Deaths in History on December 28

  • 300 Theonas, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 1367 Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (2nd shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate), dies at 37
  • 1446 Clement VIII, (Sanchez Muñoz), Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies
  • 1503 Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1471)
  • 1542 Albert Pigge [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52
  • 1605 John David, English navigator for Queen Elizabeth I (discovered Falkland Islands), killed by pirates in the East Indies at 54 or 55
  • 1622 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, dies at 55
  • 1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (light defraction), dies at 45
  • 1671 Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar, dies at 60
  • 1673 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • 1694 Mary II, Queen of England Scotland and Ireland, dies after 5 years of rule at 32
  • 1703 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), dies at 39
  • 1706 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and writer (Historical and Critical Dictionary), dies at 59
  • 1708 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist, dies at 52
  • 1715 William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)

Rob RoyRob Roy (1671-1734)

Scottish folk hero and outlaw, dies at 63

  • 1772 Ernst Johann van Biron, Russian duke of Courland, regent for Ivan VI, dies at 82
  • 1775 Peter A van de Parra, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 61
  • 1793 Louis earl of Bylandt, Dutch admiral, dies at about 75
  • 1795 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
  • 1859 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), dies at 59
  • 1860 Cornelis Broere, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and poet, dies at 57
  • 1870 Peter van Schendel, Dutch-Belgian painter (Monsieur Chandelle), dies at 64
  • 1872 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • 1884 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist and publisher, dies at 56
  • 1897 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, dies at 64
  • 1900 Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa Pinto, Portuguese explorer (b. 1846)
  • 1903 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46
  • 1915 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer and politician, dies at 78
  • 1917 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian Royal Flying Corps WWI flying ace, shot down and killed over Belgium at 25
  • 1918 George H White, last post Reconstruction congressman (Penn), dies
  • 1918 Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
  • 1919 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (Rydberg formula), dies at 65
  • 1924 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, dis at 58
  • 1925 Louisa Aldrich-Blake, British pioneering surgeon, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1935 Clarence Day, American author (Life with Father), dies at 61
  • 1944 Cornelia ten Boom is accidentally released from Ravensbruck
  • 1945 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74

Victor Emmanuel IIIVictor Emmanuel III (1869-1947)

King of Italy (1900-46), dies of pulmonary edema at 78

  • 1948 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • 1949 Hervey Allen, American writer and poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
  • 1956 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic chairman (1st Chamber), dies at 76

Ante PavelićAnte Pavelić (1889-1959)

Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

  • 1961 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1st lady (1915-21), dies at 89
  • 1963 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1967 Béla Schick, Hungarian-American paediatrician (Schick test), dies at 90
  • 1967 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • 1970 L. Mendel Rivers, American politician (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
  • 1974 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), dies at 56
  • 1976 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73
  • 1978 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82
  • 1980 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • 1986 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), dies at 70
  • 1987 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • 1988 Hal Ashby, academy-award-winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), dies at 95
  • 1990 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • 1990 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • 1993 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • 1994 Julian Rochfort Belfrage, English theatre agent, dies at 60
  • 1995 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), dies at 86
  • 1997 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • 2001 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • 2001 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Benjamin T. Hacker, American naval aviator (first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank), dies at 68

Susan SontagSusan Sontag (1933-2004)

American writer, philosopher and political activist (The Benefactor), dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

  • 2006 Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Trevor Holdsworth, CEO (National Power), dies at 83
  • 2012 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76
  • 2013 Andrew Jacobs Jr., American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), dies at 81
  • 2015 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42

Gregorio ÁlvarezGregorio Álvarez (1925-2016)

Uruguayan dictator and President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91 [1]

  • 2017 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, dies at 97
  • 2017 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77
  • 2018 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), dies at 108
  • 2018 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 93

Harry ReidHarry Reid (1939-2021)

American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1987-2017; U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-87), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82 [1]