Deaths in History on January 30

  • 1030 William V, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 969)
  • 1156 Herman van Horn, bishop of Utrecht (1151/52-56), dies
  • 1181 Emperor Takakura of Japan (b. 1161)
  • 1384 Louis II, Count of Flanders, dies at 53
  • 1393 Aimery Poitiers, French nobleman, burned at royal ball
  • 1393 Yvain, son of earl of Foix, burned at royal ball
  • 1574 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (b. 1502)
  • 1584 Jonker Wigbold van Ewsum, mister of Nienoord, dies in battle
  • 1584 Pieter Jansz Pourbus, Flemish painter, dies
  • 1606 Everard Digby, English conspirator (b. 1578)
  • 1644 William Chillingworth, English religious leader, dies at 41

Charles ICharles I (1600-1649)

King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1625-49), beheaded for treason by Parliament at 48

  • 1703 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese retainer for the Shogun, murdered in the revenge of the 47 rōnin
  • 1716 Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien, queen of Poland (1676-96), dies at 74
  • 1730 Peter II Alexeyevich, Tsar of Russia (1727-30), dies at 14

Bonnie Prince CharlieBonnie Prince Charlie (1720-1788)

English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), dies of a stroke at 67

  • 1816 Reinier Vinkeles, Dutch engraver and art collector, dies at 74

Betsy RossBetsy Ross (1752-1836)

American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, dies at 84

  • 1838 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail
  • 1846 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, dies at 81
  • 1847 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, dies of tuberculosis at 24 [1]
  • 1858 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (b. 1778)
  • 1867 Emperor Kōmei of Japan (b. 1831)
  • 1869 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • 1888 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77

Rudolf, Crown Prince of AustriaRudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889)

Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dies at 30 in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge

  • 1900 Vittorio Bersezio [Carlo Nugelli], Italian playwright, dies at 71
  • 1909 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), dies at 80
  • 1919 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • 1925 John Mellaerts, Flemish social worker (Boerenbond), dies at 79
  • 1928 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1934 Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (founder of Doubleday & Co), dies at 72
  • 1945 Gottlieb Haberlandt, Austrian botanist, dies at 90
  • 1947 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Indian independence activist and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists at 78

Orville WrightOrville Wright (1871-1948)

American aviator (Wright Brothers), dies at 76

  • 1951 Ferdinand Porsche, German automotive engineer (Volkswagen Beetle; Mercedes-Benz SS) and founder of the Porsche car company, dies at 75
  • 1953 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • 1956 Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician and philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1957 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65
  • 1958 Earnest Heinrich Heinkel, German aeronautical engineer (1st rocket-powered aircraft), dies at 70
  • 1958 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, dies at 79
  • 1961 Maud Wagner, first known American tattoo artist and circus performer, dies at about 83
  • 1962 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • 1964 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80
  • 1968 Tsugouharu Foujita, Japanese-French painter and printmaker, dies at 81

Allen DullesAllen Dulles (1893-1969)

American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), dies of influenza complicated by pneumonia at 75

  • 1969 Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • 1982 Félix Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes), dies at 76
  • 1983 Alan Cunningham, British general and last High Commissioner of Palestine (1945-48), dies at 95
  • 1983 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65
  • 1988 Corry [Cornelia Diderika] Vonk, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • 1991 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)

John BardeenJohn Bardeen (1908-1991)

American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82

  • 1993 Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88
  • 1994 Bahjat Talhouni, Prime Minister of Jordan (1960-62, 64-65, 67-69, 69-70), dies
  • 1994 Jan L N Schaefer, Dutch undersecretary of Housing (PvdA), dies at 53
  • 1995 Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, zoologist and author (My Family and Other Animals), dies at 70
  • 1997 Frank Tejeda, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 51
  • 1998 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • 2001 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, dies at 85
  • 2002 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • 2006 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., dies of ovarian cancer at 78
  • 2006 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (The Heidi Chronicles), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2008 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Hans Beck, German inventor, "The Father of Playmobil", dies at 79
  • 2012 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99

Carl DjerassiCarl Djerassi (1923-2015)

Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

  • 2019 Bernard Nevill, British textile designer, dies at 88