On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 29

  • 1021 Notker Labeo, tutor in convent Sankt Gallen, dies
  • 1059 Bernard II, Duke of Saxony
  • 1252 King Abel of Denmark (b. 1218)
  • 1293 Hendrik van Gent, Flemish neo-Augustian philosopher/theologist, dies
  • 1306 Musho [Hokai], Zen teacher/found subtemple at Jochiji, dies
  • 1315 Ramon Llull, Spanish philosopher (b. 1235)
  • 1458 Mapheus Vegius [Maffeo Vegio], Italian lawyer/humanist/poet, dies
  • 1509 Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and paternal grandmother of King Henry VIII of England, dies at 66
  • 1620 John Aerts, Flemish sculptor
  • 1696 Michel Lambert, French composer, dies at about 86
  • 1725 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (b. 1657)
  • 1764 Ralph Allen, English businessman and politician (b. 1693)
  • 1779 Anton Raphael Mengs, German Bohemian painter and one of the precursors to Neoclassical painting, dies at 51
  • 1784 Caesar Rodney, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • 1790 Feike H Van de Crew, Fries writer (Mayke Jakkelis), dies
  • 1798 Kaat Mussel [Catharina Mulder], exerciser, dies
  • 1818 Carl Philipp Fohr, German painter and cartoonist, dies at 22
  • 1840 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano, dies at 65

Henry Clay

1852 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", dies of tuberculosis at 75

  • 1860 Thomas Addison, English physician (A-Biermer Disease), dies at 67
  • 1873 Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Bengali poet (b. 1824)
  • 1875 Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria (1835-48), dies at 82
  • 1880 George Willem Vreede, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • 1895 Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist (comparative anatomy), dies at 70
  • 1900 Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1903 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, dies at 23
  • 1904 Tom Emmett, England cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, famous roundarm action), dies at 62
  • 1917 Frans Schollaert, Belgian Catholic Party politician and 19th Prime Minister of Belgium (1908-11), dies at 65
  • 1919 José Gregorio Hernández Venezuelan physician (b. 1864)
  • 1921 Otto Seeck German classical historian (b. 1850)
  • 1923 Fritz Mauthner, German author/philosopher (skepticism), dies at 73
  • 1923 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer, dies at 66
  • 1923 J C Gomez, General/Venezuela's 1st VP, assassinated
  • 1931 Nérée Beauchemin, Quebec poet (b. 1850)
  • 1933 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), dies from a heart attack at 46
  • 1935 Jack O'Neill, American baseball player (b. 1873)
  • 1940 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • 1946 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91
  • 1949 Walter Giffen, cricketer (brother of George, 3 Tests), dies
  • 1953 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • 1955 Max Pechstein, German painter and graphic artist (Oceania), dies at 73
  • 1956 Johan[nes F] Bakker Jr, actor, dies at 62
  • 1956 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), dies at 77
  • 1957 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), dies at 58
  • 1958 Charles Spencelayh, English painter (Why War), dies at 92
  • 1959 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • 1964 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, dies at 63
  • 1964 Eric Dolphy, American jazz saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute player, dies of insulin shock at 36
  • 1965 Sidney Marion, American actor (Outlaws is Coming, Quicksand), dies at 64
  • 1965 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), dies at 95
  • 1966 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • 1966 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • 1966 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), dies at 63

Jayne Mansfield

1967 Jayne Mansfield [Vera Jane Palmer], American actress (The Girl Can't Help It), dies in a car crash at 34

  • 1967 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, dies at 72

Primo Carnera

1967 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), dies of alcohol-related liver disease at 60

  • 1968 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • 1969 Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
  • 1969 (Frederick Earl "Shorty" Long, American soul singer and pianist ("Here Comes The Judge"; "Devil In A Blue Dress"), dies at 29
  • 1969 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • 1970 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica), dies at 77
  • 1970 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), dies at 64
  • 1971 Viktor Patsayev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 38
  • 1971 Vladimir Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 35
  • 1973 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • 1975 Jerry Verno, British actor (River of Unrest, Ourselves Alone, Sweeney Todd), dies at 79
  • 1975 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • 1976 Leonora Summers [Lillian Hill], American vaudeville and silent film actress [Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ; Hoboken To Hollywood), dies at 78
  • 1976 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, dies at 62
  • 1977 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • 1977 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • 1978 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), murdered at 49
  • 1979 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71
  • 1979 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention; Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1981 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered
  • 1982 Gerard[us PM] Knuvelder, literature historian (Anthology), dies
  • 1986 Ida Mae McKenzie, American actress, dies at 75
  • 1986 John P. East, American politician (Sen-R-NC), dies at 55
  • 1986 Robert Drivas [Choromokos], American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man, Our Private World), dies of Aids complications at 47
  • 1986 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, dies at 83
  • 1990 Irving Wallace, author (Book of Lists, Peoples Almanac), dies at 74
  • 1991 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1992 Mohammed Boudiaf, president of Algeria, assassinated at 73
  • 1992 Pierre Billotte, French military man (IIGM), dies
  • 1993 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 1994 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • 1994 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • 1994 Kurt Eichorn, German conductor, dies at 85

Lana Turner

1995 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), dies of cancer at 74

  • 1995 Roy Rowland, film director, dies at 84
  • 1996 Alexander George Ogston, biochemist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • 1996 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1997 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1998 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • 1998 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90
  • 1999 Allan Carr, American film producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), dies at 62
  • 2000 Il Mattatore [Vittorio Gassman], Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman, War & Peace), dies at 77
  • 2000 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), and gambling club host, dies of cancer at 74
  • 2000 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), dies at 68
  • 2000 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), dies at 77
  • 2002 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2002 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2002 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82

Katharine Hepburn

2003 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), dies of natural causes at 96

  • 2004 Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist, dies at 68
  • 2006 Randy Walker, American football fullback (Miami University) and coach (Miami University 1990-98, Northwestern University 1999-2005), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2006 Fabián Bielinsky, Argentinean film director (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), dies at 87
  • 2006 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer, dies at 66
  • 2007 Joel Siegel, American film critic (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Edward Yang, Taiwanese film director (Yi Yi), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2007 George McCorkle, American guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2008 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • 2014 John Freeland, Legal advisor UK foreign office and judge at the European Court of Human Rights, dies at 86
  • 2015 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), dies at 65
  • 2016 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • 2016 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), dies at 64
  • 2018 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine, Grand Hotel), dies of colon cancer at 85
  • 2018 Arvid Carlsson, Swedish neuropharmacologist whose work with dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease earned him a Nobel Prize (2000), dies at 95
  • 2018 Steve Ditko, American comic artist (The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange), dies at 90
  • 2018 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2019 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies of cardiac arrest at 72
  • 2020 Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian singer songwriter (Waa'ee Keenyaa), shot and killed at 34
  • 2020 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), dies at 72

Carl Reiner

2020 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 98

  • 2021 Stuart Damon [Zonis], American stage and screen actor (General Hospital, 1977-2007 - "Dr. Alan Quartermaine"), dies of kidney failure at 84
  • 2021 Donald Rumsfeld, American politician (US Congress, 1963-69; Nixon Whitehouse, 1969-74; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77 & 2001-06), dies at 88
  • 2021 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend, 1970-76, 1981-82, 2014–21; Uriah Heep, 1977-79), dies at 74
  • 2021 Yitzhak "Vicky" Peretz, Israeli soccer striker (40 caps; Maccabi Tel Aviv, Strasbourg, Rennes), dies at 68
  • 2021 Goolam Rajah, South African cricket administrator (manager RSA national team 1991-2011), dies from COVID-19 at 74
  • 2021 Carlos Vilar, Argentine sailor (Snipe World Championships gold 1948, 51), dies from COVID-19 at 91
June 29 Highlights