Famous Deaths on January 19

  • 639 Dagobert I, king of Austrasia, Soissons, Burgundy and Neustrië, dies at about 36
  • 1479 Johan II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
  • 1526 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark, dies at 24
  • 1547 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
  • 1549 Barthout van Assendelft, 1st land advocate of Holland, dies
  • 1576 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1591 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60
  • 1625 Erhard Buttner, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1629 Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57
  • 1647 Johan van Beverwijck, physician (Treas of Ongesontheyt), dies at 52
  • 1661 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • 1669 Leo Allatios, Greek/Italian theologist/literary, dies at about 82
  • 1692 Jan Commelin, Dutch botanist and director of Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, dies at 62
  • 1729 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1747 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies
  • 1757 Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)

  • 1766 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, dies at 70
  • 1785 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • 1795 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1805 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1830 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold, French composer (b. 1791)
  • 1839 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1851 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • 1865 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)
  • 1874 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, dies at 75
  • 1878 Henri V. Regnault, French physicist and chemist, dies at 67
  • 1885 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • 1893 Julius Eichberg, composer, dies at 68
  • 1894 Francois Haverschmidt, Dutch writer (Snikken en grimlachjes), dies at 58
  • 1902 Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart [Esther Pariseau], Canadian religious leader (US capitol), dies at 78
  • 1905 Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (b. 1817)
  • 1906 Bartolomé Mitre [Martínez], Argentine general, author, statesman and President (1862-1868), dies at 84
  • 1913 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, dies at 69
  • 1925 Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies, dies at 83
  • 1927 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • 1929 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)
  • 1934 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • 1939 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1940 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), dies at 74
  • 1944 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71

  • 1945 Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
  • 1948 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • 1951 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • 1954 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza-Klein theory), dies at 68
  • 1956 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), dies at 68
  • 1957 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • 1962 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1964 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • 1964 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1965 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • 1967 Grace Cunard, actress (Untamed, Ressurection), dies at 73
  • 1968 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1969 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • 1970 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), dies of lung cancer at 49
  • 1971 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • 1973 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1975 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter dies at 85 (b. 1889)
  • 1976 Kevin Coughlin, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in hit-&-run at 30
  • 1976 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • 1979 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • 1980 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • 1980 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 1982 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • 1982 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1984 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • 1987 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1987 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1989 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • 1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58
  • 1990 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • 1990 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • 1990 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, dies at 84
  • 1991 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • 1991 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), dies of lymphoma at 73
  • 1991 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • 1991 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • 1992 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • 1993 Chris Street, basketball player, dies at 20
  • 1993 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72
  • 1993 Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50
  • 1993 William LeMassena, actor (All that Jazz), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 1995 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • 1995 Gene MacLellan, Canadian composer and singer (b. 1938)
  • 1996 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), dies at 79
  • 1996 Donald Simpson, film producer, dies at 52
  • 1996 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • 1997 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1997 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), dies at 73
  • 1998 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1999 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2000 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)

Person of interestHedy Lamarr

2000 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), dies of heart failure at 86

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 2001 Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • 2004 Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • 2004 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • 2005 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • 2005 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Anthony "Tony" Franciosa [Papaleo], American actor (Career, Ben-Hur, Jeff-Name of the Game), dies at 77
  • 2006 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricketer (gifted all-rounder for NZ in 1950's), dies at 84

Person of interestWilson Pickett

2006 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 2007 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler, dies of a drug overdose at 45
  • 2007 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)

  • 2007 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 2008 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • 2009 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2010 Bill McLaren Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Jennifer Lyon American reality television personality (Survivor) (b. 1972)
  • 2011 Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Anatoly Bannik, Ukranian chess master, dies at 91
  • 2013 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop, dies from complications from heart surgery at 82

Person of interestStan Musial

2013 Stan Musial, American MLB hall of famer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 2013 Earl Weaver, American hall of fame MLB manager, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 2014 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), dies at 93
  • 2015 Anne Kirkbride, English Actress (Deirdre in Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • 2016 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • 2017 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2017 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • 2018 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • 2018 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2018 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54