Deaths in History on April 28

  • 1109 Saint Hugh of Cluny, 6th abbot of Cluny, dies at 84
  • 1192 Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem, assassinated at 52
  • 1498 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician, dies at 40
  • 1533 Nicholas West, English bishop & diplomat, dies at 72
  • 1716 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest, dies at 43

Mary ReadMary Read (1685-1721)

English pirate who operated in the Caribbean, dies of a violent fever while in prison and likely still pregnant aged 36

  • 1726 Thomas Pitt, British merchant & Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • 1741 Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish general & statesman, dies at 73
  • 1754 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), dies at 72
  • 1772 Johann Friedrich Struensee, German physician of Christian VII of Denmark, dies at 34
  • 1781 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 58
  • 1813 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (Battle of Borodino), dies at 67
  • 1816 Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1841 Peter Chanel, French priest & saint, dies at 37
  • 1843 William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies at 74
  • 1853 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1858 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist, dies at 56
  • 1865 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-British shipping magnate & founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line), dies at 77
  • 1881 Robert Olinger, American warden & the last victim of Billy the Kid, dies at 31
  • 1896 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian & political writer, dies at 61
  • 1905 Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army) & 40th Governor of Virginia, dies at 69

Gavrilo PrincipGavrilo Princip (1894-1918)

Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, dies of tuberculosis at 23

  • 1936 Fuʾād I [Aḥmad Fuʾād Pasha], King of Egypt (1922-36), dies at 68
  • 1944 Frank Knox, American politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, dies at 70

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini (1883-1945)

Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), shot by communist partisans at 61

  • 1945 Claretta Petacci, Italian mistress of Mussolini, executed at 33
  • 1945 Hans Bloesch, Swiss author, dies at 67
  • 1945 Roberto Farinacci, Italian fascist, dies at 52
  • 1946 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician, dies at 76
  • 1949 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines, assassinated at 61
  • 1954 Léon Jouhaux, French socialist & co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel Peace Prize 1951), dies at 74
  • 1955 Lode Cantens, Flemish playwright (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • 1957 Heinz Bär, German fighter pilot, dies at 43
  • 1960 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer, philosopher and Marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • 1960 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, 19th and 25th President of Chile, dies at 82
  • 1964 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector & museum director, dies at 75
  • 1965 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer & writer (Character), dies at 80
  • 1973 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), dies at 90
  • 1975 Jan A. de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • 1976 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1976 Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), dies at 76
  • 1978 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) & Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68
  • 1984 Glen H. Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • 1984 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • 1987 Ben Linder, American engineer, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua at 27
  • 1989 Olaf J. de Landell, Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1991 Floyd McKissick, American lawyer & civil rights activist, dies at 69
  • 1991 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
  • 1992 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), dies at 82
  • 1992 Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck], African-American writer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Henry C. Rogers, American publicist, dies at 81
  • 1996 Henry Clarke, American fashion photographer (Vogue), dies at 78
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, Guatemalan politician, dies at 80
  • 1996 William Colby, American intelligence officer (CIA Director, 1973-76), dies at 76
  • 1997 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • 1997 Susan Seddon Boulet, American artist, dies of cancer at 45

Arthur Leonard SchawlowArthur Leonard Schawlow (1921-1999)

American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • 2000 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74
  • 2000 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2002 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
  • 2005 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka, dies at 45
  • 2007 Bertha Wilson, Canadian lawyer & the 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, dies at 83
  • 2007 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist & philosopher, dies at 94
  • 2012 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet & researcher, dies at 92
  • 2016 Conrad Burns, American politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • 2016 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68

Michael CollinsMichael Collins (1930-2021)

American Major General USAF and astronaut (Gemini 10, Apollo 11), dies of cancer at 90 [1]