On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 5

  • 535 Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople
  • 754 Boniface [Winfrid], English saint, Archbishop of Mainz, murdered by robbers at 79
  • 754 Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
  • 1017 Sanjō, 67th Emperor of Japan (1011-16), dies at 42
  • 1118 Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • 1288 Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in the Battle of Worringen
  • 1296 Edmund Crouchback, English prince and son of Henry III of England, dies at 51
  • 1316 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26
  • 1383 Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)
  • 1443 Ferdinand, Portuguese prince and saint, dies serving as a hostage in Moorish Fez, at 40
  • 1568 Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman executed at 45
  • 1568 Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded
  • 1568 Willem Key, Flemish Renaissance painter, dies at about 47
  • 1625 Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1667 Francesco Sforza Pallavicino, Italian theologist and historian (Istoria del Concilio di Trento), dies at 59
  • 1688 Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer who served as advisor to King Narai of Ayutthaya (Siam), decapitated and disemboweled for high treason (b. 1647)
  • 1716 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (Newton-Cates formulas), dies at 33
  • 1722 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), dies at 62
  • 1738 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor, dies at 79
  • 1785 Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (Weihnachtsoratorium), dies at 71
  • 1791 Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • 1816 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Serva Padrona), dies at 76
  • 1825 Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence (Chani of Gravia,), executed for supposedly collaborating with the Ottomans at 37
  • 1826 Carl Maria von Weber, German pianist, romantic composer (Der Freischutz; Oberon), and lithographer, dies of tuberculosis at 39
  • 1852 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, dies at 45
  • 1861 John Garland, US Union colonel and brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1861 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, Spanish composer, dies at 55
  • 1864 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 39
  • 1866 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer, dies at 50
  • 1868 Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Jacob Cremer, Dutch painter and author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • 1885 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

1893 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher, dies of stomach cancer at 69

  • 1894 Immanuel Faisst, German composer, dies at 70

Stephen Crane

1900 Stephen Crane, American novelist (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

  • 1902 Louis J. Weichmann, American clerk who was the chief witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 59
  • 1906 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (b. 1842)
  • 1908 Luca Fumagalli, Italian pianist and composer (Luigi XI), dies at 71

O. Henry

1910 O. Henry [William Sydney Porter], American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), dies of cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes complications and an enlarged heart at 47

  • 1913 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • 1915 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French artist and sculptor, killed fighting in WWI at 23

Horatio Kitchener

1916 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), drowns at 65 after the HMS Hampshire struck a German mine

  • 1920 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • 1921 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 1923 George H. Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter, dies at 65
  • 1927 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1930 Jules Pascin [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian American painter and cartoonist, commits suicide at 45
  • 1939 Elijah Beardsworth, British world quick shaving champion, dies
  • 1939 Frank Van de Goes, Dutch writer and Marxist theorist, dies at 80
  • 1944 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1946 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), dies at 81
  • 1953 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1953 Roland Young, English American actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • 1953 William Farnum, American actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • 1963 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • 1965 Lester Matthews, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 64
  • 1965 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), dies at 91
  • 1966 Natacha Rambova, American film costume designer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, dies at 72
  • 1969 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • 1970 "Jopie" Pengel [Johan A], Premier of Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • 1970 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69
  • 1973 Max Terhune, American actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
  • 1975 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1976 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101
  • 1976 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1977 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • 1978 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • 1979 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
  • 1980 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • 1981 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • 1984 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • 1984 Frederick Stratten Russell, English marine biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • 1988 Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., African-American chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981-88), dies at 57
  • 1990 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, dies at 83
  • 1990 Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
  • 1990 Jim Hodder, American drummer, and singer (Steely Dan, 1972-74), drowns in his home swimming pool at 42
  • 1992 Laurence Naismith, British actor (Diamonds Are Forever, Camelot, Persuaders), dies at 83
  • 1992 Max Lerner, American writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88
  • 1993 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "Honky Tonk Heroes"), dies in surgery at 59
  • 1994 Ish Kabbible [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86
  • 1994 Thomas Millar, historian, dies at 67
  • 1995 Bettina Vernon-Warren, Austrian 'Bodenwieser' dancer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Jan Decadt Flemish composer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner, dies at 59
  • 1996 Vito Scotti [Scozarri], American actor (The Godfather, Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 1997 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 1998 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), dies following a stroke at 86
  • 1998 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • 1998 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • 1999 Mel Tormé, American singer (The Velvet Fog) and composer (The Christmas Song), dies at 73
  • 2000 Don Liddle, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • 2001 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist, dies at 93
  • 2002 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (The Young Doctors), dies at 89
  • 2002 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 2002 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • 2003 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician, German Vice Chancellor (1992-3), dies in a parachuting accident at 57
  • 2003 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor, dies at 98
  • 2004 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor, dies of cancer at 63

Ronald Reagan

2004 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

  • 2005 Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, Mexican politician (b. 1949)
  • 2005 Susi Nicoletti, German actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer, dies at 85
  • 2009 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • 2009 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 2009 Richard Jacobs, American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner (Cleveland Indians, 1986-99), dies at 83
  • 2012 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • 2012 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2013 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, dies at 80
  • 2014 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), dies at 78
  • 2015 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2015 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), dies at 87
  • 2015 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2015 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • 2016 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • 2018 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, commits suicide by hanging at 55
  • 2019 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), dies at 93
  • 2020 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), dies at 78
  • 2020 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64
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