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Famous Deaths on October 28

Maxentius

312 Maxentius, Roman emperor (306-312), drowns at the Battle of Milvian Bridge at 34

  • 1138 Boleslaw III Wrymouth [scheefmond], Duke of Poland, dies at 52
  • 1225 Jien, Japanese poet and historian, dies at 70
  • 1312 Elisabeth of Tirol, German queen
  • 1412 Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
  • 1468 Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan (1450-68), dies at 43
  • 1520 Pier Gerlofs Donia, Frisian pirate and freedom fighter
  • 1568 Ashikaga Yoshihide, Japanese shogun (b. 1539)
  • 1627 Jahangir, 4th Mughal Emperor of India (1605-27), dies at 58
  • 1637 Foppe van Aitzema, diplomat, dies at about 57
  • 1639 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (b. 1587)
  • 1646 William Dobson, English portrait painter, dies at about 35 (b. 1610)
  • 1661 Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • 1676 Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)

John Wallis

1703 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, dies at 86

John Locke

1704 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), dies at 72

  • 1708 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, dies at 55
  • 1716 Stephen Fox, English politician, dies at 89
  • 1740 Anna Ivanova Romanova, Empress of Russia (1730-40), dies at 47
  • 1754 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), dies at 46
  • 1755 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer, dies at 65
  • 1763 Heinrich von Brühl, German statesman, dies at 63
  • 1768 Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1779 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66
  • 1792 Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist, died at 82
  • 1792 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, dies at 68
  • 1800 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 72
  • 1806 Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)
  • 1841 Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (b. 1792)
  • 1852 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), dies at 57
  • 1854 James P Carrell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1857 Louis Eugène Cavaignac, French soldier and politician (b. 1802)
  • 1875 William Howard Glover, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1877 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1877 Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)
  • 1879 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 1897 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72
  • 1899 C Grant B Allen, Canada, British writer (Woman Who Did), dies
  • 1899 Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-American inventor who invented the linotype machine that revolutionized printing, dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1900 Max Müller, German-born British orientalist, dies at 76 (b. 1823)
  • 1905 Alphonse Allais, French humorist/writer (Le chat noir), dies
  • 1914 Richard Heuberger, composer, dies at 64
  • 1916 Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau), dies at 77
  • 1916 Oswald Boelcke, German pilot (b. 1891)
  • 1917 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • 1918 Ulisse Dini, Italian mathematician and politician (Fondamenti per la teorica delle funzioni di variabili reali), dies at 72
  • 1918 Edward Bouchet, American Physicist, 1st African American to receive US Ph.D, dies at 66
  • 1919 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies
  • 1922 Hugo Verriest, Flemish writer and poet (Flemish Motion), dies at 81
  • 1927 Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77
  • 1929 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, dies at 36
  • 1929 Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany, dies at 80
  • 1939 Alice Brady, American silent and talkie film actress (My Man Godfrey; The Gay Divorcee; Zenobia), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1940 Andrea d' Angeli, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1944 Helen Magill White, American educator and 1st woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S., dies at 90
  • 1952 Billy Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor, Nationalist: 1915-23), dies at 90
  • 1957 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of San Francisco '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • 1959 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • 1959 Egon Kornauth, Austrian classical pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 68
  • 1959 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • 1962 Pierre Froidebise, Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 48
  • 1963 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • 1964 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • 1965 Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris
  • 1965 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist ("Flamingo"; "Temptation"), dies at 52
  • 1968 Henricus WJM Keuls, lawyer/poet, dies at 85
  • 1969 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • 1970 Baby Huey [James Ramey], American rock and soul singer (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies of a drug-related heart attack at 26
  • 1970 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99
  • 1971 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • 1973 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • 1975 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1975 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • 1980 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1984 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 64
  • 1984 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1986 Marga Klompé, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • 1986 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), dies at 64
  • 1987 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • 1989 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), dies at 63
  • 1989 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), dies at 91
  • 1990 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japanese media CEO (Fujisankei Communications Group), dies of liver failure at 78 [1]
  • 1991 Dudley McConnell, American space scientist, headed NASA's Earth Science Division, dies at 55
  • 1991 [Lawrence] G. L. Vitto American DJ and TV host, dies at 69
  • 1991 Lydia Hodson Copeland, America's Jr Miss (1972), dies at 37
  • 1991 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (7 Tests, South Sydney), dies at 86
  • 1992 Joan Maloney Rio, dancer, dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993 Carmino Baelen, Belgian sleder, dies at 22
  • 1993 Doris Duke, heiress (American Tobacco Co), dies at 80
  • 1994 Sjlomo Goren, Polish/Israeli supreme rabbi, dies
  • 1995 Allan Leslie Merson, historian, dies at 79
  • 1995 Katsumasa Sakioka, Japanese-American property tycoon, dies at 96 [1]
  • 1996 Jack Tinker, British drama critic, dies at 58
  • 1996 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • 1996 William Downie Forrest, journalist, dies at 94
  • 1997 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 1997 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)

Ted Hughes

1998 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • 1998 James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1998 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), dies at 76
  • 1999 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2000 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), dies after a long illness at 86
  • 2000 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • 2000 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican baseball infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 2001 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • 2002 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2002 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 72
  • 2005 Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Tony Jackson, American professional basketball player, (ABL - Chicago Majors, 1961-63; ABA - three teams, 1967-69), dies at 62
  • 2005 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)

Red Auerbach

2006 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

  • 2006 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), dies from blows to the head by his nephew at 52
  • 2006 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day at a Time"), dies of heart disease at 86
  • 2007 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton ("Y'All Come"; "A Satisfied Mind"), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2008 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, dies at 94
  • 2010 James MacArthur, American actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), dies at 72
  • 2010 Gerard Kelly, Scottish actor (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • 2013 Ike Skelton, American politician, dies from pneumonia at 81
  • 2013 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), dies at 86
  • 2014 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • 2018 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • 2019 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87
  • 2019 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76
  • 2020 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter ("When I Get My Wings"), dies of a stroke at 81
  • 2020 Bobby Ball [Harper], British comic, actor, singer and television host (Cannon and Ball; The Last of Summer Wine), dies at 76
  • 2021 Dick Szymanski, American football center (Pro Bowl 1955, 62, 64; Baltimore Colts) and executive (GM Baltimore Colts 1977-82), dies at 89
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