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Famous Deaths on March 22

  • 1322 Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, English politician (b. 1278)
  • 1418 Dietrich of Nieheim, German historian
  • 1421 Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, second son of Henry IV of England (killed in battle) (b. 1388)
  • 1471 George van Podiebrad, king of Bohemia (1458-71), dies
  • 1544 Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden (b. 1488)
  • 1589 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti), dies at 67
  • 1602 Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (Communion of St. Jerome), dies at 44
  • 1627 Cornelis van Aerssen, Flemish Clerk of the House, dies at about 81
  • 1639 Thomas Carew, English poet/diplomat (The Rapture), dies
  • 1661 Hendrick Uylenburgh, Dutch art dealer who launched Rembrandt and others, buried at about 73
  • 1685 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (b. 1638)
  • 1687 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • 1727 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), dies at 59

Jonathan Edwards

1758 Jonathan Edwards, American Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), dies at 54

  • 1758 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
  • 1771 Gottlieb Rabener, German author (Vom Misbrauch of the Satire), dies at 56
  • 1772 John Canton, English physicist, dies at 53
  • 1796 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1798 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, dies at 51
  • 1820 American military hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron at 41
  • 1824 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Hendrik Fagel, Dutch/English baron, dies at 73
  • 1840 Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician, dies at 41
  • 1845 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1852 Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 84
  • 1867 Ferdinando Giorgetti, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1871 Johnny Cuzens, Australian aboriginal cricketer (1st Australian indigenous tour to UK 1868), dies
  • 1890 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, dies at 85
  • 1896 Thomas Hughes, English politician and author (Tom Brown's School days), dies at 73
  • 1906 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66
  • 1912 Henry Harrison Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 79
  • 1913 Song Jiaoran, Chinese Nationalist and revolutionary (Leader of Kuomintang party 1912-13), assassinated at 30
  • 1922 Louis-Antoine Ranvier, French anatomist and historian, dies at 86
  • 1923 Theophile Delcasse, French statesman, dies at 71
  • 1924 Robert Nivelle, French military officer, dies at 67
  • 1929 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1934 Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)
  • 1937 Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, English aviator and ornithologist, dies at 71
  • 1944 Pierre Pucheu, French Internal minister to Vichy government, executed by firing squad at 44
  • 1945 J Postuma, Dutch resistance fighter, dies
  • 1946 Clemens A. von Galen, Dutch bishop of Munster and anti fascist, dies at 68
  • 1951 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • 1952 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1955 Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • 1956 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, dies at 71
  • 1958 Michael "Mike" Todd [Avrom Goldbogen], American producer (Around the World in 80 Days) and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • 1960 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • 1962 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa; O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • 1963 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), dies of liver failure at 54
  • 1964 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), dies at 61
  • 1969 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • 1971 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), dies at 71
  • 1974 Peter Revson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1971 runner-up; 2 x F1 GP wins), dies in testing accident for South African GP at 35
  • 1975 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), dies at 75
  • 1975 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), dies from an accidental fall at 59
  • 1975 Paul Verhoeven, German actor and director (Das kleine Hofkonzert), dies at 73
  • 1977 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • 1977 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1979 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • 1979 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), dies at 78
  • 1981 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • 1986 Charles Starrett, American actor (The Mask of Fu Manchu, Bonanza Town), dies at 82
  • 1986 Mark Dinning, American singer ("Teen Angel"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1986 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1987 Joan Shawlee [Fulton], American actress (Some Like It Hot, Prehistoric Women, The Abbott & Costello Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1990 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, dies at 62
  • 1991 Gloria Holden, actress (Dracula's Daughter, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • 1991 Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 1991 Dave Guard, American singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1991 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), dies at 82
  • 1993 Cec Pepper, cricketer (NSW & Commonwealth XI leggie), dies
  • 1993 Gret Palucca, German dancer and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1993 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • 1993 Steve Olin, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 27
  • 1993 Tim Crews, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 31
  • 1994 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America") dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994 Igor Aleinikov, Russian director (tractors, air crash), dies at 32
  • 1994 Luther Diamond, radio Personality, dies at 89
  • 1994 Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (Woody Woodpecker's creator), dies at 93
  • 1995 Peter Woods, British journalist and newsreader, dies at 64
  • 1996 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), dies at 81
  • 1996 Robert Franklin Overmyer, astronaut (STS 5, STS 51-B), dies at 59
  • 1996 Robert Mellors, gay activist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Ron Hayward, English politician, General Secretary of the Labour Party, dies at 78
  • 1996 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 1996 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), dies at 76
  • 1996 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), dies at 71
  • 1998 Robert F Overmyer, American USMC Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-5; STS- 51-B), dies in plane crash while test flying an aircraft at 59
  • 1999 David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)

William Hanna

2001 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

  • 2001 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • 2003 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • 2004 Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
  • 2005 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (Kagawa Prefectural Government Office Building, 1987 Pritzker Prize), dies at 91
  • 2005 Rod Price, British electric and slide guitarist, known as "The Bottle" (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2005 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat, 1971-80 - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2006 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • 2009 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • 2009 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), dies at 67
  • 2010 James W. Black, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical research scientist (b. 1924)
  • 2010 James Black, Scottish pharmacologist, developer of treatments for heart disease (propranolol) and stomach ulcers (cimetidine) (Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1988), dies at 85
  • 2012 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge, dies at 91
  • 2013 Pietro Mennea, Italian sprinter (200m world record), dies from cancer at 60
  • 2013 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2013 Aya Zikken, Dutch author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh), dies at 93
  • 2013 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), dies at 76
  • 2014 Patrice Wymore, American actress (The Big Tree), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2015 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • 2016 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2016 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • 2016 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • 2017 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • 2017 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • 2018 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2018 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, dies at 107
  • 2018 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2019 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 91 [1]
  • 2019 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2019 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95
  • 2019 Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA; European Commissioner, 1981-93), dies at 89
  • 2020 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), dies of Alzheimer’s at 80
  • 2020 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81
  • 2020 Stan Bronstein, American rock saxophonist (Elephant's Memory), dies at 81

Elgin Baylor

2021 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11 x NBA All Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 1959; Minneapolis/LA Lakers), dies at 86

  • 2021 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), dies at 72
March 22 Highlights