On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 1

  • 195 BC Gaozu of Han, Emperor of China (202-195 BC), founder of Han Dynasty
  • 193 Didius Julianus [Marcus Severus Didius Julianus], Roman Emperor, murdered at 61
  • 1191 Philips van de Elzas, count of Vlanderen, dies
  • 1340 Jan III van Diest, bishop of Utrecht (1322-40), dies
  • 1434 Władysław II Jagiełło, King of Lithuania and later also Poland, dies (b.1351)
  • 1560 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], French Queen consort of Scotland (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland for daughter Mary Queen of Scots (1554-60), dies of dropsy at 44
  • 1568 18 nobles beheaded in Brussels for treason and heresy by Duke of Alva and authority of Council of Troubles
  • 1568 Gijsbert van Bronkhorst-Batenburg, calvinist leader, beheaded
  • 1571 John Story, English Catholic martyr, executed at Tyburn by being hung, drawn and quartered

Tokugawa Ieyasu

1616 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, dies from natural causes

  • 1625 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (b. 1568)
  • 1639 Melchior Franck, German composer
  • 1660 Mary Dyer, English Quaker (martyred) - hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1676 Creutz, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle
  • 1676 Uggla, Swedish admiral (Öland), dies in battle
  • 1699 Jean Rousseau, French composer and viol player, dies at 54
  • 1710 David Mitchell, Scottish admiral in the British Royal navy (b. 1642)
  • 1713 Johan Runius, Swedish poet (Dudaim), dies at 34
  • 1729 Matthaeus de Cock, governor general of Dutch Indies (1725-29), dies at about 65
  • 1740 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (b. 1657)
  • 1763 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1769 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, dies at 79
  • 1795 Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist (b. 1744)
  • 1810 Johann Paul Wessely, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1815 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (b. 1853)
  • 1823 Louis Nicholas Davout, French fieldmarshal, dies at 53
  • 1826 Jean Frédéric Oberlin, Alsatian pastor (b. 1740)
  • 1830 Sahajanand Swami, believed to be an incarnation of god by his followers, leaves his mortal body. (b. 1781)
  • 1841 David Wilkie, British painter, dies at 55
  • 1846 Gregory XVI [Bartolomeo Alberto Mauro Cappellari], Pope (1831-1846), dies at 80
  • 1861 John Q Marr, US Confederate captain, dies in battle at Fairfax Courthouse, the first Confederate death of the war
  • 1864 Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of African Americans, assassinated in his home by white terrorists in SC
  • 1864 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (b. 1812)

James Gordon Bennett

1872 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

  • 1873 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia), dies at 68
  • 1876 Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, dies at 28
  • 1879 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Head of the House of Bonaparte (1873-79), killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu war at 23
  • 1909 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • 1910 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, dies at 91
  • 1912 Daniel Burnham, American architect and urban designer (built skyscrapers), dies at 65
  • 1918 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • 1918 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, dies at 32
  • 1925 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), dies at 64
  • 1926 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64

Lizzie Borden

1927 Lizzie Borden, American woman acquitted of the murder of her parents, dies of pneumonia at 66

  • 1927 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (b. 1861)
  • 1935 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1938 Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian writer (A Child of Our Time), dies at 36
  • 1941 Hugh S Walpole, British novelist and playwright (Jeremy, Maradick at 40), dies at 57
  • 1942 Ernest Pingoud, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1942 Vladislav Vančura, Czech writer (Rozmarné léto), dies at 50
  • 1943 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With The Wind; Of Human Bondage), dies after Nazis shoot down his plane at 50
  • 1943 Wilfrid B. Israel, Jewish activist
  • 1946 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • 1946 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1948 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • 1951 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian, dies at 85
  • 1954 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), dies at 84
  • 1955 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Sax Rohmer [Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward], English author (Dr Fu Manchu novels), dies at 76
  • 1960 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 1960 Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler (b. 1896)

ExecutionAdolf Eichmann

1962 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56

  • 1964 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66

Curly Lambeau

1965 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), dies of a heart attack at 67

  • 1966 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92

Helen Keller

1968 Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, dies at 87

  • 1968 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • 1969 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • 1969 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • 1969 Michiyo Tsujimura, Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist (components of green tea), dies at 81
  • 1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82

Reinhold Niebuhr

1971 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

  • 1973 Harvey S Firestone Jr, American tire manufacturer, dies at 75
  • 1973 Mary Kornman, American actress ("Our Gang" shorts; The Desert Trail; Queen of the Jungle; Swing It, Professor), dies at 57
  • 1973 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man; Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 76
  • 1976 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • 1979 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), dies at 91
  • 1979 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • 1980 Rube Marquard, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93
  • 1980 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • 1981 Carl Vinson, American politician (38th Dean of the United States House of Representatives, 1961-65), dies at 97
  • 1981 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • 1982 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, and politician (ARP), dies
  • 1983 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • 1983 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • 1984 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • 1985 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 1987 Errol W Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • 1987 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • 1988 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), dies at 85
  • 1990 Eric Barker, actor/writer (Carry on Sergeant, Roommates), dies
  • 1991 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1992 Howard Ralston, actor (Pollyana), dies
  • 1992 Louise Hoff, entertainer, dies at 69
  • 1992 Michael King, actor (Lonely are the Brave), dies at 69
  • 1994 Frances Heflin, American actress (All My Children, The Skin of Our Teeth), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 1994 Juan J H Rovira, Spanish general, murdered
  • 1994 Wim van der Grinten, Dutch lawyer and KVP politician (State Secretary of Economic Affairs), dies at 80
  • 1995 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Tony Clegg, English property trader (Montleigh), dies at 58
  • 1996 Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), dies at 83
  • 1996 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • 1996 Fernand Schokweiler, judge, dies at 60
  • 1996 Ray Combs, American comedian and TV host (Family Feud, 1988-94), commits suicide at 40
  • 1996 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon, dies at 85
  • 1996 Stephen Jones, English art historian, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1996 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), dies at 75
  • 1996 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1997 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1980-85), dies at 92
  • 1998 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 60
  • 1999 Christopher Cockerell, English engineer and inventor (Hovercraft), dies at 88
  • 1999 Mr. Prospector, American thoroughbred racehorse and breeding stallion (most influential sire of his generation), dies of complications from colic at 29
  • 2001 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal, killed by her son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 51
  • 2001 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal (1972-2001), killed by his son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 55
  • 2001 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2002 Hansie Cronje, South African Cricket Batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 2003 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 86
  • 2004 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)

George Mikan

2005 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), dies of diabetes complications at 80

  • 2006 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, dies at 59
  • 2007 Arn Shein, American sports writer (editor The Daily Item 1949-74), dies at 78
  • 2007 Tony Thompson, American singer-songwriter in R&B group Hi-Five, dies at 31
  • 2008 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, dies at 71
  • 2008 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), dies at 67
  • 2009 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), dies at 92
  • 2010 Lt. Gen. William H. Ginn, Jr., U.S. Air Force officer (b.1928)
  • 2014 Ann B. Davis, American stage and screen actress (Bob Cummings Show - "Schultzy"; The Brady Bunch - "Alice") dies from subdural hematoma incurred in a fall at 88
  • 2014 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), dies at 75
  • 2015 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • 2015 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • 2017 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up), dies at 94
  • 2017 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2018 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83
  • 2018 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, dies at 83
  • 2019 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35
  • 2020 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), dies from COVID-19 at 80
  • 2020 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), dies at 83
  • 2021 Vince Promuto, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1963, 64; Washington Redskins), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • 2021 Adnan Al Sharqi, Lebanese soccer manager (Lebanon 1974–76, 1987–93, 2006–08; Ansar 11 x league titles), dies from cancer at 79
June 1 Highlights