On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 30

  • 578 Jacob Baradaeus, Bishop of Edessa
  • 579 Benedict I, Italian Pope (575-79), dies
  • 1516 Johan V Nassau, earl of Nassau-Vianden/Dietz, dies
  • 1528 Jacopo d'antonio Negreti Palma, Italian painter, dies at about 48
  • 1540 Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
  • 1540 Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred)
  • 1550 Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, English politician (b. 1505)
  • 1566 Guillaume Rondelet, French naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, dies at 58
  • 1652 John Cloppenburg, vicar/theologist, dies at 68
  • 1652 Charles Amédée de Savoie, 6th Duc de Nemours, French soldier (b. 1624)
  • 1655 Sigmund Theophil Staden, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1680 Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory, Irish naval commander (b. 1634)
  • 1691 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer and scholar (b. 1639)

William Penn

1718 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (No cross, no crown), dies at 73

  • 1741 Wierich PL count von Daun, gov-gen of Austria & Netherlands, dies
  • 1771 Thomas Gray, English poet, dies at 54
  • 1781 Augustin Ullinger, German composer, dies at 35
  • 1796 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect, dies at 72
  • 1811 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Spanish Catholic priest, and leader Mexican independence, executed at 58
  • 1832 Jean-A-C Chaptal, French chemist/Internal minister, dies
  • 1849 Jacob Perkins, American inventor, dies at 83
  • 1863 George Crockett Strong, US Union gen-mjr, dies of injuries at 29
  • 1865 George Wright, US Union brigadier general, dies at 61
  • 1875 George Pickett, American Confederate general (b. 1825)
  • 1889 Charles Absolom, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies in an accident
  • 1900 Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, dies at 55
  • 1901 Herbert Baxter Adams, American historian (American Historical Association), dies at 51
  • 1903 Servas Daems [Peeter Klein], Flem writer (Wheelbarrows), dies at 65
  • 1912 Emperor Meiji [Mutsuhito], 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60
  • 1914 Albert Trott, cricketer (3 Tests for Aus, 2 for Eng), commits suicide
  • 1914 Jean Jaurès, leading socialist, assassinated in Paris
  • 1916 Albert Neisser, German physician who discovered the bacteria that cause gonorrhea and leprosy, dies of septicemia at 61
  • 1918 Chaim Soloveitchik, Rabbi of Brisk, talmudic scholar, dies
  • 1927 Robert Marquies de Flers, French writer (Monsieur Bretonneau), dies
  • 1930 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona, dies at 52
  • 1936 Adolf Philipp, composer, dies at 72
  • 1943 Benjamin James Dale, composer, dies at 58
  • 1943 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1947 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (played in 1st WI Test side 1928), dies at 59
  • 1947 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 86
  • 1957 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 1958 Alexander Albrecht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1962 Myron McCormick, American actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1965 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Key), dies at 79
  • 1965 Alan Washbond, American 2-man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 65
  • 1966 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • 1967 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, dies at 59
  • 1967 John Macchia, American actor (Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party), dies of stroke at 35
  • 1968 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • 1970 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, dies in a car accident 47
  • 1971 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • 1973 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1973 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), dies following a heart attack at 66
  • 1974 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, dies at 75
  • 1976 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London
  • 1977 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • 1978 Aasan Ferit Alnar, Turkish classical composer, dies at 72
  • 1979 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), dies at 60
  • 1980 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), dies after falling through a glass shower door at 66
  • 1980 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • 1981 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, dies at 88
  • 1982 Frank Nicholson, South African cricket wicket-keeper (1935-36), dies
  • 1982 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model, dies at 28
  • 1983 Lynn Fontanne, British Emmy Award-winning stage, screen, and radio actress, dies of pneumonia at 95
  • 1983 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), and MGM executive, dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 1983 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 56
  • 1984 Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies
  • 1985 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1985 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1987 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • 1989 Lane Frost, American bull rider, dies from injuries sustained by being gored by a bull at 25
  • 1990 Ian Gow, British Conservative parliament leader, murdered
  • 1990 Karl Weber, dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1991 Leonardus S van Egerat, travel expert, dies at 68
  • 1991 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), dies at 60
  • 1992 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • 1992 Joe Shuster, Canadian-American cartoonist (co-creator of Superman), dies at 78
  • 1992 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • 1993 Edward B A M Raczynski, Polish pres-in-exile (1979-86), dies at 97
  • 1993 Jay Scott [Jeffrey Scott Beaven], US/Canada movie critic, dies at 43
  • 1993 John Castrios, 1st murder in Washington NH in 200 years, killed at 45
  • 1993 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), is fatally shot by police during a narcotics investigation at 53
  • 1994 Enid Balint-Edmonds, British psychoanalyst, dies at 90
  • 1994 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter, dies at 73
  • 1994 Theo van Scheltinga, skater, dies at 80
  • 1995 Biggie Tembo [Rodwell Marasha], Zimbabwean musician (Bhundu Boys), takes his own life at 36
  • 1995 Charles James Dunn, japanese scholar, dies at 80
  • 1995 Harry Shorto, British philologist and linguist (A Dictionary of the Mon Inscriptions), dies at 75
  • 1996 Father Alan Cheales, Dominican priest for 33 years, dies at 83

Claudette Colbert

1996 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 1996 Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87

Bảo Đại

1997 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85

  • 1998 Buffalo Bob Smith [Robert Emil Schmidt], American TV host (Howdy Doody), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1998 David Hunt, British diplomat winner of the BBC's Mastermind television quiz (1977), dies at 84
  • 2000 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2000 Nan Leslie [Nan Coppage], American actress (Kings Row, The Californians), dies of pneumonia at 74
  • 2003 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • 2004 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • 2004 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • 2005 John Garang, Vice President of Sudan (b. 1945)
  • 2005 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • 2005 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • 2006 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, dies at 102
  • 2006 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), dies of cancer at 82
  • 2006 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)
  • 2007 William Balchin, English geographer, dies at 91
  • 2007 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (Red Dessert, Blowup), dies at 94
  • 2007 Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (b. 1915)

Ingmar Bergman

2007 Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (Cries & Whispers), dies at 89

Bill Walsh

2007 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

  • 2008 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80
  • 2009 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, dies at 83
  • 2010 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, dies at 99
  • 2012 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), dies at 72
  • 2014 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • 2015 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2016 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91
  • 2018 Ron Dellums, American politician (D-House representative from California, 1971-1998), dies of cancer at 82
  • 2019 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78
  • 2020 Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese statesman (Taiwan's 1st popularly elected President 1988–2000), dies at 97 [1]
  • 2021 Jacob Desvarieux, French zouk singer, and guitarist (Kassav'), dies of Covid-19 at 65
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