Famous Deaths on June 23

Person of interestVespasian

79 Vespasian, Roman Emperor, dies at 69

Roman Emperor Vespasian
Roman Emperor
Vespasian
  • 758 Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher/disciple of Hui-neng, dies at 74
  • 1018 Henry I, Margrave of Austria (994-1018) known as "Henry the Strong", dies "in his armour" at an unknown age
  • 1075 Theoduinus, Beiers prince-bishop of Liege, dies
  • 1137 Adalbert I, archbishop of Mainz (1111-1137), dies
  • 1139 Andries van Kuik, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1314 Sir Henry de Bohun, English knight, is killed on the first day of the Battle of Bannockburn by Robert the Bruce
  • 1444 Marcus, [Manuel] Eugenicus, Byzantine bishop of Efeze/theologist, dies
  • 1555 Pedro Mascarenhas, Portuguese explorer (b. 1470)
  • 1582 Shimizu Muneharu, Japanese military leader (b. 1537)
  • 1615 Mashita Nagamori, Japanese warlord (b. 1545)
  • 1677 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1647)
  • 1686 William Coventry, English statesman
  • 1707 John Mill, English theologian
  • 1733 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, dies at 60
  • 1770 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, dies at 48
  • 1771 Jean-Claude Trial, composer, dies at 38
  • 1775 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (b. 1692)
  • 1779 Ras Mikael Sehul, warlord of Ethiopia (b. about 1691)
  • 1801 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1806 Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1817 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, composer, dies at 63
  • 1832 James Hall, Scottish geologist, dies at 70
  • 1833 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, composer, dies at 73
  • 1836 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian, dies at 63
  • 1856 Ivan Kireyevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher, dies at 50
  • 1866 Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam physician/social activist, dies at 53
  • 1878 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (Back River), dies at 81
  • 1888 Emil Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1891 Francis Henry Brown, composer, dies at 73
  • 1891 George Parr, cricketer (Nottinghamshire & All-England), dies
  • 1891 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist, dies at 86
  • 1893 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1895 Joseph Paul Skelly, composer, dies at 44
  • 1901 Charles Kensington Salaman, composer, dies at 87
  • 1916 Victor Chapman, French-American pilot renowned during WW1 (1st American pilot to die in WW1), succumbs to wounds at age 26
  • 1919 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, dies
  • 1924 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, dies at 64
  • 1926 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • 1928 Thomas H Rollinson, composer, dies at 84
  • 1945 Lt Gen Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa
  • 1946 William S Hart, American actor, silent Westerns (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), dies at 75
  • 1951 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70
  • 1956 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 81
  • 1956 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), dies at 60
  • 1957 Louis Fornberg, writer, dies at 48
  • 1958 Edvard Armas Jarnefeldt, composer, dies at 88
  • 1959 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 1959 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1961 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • 1965 Mary Boland, actress (Boy Trouble, New Moon), dies at 83

  • 1969 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • 1969 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • 1969 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1970 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • 1971 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • 1971 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1972 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • 1973 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • 1975 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), dies at 64
  • 1976 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93
  • 1980 John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), dies at 83
  • 1980 Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • 1980 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1980 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • 1980 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • 1980 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • 1981 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • 1982 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1986 Nigel Stock, actor (Lost Continent, Young Sherlock Holmes), dies
  • 1988 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • 1988 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • 1988 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • 1989 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • 1991 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • 1992 Lou Ramos, entertainer, dies
  • 1994 Alan Frank, music publisher, dies at 83
  • 1994 Piet van Elk, cartoonist, dies at 74
  • 1994 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker, dies at 50

Person of interestJonas Salk

1995 Jonas Salk, American biologist who created the Polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 80

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1995 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (b. 1918)
  • 1996 George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), dies at 76
  • 1996 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder, dies at 72
  • 1996 Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge, dies at 98
  • 1996 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, dies at 69
  • 1996 William Walsh, academic, dies at 80
  • 1997 "Wino" Willie Forkner, American biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

1997 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, dies from burns suffered in a fire started by her young grandson at 63

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • 1998 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • 1998 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • 1999 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), dies of a brain tumor at 78
  • 2001 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • 2001 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2003 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Shana Alexander, American columnist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 83
  • 2006 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Harriet, Galápagos tortoise (b. 1830)
  • 2006 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), dies at 68
  • 2007 Rod Beck, American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, dies at 38
  • 2009 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Peter Quaife, English bass guitarist (the Kinks), dies at 66
  • 2011 Peter Falk, American actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), dies at 83
  • 2011 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • 2012 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, dies from an apparent heart attack at 48
  • 2013 Sharon Stouder, American swimmer, dies at 64
  • 2013 Richard Matheson, American author and screen writer, dies at 87
  • 2013 Bobby Bland, American blues and soul singer, dies at 83
  • 2015 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86
  • 2015 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • 2016 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • 2018 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, dies at 89
  • 2018 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), dies at 92