On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 30

  • 350 Nepotianus, Roman usurper (ruled Rome for 28 days), killed on orders of rival Magnentius
  • 1109 Alfonso VI, (imperator totius Hispaniae), King of Leon, dies
  • 1181 Hugh de Kevelioc, 3rd Earl of Chester, English politician (b. 1147)
  • 1224 Adolf of Osnabrück, Saint Adolf (b. 1185)
  • 1347 John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey, dies at 61
  • 1364 Arnost of Pardubice, Archbishop of Prague (b. 1297)

Moctezuma II

1520 Moctezuma II, Aztec emperor (1502-20), killed either by the Spanish or stoned to death by his own people

  • 1538 Charles of Egmond, Duke of Guelder and Earl of Zutphen, dies at 70
  • 1607 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian, dies at 68
  • 1649 Simon Vouet, French painter to the court of Louis XIII, dies at 59
  • 1655 Jacob Boonen, South Netherlands clergyman and lawyer, dies at 81
  • 1660 William Oughtred, English mathematician (b. 1575)
  • 1662 Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck, Dutch portrait painter, buried at about 64
  • 1666 Adam Krieger, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1666 Alexander Brome, English Royalist poet (wrote drinking songs against Rump Parliament), dies
  • 1670 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of England, Scotland, and Ireland (b. 1644)
  • 1685 Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 55
  • 1704 John Quelch, English pirate, hanged for piracy in Boston at 38
  • 1709 Edward Lhuyd, Welsh naturalist (Illustrations of the Figured Stones of Britain) dies (b. 1660)
  • 1785 James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia (b. 1696)
  • 1792 Francesco Antonio Rosetti, Bohemian composer, dies
  • 1796 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, dies at 71
  • 1817 Abraham Gottlob Werner, German geologist
  • 1819 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1839 Johan Olof Wallin, Swedish poet and archbishop (Dead Angel), dies at 59
  • 1857 Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist, dies at 54
  • 1862 Richard Griffith, US Confederate brigadier general, dies of wounds from the Battle of Savage's Station at 48

ExecutionCharles J. Guiteau

1882 Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of US President James A. Garfield, hanged at 40

  • 1882 Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, dies at 55
  • 1889 Eugenio Terziani, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1890 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1899 Jon Helgason, Icelandic poet (Ur Landsudri), dies
  • 1905 John Hay, US politician (secretary of State and private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, dies at 66
  • 1914 Bai Long [White Wolf], Chinese Robin Hood/crowd leader, dies

John William Strutt

1919 John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 76

  • 1920 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), commits suicide at 38
  • 1923 Claude Antoine Terrasse, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1924 Jacob Israel de Haan, Dutch poet and writer (Pypelyntjes), dies at 42
  • 1930 Harvey W. Wiley, American chemist known for leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, dies at 85
  • 1934 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), executed at 46
  • 1934 Gregor Strasser, German political activist and NSDAP-Reich organization leader, murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 42
  • 1934 Karl Ernst, German SA-leader, murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 29
  • 1934 Kurt von Schleiger, German chancellor (1932-33), murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 52
  • 1934 Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Prime Minister of Bavaria killed during the Night of the Long Knives murders (b. 1862)
  • 1934 Erich Klausener, Catholic politician killed in the Night of the Long Knives murders (b. 1885)
  • 1935 Bill Brockwell, English cricketer (British all-rounder in 7 Tests 1893-99), dies at 70
  • 1938 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Nove Pesme), dies at 61
  • 1942 Arnoldus Johannes Hubertus Aerts, Dutch bishop of New Guinea, executed at 62
  • 1946 Michael Zadora, American composer and pianist, dies at 64
  • 1948 Karl Wolfskehl, German Jewish writer, dies at 78
  • 1953 Elsa Beskow, Swedish children's author and illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1953 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • 1953 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • 1959 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 76
  • 1959 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1960 Clarence Cameron White, American concert violinist, and composer (Elegy; Ouanga!), dies from cancer at 79
  • 1961 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87
  • 1962 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, dies at 65
  • 1965 Bessie Barriscale, American actress (Plain Jane, Show Folks), dies at 81
  • 1966 Giuseppe Farina, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1950), dies in a domestic car accident at 59
  • 1968 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), dies at 73
  • 1969 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76
  • 1971 Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz at 38
  • 1971 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 43
  • 1971 Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • 1971 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1973 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70
  • 1973 Vasyl Velychkovsky, Ukrainian Bishop and Catholic Martyr, dies under Soviet imprisonment at 70
  • 1973 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1974 Alberta King, American mother of Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in church at 69
  • 1974 Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)
  • 1976 Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • 1979 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72
  • 1980 Virginia Brown Faire, American silent film actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies at 76
  • 1983 Bo Gentry [Robert Ackoff] American songwriter ("Mony, Mony"), and record producer (Tommy James), dies at 41
  • 1983 Mary Livingstone [Sadye Marks], American comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77

Lillian Hellman

1984 Lillian Hellman, American playwright, (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), dies at 79

  • 1985 James Dewar, Canadian inventor and baker (Twinkie cake), dies at 88
  • 1987 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • 1987 King Donovan, actor and director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • 1990 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1992 Doug Delauder, American actor, dies at 41
  • 1992 Jim Alaimo, American vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • 1992 Nico Booken, Dutch director (Jewish Labor Social), dies at 72
  • 1993 George McFarland, American actor (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals), dies at age 65
  • 1994 Nicholas Warner, English test Pilot for Airbus, dies in Airbus Industrie A330-321 test flight crash at 51
  • 1995 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), dies from lung cancer at 89
  • 1995 Georgy Beregovoy, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 3), dies at 74
  • 1995 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), commits suicide at 45
  • 1995 Sicco Mansholt, Dutch politician, (President of the Commission of Europe 1972-1973), dies at 86
  • 1995 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese pianist, composer, and conductor, dies at 45
  • 1996 Hugh Henry Home Popham, British aviator, writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 1996 Norman Aldridge, English biochemical toxicologist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • 1997 Larry O'Day, Australian wrestler, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1997 Albus Dumbledore [Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore], fictional character, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, dies at 115
  • 1999 Édouard Boubat, French photographer, dies at 75
  • 2001 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), dies at 77
  • 2001 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2002 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • 2002 Pete Gray [Wyshner], American MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), dies at 87
  • 2003 Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • 2003 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88
  • 2004 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80
  • 2005 Christopher Fry, English playwright (The Lady's Not for Burning), dies at 97
  • 2006 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies at 68
  • 2009 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 75
  • 2010 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and K-pop, and J-pop singer, takes his own life at 32
  • 2010 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Bobo, Big Sleep), dies at 80
  • 2011 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)
  • 2011 David Loram, British vice-admiral (Supreme Allied Commander), dies at 86
  • 2012 Yitzḥak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister (1983–84, 1986–1992), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96
  • 2014 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • 2014 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2015 Leonard Starr, American comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 89
  • 2016 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84
  • 2020 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), dies of complications from a stroke at 52
  • 2020 Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian water polo player (Olympic gold 1972, 80; World C'ship gold 1975, 82) and coach (Russian men's & women's teams), dies at 72
  • 2021 Inge Danielsson, Swedish soccer midfielder (17 caps; Ifö/Bromölla IF, Helsingborgs IF, AFC Ajax, IFK Norrköping), dies at 80
  • 2021 Janet Moreau Stone, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1952), dies at 93
June 30 Highlights