Famous Deaths on January 29

  • 969 Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
  • 1240 Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. va. 1165)
  • 1342 Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
  • 1559 Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • 1597 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1608 Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
  • 1647 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1663 Robert Sanderson, Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), dies
  • 1676 Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)
  • 1678 Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1696 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies
  • 1706 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
  • 1737 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1743 Andre Hercule Fleury, French cardinal (1726-43), dies
  • 1763 Louis Racine, French poet (La Religion), dies at 70
  • 1814 Johann G Fichte, German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre), dies at 51
  • 1820 King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820.
  • 1824 Louise MC countess of Albany, Henegouws salon owner, dies at 71
  • 1829 Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Seth Thomas, American Manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • 1870 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
  • 1871 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer and Seigneur (b. 1786)
  • 1879 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1888 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • 1899 Alfred Sisley, painter, dies
  • 1899 Robert J Fruin, Dutch historian (80-year war), dies at 75
  • 1906 Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
  • 1910 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • 1912 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, dies at 54
  • 1916 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils, composer, dies at 62
  • 1917 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75
  • 1921 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (11 test matches) and footballer, dies at 62
  • 1924 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79
  • 1928 Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WWI), dies at 66
  • 1933 Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
  • 1934 Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
  • 1941 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • 1942 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • 1944 William Allen White, US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75
  • 1946 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • 1946 Sidney James Jones, composer, dies at 84
  • 1947 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • 1948 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)
  • 1950 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • 1951 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • 1951 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • 1955 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51

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1956 H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1960 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1962 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86

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1963 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88


  • 1964 Alan Ladd, actor (Shane), dies at 50 in Palm Springs Calif
  • 1965 John Larkin, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 52
  • 1965 Michael Spisak, composer, dies at 50
  • 1966 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • 1967 Wlodzimierz Pozniak, composer, dies at 62
  • 1968 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • 1970 Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74
  • 1973 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • 1973 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), dies at 89
  • 1976 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1977 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • 1977 Freddie Prinze, comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • 1978 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • 1980 Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • 1980 Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • 1981 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • 1984 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • 1986 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), dies at 74
  • 1987 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • 1988 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 46
  • 1989 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1991 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • 1992 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • 1993 Hank Werba, [Herman Werblowski], US journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • 1993 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies
  • 1994 Jevgeni P Leonov, Russian actor (Gori, Moja Zvezda), dies at 67
  • 1994 Nick Cravat [Nicholas Cuccia], American actor (Gremlin-Twilight Zone), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1994 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1995 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist (Rhodesia), dies at 88
  • 1995 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69
  • 1995 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77
  • 1995 Richard Desborough Burnell, oarsman, dies at 77
  • 1996 Jack Sutherland, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 John Terence Reese, British bridge master, dies at 82
  • 1997 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • 1997 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • 1997 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • 1998 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, Inside Moves), dies at 88
  • 2003 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 2004 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 2004 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirst (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2007 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • 2008 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • 2009 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • 2009 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • 2009 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87

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2010 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 2012 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian President (1992-99), dies at 93
  • 2012 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2012 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, dies at 88
  • 2013 Frank Hahn, British economist, dies at 87
  • 2014 Ashutosh Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • 2015 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • 2015 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • 2016 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87