Who Died Today in History?

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  • 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
  • 1657 Tobias Michael, composer, dies at 65
  • 1661 Lazaro Valvasensi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1666 Richard Fanshawe, diplomat/translator/poet, dies
  • 1688 Ralph Cudworth, philospher/cleric, dies
  • 1778 Angelo Antonio Caroli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1793 Gilbert White, English naturalist ("Natural History and Antiquities of Selborn"), dies at 72
  • 1798 Eugene Godecharle, composer, dies at 56
  • 1810 Joseph Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
  • 1819 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, composer, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 1836 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, author/composer (Marseillaise), dies
  • 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
  • 1923 Edward Rae, cricketer (introduced cricket into Russian Lapland), dies
  • 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
  • 1944 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • 1945 Erno Rapee, composer, dies at 54
  • 1945 Nikolay Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, composer, dies at 72
  • 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
  • 1948 Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • 1949 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (b. 1876)
  • 1956 Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1957 Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1958 Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Vocation), dies at 93
  • 1958 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1958 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1959 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • 1960 John Brenden Kelly, rower (Olympic-gold-1920, 24), dies at 70
  • 1961 Kenneth F Fearing, US, poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • 1963 Obe Postma, Fries, poet/geography/historian (Own Cart), dies
  • 1964 Leo Dandurand, American-born Canadian sports executive (b. 1889)
  • 1965 Johan C T Kikkert, painter/etcher/critic, dies at 82
  • 1965 Reginald Beckwith, actor/writer (39 Steps, Dr in Love), dies at 56
  • 1967 Errol Hunte, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests v England 1930), dies
  • 1967 Françoise Dorléac, French actress (b. 1942)
  • 1971 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • 1971 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1971 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • 1972 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • 1973 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1973 Ernest Truex, actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday), dies at 82
  • 1975 St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1977 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • 1977 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • 1979 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • 1981 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • 1982 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, dies
  • 1982 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • 1982 Charles Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison for James Bond films, dies at 71
  • 1982 Sandy Powell, costume designer, dies at 82
  • 1983 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • 1984 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984 George H Gallup, pollster (Gallup Poll), dies at 82
  • 1986 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1987 Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide
  • 1990 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1991 Paul Andor, actor (Mad Lover, Enemy of Women), dies
  • 1992 Geert Vissers, Dutch TV host (Gay Dating Show), dies
  • 1992 Phil Rubenstein, US, actor (Tango & Cash, Robocop), dies
  • 1992 Herman Rohde, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1993 Catherine Leno, mother of Tonight Show host Jay, dies of cancer at 82
  • 1993 Jack Bittner, entertainer, dies

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1993 Roy Campanella, 3xMVP catcher (Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1993 Willy C of Hemert, director/(text)poet (Small Truth), dies at 81
  • 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, barkeeper, dies at 64
  • 1994 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist, dies at 65
  • 1994 Roelof Kiers, VPRO-programmer/director (Macchiavelli), dies at 56
  • 1994 Thomas henry Wait Armstrong, organist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Veronica Guerin, journalist, dies at 36

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1997 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1997 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 2004 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 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
  • 2007 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Natasja Saad, Danish Reggae singer (b. 1974)
  • 2010 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • 2010 Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • 2012 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71