Famous Deaths on December 29

  • 721 Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  • 1141 Yue Fei, Chinese general, executed

Person of interestThomas Becket

1170 Thomas Becket, English Archbishop of Canterbury, assassinated by 4 knights of King Henry II at 52

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1558 Hermann Finck, composer, dies at 31
  • 1563 Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1619 Antoine Arnauld, French lawyer (Philippica), dies
  • 1630 Jan Baptist Stalpart van der Wiele, RC pastor/lyricist, dies at 51
  • 1634 John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop, dies at 22
  • 1661 Antoine Gérard de Saint-Amant, French poet (b. 1594)
  • 1689 Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam historian/geographer, buried
  • 1689 Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  • 1731 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, dies at 46
  • 1737 Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  • 1785 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer, dies at 69
  • 1785 Johan Herman Wessel, Norwegian poet (b. 1742)
  • 1815 Saartjie Baartman, Hottentot Venus, dies in Paris
  • 1821 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau de Bergendael, S Neth general, dies at 61
  • 1822 Albert Christoph Dies, composer, dies at 67
  • 1825 Giuseppe Maria Gioacchino Cambini, composer, dies
  • 1825 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), dies at 77
  • 1835 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, composer, dies at 29
  • 1836 Johann Baptist Schenk, composer, dies at 83
  • 1847 William Crotch, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1871 Ferdinand Marcucci, composer, dies at 71
  • 1877 Willem Sassen, Dutch attorney general on Curacao (Affair-S), dies
  • 1890 Big Foot, Sioux Indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee
  • 1891 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician, dies at 68
  • 1894 Christina Rossetti, English poet, dies at 64 in London
  • 1897 William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)
  • 1898 Georg Goltermann, composer, dies at 74
  • 1910 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), dies of neurasthenia at 38
  • 1915 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, dies at 57

Person of interestGrigori Rasputin

1916 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 45

  • 1919 William Osler, Canadian physician and author (circulatory system), dies at 70
  • 1924 Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1925 Félix E Vallotton, Swiss painter/writer (Chaste Susanne), dies at 60
  • 1926 Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51
  • 1926 Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies), dies at 51
  • 1929 Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
  • 1933 Joh Georghe Duca, premier of Romania, murdered
  • 1937 Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1942 Frank D Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83
  • 1943 William Henry Singer, American painter and collector (Singer Museum, Laren), dies at 75
  • 1947 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/general, dies at 78
  • 1952 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1953 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1956 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Jesus Christ's Church) and resistance fighter against the Nazi regime, dies at 73
  • 1957 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67
  • 1958 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • 1959 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • 1960 Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)

  • 1960 Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1964 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • 1964 Miroslav Krejci, composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Kusaku Yamada, composer, dies at 79
  • 1967 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1968 Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • 1970 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • 1970 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (b. 1909)
  • 1970 William King Gregory, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory), dies at 94
  • 1971 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • 1972 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).
  • 1976 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22
  • 1980 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67
  • 1980 Tim Hardin, American singer (Bird on a Wire), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1980 Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1981 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • 1981 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1982 Sol C Siegel, US film producer (High Society), dies at 79
  • 1984 Leo Robin, lyricist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1984 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), dies at 78
  • 1986 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet director (Solaris, Stalker), dies at 54
  • 1986 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

1986 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • 1986 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), dies at 54
  • 1988 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 1991 Julia McCarthy, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1992 LH Ruitenberg, vicar/editor in chief (Reform Netherlands), dies at 87
  • 1992 Vivienne Segal, US actress (Broadway, Pal Joey), dies at 95
  • 1993 Frunzik [Mher Mkrtchyan], Armenian actor (Mimino, Kidnapping, Caucasian Style), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1994 Eugene Tanner Jr, singer, dies at 58
  • 1994 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), dies at 68
  • 1995 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector, dies at 85

Person of interestLita Grey

1995 Lita Grey, second wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies of cancer at 87

Actress Lita Grey
Actress
Lita Grey
  • 1995 Madeleine Barot, French activist and theologian, dies at 86
  • 1995 Nello Celio, President of Switzerland (1972), dies at 81
  • 1996 Alma Birk, journalist/politician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Daniel Raphaeautl Mayer, journalist/resistance leader, dies at 86
  • 1996 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 1996 Oswald Szemerenyi, philologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Peggy (Margaret McCrorie) Herbison, politician, dies at 89
  • 1996 Robert Morris, lawyer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Willaim Brown, British TV executive, dies at 67
  • 1996 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • 1997 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • 1998 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • 1998 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • 1998 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), dies at 90
  • 1999 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2001 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Kees [Cornelis Pieter] van Dijk, Dutch minister of the Interior, dies at 77
  • 2009 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)
  • 2009 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 2009 David Levine, American artist (New York Review of Books caricatures), dies at 83
  • 2010 Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72

Person of interestTony Greig

2012 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 2012 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), dies at 90
  • 2013 Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer, dies from cancer at 81
  • 2015 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • 2016 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • 2016 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2017 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), dies at 92
  • 2017 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56), dies at 88