On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 22

  • 1276 Catholic Pope Innocent V [Pierre the Tarantaise], 1st Dominican Order pope, dies after just over five months in the job, at about 51
  • 1429 Ghiyath al-Kashi, Persian astronomer and mathematician (b. 1380)
  • 1535 John Fisher, British Catholic clergyman (Bishop of Rochester, 1504-35; Cardinal, 1535), martyr, and saint, dies by execution ordered by Henry VIII at about 65
  • 1632 James Whitelocke, English judge and politician (House of Common 1610-22), dies at 61
  • 1634 Johann von Aldringen, Austrian field marshal (b. 1588)
  • 1699 Josiah Child, English Governor of the East India Company (b. 1630)
  • 1714 Matthew Henry, English non-conformist minister (b. 1662)
  • 1735 Pirro Capacelli, Italian aristocrat and composer, dies at 71
  • 1741 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Belgian composer, dies at 38
  • 1745 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1754 Nicholas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, dies at 91
  • 1777 Josef Christian, German sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1803 Wilhelm Heinse, German writer and critic, dies at 57
  • 1843 Gabriele Prota, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1867 Leopold Marquard, South African clergyman, missionary and educationist, dies at 80
  • 1868 Heber C. Kimball, American religious leader (b. 1801)
  • 1874 Howard Staunton, English world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies at 84
  • 1885 Mahdi [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • 1892 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician (b. 1819)
  • 1894 Alexandre-Antonin Taché, Canadian archbishop (b. 1823)
  • 1897 Ralph Abercromby, British meteorologist, dies at about 54
  • 1898 Anton Kerner Ritter von Marilaun, Austria botanist, dies at 66
  • 1903 George White, African American resident of Delaware, lynched
  • 1905 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1906 Fritz Schaudinn, German zoologist (examined syphilis), dies at 34
  • 1909 Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron, German poet, dies at 65
  • 1909 Edward John Gregory, British painter and engraver, dies at 59
  • 1910 Marie, Princess of Wied/Orange Nassau, dies
  • 1910 Marie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange Nassau, dies at 69
  • 1922 Henry H Wilson, Field Marshal, murdered in London
  • 1925 Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanstan Colloquium), dies at 76
  • 1926 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1928 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), dies from pernicious anemia at 46
  • 1928 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851)
  • 1930 Karl von Amira, German historian, dies at 82
  • 1931 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), dies at 89
  • 1932 Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (b. 1892)
  • 1933 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), dies at 36
  • 1935 Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, diplomat and politician (b. 1866)
  • 1936 Moritz Schlick, Austrian philosopher assassinated at 54 by former student Johann Nelböck
  • 1938 C. J. Dennis, Australian poet (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke), dies at 61
  • 1940 M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • 1940 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • 1940 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • 1945 Isamu Tsjo, Japanese chief-staff 32nd Army, commits harakiri
  • 1945 Mitsuri Ushijima, Japanese lt-gen/commandant 32nd Army, commits harakiri
  • 1950 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, dies at 65
  • 1954 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • 1954 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dies at 66
  • 1955 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • 1955 Wyllis Cooper, American TV narrator (Volume One), dies at 56
  • 1956 Walter de la Mare, British poet and author (The Listeners, Memoirs of a Midget), dies at 83
  • 1959 Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • 1961 Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • 1961 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), dies at 61
  • 1963 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • 1964 Havank [HF van der Kallen], detective writer (Shade), dies at 60
  • 1965 Adriaan Franciscus Dussenbroek, Dutch doctor and co-founder (Union National Arubano), dies at 72
  • 1965 David O Selznick, American Academy Award-winning producer (Gone With The Wind; Rebecca), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1966 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • 1967 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

Judy Garland

1969 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1973 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77

Darius Milhaud

1974 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 1977 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs; Pere Ubu), dies of acute pancreatitis at 24
  • 1978 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • 1978 Jens Otto Krag, Danish politician, premier of Denmark (1962-68, 71-72), dies at 63
  • 1979 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • 1979 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • 1979 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, dies at 79
  • 1981 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • 1982 Alan Webb, British actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie), dies at 75
  • 1984 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • 1986 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 

Fred Astaire

1987 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1988 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), dies at 84
  • 1988 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor ("Danny Boy"), and comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 72
  • 1988 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • 1988 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session and touring guitarist (Taj Mahal; Concert for Bangladesh; The Faces), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 1989 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 66
  • 1989 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • 1989 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire), dies at 88
  • 1990 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), dies at 81
  • 1991 Cameron Miller, actor (Portrait of Claire), dies at 82
  • 1991 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1992 Chuck Mitchell, American actor (General Hospital, Porky's, Better Off Dead), dies at 64
  • 1992 Frederic I Rinaldo, writer (Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein), dies
  • 1992 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, dies of Parkinson disease at 83
  • 1993 Hannah Troy, fashion designer (petite), dies of heart attack at 93
  • 1993 M'hammed Boukhozba, Algerian sociologist, murdered at 52
  • 1993 Pat Nixon, 1st lady (1969-75), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1994 Jack Davies, screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 1995 Georges Yves Marie Congar, Dominican theologian cardinal, dies at 91
  • 1996 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, dies at 65
  • 1996 Salah Abou Seif, film director, dies at 81
  • 1996 Tertius Metcalf, businessman, dies at 63
  • 1996 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996 Terrel Bell, American politician (2nd United States Secretary of Education 1981-84), dies at 74
  • 1996 George Barati, Hungarian-American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), dies at 83
  • 1997 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • 1997 Don Henderson, British actor (The XYY Man, Strangers), dies at 65
  • 1999 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 2002 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), dies of bone marrow cancer at 83
  • 2002 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), dies of coronary disease at 33
  • 2003 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • 2003 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • 2004 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 2004 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • 2004 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • 2006 Moose (dog actor), dog actor popular for role on Frasier (b. 1990)
  • 2007 Nancy Benoit, former professional wrestling valet (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, German artist, worked collaboratively with Hilla Becher his wife, dies at 75
  • 2007 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, dies at 79
  • 2007 Guy Vander Jagt, American politician (Rep-R-MI, 1966-93), dies at 75
  • 2008 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Martha Shumway"; Max Duggan), dies at 93
  • 2008 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies at 42
  • 2009 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88
  • 2011 Harley Hotchkiss, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2012 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85
  • 2014 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2014 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), dies at 67
  • 2015 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2015 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • 2015 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • 2015 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, dies after a car accident at 53
  • 2015 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • 2017 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2017 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2018 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, dies at 90
  • 2018 Vinnie Paul [Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54
  • 2020 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), dies at 80
  • 2020 Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), dies at 72
  • 2020 Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), dies from cardiocirculatory arrest at 55
  • 2020 Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2020 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), dies at 90
  • 2021 René Robert, Canadian ice hockey winger (NHL All Star 1972-73, 74-75; Buffalo Sabres 1st 100 point player 1974-75), dies after a heart attack at 72
June 22 Highlights