Famous Deaths on May 28

  • 1089 Lanfrance, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1317 Guy van Avesnes/Henegouwen, bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 63
  • 1357 Afonso IV, King of Portugal (1325-57), dies at 66
  • 1521 Willem van Croij, duke of Soria, dies at about 62
  • 1534 Dirk Martens, Flemish printer/humanist, dies at about 83
  • 1556 Saitō Dōsan, Japanese daimyo (b. 1494?)
  • 1650 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59
  • 1672 Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, English soldier, admiral and patron of Samuel Pepys, killed at the Battle of Solebay at 46
  • 1672 John Trevor, English politician (b. 1626)
  • 1685 Pieter de la Court, economist/historian, dies at about 67
  • 1747 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (b. 1715)
  • 1750 Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1720)
  • 1787 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1791 Joseph Schmitt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1805 Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer/cellist (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1808 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (b. 1720)
  • 1811 Henry Dundas, British minister (b. 1742)
  • 1816 Ras Wolde Selassie, Ethiopian warlord
  • 1828 Daikokuya Kōdayū, Japanese castaway (b. 1751)
  • 1833 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1836 Anton Reicha, composer, dies at 66
  • 1838 Thomas Busby, composer, dies

Person of interestNoah Webster

1843 Noah Webster, American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1849 Anne Brontë, English novelist (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), dies at 29
  • 1862 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40 [5/16]
  • 1863 Edmund Kirby Jr, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injuries at 23
  • 1864 Henry H Giesy, US Union-brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and liberal politician, dies at 55

Person of interestJohn Russell

1878 John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1846-52 and 1865-66), dies at 85

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell
  • 1883 August Freyer, composer, dies at 79
  • 1889 Willem M d'Ablaing, lawyer, dies at 37
  • 1890 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer, dies at 49
  • 1900 George Grove, English biblical scholar and misicographer, dies at 79
  • 1911 Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, South African theologist and journalist (Afrikaner Bond), dies at 64
  • 1913 Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], British banker and politician, dies at 79
  • 1914 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1916 Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, dies at 59
  • 1921 Geo Mestdagh, Belgian aviation pioneer, dies
  • 1922 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • 1927 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Belgian Kempen), dies
  • 1927 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1929 Alice Stopford Green, Irish historian and proponent of Irish independence, dies at 81
  • 1937 Alfred Adler, Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), dies at 67
  • 1940 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), dies at 70
  • 1940 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1940 Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53
  • 1940 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • 1944 Katri Vala, Finnish poet, dies at 42
  • 1947 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • 1948 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, dies from the effects of a bullet in her head at 33
  • 1953 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)

  • 1954 Achille Longo, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77
  • 1959 Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
  • 1963 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • 1968 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)
  • 1969 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • 1971 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), killed in a plane crash at 46
  • 1971 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), dies at 59

Person of interestEdward VIII

1972 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 1973 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • 1975 Eric Emerson, entertainer, dies
  • 1975 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1976 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • 1977 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • 1978 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • 1980 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • 1981 Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC
  • 1981 Stefan Wyszyński, Polish Cardinal, dies at 79
  • 1982 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • 1983 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • 1984 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1986 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), dies at 79
  • 1987 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • 1990 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • 1990 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies
  • 1990 Joseph Hardy, actor and director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71
  • 1991 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • 1991 Ethel Lois Payne, American journalist (Chic Defender), dies at 79
  • 1993 Charles Barnett, cricketer (20 Tests for England), dies
  • 1994 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1994 Rita Gillespie, tV Director, dies at 65
  • 1994 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, dies at 83
  • 1995 Daniela Rocca, Italian actress (Battle of Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • 1995 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • 1995 Jean Muir, British fashion designer, dies at 66
  • 1996 Buck Bundy, TV dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • 1996 John "Jack" Layden, local politician, dies at 70
  • 1996 Sidney Greenbaum, grammarian, dies at 66

Person of interestPhil Hartman

1998 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • 2001 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • 2002 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • 2003 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2003 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • 2008 David Mitton, Scottish-born director (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 42
  • 2010 Jacob Kistemaker, Dutch nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge), dies at 93
  • 2010 Eddie Barth [Edward Bartholetti], American actor and voiceover artist nicknamed "Mr. Gravel" for his raspy vocals (Shaft, Simon & Simon), dies at 78
  • 2010 Hugh Ford, British mechanic engineer, dies at 96

Person of interestMaya Angelou

2014 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 2014 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2016 Harambe, Western lowland gorilla resident at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, shot and killed at 17 by a zoo worker to protect a 3 year old boy who had climbed into it's enclosure
  • 2017 John Noakes, British TV presenter, dies at 83
  • 2018 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), dies at 99
  • 2018 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), dies from bladder cancer at 77
  • 2018 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93