Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • 1956 Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • 1958 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • 1970 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • 1970 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34
  • 1972 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1973 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • 1977 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • 1979 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • 1983 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • 1987 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • 1992 Karl Carstens, president of RFA (1979-84), dies
  • 1993 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • 1994 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • 1994 Harry Levin, literary Scholar, dies at 81
  • 1994 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • 1995 Margaret Chase Smith, 1st woman Rep & Sen (R-Me), dies at 97
  • 1997 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • 1998 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Jacques Bouchard, Quebec advertising executive (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • 2011 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • 2011 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • 2014 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86