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Deaths in History on April 29

  • 852 Amalarius [Fortunatus] Frankish Bishop of Metz and Lyon, dies at 76
  • 926 Burchard II, Duke of Swabia
  • 1380 Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)
  • 1499 John IV, Dutch army leader, Earl of Egmond, dies
  • 1594 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1630 Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1658 John Cleveland, English poet (b. 1613)
  • 1676 Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear-admiral, (Newport), killed at 69
  • 1698 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)
  • 1699 Samuel Apostool, vicar/theologist (Zonisten), dies at 50
  • 1707 George Farquhar, Irish dramatist (b. 1678)
  • 1743 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658)
  • 1768 Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and minerologist, dies at 73
  • 1776 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)
  • 1793 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist, dies at 79
  • 1793 John Michell, English scientist and polymath, first to propose existence of black holes (b. 1724)

  • 1798 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, dies at 74
  • 1841 Aloysius Bertrand, French poet and playwright, dies of tuberculois at 34
  • 1854 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general, dies at 85
  • 1864 Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80

Person of interestAbraham Gesner

1864 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), dies at 66

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1867 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), dies at 64
  • 1871 John Gelinde van Blom, Fries notary/author, dies at 75
  • 1879 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 1891 Armistead Lindsay Long, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 65
  • 1903 Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (b. 1835)
  • 1916 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (Gram-Schmidt process), dies at 65
  • 1920 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
  • 1928 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
  • 1933 Constantine P Cavafy, Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant, dies at 70
  • 1936 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdam social alderman, dies at 76
  • 1937 Wallace Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), commits suicide at 41
  • 1943 Sidney A K Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies at 20
  • 1944 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (1915–17, 1925–26), dies at 93
  • 1944 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, dies at 72
  • 1945 Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, German SS officer (b. 1893)

  • 1947 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
  • 1951 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria English philosopher (Philosophical Investigations), dies at 62
  • 1953 Moïse Kisling, Polish-French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • 1954 Ernst Heldring, Dutch ship owner and financier, dies at 82
  • 1964 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77
  • 1972 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • 1975 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975 Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975 William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1986 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • 1991 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • 1993 Cy Howard, director (Lovers & Other Strangers), dies at 77
  • 1994 Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Gibb, zoo/theme park creator, dies at 57
  • 1995 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, dies at 79
  • 1996 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Siti Hartinah Suharto, 2nd First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • 1996 Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
  • 1997 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1997 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies at 77
  • 2001 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), dies at 81
  • 2002 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist, dies at 100

Person of interestJohn Kenneth Galbraith

2006 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), dies of natural causes at 97

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 2007 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • 2012 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • 2012 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
  • 2012 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2014 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2015 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • 2015 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), dies at 78
  • 2018 Michael Martin, British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09), dies at 72
  • 2020 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), dies at 84
  • 2020 Denis Goldberg, South African anti-apartheid activist (convicted alongside Mandela), dies at 87