On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 29

  • 561 Chlotarius I, king of the France (558-61), dies at about 61
  • 917 Radboud, bishop of Utrecht/Deventer (900-17)/saint, dies
  • 1253 Otto II Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1206)
  • 1268 Clement IV [Guido Fulcodi], Pope (1265-68), dies
  • 1314 Philip IV, the Handsome, King of France (1285-1314), (b. 1268)
  • 1330 Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England, dies at 43
  • 1342 Michael of Cesena, Italian Franciscan leader (b. 1270)
  • 1378 Charles IV, Roman-German King and Emperor (Univ of Prague), dies
  • 1463 Marie of Anjou, Queen of France (1422-61), dies at 59
  • 1530 Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, adviser and Lord Chancellor, (1515-29) to England's King Henry VIII, dies just before facing treason trial at about 55
  • 1577 Cuthbert Mayne, English catholic saint, executed for high treason by being hung, drawn and quartered (b. 1543)
  • 1590 Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin, German philologist and poet (b. 1547)
  • 1595 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet, dies at 61
  • 1626 Ernst, Graf von Mansfield, German soldier (c. 1580)
  • 1632 Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, dies at 36
  • 1643 William Cartwright, English dramatist (b. 1611)
  • 1643 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo,espro della Beata Vergine), dies at 76
  • 1646 Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer, dies at 81
  • 1661 Brian Walton, English clergyman and scholar (b. 1600)
  • 1682 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, German soldier, Commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, dies at 62
  • 1695 James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair, Scottish lawyer and statesman (b. 1619)
  • 1699 Patrick Gordon, Scottish general (served Tsar Peter the Great), dies at 64
  • 1759 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1687)
  • 1775 Lorenzo Somis, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1780 Maria Theresa Hapsburg, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Croatia (1740-1780), dies following illness at 63
  • 1797 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
  • 1813 Giambattista Bodoni, Italian stamp cutter and publisher (bodoni), dies at 73
  • 1843 Marco Santucci, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1844 Princess Sophia of Gloucester, great-granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and niece of King George III, dies at 71
  • 1847 Marcus Whitman, American physician and missionary (Oregon Trail), killed at 45
  • 1865 Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer and statesman, dies at 69
  • 1872 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • 1872 Giovanni Tadolini, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • 1872 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), dies at 61
  • 1895 Eduard count von Taaffe, Austria premier (1868-93), dies at 62
  • 1918 Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Helten), dies at 40
  • 1921 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), dies at 60

Giacomo Puccini

1924 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème; Tosca; Madame Butterfly), dies in Brussels at 65

  • 1925 Karl Flodin, Finnish composer, dies at 67
  • 1927 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (251 FC games, 11758 runs, 1023 wkts), dies at 68
  • 1939 Philipp Scheidemann, German politician (SPD) and Mayor of Kassel, dies at 74
  • 1952 Rosa Lewis, English chef and owner (Cavendish Hotel London), dies at 85
  • 1952 Vladimir Ipatieff, Russian-American chemist, dies at 85
  • 1953 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • 1953 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1953 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1954 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • 1954 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, dies at 62
  • 1957 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • 1959 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1959 Hans Henny Jahnn, German playwright, dies at 64
  • 1962 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood, New Jersey
  • 1964 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and author (Bartje), dies at 60
  • 1967 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), dies in auto accident at 47
  • 1970 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1970 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70
  • 1971 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1974 Haroldson L. Hunt, US multi-millionaire, dies at 85
  • 1974 Ouida Bergere, American scriptwriter (Peter Ibbetson), dies at 88
  • 1974 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), dies at 69

Graham Hill

1975 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), dies while trying to land a plane in the fog near London at 46

  • 1976 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1976 Judith Lowry, American actress (Effect of Gamma Rays ...), dies at 86
  • 1977 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
  • 1978 Alan Richardson, Scottish pianist and composer, dies at 74

Dorothy Day

1980 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • 1981 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; Gypsy; Rebel Without a Cause; West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • 1981 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), dies from self inflicted gunshot wounds at 74
  • 1982 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, dies at 55
  • 1984 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1985 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1985 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, dies at 71

Cary Grant

1986 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 82

  • 1986 Herb Vigran, American actor (Vampire, Mark of Vampire), dies at 76
  • 1987 Howard Pyle, American politician (Governor-R-Arizona, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • 1987 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), dies at 85
  • 1989 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch jazz singer, dies at 56
  • 1989 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), dies of complications after stomach surgery at 87
  • 1989 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (New Gourna Village), dies at 89
  • 1991 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), dies at 75
  • 1991 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), dies at 87
  • 1991 Louis Finkelstein, American historian and theologist (Pharizees), dies at 96
  • 1992 Cary Scott Lowenstein, American dancer and singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992 Emilio Pucci, Italian fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), dies at 78
  • 1992 Robert F. Simon, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; Operation Petticoat; M*A*S*H), dies at 83
  • 1992 Robert Shayne, American actor (Tora! Tora! Tora!), dies of cancer at 92
  • 1992 Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (Air-India, Tata Group), dies at 89
  • 1993 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire), dies at 88
  • 1994 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, found hanged at 63
  • 1994 Muhammad Ali Araki, Iranian grand ayatollah (Marja'), dies at 99
  • 1994 Sviatoslav S. Stravinsky, French-American composer, son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • 1995 Irene Ighodar, Sierra Leonean doctor and social reformer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Stone Cates, fictional character on TV soap General Hospital, dies of AIDS
  • 1996 Dan Flavin, American minimalist sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1997 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79
  • 1997 Isabelle Kelley, American social worker credited with instigating the US Federal Food Stamp Program, dies at 80
  • 1998 Giant Haystacks [Martin Ruane], English professional wrestler, dies at 51
  • 1998 Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1999 Gene Rayburn, American game show host (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Cleveland Browns), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 2001 Mic Christopher, Irish rock singer and songwriter (The Mary Janes; solo - "Heyday";"Skylarkin'"), dies of head injury after a fall at 32

George Harrison

2001 George Harrison, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of lung cancer at 58

  • 2001 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75
  • 2002 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession; Napoléon; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • 2002 George "Two Ton" Harris, American professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2003 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2003 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84
  • 2004 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)
  • 2004 Harry Danning, American baseball player, dies at 93
  • 2004 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72
  • 2005 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 2005 David di Tommaso, French footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2005 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove; Cleveland, Minnesota), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2006 Allen Carr, English anti-smoking campaigner (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Nina Milkina, Russian-British concert pianist, dies at 87
  • 2007 Henry Hyde, American politician (Rep (R) Illinois (1975-2007), dies at 83
  • 2007 James Barber, Canadian chef and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, NPR reviewer and deejay, dies at 57
  • 2007 Roger Smith, American Chairman and CEO of General Motors), dies at 82
  • 2007 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), dies at 79
  • 2008 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • 2009 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), dies at 61
  • 2009 Prince Alexandre of Belgium, Prince of the Belgians and son of Leopold III, dies at 67
  • 2010 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), dies at 73
  • 2010 Mario Monicelli, Italian film director (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Stephen Solarz, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 70
  • 2010 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist and inventor (stored program concept for computers), dies at 97
  • 2010 Alfred Masini, American television producer (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, dies from stroke complications at 41
  • 2012 Merv Pregulman, American NFL line backer (Green Bay Packers), dies at 90
  • 2014 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), dies at 80
  • 2015 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • 2015 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), dies at 89
  • 2017 Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian Croat general & war criminal, commits suicide at 72
  • 2018 Ruth Haring, American chess player and President of the US Chess Federation, dies at 63
  • 2018 Charles Harrison, American industrial designer (view finder), dies at 87
  • 2019 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • 2019 Seymour Siwoff, American sports statistician (president and CEO Elias Sports Bureau 1952-2019), dies at 99
  • 2019 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 42
  • 2020 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2020 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2021 Arlene Dahl, American actress (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Ambush, One Life To Live), TV panelist (What's My Line), and perfumer, dies at 96
  • 2021 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 66
November 29 Highlights