Famous Deaths on December 28

  • 300 Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 1367 Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (2nd shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate), dies at 37
  • 1446 Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies
  • 1503 Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)
  • 1542 Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52
  • 1622 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, dies at 55
  • 1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1618)
  • 1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (light defraction), dies at 45
  • 1671 Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar, dies at 60
  • 1673 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • 1694 Mary II, Queen of England, dies after 5 years of rule at 32 [NS=Jan 7]
  • 1703 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), dies at 39
  • 1706 Pierre Bayle, French theologist (History of Criticism), dies at 59
  • 1708 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist (b. 1656)
  • 1715 William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)

Person of interestRob Roy

1734 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63

Folk Hero and Outlaw Rob Roy
Folk Hero and Outlaw
Rob Roy

  • 1772 Ernst J earl van/of Biron, Russian duke of Courland, dies at 82
  • 1775 Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of (Neth Indies), dies at 61
  • 1779 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1793 Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75
  • 1795 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
  • 1830 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, dies at 83
  • 1859 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), dies at 59
  • 1860 Cornelius Broere, Dutch RC clergyman/poet, dies at 57
  • 1862 Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
  • 1870 Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1870 Peter van Schendel, Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • 1872 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • 1878 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, dies at 90
  • 1884 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist and publisher, dies at 56
  • 1891 Alfred Cellier, composer, dies at 47
  • 1897 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, dies at 64
  • 1900 Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)
  • 1903 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46
  • 1915 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer and politician, dies at 78
  • 1916 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • 1917 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
  • 1918 George H White, last post Reconstruction congressman (Penn), dies
  • 1918 Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
  • 1919 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)
  • 1924 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, dis at 58

  • 1932 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • 1935 Clarence Day, writer (Life with Father), dies
  • 1937 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1938 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
  • 1942 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73
  • 1943 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1944 Cornelia ten Boom is accidentally released from Ravensbruck
  • 1945 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • 1946 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • 1947 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • 1948 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • 1949 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39
  • 1949 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
  • 1952 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • 1956 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic chairman (1st Chamber), dies at 76

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

1959 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • 1961 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
  • 1962 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)
  • 1963 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1963 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68
  • 1967 Béla Schick, Hungarian-American paediatrician (Schick test), dies at 90
  • 1967 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • 1969 Henry Oscar, English stage and film actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • 1970 L. Mendel Rivers, US politician (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
  • 1971 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 83
  • 1974 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), dies at 56
  • 1976 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), dies at 42
  • 1976 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73
  • 1978 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82
  • 1980 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • 1980 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • 1982 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84
  • 1983 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1983 William Demarest, American actor (My 3 Sons), dies from pneumonia and prostate cancer at 91
  • 1983 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1986 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1986 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), dies at 70
  • 1987 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • 1988 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), dies at 95
  • 1990 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • 1990 Kiel Martin, American actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1990 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • 1990 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 1991 Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1991 Jacques Aubuchon, actor (Hoax, Thunder Road), dies of heart failure
  • 1992 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 1993 Howard Caine [Cohen], American actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 67
  • 1993 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1993 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • 1994 Julian Belfrage, theatre agent, dies at 60
  • 1995 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), dies at 86
  • 1995 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1997 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 1997 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • 1997 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), dies at 68
  • 1997 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • 1999 Clayton Moore, American actor (The Lone Ranger), dies at 85
  • 2001 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2001 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Benjamin T. Hacker, American naval aviator (first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank), dies at 68
  • 2004 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

2004 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • 2006 Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
  • 2006 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95
  • 2007 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • 2007 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • 2009 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2010 Billy Taylor, American musician (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • 2012 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76
  • 2015 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • 2015 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • 2015 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • 2016 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away
  • 2016 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91
  • 2017 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, dies at 97
  • 2017 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94
  • 2017 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77