On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 23

  • 945 Richarius, bishop of Luik (922-45), dies
  • 1227 Qiu Chuji, Chinese Taoist (b. 1148)
  • 1373 Birgitta van Sweden, Swedish saint, dies
  • 1403 Thomas Percy, 1st Earl of Worcester, English rebel (executed) (b. 1343)
  • 1531 Louis de Brézé, seigneur d'Anet, Marshal of Normandy and husband of Diane de Poitiers
  • 1568 Don Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip II, dies at about 23
  • 1581 Georges Lalaing, viceroy of Friesland, dies
  • 1584 John Day, English protestant printer (Book of Martyrs) (b. 1522)
  • 1645 Michael I, first Russian Tsar of the House of Romanov (1613-45), dies at 49
  • 1685 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, dies at 53
  • 1690 Richard Gibson, English painter of portrait miniatures and a court dwarf, dies at around 75
  • 1692 Gilles Ménage, French scholar, dies at 78
  • 1727 Simon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
  • 1757 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), dies at 71
  • 1764 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (b. 1703)
  • 1773 George Edwards, English naturalist and ornithologist (father of British ornithology), dies at 79
  • 1781 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-American Continental Congressman, dies at 56

Person of interestRoger Sherman

1793 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence), dies of typhoid fever at 72

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman
  • 1800 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 60
  • 1803 Arthur Wolfe, Irish 1st viscount Kilwarden, Chief Justice of Ireland, murdered during Irish Rebellion at 64
  • 1816 Elizabeth Hamilton, British author (Cats: A Celebration), dies at 68
  • 1829 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • 1840 František Max Kníže, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • 1844 Christian Gobrecht, 4th US chief engraver (1840-44), dies in office
  • 1853 Andries Pretorius, Boer leader (Pretoria named after him), dies at 54
  • 1859 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (Bouquets et prières), dies at 73
  • 1866 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1875 Isaac Singer, American inventor (1st practical home sewing machine), dies at 63
  • 1878 Hilarion Eslava, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1878 Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, Bohemian physician (b. 1804)

Person of interestUlysses S. Grant

1885 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, dies of esophageal cancer in Mount McGregor NY at 63

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1888 Williams Carter Wickham, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • 1904 John Simon, British pathologist, public health officer, and 1st Chief Medical Officer (1855-76), dies at 87
  • 1905 Jean-Jacques Henner, French painter, dies at 76
  • 1909 Ernest F. Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65
  • 1909 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, dies at 63
  • 1916 William Ramsay, Scottish chemist who discovered noble gases (Nobel 1904), dies at 63
  • 1920 Conrad Kohrs, German-born cattle rancher in Montana, dies at 84
  • 1923 Charles Dupuy, French statesman, 3 times Prime Minister of France (1893, 1894-95, 1898-99), dies at 71
  • 1924 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar, dies at 64
  • 1927 Saad Zaghlul, Egyptian parliament chairman, dies at 74
  • 1930 Glenn Curtiss, American aviation pioneer and airplane builder, dies at 52
  • 1932 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • 1932 Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), dies at 41
  • 1933 Max Schillings, German composer and conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1942 Andrew Ducat, English cricketer (England 1921) and footballer, dies whilst batting at Lords Cricket Ground at 56
  • 1942 Nikola Vaptsarov, Bulgarian poet, communist and revolutionary, executed by firing squad at 32
  • 1942 Adam Czerniaków, Polish engineer and head of Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Council, dies by suicide at beginning of clearing of the Ghetto at 61
  • 1942 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, dies at 72
  • 1943 Emanuel Querido, Dutch author and publisher (N.V. Em. Querido Uitgeversmaatschappij), murdered in the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor at 71
  • 1944 Max Nettlau, German anarchist and historian, dies at 79
  • 1944 Helmuth James von Moltke, German earl (July 20th plotter), executed by the Nazis for treason at 37
  • 1946 James Maxton, Scottish politician, Leader of the Independent Labour Party, dies at 61

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

1948 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer (Birth of a Nation), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

Person of interestPhilippe Pétain

1951 Philippe Pétain, French marshal and Chief of the French State (1940-44), dies at 95

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • 1951 Robert Flaherty, American filmmaker and the father of documentary film (Nanook of North), dies at 67
  • 1955 Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Un soir de joie), dies at 55
  • 1955 Cordell Hull, American Secretary of State (1933-44) who established United Nations (Nobel Peace Prize 1945), dies at 83
  • 1957 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian Prince and writer (The Leopard), dies at 61
  • 1961 Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies after surgery at 75
  • 1964 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, dies at 74
  • 1966 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • 1966 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), dies from spinal cancer at 56
  • 1966 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • 1968 Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist (1938 Noble Prize for Medicine or Physiology for work on acetylcholine), dies at 93
  • 1969 Dell Floyd, American editor, author and playwright (Little Accident), dies at 82
  • 1971 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1973 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), dies at 82
  • 1973 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • 1974 Mary Forbes, actress (Nun-Les Miserables, Ivy), dies at 90
  • 1976 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64
  • 1977 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • 1979 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1980 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), dies in a car accident at 32
  • 1980 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • 1980 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, dies at 82
  • 1982 Vic Morrow [Morozoff], American film and television actor Combat!; Cimmaron; Roots), killed by helicopter crash during the filming of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie" at 53
  • 1982 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, dies at 82
  • 1983 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), dies at 84
  • 1984 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), dies of aortic aneurysm at 76
  • 1985 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • 1985 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • 1986 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), dies at 78
  • 1989 Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • 1989 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), dies of heart failure at 73
  • 1990 Georges Flamant, actor (La Chienne), dies in Paris at 86
  • 1990 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • 1990 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1990 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese development of television (b. 1899)
  • 1992 Arletty, French actress (Hotel, Longest Day), dies at 94
  • 1992 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), dies at 69
  • 1993 James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, found dead near McColl, South Carolina
  • 1994 Aad Ivens, Dutch checkers player, dies at 80
  • 1994 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man; Christmas Holiday; This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1994 Henry William Collins, English artist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Bob Rundick, American poet and DJ, dies at 52
  • 1995 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Aliki Vougiouklaki, actress (Madalena), dies at 63
  • 1996 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author, activist and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 78
  • 1996 John Corner, scientist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, dies at 85 [1]
  • 1996 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • 1997 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 93
  • 1998 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 1999 Hassan II [Mawlāy al-Ḥasan Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf], King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • 2001 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), dies at 92
  • 2002 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), dies of health complications at 82
  • 2002 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, dies at 68
  • 2002 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • 2003 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • 2004 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2004 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2006 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Tor Kamata, American/Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (b. 1914)
  • 2007 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • 2007 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), dies at 91
  • 2008 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 63
  • 2010 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), dies at 93
  • 2010 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), dies at 65

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

2011 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • 2011 John Shalikashvili, Polish-American general (NATO), dies at 75
  • 2011 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd Stayed With My Mom), dies at 94
  • 2011 Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, Premier of South Vietnam (1965-67), dies at 80

Person of interestSally Ride

2012 Sally Ride, American astronaut and 1st American woman in space, dies of pancreatic cancer at 61

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 2012 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75
  • 2013 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from pneumonia at 84
  • 2013 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75
  • 2014 Dora Bryan [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), dies at 91
  • 2016 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, dies at 90
  • 2017 Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1954, French C'ships 1958)), dies at 87
  • 2020 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), dies at 81
  • 2020 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90
  • 2021 John Cornell, Australian screenwriter (Paul Hogan Show; Crocodile Dundee), and director (Crocodile Dundee II),. dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2021 Tito Lupini, Italian rugby union prop (11 Tests; Rovigo) and coach (Rovigo), dies from COVID-19 at 65
July 23 Highlights