Famous Deaths on March 28

  • 193 Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman Emperor (Year of the Five Emperors), assassinated at 66
  • 593 Guntram, French King in Burgundy, dies at about 67
  • 1072 Ordulf, Duke of Saxony (1059-1072)
  • 1134 Stefanus Harding, 3rd abbott of Côteaux/saint, dies
  • 1239 Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)
  • 1285 Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brion), reigned 1281-85.
  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1566 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79

Person of interestIvan the Terrible

1584 Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53 [O.S. 18 Mar]

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 1673 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, buried at 51
  • 1677 Václav [Wenceslaus] Hollar, Bohemian-born etcher, dies at about 69
  • 1687 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90
  • 1701 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1712 Jan van der Heyden, Dutch inventor (street lantern), dies at 75

Person of interestMarquis de Condorcet

1794 Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher, is murdered or commits suicide in prison at 50

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet
  • 1799 Etta L J "baronne" Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55

  • 1801 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (North Holland), dies at 66
  • 1818 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1828 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), dies at 68
  • 1840 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1847 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer, dies at 67
  • 1849 Stephan L Endlicher, Austrian priest/botany, dies at 44
  • 1850 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1863 James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-brigadier general, dies at 52
  • 1865 Albert G Bilders, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 26
  • 1866 Solomon Foot, American politician (b. 1802)
  • 1868 James Brudenell, British 7th Earl of Cardigan (led the Charge of the Light Brigade during Crimean War), dies at about 70
  • 1870 George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1874 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • 1887 Ditler G Monrad, Danish bishop/premier (1863-..), dies at 75
  • 1889 Matilde "Tillie" Ziegler, killed by husband William Kemmler
  • 1891 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies
  • 1896 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68

  • 1910 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1910 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1910 William Paul Roberts, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1929 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (b. 1861)
  • 1931 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1939 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

1941 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • 1941 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)
  • 1942 Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27), dies at 67
  • 1942 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), dies at 31
  • 1943 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • 1944 Chayyim Most, Rabbi/Maggid of Kovono, killed by nazis
  • 1944 Stephen Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • 1946 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1947 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1947 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59
  • 1950 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1953 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1954 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • 1958 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1958 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1959 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • 1962 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1965 Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood and daughter of George V, dies at 67
  • 1965 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), dies at 80
  • 1965 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)

Person of interestDwight D. Eisenhower

1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1969 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1974 Francoise Rosay, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison), dies at 82
  • 1974 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • 1978 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • 1979 Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • 1980 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 1982 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1983 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • 1983 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • 1984 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • 1984 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, dies at 89
  • 1985 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • 1985 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • 1986 Victor J Lopez, actor (Chuey-Man From Atlantis), dies at 39
  • 1986 Virginia Gilmore, American actress (Jennie, Western Union), dies at 66
  • 1987 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • 1987 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1990 Helene Fortescu Reynolds, actress (Bermuda Mystery), dies at 65
  • 1991 Carlos Montalban, actor (Bananas), dies at 85
  • 1992 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1992 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1993 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • 1994 Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994 John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Hugh Edward R O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night), ODs at 32
  • 1995 Jack Regan, broadcaster, dies at 53
  • 1995 Vivienne Byerley, publicist, dies at 88
  • 1995 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), dies at 88
  • 1996 Barbara McLean, film Editor, dies at 86
  • 1996 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53

  • 1996 Edith Fowke, folklorist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1996 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • 1996 Ken Dibbs, Lebanese actor (Suddenly, Party Girl, High Society), dies at 78
  • 1996 Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (1986-87), dies at 81
  • 1996 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2000 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), dies at 74
  • 2000 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2010 June Havoc Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, dies at 97
  • 2011 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • 2012 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2012 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), dies at 74
  • 2013 Richard Griffiths, British actor, dies from complications from heart surgery at 65
  • 2013 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2015 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • 2016 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), dies of a stroke at 94
  • 2016 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • 2017 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • 2017 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), dies at 72
  • 2017 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), dies at 87
  • 2017 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), dies of natural causes at 95