Deaths in History on January 28

  • 1061 Duke Spytihněv II of Bohemia (b. 1031)
  • 1256 William II, Count of Holland and Zeeland (1234-56), and King of Germany (1248-56), dies in battle against the Frisians at 28
  • 1271 Isabella of Aragon, wife of Philip III and Queen consort of France (1270-1), dies of complications from childbirth at 22 or 23
  • 1393 Earl of Joigny, burned at royal ball in Paris
  • 1443 Robert le Maçon, Chancellor of France
  • 1528 Philips of Cleve, ruler of Ravenstein, dies

Henry VIIIHenry VIII (1491-1547)

King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 55

  • 1549 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1560 John a Lasco [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies

Francis DrakeFrancis Drake (c. 1540-1596)

English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

  • 1606 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, dies at 85
  • 1612 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • 1621 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, dies at 68
  • 1672 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, dies at 83
  • 1681 Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (b. 1619)
  • 1687 Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer ((created Atlas of the Moon, Catalogue of over 1500), dies on 76th birthday
  • 1697 John Fenwick, English conspirator
  • 1754 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, dies at 69
  • 1782 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer, dies at 84
  • 1810 Andrew Hofer, Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead
  • 1829 Thomas Tredgold, British civil engineer (railway design), carpenter, and writer (Elementary Principles of Carpentry, dies at 40
  • 1829 William Burke, murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh
  • 1832 Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1838 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS 16 Jan]
  • 1859 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1827-28), dies at 76
  • 1859 William H. Prescott, American historian, dies at 62
  • 1864 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (b. 1799)
  • 1867 John J. Pettus, American politician, Confederate governor (D-Miss, 1859-63), dies at 53
  • 1868 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Witiko), commits suicide at 62
  • 1890 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", dies at 86
  • 1893 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 60
  • 1895 François Certain Canrobert, French marshal and parliament member, dies at 85
  • 1908 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47
  • 1912 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • 1915 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist and mathematician known for discovering the Umov-Poynting vector and Umov effect, dies at 68

John McCraeJohn McCrae (1872-1918)

Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), dies of pneumonia at 45

  • 1924 Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher and writer (For the Young Ones), dies at 56
  • 1926 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, dies at 82
  • 1936 Richard Loeb, American Murder, killed Bobby Franks along with Nathan Leopold, killed in prison at 30
  • 1939 W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923), dies at 73
  • 1950 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, dies at 66

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867-1951)

Finnish general and 6th President of Finland (1944-46), dies at 83

  • 1953 Derek Bentley, Englishman controversially convicted for murder of a police officer (pardoned 1998), executed at 19
  • 1953 James Scullin, Australian Labour Party politician and 9th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 76
  • 1957 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • 1959 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • 1960 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • 1963 Jean Felix Piccard, Swiss scientist, explorer and balloonist (1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon), dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1965 Maxime Weygand, French general (head of French armed forces during German Invasion of France WWII), dies at 98
  • 1971 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1972 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • 1975 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1979 Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (The Three Children (Near Clonmel)), dies at 77
  • 1983 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), dies at 92
  • 1986 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • 1986 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • 1986 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • 1986 Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), dies in Challenger at 40
  • 1986 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs (1911-1988)

German-British atomic physicist and spy for the Soviet Union, dies at 76

  • 1992 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1994 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79
  • 1994 William Levitt, builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86
  • 1995 Barrie Wilson, British religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), dies at 59
  • 1995 George Woodcock, Canadian writer of political biography and history (Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements), dies at 82
  • 1995 James P Grant, American director of UNICEF (1980-95), dies at 72
  • 1995 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, dies at 61
  • 1995 Philip Burton, Welsh theater director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, dies at 90
  • 1995 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic, dies at 83
  • 1996 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), dies at 44
  • 1996 Jerry Siegel, American comic book writer (co-creator, with Joe Shuster, of "Superman"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1996 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • 1996 San Yu, Burmese General and the 5th President of Burma (1981-88), dies at 77
  • 1996 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Colin Welch, British political journalist and critic of Enid Blyton's Noddy series, dies at 72
  • 1997 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • 1997 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • 1998 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), dies in a helicopter crash at 50
  • 1999 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 2002 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish children book author (Pippi Longstocking), dies at 94
  • 2004 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • 2007 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • 2007 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Sterling Lanier, American writer (Hiero's Journey), dies at 79
  • 2008 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • 2008 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • 2014 Fernand Leduc, Canadian abstract expressionist painter (Les Automatistes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 97
  • 2019 Kim Bok-dong, Korean sex slave activist, dies at 92