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Deaths in History on July 29

  • 238 Pupienus, Roman Emperor ruled 3 months with Balbinus
  • 238 Balbinus, Roman Emperor, ruled 3 months with Pupienus
  • 1030 Olaf II Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad at 34 or 35
  • 1095 Ladislaus I, King of Hungary, dies at 55
  • 1099 Urban II [Odo van Lagery], French Pope who began the First Crusade (1088-99), dies at about 64

Person of interestPhilip I

1108 King Philip I, King of the Franks 1059, 1060-1108), dies at 56

King of France Philip I
King of France
Philip I
  • 1507 Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer, dies at 47
  • 1566 Agnes Waterhouse, British woman hanged after being convicted of witchcraft at approximately 63
  • 1573 Spanish prince of Eboli, dies
  • 1573 John Caius, English physician, dies at 62
  • 1596 Jacobus Latomus, Flemish poet (Psalms/Jeremias) dies at about 84
  • 1612 Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)
  • 1632 Samuel Ampzing, Dutch poet (Biblical Treasures), dies at 42
  • 1644 Urban VIII [Maffeo Barberini], Pope (1623-44), dies
  • 1649 David Teniers I, Flemish painter (altaar stukken), dies
  • 1752 Peter Warren, British admiral
  • 1781 Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician, dies at 73
  • 1792 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (b. 1714)
  • 1813 Jean-Andoche Junot, French general (b. 1771)
  • 1839 Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1857 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, dies at 54
  • 1857 Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Edward Needle Kirk, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at about 35
  • 1886 Solomon Gazfried, rabbi/author (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch), dies
  • 1887 Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman, Prime Minister of Italy (1876-78, 1778-79, 1881-87), dies at 74

Person of interestVincent van Gogh

1890 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (Sunflowers), dies 2 days after shooting himself at 37

  • 1891 Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita), dies at 70
  • 1897 Joost Gerard Kist, Dutch lawyer and president of High Council (1885-97), dies at 74
  • 1900 Umberto I of Italy, King of Italy (1878-1900), shot four times and assassinated by Italian-American anarchist Gaetano Bresci at 56
  • 1913 Tobias Asser, Dutch advocate of world law (Nobel 1911), dies at 75
  • 1918 Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1922 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1938 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1947 Willem Vliegen, Dutch journalist and chairman (SDAP), dies at 84
  • 1956 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves), dies at 83
  • 1960 Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies
  • 1973 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1974 Erich Kästner, German author (b. 1899)
  • 1976 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), dies at 62
  • 1979 Herbert Marcuse, German-American communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • 1981 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)

Person of interestVladimir Zworykin

1982 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), dies at 94

  • 1982 Cor[nelis R J] Kieboom, resistor/President Feyenoord, dies at 81
  • 1982 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), dies at 86
  • 1983 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, dies at 83
  • 1983 Luis Buñuel, director (Monk), dies of cirrhosis of liver at 83
  • 1987 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • 1988 Ellin Berlin [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • 1990 Bruno Kreisky, union chancellor Austria, dies
  • 1992 Tavio Amorin, Togolese politician, murdered
  • 1993 AJA Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer, dies at 78
  • 1994 Francisco Veguillas, Spanish general, murdered at 68
  • 1994 John Bayard Britton, American doctor who performed abortions, and killed by anti-abortion extremist Paul Hill, in Pensacola, Florida

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

1994 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist who developed protein crystallography to study molecular structure, including that of vitamin B12 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1964), dies of a stroke at 84 [1]

  • 1994 James Herman Barrett Jr, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel killed by anti-abortion extremist Paul Hill at 74
  • 1996 Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88
  • 1996 Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (b. 1919)
  • 1996 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, dies at 75
  • 2000 Kobie Coetsee, South African Minister of Defense (1993-94) and Minister of Justice (1980-93), dies at 69
  • 2001 Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Wau Holland, German computer hacker (b. 1951)
  • 2003 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Jim Olin, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-93), dies at 86
  • 2007 Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • 2009 Gayatri Devi, 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur, India (1940-49), dies of lung failure and gastric problems at 90
  • 2016 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • 2016 Zelda Fichandler, American theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), dies at 91
  • 2021 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1979-2015), dies at 87