On This Day

Famous Deaths on September 30

  • 420 Saint Jerome, Christian theologian, translator of the Vulgate Bible (from Greek to Latin), dies at about 73
  • 653 Saint Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 739 P'u-chi Ho-shang Tao-chao, Northern Ch'an Line Zen teacher, dies
  • 1101 Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1246 Yaroslav II of Russia, Grand Prince of Vladimir (1238-46), dies at 55
  • 1351 Muso Soseki, Zen teacher/Rinzai line/head of Nanzenji, dies in Japan
  • 1440 Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician
  • 1487 John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1400)
  • 1551 Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (b. 1507)
  • 1560 Melchior Cano, Spanish theologian (b. 1525)
  • 1572 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, dies at 61
  • 1581 Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • 1612 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1626 Nurhaci, Manchurian chief, founding Khan of Later Jin (b. 1559)
  • 1628 Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet (b. 1554)
  • 1630 John Billington, English-born murderer who sailed on the Mayflower, 1st American executed by Plymouth colony, hanged at about 40
  • 1712 Johann Michael Zächer, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • 1716 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, theologian and poet, dies at 62
  • 1755 Francesco Durante, Neapolitan composer,and teacher dies at 71
  • 1770 Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, English politician and diplomat

George Whitefield

1770 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

  • 1772 James Brindley, English engineer (canals and watermills), dies at about 76
  • 1788 Matthäus Günther, German painter, dies at 83
  • 1803 Charles Broche, French composer, dies at 51
  • 1811 Thomas Percy, English literary and bishop of Dromore, dies at 82
  • 1819 Nicolas Roze, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1837 Tsultrim Gyatso, 10th Dalai Lama, dies at 21
  • 1862 Isaac Peace Rodman, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injury at about 40
  • 1865 Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian-Jewish scholar, dies at 65
  • 1877 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle
  • 1884 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1885 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, dies at 60
  • 1888 Catherine Eddowes, English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1888 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1891 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician, dies at 54
  • 1897 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)
  • 1904 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1910 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • 1921 Oskar Panizza, German writer (Das Liebeskonzil), dies at 77
  • 1922 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1925 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1927 Samuel Garman, American zoologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and namesake of a Jamaican lizard, dies at 84
  • 1929 Charles Bonin, French explorer and diplomat (China), dies at 64
  • 1940 Walter Kollo, German operetta and popular song composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)

Edith Roosevelt

1948 Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, dies at 87

  • 1952 Waldorf Astor, House of Lords & Commons/owner of Observer, dies
  • 1954 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies

James Dean

1955 James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, dies in a car crash at age 24

  • 1955 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • 1955 Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, dies at 55
  • 1958 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • 1959 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • 1959 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • 1959 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • 1960 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, dies at 75
  • 1961 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec, dies at 72
  • 1963 Arnold Foster, English composer, dies at 66
  • 1965 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), dies at 75
  • 1970 Patrick Aherne, British actor (Green Dolphin Street, Rocketship X-M, The Court Jester), dies at 69
  • 1973 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1976 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84
  • 1977 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist (with Les Paul - "How High The Moon"), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1978 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • 1978 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), dies at 56
  • 1981 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1983 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 1983 William Elliott, American actor (Bernie Loves Bridget", "Adam 12"), dies at 49
  • 1984 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • 1985 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • 1985 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

Simone Signoret

1985 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

  • 1987 Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • 1987 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • 1988 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • 1988 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), dies at 83
  • 1989 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), dies at 92
  • 1990 Liesbeth de Uyl-of Vessem, feminist/wife of Joop du, dies
  • 1990 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990 Patrick White, Australian writer and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78
  • 1990 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and journalist, dies at 60
  • 1990 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, dies at 89
  • 1991 Nancy Welford, entertainer, dies at 87
  • 1993 Alex Lyon, English Labor Lower house leader (1966-83), dies at 61
  • 1993 Gordon Douglas, actor and director (Tony Rome), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1993 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Arendsoog.. premiejager), dies at 57
  • 1993 Tony Brafa, actor (Enrico Pallazzo-Naked Gun), dies at 72
  • 1993 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • 1994 Alex Scott, trainer, Horses, dies at 34
  • 1994 Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist, dies at 92
  • 1994 Lina Basquette, actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1994 Roberto Viola, Argentine general/president (1981), dies at 69
  • 1995 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1995 George Kirby, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 71
  • 1996 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • 1996 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor, dies at 59
  • 1996 Frances Lear, American magazine publisher (Lears), dies at 73
  • 1996 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, dies at 89
  • 1996 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer, dies at 79
  • 1997 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • 1997 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • 1998 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), dies of brain tumour at 45
  • 1998 Marius Goring, British actor (Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes), dies from cancer at 86
  • 1999 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 2002 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • 2003 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • 2003 Yusuf Bey, Black Muslim leader (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]
  • 2004 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70
  • 2008 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, dies at 82
  • 2008 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • 2010 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, dies of melanoma at 69
  • 2010 Patrick Holmes Sellors, British ophthalmologist, dies at 76
  • 2011 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and Islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • 2011 Marv Tarplin, American guitarist and songwriter (The Miracles, 1958-73 - "The Tracks of My Tears"), dies at 70
  • 2012 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), dies at 84
  • 2012 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • 2012 César Bolaños, Peruvian electro-acoustic and experimental musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 2014 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2016 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • 2017 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), dies at 96
  • 2017 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • 2017 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), dies at 69
  • 2018 Geoffrey Hayes, British TV presenter and actor (Rainbow, Z-Cars), dies at 76
  • 2019 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74
  • 2020 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), dies at 88
  • 2021 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), dies at 84
September 30 Highlights