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Famous Deaths on November 28

  • 741 Syrian Catholic Pope Saint Gregory III
  • 1058 Kazimierz I Restaurator, duke of Poland (1034-58), dies
  • 1058 Casimir I the Restorer, Duke of Poland, dies at 42
  • 1170 Owain Gwynedd, King of Gwynedd (c. 1100)
  • 1262 Shinran, founder of Japan's True Pure Land Buddhist sect, dies
  • 1290 Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I of England (b. 1241)
  • 1499 Edward Plantagenet, English, 17th Count of Warwick, last Plantagenet heir, beheaded for treason at 24
  • 1514 Hartmann Skull, German physician/historian (Skull's Liederbuch), dies
  • 1545 Jacob van Liesveld, printer/"heretic" (Refeyen), beheaded
  • 1559 Erasmus Sarcerius, German Lutheran theologian and reformer, dies at about 58
  • 1574 Georg Major, German Protestant theologian, dies at 72
  • 1585 Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)
  • 1590 Pierre de Loyseleur de Villiers, S Neth theologist, dies at about 60
  • 1641 Robert Dowland, English luitist/son of John Dowland, dies at about 50
  • 1667 Jean de Thévenot, French traveller and scientist (b. 1633)
  • 1675 Leonard Hoar, American President of Harvard University (b. 1630)
  • 1675 Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh, English Civil War soldier (c. 1608)

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

1680 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor, painter and architect (St. Peter's Baldachin), dies at 81

  • 1695 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer, dies at 58
  • 1695 Anthony Wood, English antiquarian, dies at 62
  • 1698 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French soldier and Governor General of New France, dies at 76
  • 1716 Gisbert Cuper, Dutch classicist and historian, dies at 72
  • 1785 William Whipple, merchant/judge/signer (US Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • 1788 Charles C of Nassau-Weilburg, governor of Maastricht, dies at about 53
  • 1801 Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist (b. 1750)
  • 1815 Johann Peter Salomon, composer, dies at 70
  • 1827 Dov Baer Schneersohn, Lubavitch leader/author (Imirei Binah), dies
  • 1852 Ludger Duvernay, French printer and newspaper publisher (b. 1799)

Washington Irving

1859 Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76

  • 1860 Ludwig Rellstab, German music theorist, dies at 61
  • 1861 Robert Fuhrer, Czech composer, dies at 54
  • 1867 John Drake Sloat, 1st Military Governor of California (Union Navy), dies at 86
  • 1870 Frédéric Bazille, French painter, dies at 28
  • 1872 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer (b. 1780)
  • 1876 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian/German embryologist, dies at 84
  • 1878 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1878 Orson Hyde, American religious leader (b. 1805)
  • 1880 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, dies at 43
  • 1898 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss writer, dies at 73
  • 1899 Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19
  • 1899 Robert Brank Vance, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1873-85), dies at 71
  • 1907 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter, and architect (b. 1869)
  • 1912 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, dies at 41
  • 1915 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (C'era una Volta), dies at 76
  • 1915 Mubarak Al-Sabah "The Great", Emir of Kuwait (b. 1896)
  • 1916 Marthinus Theunis Steyn, South African politician and President of Orange-Free state (1896-1902), dies at 59
  • 1918 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1921 `Abdu'l-Bahá, Persian leader of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1844)
  • 1927 Arthur Wichmann, German/Dutch geologist (New Guinea), dies
  • 1927 C. E. A. Wichmann, German-Dutch geologist, dies at 76
  • 1928 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), dies at 73
  • 1935 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian ethno-musicologist, dies at 58

James Naismith

1939 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

  • 1940 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, murdered by fascist at 69
  • 1944 Bijnen, Dutch opposition leader (LKP), shot to death in Apeldoorn
  • 1944 Joop Brouwer de Koning, youngest Dutch radio operator, executed at 25
  • 1944 Lode Zielens, Flemish author and journalist (Obscure Blood), dies at 43
  • 1945 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • 1947 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44

Enrico Fermi

1954 Enrico Fermi, Italian-American nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53

  • 1959 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60
  • 1960 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), dies at 52
  • 1963 Fred Uttal, TV host (QED), dies at 55
  • 1963 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), murdered at 23
  • 1964 Charles Meredith, American actor (Court of Last Resort), dies at 70
  • 1964 Jan Fabricius, Dutch/English playwright (Dolle Hans), dies at 93
  • 1966 Vittorio Giannini, American violinist, composer (The Medead), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1956-64), dies at 63
  • 1967 Léon M'ba, Gabonese politician and 1st president of Gabon (1961-67), dies at 65

Enid Blyton

1968 Enid Blyton, English children's author (Noddy, Famous Five), dies at 71

  • 1969 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!; Freckles), dies at 67
  • 1969 Elbert Frank Cox, African-American mathematician (first African-American to receive PhD in Mathematics), dies at 73
  • 1970 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1970 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), dies at 55
  • 1971 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo
  • 1971 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), dies at 73
  • 1971 Alexander "Papa" Lightfoot, American blues singer and harmonica player, dies of respiratory failure at 47
  • 1972 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1972 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • 1973 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)
  • 1976 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, dies at 55
  • 1976 Rosalind Russell, American actress (Mame), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1977 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), dies at 75
  • 1978 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1978 Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentine football executive (b. 1902)
  • 1982 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, dies at 86
  • 1983 Christopher George, American actor (Chisum, Heist), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1984 Hans Speidel, German general and NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), dies at 87
  • 1985 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • 1985 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • 1986 Herb Vigran, actor (Ernest-Ed Wynn Show), dies at 76
  • 1987 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist prof (isolated growth hormones), dies at 74
  • 1987 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • 1989 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • 1990 Tamara De Treaux, actress (ET), dies at 31
  • 1992 Bill Kearns, American actor (Playtime), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1992 June Joyce Lewis Fraser, entertainer, dies at 75
  • 1992 Roland Smeenk, Dutch cabaret performer, dies in a car accident at 35
  • 1992 Sidney Nolan, Australian painter and illustrator (Ned Kelly), dies at 75
  • 1993 Abu Rish, Palestinian PLO-leader, dies at 23
  • 1993 Garry Moore, TV host (I've Got A Secret), dies of emphysema at 78
  • 1993 Kenneth Connor, English comedian and actor, best known for his "Carry On" films, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993 Khaled Moustapha Zir, Palestinian Hamas leader, shot to death at 25
  • 1993 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47
  • 1993 Camillo Togni, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1994 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, dies at 77

Jeffrey Dahmer

1994 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), killed in prison at 34

  • 1994 Jerry Rubin, US anti-war activist (Youth Party) and businessman, dies at 56
  • 1994 Vicente Enrique y Tarancon, Spanish cardinal, dies at 87
  • 1994 Ian Serraillier, English children's books author (The Silver Sword), dies at 82
  • 1995 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • 1996 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 1996 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 1997 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), dies at 77
  • 1997 William "Smitty" Smith, American rock keyboardist and session musician (Motherlode - "When I Die"), dies of a heartattack at 53
  • 1998 Kerry Wendell Thornley, Co-founder of Discordianism, dies at 60
  • 1999 Bethel Leslie, American entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), dies at 70
  • 2000 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), dies at 84
  • 2000 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), dies at 105
  • 2001 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Kal Mann, American pop lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), dies at 84
  • 2001 William Reid, British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American country blues musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2003 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2003 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88
  • 2005 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2005 (Daniel) Tony Meehan, British rock drummer (Vipers; Drifters: Shadows), dies from head injury after a fall at his home, at 62
  • 2006 Lyubov Polishchuk, Russian actress (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Robert Volpe, Artist, Art Theft Detective (b.1942)
  • 2007 Gudrun Wagner, co-director of the Bayreuth Festival (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Boeli van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde), dies at 85
  • 2009 Gilles Carle, Canadian screenwriter and film director (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 2010 Gil McDougald, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Samuel T. Cohen, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Ante Markovic, last Premier of Yugoslavia, dies at 87
  • 2011 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • 2012 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • 2013 Mitja Ribičič, Yugoslavian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • 2015 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • 2015 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), dies of natural causes at 97
  • 2015 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist, and author (We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of), dies at 81
  • 2016 Grant Tinker, American TV executive (Chairman of NBC), dies at 90
  • 2016 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, dies at 80
  • 2016 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), dies at 82
  • 2016 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, dies of brain cancer at 71
  • 2016 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, dies at 90
  • 2017 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress ("Al Maraa Al Maghoula" (The Unknown Woman)), and singer ("Ya Habibti Ya Masr" (Oh Egypt, My Love)), dies from respiratory failure at 86
  • 2018 Thomas J.J. Altizer, US Radical theologian (God is Dead), dies at 91
  • 2020 Dave Prowse, English actor (Darth Vader), dies of COVID-19 at 85
  • 2020 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 2021 François Moncla, French rugby union flanker (31 Tests; Racing 92, Section Paloise), dies at 89
  • 2021 Mustafa Cengiz, Turkish businessman and sports administrator (president Galatasaray S.K. 2018-21), dies from cancer at 71
  • 2021 Frank Williams, British businessman, racing team owner (Principal Williams Formula 1 team 1977-2020; 9 x F1 Constructors' C'ships, 7 x Drivers' C'ships), dies at 79
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