On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 30

  • 988 Arnulf II, count of Flanders (965-988), dies
  • 1202 Joachim Van Fiore, Italian religious founder (Joachimism), dies
  • 1486 Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1526 Konrad Mutian, German humanist, dies at 54
  • 1540 Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, German statesman and Archbishop of Salzburg (b. 1469)
  • 1547 Francis I of Valois, King of France (1515-47), dies at 52
  • 1559 Adam Ries, German mathematician (b. 1492)
  • 1587 Ralph Sadler, English statesman (b. 1507)
  • 1662 François le Métel de Boisrobert, French poet (b. 1592)
  • 1707 Vauban, French architect (b. 1633)
  • 1764 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1783 William Hunter, Scottish anatomist and physician, dies at 64
  • 1804 Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, Marshal of France (b. 1718)
  • 1832 Stephen Groombridge, English Astronomer, dies at 77
  • 1840 George (Beau) Brummell, Dandy, dies
  • 1842 Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, French painter (b. 1755)
  • 1864 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • 1871 Louise, Dutch-born Queen of Sweden and Norway, dies at 42
  • 1873 Benedict Augustin Morel, Austrian-French psychologist (dementia praecox), dies at 63
  • 1875 Marie Moke Pleyel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1879 David van der Kellen, Dutch coin engraver, dies at 74
  • 1879 Thomas Couture, French painter/author, dies at 63
  • 1884 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1886 Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, French Canadian politician (b. 1838)
  • 1896 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), dies at 63
  • 1903 William Hicks "Red" Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • 1906 Betsy Perk [Christina Elizabeth], Dutch journalist, writer and pioneer of the Dutch women's movement, dies at 73
  • 1911 Ellen Henrietta Richards, American chemist (Amer Home Economics Association-1st Pres), dies at 68
  • 1912 Karl May, German writer (Winnetou/Kara Ben Nemsi), dies at 70
  • 1925 Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher (anthroposophy), dies at 64
  • 1935 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer, dies at 51
  • 1936 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1942 Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson premier Valois), dies at 81
  • 1943 Jan Bytnar, Polish activist (b. 1921)
  • 1943 Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, Polish activist (b. 1920)
  • 1945 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1946 John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, British soldier, Field Marshal during WW II, dies at 59
  • 1949 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), dies at 40
  • 1949 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64
  • 1950 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), dies at 77
  • 1953 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • 1959 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, dies at 52
  • 1959 Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • 1960 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter, dies at 90
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1961 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • 1962 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55
  • 1963 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • 1964 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • 1964 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), dies at 72
  • 1965 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), dies at 69
  • 1966 Erwin Piscator, German theater and film director (Nathan the Wise; Revolt of the Fishermen), dies at 72
  • 1966 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, dies at 95
  • 1966 Newbold Morris, American politician, dies at 64
  • 1967 Jean Toomer, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1968 Bobby Driscoll, American Academy Juvenile Award-winning actor (Song Of The South; The Window), dies of heart failure at 31 [date reflects discovery of his body in a deserted NYC tenement]
  • 1969 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), dies during Le Mans testing accident at 34
  • 1970 Heinrich Brüning, German politician and Chancellor of Germany (1930-32), dies at 84
  • 1971 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • 1972 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • 1972 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1974 Lodewijk Rogier, Dutch historian (Reborn in Freedom), dies at 79
  • 1975 Peter Bamm, writer, dies
  • 1976 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • 1976 Reuben "Rube" Bloom, American pianist, arranger, band leader (The Bayou Boys), songwriter ("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"; "Give Me the Simple Life"), dies at 73
  • 1977 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • 1977 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • 1978 George Paine, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 17 wickets; Warwickshire), dies at 69
  • 1978 Harold Gimblett, English cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 50; 265 career FC sixes; Somerset CCC), dies from overdose at 63
  • 1978 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1979 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • 1981 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • 1981 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50
  • 1984 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • 1985 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76

James Cagney

1986 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 86

  • 1986 John Ciardi, American poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • 1987 Efrain Jonckheer, Premier of the Dutch Antilles, dies at 69
  • 1988 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, dies at 79
  • 1989 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • 1991 Jan Willem Hofstra, Dutch actor/writer (Friends of My Friends), dies
  • 1992 Art Hannes, announcer, dies of a respiratory ailment at 72
  • 1992 Luigi De Laurentiis, Italian producer (Toto, Macaroni), dies
  • 1992 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, dies at 72
  • 1993 Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (Ocean Park Paintings), dies at 70
  • 1994 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1995 Graham Anthony Richard Lock, cricketer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (Janis Joplin - Pearl), dies at 59
  • 1995 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger, dies at 82
  • 1995 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, dies at 65
  • 1996 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), dies at 79
  • 1997 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, dies at 64
  • 1998 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost; Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 1999 Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Terry Wilson, American actor (Wagon Train; Escape to Witch Mountain), dies at 75
  • 1999 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television produce, studio executive, and second husband of Lucille Ball, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2000 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • 2003 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • 2003 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), dies at 65
  • 2004 Alistair Cooke, British-American TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), dies at 95
  • 2004 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)

Michael King

2004 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), dies in a car crash at 58

  • 2004 (Rosemary) "Timi" Yuro, American singer ("Hurt"), dies at 63
  • 2004 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65
  • 2005 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2006 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2008 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), dies of leiomyosarcoma at 76
  • 2010 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), dies of melanoma at 88
  • 2010 Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-born American high school teacher at Garfield High School (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Martin Sandberger, German military officer (b. 1911)
  • 2012 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • 2013 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2013 Bob Turley, American MLB pitcher, dies from liver cancer at 82
  • 2014 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • 2016 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • 2016 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • 2016 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, dies at 95
  • 2017 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • 2017 Rosalie “Rosie” Hamlin, American singer-songwriter (Rosie and The Originals – “Angel Baby”), dies at 71
  • 2018 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, dies at 89

Bill Withers

2020 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician ("Ain't No Sunshine"; "Lean on Me"; "Just The Two Of Us"), dies of heart complications at 81

  • 2020 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • 2021 G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate felon and radio host, dies at 90
March 30 Highlights