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Famous Deaths on October 29

  • 490 Petrus Mongus, patriarch of Alexandria, dies
  • 1038 Aethelnoth, English Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1268 Conradin, Duke of Swabia (executed) (b. 1252)
  • 1268 Frederick I, Margrave of Baden (beheaded) (b. 1249)
  • 1321 Stefanus VI Uros II Milutin, king of Serbia (1282-1321), dies
  • 1590 Dirck Volkertsz Coornhert, Dutch philosopher, poet and engraver, dies at about 68

ExecutionWalter Raleigh

1618 Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet, historian and explorer, beheaded for treason at about 64

  • 1650 David Calderwood, Scottish historian (b. 1575)
  • 1666 Edmund Calamy the Elder, English Presbyterian leader (b. 1600)
  • 1666 James Shirley, English poet and dramatist (The Triumph of Peace), dies at 70 (date of burial)
  • 1677 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, dies at 72
  • 1790 Pieter van Bleiswijk, Grand pensionary of Holland 1771-87, dies at about 66
  • 1802 Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, French composer, dies at 95
  • 1804 George Morland, English artist of rural landscapes, dies at 41
  • 1822 Dirk van Hogendorp, Dutch minister of War, dies at 61
  • 1829 Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist and Wolfgang's sister, dies at 78
  • 1846 Jean Louis van Aelbroeck, Flemish agronomist, dies at 90
  • 1853 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, French pianist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1853 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, dies at 29
  • 1856 Carel Sirardus Willem van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director, dies at 68
  • 1873 Ernest-Aimé Feydeau, French author (Fanny), dies at 52
  • 1873 John of Saxony, King of Saxony (1854-73), dies at 71
  • 1873 Leonardus Lightenvelt, Dutch politician, dies at 78
  • 1876 Jacques Gregoir, Belgian composer and pianist, dies at 59
  • 1882 Gustav Nottebohm, German teacher and composer, dies at 64
  • 1883 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1885 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
  • 1892 William Harnett, Irish-American painter (Old Cupboard Door), dies at 44
  • 1901 Leon Czolcosz, American anarchist and assassin of President McKinley, is electrocuted after being sentenced to death at 28
  • 1905 Etienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1911 Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World), dies at 64
  • 1919 Soen Shaku, Zen abbot of Engakuji monastery in Kamakura, dies at 60
  • 1919 A. B. Simpson, Canadian preacher (b. 1843)
  • 1920 Ernst Perabo, German-American composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Georg August Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra, 1891-97), dies at 79
  • 1924 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British born American playwright and children's author ("Little Lord Fauntleroy"), dies at 74
  • 1927 Leonard Nelson, German philosopher (Nelson-Friessche Schule), dies at 45
  • 1931 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, dies at 38
  • 1932 Joseph Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), dies at 74
  • 1933 Paul Painlevé, French Prime Minister (1917, 1925), dies at 69
  • 1933 Albert Calmette, French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), dies at 70
  • 1934 Gustavo Campa, Mexican composer, dies at 71
  • 1936 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), dies at 61
  • 1939 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator (first President of Western Michigan University), dies at 75
  • 1941 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1945 Hans Erich Blaich [Dr. Owlglass], German writer (Simplicissimus), dies at 72
  • 1947 Frances Cleveland, American First Lady (1885-89 93-97), wife of Grover Cleveland dies at 83
  • 1947 Theodore Holland, British composer, dies at 69
  • 1949 G. I. Gurdjieff, Armenian mystic (b. 1872)
  • 1950 Gustav V, King of Sweden (1907-1950), dies at 92
  • 1951 Jean De Raymond, French High Director of Cambodia, assassinated by a Viet-Minh agent (b. 1907)
  • 1951 Robert Grant Aitken, American astronomer (New General Catalogue), dies at 86
  • 1953 William Kapell, American concert pianist and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • 1957 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), dies at 71
  • 1957 Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl, strangled in her apartment in an unsolved murder at 24
  • 1958 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), dies at 71
  • 1962 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Adolphe Menjou, American actor (Front Page, Star is Born), dies at 73
  • 1963 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 38
  • 1965 Mehdi Am Barka, Moroccan socialist leader, murdered in Paris
  • 1967 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), dies at 71
  • 1968 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1969 Vic Richardson, Australian cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies at 75
  • 1969 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1971 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1973 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Victor E. van Vriesland, Dutch poet (Mirror of Dutch Poetry), dies at 82
  • 1975 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • 1979 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, American funk drummer (Parliament-Funkadelic; Miles Davis), dies of stomach cancer at 35
  • 1981 William O. Walker, American publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • 1983 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81
  • 1985 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), dies at 82
  • 1986 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
  • 1986 Mimis Fotopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1913)
  • 1986 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 1986 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), dies at 83
  • 1987 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, dies at 57
  • 1987 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herd), dies at 74
  • 1988 Ben Aerden [John Mikkelsen], Dutch actor (Hamlet, Uilenspiegel), dies at 78
  • 1990 William French Smith, American lawyer, US Attorney General (1980-5), dies at 73 of cancer
  • 1991 Donald Churchill, playwright, dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1991 Harry Thomas, founder (Flower Festival, Dutch Homofielen Party), dies
  • 1991 Maria Monica, silent film actress, dies
  • 1991 Mario Scelba, Prime Minister of Italia (1954-55), dies
  • 1992 Adrienne Canivez, wife of Victor of Vriesland, dies
  • 1992 Kenneth MacMillan, British choreographer (Manon, Judas Tree), dies
  • 1993 Raymond Lockhart, TV director (Huntley Brinkley Report), dies at 65
  • 1993 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), dies at 92
  • 1994 Andrew Miller-Jones, British TV pioneer (Picture Page, Dressing Up), dies at 84
  • 1994 Evelyn Anderson, American dancer (Josephine Baker review), dies at 87 [1]
  • 1994 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1996 Patricia Ticia Anne Ingrams, broadcaster, dies at 50
  • 1996 Patrick Johnson, English physicist, dies at 92
  • 1996 J. Edward Day, 55th U.S. Postmaster General (1961), dies at 82
  • 1997 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • 1998 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • 1999 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon), dies at 68
  • 2002 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • 2003 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering a stroke at 82
  • 2004 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician, dies at 81

Vaughn Meader

2004 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

  • 2004 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2006 Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), dies at 79
  • 2008 Mike Baker, American heavy metal singer and bass player (Shadow Gallery), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2010 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker, dies at 47
  • 2011 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • 2013 Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, dies at 90
  • 2015 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), dies at 89
  • 2016 Pen Sovann, 1st post-Khmer Rouge Cambodian Prime Minister (1981), dies at 80
  • 2016 John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), dies at 98
  • 2016 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), dies at 61
  • 2017 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), dies at 80
  • 2017 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, dies at 87
  • 2018 Larry Snyder, American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1969; George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award 1989), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2019 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), dies of pulmonary problems at 87
  • 2019 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), dies at 77
  • 2020 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby union winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1976, 78), dies at 72
  • 2020 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80
  • 2021 Ashley Mallett, Australian cricket spin bowler (38 Tests, 132 wickets, best 8/59; South Australia), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2021 Mehdi Cerbah, Algerian soccer goalkeeper (57 caps; JS Kabylie), dies at 68
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