Famous Deaths on July 29

  • 238 Pupienus, Roman Emperor ruled 3 months with Balbinus
  • 238 Balbinus, Roman Emperor, ruled 3 months with Pupienus
  • 1030 Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad
  • 1095 Ladislaus I, King of Hungary, dies at 55
  • 1099 Urban II, [Odo van Lagery], French Pope (1088-99), dies

Person of interestKing Philip I

1108 King Philip I, King of the Franks 1059, 1060-1108), dies at 56

King of France King Philip I
King of France
King Philip I
  • 1164 Olaf, King of Norway, dies
  • 1507 Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer, dies at 47
  • 1573 Spanish prince of Eboli, dies
  • 1573 John Caius, English physician, dies at 62
  • 1596 Jacobus Latomus, Flemish poet (Psalms/Jeremias) dies at about 84
  • 1612 Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)
  • 1632 Samuel Ampzing, vicar/poet (Biblical Treasures), dies
  • 1644 Urban VIII, [Maffeo Barberini], Pope (1623-44), dies
  • 1649 David Teniers I, Flemish painter (altaar stukken), dies
  • 1669 Christopher Simpson, composer, dies

  • 1752 Peter Warren, British admiral
  • 1781 Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician, dies at 73
  • 1786 Franz Asplmayr, composer, dies at 58
  • 1792 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (b. 1714)
  • 1797 Christoph Rheineck, composer, dies at 48
  • 1808 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey (1789-1808), dies
  • 1813 Jean-Andoche Junot, French general (b. 1771)
  • 1825 Micah Hawkins, composer, dies at 48

Person of interestWilliam Wilberforce

1833 William Wilberforce, English abolitionist, dies at 73

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce
  • 1838 Jonathan Huntington, composer, dies at 66
  • 1839 Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1844 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer and 6th child of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dies at 53
  • 1856 Robert Schumann, German composer (Humoresque, Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik), dies at 46
  • 1857 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, dies at 54
  • 1857 Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (b. 1774)
  • 1859 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, composer, dies at 63
  • 1863 Edward Needle Kirk, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at about 35
  • 1886 Adolf Muller, composer, dies at 84
  • 1886 Solomon Gazfried, rabbi/author (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch), dies
  • 1887 Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman (d. 1813)

Person of interestVincent van Gogh

1890 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (Sunflowers), dies 2 days after shooting himself at 37

  • 1891 Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita), dies at 70
  • 1897 Joost G Kist, lawyer/president of High Council (1885-97), dies at 74
  • 1900 Umberto I, Italian King (1878-1900) assassinated by Gaetano Bresci
  • 1906 Alexandre Luigini, French composer, dies at 56

  • 1913 Tobias Asser, Dutch advocate of world law (Nobel 1911), dies at 75
  • 1918 Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1922 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1930 Alexander von Fielitz, composer, dies at 69
  • 1933 Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer, dies at 73
  • 1934 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • 1938 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1941 James Stephenson, British actor (Letter, Espionage Agent, Nancy Drew), dies at 52
  • 1950 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • 1954 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • 1956 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves), dies at 83
  • 1958 Charles O'Malley, actor in silent westerns (Iron Horse), dies at 61
  • 1960 Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies
  • 1963 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • 1963 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer, dies at 48
  • 1964 Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1966 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • 1970 John G B Barbirolli, English conductor/composer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Jonel Perlea, Romanian composer, dies at 69
  • 1973 Eileen Percy, Irish silent film actress (Wicked, Backstage), dies at 72
  • 1973 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1973 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1974 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • 1974 Erich Kästner, German author (b. 1899)
  • 1975 James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54
  • 1976 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), dies at 62
  • 1977 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • 1978 Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • 1979 Herbert Marcuse, German-American communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • 1979 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • 1980 Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • 1981 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)

Person of interestVladimir Zworykin

1982 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), dies at 82

  • 1982 Cor[nelis R J] Kieboom, resistor/President Feyenoord, dies at 81
  • 1982 Harold Sakata [Toshiyuki], American actor (Gold Finger, Dimension 5), dies of liver cancer at 62
  • 1982 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), dies at 86

Person of interestDavid Niven

1983 David Niven, British actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73

  • 1983 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, dies at 83
  • 1983 Luis Buñuel, director (Monk), dies of cirrhosis of liver at 83
  • 1983 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 1984 Fred Waring, American musician and conductor (name behind the Waring Blender), dies at 84
  • 1984 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • 1985 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1986 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1987 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1987 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • 1988 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • 1988 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • 1990 Bruno Kreisky, union chancellor Austria, dies
  • 1992 William Mathias, Welsh composer (wrote for 1981 royal wedding), dies at 57
  • 1992 Tavio Amorin, Togolese politician, murdered
  • 1993 AJA Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer, dies at 78
  • 1994 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British biochemist (B-12, Nobel 1964), dies at 78
  • 1994 Francisco Veguillas, Spanish general, murdered at 68
  • 1994 John Bayard Britton, abortion doctor, killed by Paul Hill

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

1994 Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist who developed protein crystallography, 3rd woman to win a Nobel Prize (1964), dies of a stroke at 84

  • 1996 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88
  • 1996 Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (b. 1919)
  • 1996 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)
  • 1998 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Tony-West Side Story), dies at 79
  • 1999 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, produer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), dies at 70
  • 2001 Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Wau Holland, German computer hacker (b. 1951)
  • 2001 Alex Nicol, American actor (The Screaming Skull, Man From Laramie, Air Cadet), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2003 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Johnny Walker [Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi], Indian actor (Madhumati, Chachi 420), dies at 82
  • 2004 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • 2007 Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), dies at 79
  • 2007 Tom Snyder, American television personality (The Tomorrow Show), dies at 71
  • 2007 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • 2008 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • 2009 Gayatri Devi, Ex-Maharani of Indian state Jaipur. (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Claude Laydu, Belgian-born Swiss actor (Diary of a Country Priest), dies at 84
  • 2013 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (Ecuador 58 caps), dies from heart failure at 27
  • 2014 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2015 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2016 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • 2016 Zelda Fichandler, American theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), dies at 91
  • 2017 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74