Famous Deaths on December 30

  • 274 St Felix I, dies and ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1218 Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1162)
  • 1460 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne killed in Battle of Wakefield at 49 (b. 1411)
  • 1525 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant, dies at 66
  • 1572 Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60
  • 1573 Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian writer (b. 1504)
  • 1591 Pope Innocent IX [Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti], 230th Catholic pope (1591), dies at 72
  • 1621 Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)
  • 1640 John Francis Regis, French saint (b. 1597)
  • 1644 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (b. 1577)
  • 1662 Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria (b. 1628)
  • 1691 Robert Boyle, Irish scientist (b. 1627)
  • 1769 Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Austrian soldier (b. 1685)
  • 1777 Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50
  • 1788 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, dies at 86
  • 1796 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French composer, dies at 45

  • 1821 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, dies at 42
  • 1825 Peter Grønland, Danish composer, dies at 64
  • 1828 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, dies at 38
  • 1832 Abijah Hammond, owned large portion of Greenwich Village, dies
  • 1870 ... Prim, Spanish general, murdered
  • 1893 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), dies at 72
  • 1893 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, dies at 72
  • 1894 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragist (Bloomers named for her), dies at 76
  • 1895 LP Hartley, British writer, dies

Person of interestJose Rizal

1896 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1899 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget), dies at 85
  • 1906 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England", dies at 92
  • 1908 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)
  • 1912 Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter, German foreign minister, dies at 60
  • 1931 Tyrone Power Sr., British actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton, Alexanders Ragtime Band)), dies at 62
  • 1940 Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79
  • 1941 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
  • 1943 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76
  • 1944 Romain Roland, French writer/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78
  • 1946 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, dies at 65
  • 1947 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), dies at 58
  • 1952 Ivan Olbracht, writer, dies
  • 1955 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)
  • 1959 Maria Baers, Flemish social worker and founder of the Christian Workers' Women's Movement (KAV), dies at 76
  • 1961 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53

  • 1964 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 1966 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
  • 1966 Christian Herter, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57), dies at 71
  • 1967 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38

Person of interestVincent Massey

1967 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1968 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72

Person of interestSonny Liston

1970 Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1971 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • 1971 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • 1971 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • 1973 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101
  • 1979 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77
  • 1981 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • 1984 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)
  • 1986 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1986 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1988 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1989 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies
  • 1989 Lenore Lemmon, wife of George Reeves (b. 1923)
  • 1992 Caesar [Caesar] Domela, painter/son of Ferdinand D Nieuwenhuis, dies
  • 1992 Ling-Ling, 1st panda China gave US, dies at 23
  • 1993 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1993 Irving Paul Lazar, American talent agent, dies of kidney failure at 86
  • 1994 Lloyd James Austin, french Scholar, dies at 79
  • 1995 Heiner Muller, dramatist, dies at 66
  • 1995 Roger W Suddards, solicitor, dies at 65
  • 1995 Doris Grau, American script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), dies from respiratory failure at 71
  • 1996 Jack Nance, actor (Meatballs 4, Whore, Voodoo), murdered at 53
  • 1996 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), dies at 88
  • 1996 Robert Grant Ferris, British politician, dies at 89
  • 1997 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • 1998 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)
  • 1998 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), dies of natural causes at 86
  • 1999 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer, dies at 90
  • 1999 Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world's oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • 2000 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • 2000 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • 2002 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2002 Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)
  • 2003 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2003 John Gregory Dunne, American writer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 2003 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • 2004 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94
  • 2005 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), dies at 74

Person of interestSaddam Hussein

2006 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), hanged in Baghdad at 69

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2006 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War
  • 2006 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • 2008 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • 2009 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • 2009 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, dies at 69
  • 2010 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • 2011 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • 2011 Robert Horton, British businessman and CEO (BP), dies at 72
  • 2012 Rita Levi-Montalcini, neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 103
  • 2014 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Person of interestLuise Rainer

2014 Luise Rainer, German and American actress, - 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (1936, 1937), dies at 104

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • 2015 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • 2015 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • 2015 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), dies at 94