Deaths in History on June 19

  • 1113 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1312 Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall and favourite of Edward II of England beheaded at 27 or 28
  • 1542 Leo Jud[ae], Swiss pastor/church reformer
  • 1545 Abraomas Kulvietis Lithuanian reformer (b. 1509)
  • 1554 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • 1584 François, Duke of Anjou (b. 1555)
  • 1608 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (b. 1551)
  • 1650 Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593)
  • 1652 Louis de Geer, Neth/Swedish industrialist/millionaire, dies at 64
  • 1747 Nader Shah, Iranian ruler (1736-47) and founder of Afsharid Dynasty of Persia, murdered at 58
  • 1768 Benjamin Tasker, Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)

Nathanael GreeneNathanael Greene (1742-1786)

American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

  • 1787 Sophie Hélène Béatrix, Princess of France, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, dies aged 11 months 10 days
  • 1794 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1805 Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)
  • 1811 Samuel Chase, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 70

Joseph BanksJoseph Banks (1743-1820)

English botanist and naturalist who accompanied James Cook on board the Endeavour, dies at 77

  • 1837 Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author, dies in battle at 39
  • 1840 John Cockerill, English-Belgian industrialist (founded iron, steel, and manufacturing company - John Cockerill & Company), dies at 50
  • 1844 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist, dies at 72
  • 1857 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • 1864 George Lincoln Prescott, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injuries at 35

Maximilian IMaximilian I (1832-1867)

Austrian archduke and the 1st and only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire (1864-67), executed by firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro at 34

  • 1902 John Dalberg-Acton. British politician and historian: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, dies at 68
  • 1921 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota), dies at 33
  • 1922 Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1932 Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies
  • 1937 J. M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), dies at 77
  • 1939 Grace Abbott, American social worker (US Children's Bureau), dies at 60
  • 1944 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, at 65
  • 1947 Willem H. Fly, Dutch typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84
  • 1949 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Indian-Pakistani Prominent Muslim philosopher, dies at 64
  • 1951 Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884)

Ethel RosenbergEthel Rosenberg (1915-1953)

1st US civilian executed (in 5 tries) at Sing Sing, NY, for espionage at 37

Julius RosenbergJulius Rosenberg (1918-1953)

1st American civilian executed for espionage after he and his wife were convicted of passing secret radar, jet and nuclear information to the Soviet Union, executed at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, NY at 35

  • 1956 (Luise) "Lulu" von Strauss und Torney, German poet (Erde der Väter - Our Forefathers' Soil), and novelist (Der jüngste Tag - Judgment Day), dies at 82

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson (1874-1956)

Sr., American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-1956), dies at 87

  • 1957 Karl Plagge, German officer and Nazi Party member who during World War II used his position as a staff officer in the German Army to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews, dies at 59
  • 1962 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • 1965 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1968 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, dies at 70

Sam GiancanaSam Giancana (1908-1975)

American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit (1957-66), dies of multiple gunshot wounds at 67

  • 1977 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1979 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • 1984 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • 1986 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • 1987 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • 1988 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • 1988 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • 1989 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • 1993 James Benton Parsons, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, dies at 81

William GoldingWilliam Golding (1911-1993)

English author (Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize for Literature 1983), dies at 81

  • 1994 Christopher Clarkson, British test pilot, dies at 92
  • 1994 Jocelyn Hambro, British financier (Hambros Bank), dies at 75
  • 1994 Ronald Batty, bookseller, dies at 82
  • 1995 Peter Townsend, British RAF officer, war hero, courtier and writer (had romance with Princess Margaret), dies at 80
  • 1995 Richard Bernard Pape, POW escaper/writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 G. David Schine, American businessman, dies at 70
  • 1996 Harold William Woolhouse, British botanist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Henry Ralph Carr, soldier, dies at 82
  • 2000 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), dies at 76
  • 2007 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, dies at 74
  • 2008 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • 2010 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • 2010 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 2013 Glyn England, British electrical engineer and CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd), dies at 92
  • 2013 Gyula Horn, Hungarian Prime Minister (1994-8), dies at 80
  • 2017 Brian Kenny, British Army officer, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe), dies at 83
  • 2020 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2021 Champ, Biden family pet and First Dog, dies at The White House at 13