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Famous Deaths on January 28

Charlemagne

814 Charlemagne, German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71

  • 1061 Duke Spytihněv II of Bohemia (b. 1031)
  • 1119 Gelasius II [Giovannis Caetani], pope (1118-19), dies
  • 1256 Willem II, earl of Holland/German emperor (1238, 47-56), dies at 22
  • 1271 Isabella of Aragon, wife of Philip III and Queen consort of France (1270-1), dies of complications from childbirth at 22 or 23
  • 1393 Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
  • 1443 Robert le Maçon, Chancellor of France
  • 1528 Philips of Cleve, ruler of Ravenstein, dies

Henry VIII

1547 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55

  • 1549 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1560 John a Lasco [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies

Francis Drake

1596 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

  • 1606 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, dies at 85
  • 1612 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • 1621 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, dies at 68
  • 1672 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, dies at 83
  • 1681 Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (b. 1619)
  • 1687 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • 1697 John Fenwick, English conspirator
  • 1754 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, dies at 69
  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1782 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer, dies at 84
  • 1810 Andrew Hofer, Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead
  • 1813 Ján Josef Rösler, Czech composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1829 William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
  • 1829 Thomas Tredgold, Railway Engineer and Carpenter, dies at 40
  • 1832 Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1838 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS 16 Jan]
  • 1859 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1827-28), dies at 76
  • 1859 William H. Prescott, American historian, dies at 62
  • 1864 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • 1867 John J. Pettus, American politician, Confederate governor (D-Miss, 1859-63), dies at 53
  • 1868 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57
  • 1890 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", dies at 86
  • 1893 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 60
  • 1895 François Certain Canrobert, French marshal and parliament member, dies at 85
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Holmes, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), dies at 54
  • 1908 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1912 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • 1915 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist and mathematician known for discovering the Umov-Poynting vector and Umov effect, dies at 68
  • 1924 Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher and writer (For the Young Ones), dies at 56
  • 1926 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, dies at 82
  • 1930 Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1933 Theodor Birt [Beatus Rhenanus], German classicist and writer, dies at 80
  • 1935 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), dies at 75
  • 1936 Richard Loeb, American Murder, killed Bobby Franks along with Nathan Leopold, killed in prison at 30
  • 1937 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1938 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1938 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • 1939 W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923), dies at 73
  • 1942 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), dies at 61
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1950 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, dies at 66
  • 1951 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finnish general and 6th President of Finland (1944-46), dies at 83
  • 1952 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), dies at 76
  • 1953 James Scullin, Australian Labour Party politician and 9th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 76
  • 1953 Derek Bentley, Englishman controversially convicted for murder of a police officer (pardoned 1998), executed at 19
  • 1957 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • 1959 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • 1959 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85
  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1960 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • 1963 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1963 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • 1965 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • 1965 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • 1967 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies at 64
  • 1970 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • 1971 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1972 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • 1973 John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Lone Ranger, 36 Hours), dies of a abdominal haemorrhage at 63
  • 1975 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1977 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92
  • 1979 Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (The Three Children (Near Clonmel)), dies at 77
  • 1983 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), dies of heart failure at 42
  • 1983 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), dies at 92
  • 1983 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • 1984 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • 1986 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • 1986 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), dies in Challenger at 40
  • 1986 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
  • 1986 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • 1988 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)

Red Grange

1991 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

  • 1991 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 1992 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1993 Aben Kandel, screenwriter (Dinner at 8), dies of heart failure at 96
  • 1993 John Steadman, American actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of a lung ailment at 83
  • 1994 Hal Smith, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Campbell), dies at 77
  • 1994 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79
  • 1994 William Levitt, builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86
  • 1995 Barrie Wilson, British religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), dies at 59
  • 1995 George Woodcock, Canadian writer of political biography and history (Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements), dies at 82
  • 1995 James P Grant, American director of UNICEF (1980-95), dies at 72
  • 1995 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, dies at 61
  • 1995 Philip Burton, Welsh producer and Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80
  • 1995 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic, dies at 83
  • 1996 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), dies at 44
  • 1996 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81
  • 1996 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • 1996 San Yu, Burmese General and the 5th President of Burma (1981-88), dies at 77
  • 1996 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Colin Welch, British political journalist and critic of Enid Blyton's Noddy series, dies at 72
  • 1997 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • 1997 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • 1998 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), dies in a helicopter crash at 50
  • 1999 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 2001 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 2002 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish children book author (Pippi Longstocking), dies at 94
  • 2004 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • 2004 Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2004 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), dies at 64 [1]
  • 2005 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • 2005 Karen Lancaume, French actress (suicide) (b. 1973)
  • 2005 Jacques Villeret, French actor (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • 2006 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), dies at 77
  • 2007 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • 2007 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • 2007 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • 2008 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • 2009 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2009 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), dies at 72
  • 2013 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), dies at 82
  • 2013 Bobby Sharp, American piano player, songwriter (“Unchain My Heart”), and drug rehab counselor, dies at 88
  • 2014 Fernand Leduc, Canadian abstract expressionist painter (Les Automatistes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 97
  • 2015 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • 2016 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • 2017 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2019 Kim Bok-dong, Korean sex slave activist, dies at 92
  • 2020 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2020 Mohammad Munaf, Pakistan cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), dies at 84
  • 2020 Nicholas Parsons, British presenter, comedian and actor "the ultimate quiz show host", dies at 96
  • 2021 Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), dies at 96 [1]
  • 2021 Eddie Connachan, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Dunfermline Athletic, Middlesbrough, Falkirk), dies at 85
January 28 Highlights