On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 13

  • 1036 Ali az-Zahir, 7th Caliph of the Fātimids (1021-36), dies at 30
  • 1142 Godfried II, duke of Brabant/Neth-Lotharingen, dies
  • 1231 Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint, dies at 35
  • 1256 Tankei, Japanese sculptor (b. 1173)
  • 1371 Jan V of Virneburg, bishop of Utrecht (Pledge Vollenhove), dies
  • 1550 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1550 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64
  • 1612 Charles III de Croÿ, Prince of Chimay and Duke of Aarschot, dies at 51
  • 1636 George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly, Scottish politician (b. 1562)
  • 1645 Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman
  • 1665 Auke Stellingwerf, lt-admiral of Friesland, dies in battle at about 29
  • 1665 Egbert Meussen Kortenaer, vice-admiral, dies in battle at about 29
  • 1665 Jacob van Wassenaer [Foggy Obdam], lt-admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1749 Jan F van Bloemen [Orizonte], Flemish painter, dies at 87
  • 1784 Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)
  • 1810 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), dies at 47
  • 1817 Richard Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish inventor and educationalist, dies at 73
  • 1821 Alexander Gogel, Dutch minister of Finance, dies at 55
  • 1825 Johann Peter Melchior, German sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1839 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, dies at 66
  • 1865 Cleaveland J Campbell, Union brigadier general, dies at about 29
  • 1873 Angelo Mariani, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1881 Joseph Škoda, Bohemian physician, dies at 75
  • 1886 King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Builder of palace of Neuschwanstein, patron of Wagner, found dead in Lake Starnberg, near Munich at 11:30 PM at 40
  • 1898 Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French Canadian lawyer and politician, dies at 57
  • 1899 [Robert] Lawson Tait, Scottish-born pioneering surgeon performed first salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy, dies at 54
  • 1904 Nikiphoros Lytras, Greek painter (b. 1832)
  • 1905 Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered
  • 1905 Tippo-Tip [Hamed ben Mohammed], Zanzibar merchant, dies at about 67
  • 1913 Jonathan Hutchinson, English surgeon and scientist, dies at 84
  • 1920 Essad Pasja, Albanian military man/minister, murdered at the Versailles Peace Conference
  • 1927 Henry CK "Clan" Petty-Fitzmaurice, gov of India (1888-94), dies at 82
  • 1928 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, dies at 60
  • 1930 Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)
  • 1931 Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)
  • 1939 Arthur Coningham, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies at 75
  • 1939 Volter Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • 1943 Kočo Racin, Macedonian poet (b. 1908)
  • 1944 Christopher Heseltine, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1895-96), dies
  • 1946 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), dies at 71
  • 1951 Ben Chifley, Australian politician and the 16th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1945-49), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1952 Max Pulver, writer, dies
  • 1954 Nikolai Obukhov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • 1956 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • 1958 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (Built in Jerusalem’s Wall: A Book in praise of Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1961 Ben A. Jones, American horse trainer (US Champion trainer by earnings 1941, 43, 44, 52; Kentucky Derby x 6 including Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 78
  • 1962 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • 1965 Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli dialogue philosopher and theologist (Ich und Du), dies at 87
  • 1965 David Drummond, Australian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Gerald Patterson, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1919, 21; Australian C'ships 1927), dies at 71
  • 1969 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • 1969 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69
  • 1972 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B and doo-wop tenor vocalist, arranger and songwriter (The Dominos, 1950-53 - "Sixty Minute Man"; TheDrifters, 1953-55 - "Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), dies at 39
  • 1972 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • 1972 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and spy, dies at 80
  • 1973 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Frantisek Suchy, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1976 Don Bolles, American journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • 1977 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • 1977 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins), dies of pancreatitis at 21
  • 1979 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), dies from acute hepatitis at 47
  • 1982 Abdul Aziz Khaled, King of Saudi-Arabia, dies at 69
  • 1982 Ken Mackay, Australian cricketer (Aussie all-rounder 1956-63), dies at 56
  • 1982 Peter Maivia, wrestler (b. 1935)
  • 1984 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • 1984 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications

Benny Goodman

1986 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

  • 1986 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), dies at 71

Geraldine Page

1987 Geraldine Page, American actress (Blue & Gray, Trip to Bountiful), dies at 62

  • 1989 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • 1993 Donald "Deke" K Slayton, US major/astronaut (Apollo 18), dies at 69
  • 1993 Gérard Côté, Canadian runner (b. 1913)
  • 1994 Anne Aitken, student of Zen, dies at 83
  • 1994 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994 James Pollack, US room designer, dies at 55
  • 1995 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1996 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist, dies at 60
  • 1998 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • 1998 Reg Smythe, English cartoonist (Andy Capp), dies at 80
  • 2001 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova Ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • 2002 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • 2002 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series) dies at 63
  • 2003 Harold Ashby, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), dies at 78
  • 2004 Dick Durrance, American skier, dies at 89
  • 2004 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 2005 Jonathan Adams, English actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Álvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer, dies at 91
  • 2005 Lane Smith, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2005 David Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), dies at 89
  • 2006 Charles Haughey, Irish Taoiseach (1979-81, 82, 87-92), dies at 80
  • 2007 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 90
  • 2007 Walid Eido, Lebanese MP (b. 1942)

Tim Russert

2008 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

  • 2008 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), dies at 82
  • 2009 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host (Jimmy Dean Show), actor (Diamonds Are Forever), and sausage maker,, dies at 81
  • 2012 William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95
  • 2012 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • 2015 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • 2015 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • 2016 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2016 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, dies at 91
  • 2017 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • 2017 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), dies at 86
  • 2018 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), dies of a stomach illness at 73
  • 2018 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), dies at 85
  • 2018 Anne Donovan, Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (Olympic gold 1984, 88; coach 2008), dies of heart failure at 56
  • 2018 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 2019 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • 2020 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), dies at 87
  • 2020 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 81
  • 2021 Ned Beatty, American stage and screen actor (Deliverance; Hear My Song; Network; Nashville), dies at 83
  • 2021 Ziona Chana, Indian head of a Christian sect and 'world's largest family' (38 wives, 89 children), dies at 76 [1]
June 13 Highlights