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)

Person of interestGiovanni Bernini

1680 Giovanni Bernini, Italian sculptor/painter, dies at 81

Baroque Sculptor Giovanni Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Giovanni Bernini
  • 1695 Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer, dies at 58
  • 1695 Anthony Wood, English antiquarian (b. 1632)
  • 1698 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor of New France (b. 1622)
  • 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
  • 1794 Friedrich WLGA von Steuben, Prussian/US inspector-general of Washingtons army, dies at 64

Person of interestFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

1794 Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American military officer (major general of the Continental Army), dies at 64

Major General of the Continental Army Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
Major General of the Continental Army
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
  • 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)

Person of interestWashington Irving

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

  • 1860 Heinrich FL Rellstab, German music theorist, dies
  • 1861 Robert Fuhrer, composer, dies at 54
  • 1867 John Drake Sloat, 1st Military Governor of California (Union Navy), dies at 86
  • 1870 Frédéric Bazille, French painter (b. 1841)
  • 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, 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 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer, dies at 43
  • 1907 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter, and architect (b. 1869)
  • 1912 Heinz Galinski, chairman (Central Council for Jews in Germany), dies
  • 1912 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon (b. 1870)
  • 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, 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 musicologist (b. 1877)

Person of interestJames Naismith

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

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1940 Nicolae Iorga, author/president of Romania, murdered by fascist
  • 1944 Bijnen, Dutch opposition leader (LKP), shot to death in Apeldoorn
  • 1944 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian, dies
  • 1944 Joop Brouwer de Koning, youngest Dutch radio operator, executed at 25
  • 1944 Lode Zielens, Flemish author/journalist, dies at 43
  • 1945 Dwight Davis, donator of tennis' Davis Cup, dies
  • 1945 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • 1947 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44

Person of interestEnrico Fermi

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

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1959 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60
  • 1960 Richard N Wright, American author (Native son), dies at 52 in Paris France
  • 1960 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), dies at 52
  • 1962 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1890-1948), dies at 82
  • 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1967 Leon Mba, 1st president of Gabon (1960-67), dies
  • 1967 Leon M'ba, Gabonese politician 1st president of Gabon (1961-67), dies at 65
  • 1968 Enid Mary Blyton, author (Before I Go To Sleep), dies at 70
  • 1969 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!, Freckles), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1972 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, 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, composer, dies at 55
  • 1976 Rosalind Russell, 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 gen/NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), dies at 87
  • 1985 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • 1986 Herb Vigran, actor (Ernest-Ed Wynn Show), dies at 76
  • 1986 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, 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, US 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 (b. 1917)
  • 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 drummer (Steppenwolf) (b. 1946)
  • 1994 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, dies at 77

Person of interestJeffrey Dahmer

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

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1994 Jerry Rubin, US anti-war activist (Youth Party), 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, mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 1997 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), dies at 77
  • 1998 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism (b. 1938)
  • 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 lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2001 William Reid, British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2003 Antonia Forest, British children's author (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Marc Lawrence [Max Goldsmith], American character actor (Man With Golden Gun), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2017 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), dies from respiratory failure at 86