Famous Deaths on April 28

  • 1089 Dirk de Grote, bishop of Verdun/Basel/archbishop of Trier, dies
  • 1109 Hugo van Cluny, 6th abbott of Cluny/saint, dies
  • 1192 Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem (b. mid 1140s)
  • 1498 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1533 Nicholas West, English bishop and diplomat (b. 1461)
  • 1710 Thomas Betterton, British actor and dramatist (Coriolanus), dies at 74
  • 1716 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest (b. 1673)
  • 1726 Thomas Pitt, British merchant and Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • 1741 Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish General and statesman (b. 1668)
  • 1754 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), dies at 72
  • 1770 Marie AC de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer, dies at 60
  • 1772 Johann Friedrich Struensee, physician of Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1737)
  • 1781 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 58
  • 1799 Francois Giroust, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1804 Hans Gram, composer, dies at 49
  • 1813 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal, dies at 67

  • 1816 Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher (b. 1862)
  • 1841 Peter Chanel, French priest and saint, dies at 37
  • 1843 William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies
  • 1853 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1858 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (b. 1801)
  • 1865 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born British shipping magnate (b. 1787)
  • 1873 A Manzoni, writer, dies at 88
  • 1881 Robert W Ollinger, American warden and the last victim of Billy the Kid, dies
  • 1887 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian and composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian, dies
  • 1905 Fitzhugh Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1835)
  • 1918 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Ferdinand, dies at 23
  • 1925 Louis Bouwmeester, Dutch actor (Shakespeare), dies at 82
  • 1933 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), dies of pleurisy at 31
  • 1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • 1936 Fuʾād I [Aḥmad Fuʾād Pasha], King of Egypt (1922-36), dies at 68
  • 1944 Frank Knox, U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate (b. 1874)

Person of interestBenito Mussolini

1945 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), shot by communist partisans at 61

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1945 Claretta Petacci, mistress of Mussolini, executed
  • 1945 Hans Bloesch, writer, dies
  • 1945 Roberto Farinacci, Italian fascist (b. 1892)
  • 1946 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)
  • 1949 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)
  • 1954 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • 1955 Lode Cantens, Flemish playwrite (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43

  • 1957 Heinz "Pritzl" Bär, German fighter pilot (b. 1913)
  • 1960 Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • 1964 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer and writer (Character), dies at 80
  • 1966 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1969 Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1973 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • 1973 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • 1974 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70
  • 1975 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • 1976 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1977 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • 1978 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68
  • 1979 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies
  • 1980 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • 1981 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • 1982 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • 1983 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies
  • 1984 Glen H Taylor, US senator/VP candidate (1948), dies at 80
  • 1984 Silvia A Warner, writer, dies
  • 1987 Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • 1988 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1989 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1990 Jean Blazer Baney, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • 1991 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1991 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • 1992 Francis Bacon, Irish/British abstract painter, dies at 82
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1992 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), African-American writer, dies at 73
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Andrew Salkey, author editor/broadcaster, dies at 67
  • 1995 Henry C Rogers, press Agent, dies at 81
  • 1995 Peaches Roy Davis, baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1996 Giles Grangier, film director, dies at 84
  • 1996 Henry Clarke, fashion photographer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician, dies at 80
  • 1996 William E Colby, director of CIA (1973-76), dies
  • 1997 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • 1997 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist and author (Street), dies at 88
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • 1999 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), dies of emphysema at 76
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

1999 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • 1999 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2000 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74
  • 2002 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2005 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), dies of a kidney and heart ailment at 90
  • 2007 Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2009 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2009 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • 2011 William Campbell, American actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), dies at 87
  • 2012 Patricia Medina, British actress (The Three Musketeers, High-Low), dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2012 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2012 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher, dies at 92
  • 2013 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, dies at 88
  • 2014 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • 2016 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Conrad Burns, US politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • 2017 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97