On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 19

  • 1113 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1312 Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall and favourite of Edward II of England beheaded at 27 or 28
  • 1341 Juliana van Falconieri, Italian saint/Swedish tenor, dies
  • 1542 Leo Jud[ae], Swiss pastor/church reformer
  • 1545 Abraomas Kulvietis Lithuanian reformer (b. 1509)
  • 1554 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • 1584 François, Duke of Anjou (b. 1555)
  • 1608 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (b. 1551)
  • 1650 Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593)
  • 1652 Louis de Geer, Neth/Swedish industrialist/millionaire, dies at 64
  • 1747 Alessandro Marcello, composer, dies at 74
  • 1747 Nader Shah, Iranian ruler (1736-47) and founder of Afsharid Dynasty of Persia, murdered at 58
  • 1759 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer, dies at 31
  • 1762 Johann Ernst Eberlin, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1768 Benjamin Tasker, Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)

Nathanael Greene

1786 Nathanael Greene, American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

  • 1787 Sophie Hélène Béatrix, Princess of France, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, dies aged 11 months 10 days
  • 1794 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1805 Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)
  • 1811 Samuel Chase, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 70

Joseph Banks

1820 Joseph Banks, English natural historian (Cook/Australia), dies

  • 1822 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess), dies on his 40th birthday
  • 1837 Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author, dies in battle at 39
  • 1840 John Cockerill, English-Belgian industrialist (founded iron, steel, and manufacturing company - John Cockerill & Company), dies at 50
  • 1844 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist, dies at 72
  • 1857 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • 1864 George Lincoln Prescott, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injuries at 35

ExecutionMaximilian I

1867 Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire is executed by firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro at 34

  • 1902 John Dalberg baron van Acton, English historian “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, dies at 69
  • 1904 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), dies of pernicious anemia at 67
  • 1915 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • 1921 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota), dies at 33
  • 1922 Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1932 Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies
  • 1936 John Sharpe, cricketer (1-eyed fast bowler for England 1891-92), dies
  • 1937 J. M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), dies at 77
  • 1939 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • 1940 Maurice Jaubert, French composer and soldier, dies a few hours after being fatally wounded in action at 40
  • 1944 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • 1944 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, at 65
  • 1947 Willem H. Fly, Dutch typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84
  • 1949 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher, dies at 64
  • 1951 Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884)
  • 1952 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888)

ExecutionEthel Rosenberg

1953 Ethel Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed (in 5 tries) at Sing Sing, NY, for espionage at 37

ExecutionJulius Rosenberg

1953 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing, NY for espionage at 35

  • 1956 (Luise) "Lulu" von Strauss und Torney, German poet (Erde der Väter - Our Forefathers' Soil), and novelist (Der jüngste Tag - Judgment Day), dies at 82

Thomas J. Watson

1956 Thomas J. Watson, Sr., American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-1956), dies at 87

  • 1957 Karl Plagge, German officer and Nazi Party member who during World War II used his position as a staff officer in the German Army to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews, dies at 59
  • 1962 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • 1962 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1964 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), dies at 83
  • 1965 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1966 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • 1966 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, dies at 59
  • 1968 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, dies at 70
  • 1977 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1979 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • 1984 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • 1984 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
  • 1984 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Flashdance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • 1986 Coluche [Michel Colucci], French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), dies at 41
  • 1986 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft) dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • 1986 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • 1987 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • 1988 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • 1988 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • 1988 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • 1989 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • 1989 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • 1989 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, dies at 91
  • 1990 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", dies in a motorcycle accident at 44
  • 1991 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 90
  • 1992 Kitty Godfree, English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), dies at 96

William Golding

1993 William Golding, English author (Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize for Literature 1983), dies at 81

  • 1993 James Benton Parsons, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, dies at 81
  • 1994 Christopher Clarkson, British test pilot, dies at 92
  • 1994 Jocelyn Hambro, British financier (Hambros Bank), dies at 75
  • 1994 Ronald Batty, bookseller, dies at 82
  • 1995 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, dies at 71
  • 1995 Richard Bernard Pape, POW escaper/writer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Peter Townsend, RAF officer (b. 1914)
  • 1996 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996 G. David Schine, American businessman, dies at 70
  • 1996 Harold William Woolhouse, British botanist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Henry Ralph Carr, soldier, dies at 82
  • 1996 Vivian Ellis, English composer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • 2000 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), dies at 76
  • 2001 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • 2003 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2006 Duane Roland, American southern-rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster), dies at 53
  • 2007 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, dies at 69
  • 2007 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2007 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, dies at 74
  • 2008 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • 2009 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 87
  • 2010 Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • 2010 Ursula Thiess [Schmidt], German actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano), dies at 86
  • 2011 Don Diamond, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)
  • 2013 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), dies from heart failure at 90
  • 2013 Gyula Horn, Hungarian Prime Minister (1994-8), dies at 80
  • 2013 Glyn England, British electrical engineer and CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd), dies at 92
  • 2013 Filip Topol, Czech singer-songwriter (Psí vojáci - Dog Soldiers), dies at 48
  • 2013 Bojidar Dimov, Bulgarian pianist and composer (Die Hochzeit von Susa), dies at 61
  • 2014 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • 2016 Götz George, German actor (Tatort), dies at 77
  • 2016 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • 2017 Brian Kenny, British Army officer, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe), dies at 83
  • 2017 Brian Cant, British stage and screen actor and children's television presenter (Play School, 1964-85), dies at 83
  • 2018 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • 2018 Lenore Engdahl, American classical pianist, and educator (Boston University School of Music, 1972–83), dies at 100
  • 2020 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2020 Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), dies at 88
  • 2020 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), dies at 78
  • 2021 Champ, Biden family pet and First Dog, dies at The White House at 13
June 19 Highlights