Deaths in History on June 19

  • 1113 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1312 Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall, beheaded
  • 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 Nadir, shah of Persia (1736-47), murdered
  • 1768 Benjamin Tasker, Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)

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1786 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

Military Leader Nathanael Greene
Military Leader
Nathanael Greene
  • 1794 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1805 Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (b. 1724)
  • 1811 Samuel Chase, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 70

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1820 Joseph Banks, English natural historian (Cook/Australia), dies

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1837 Aleksander A Bestoezjev-Marlinsky, Russian writer, dies in battle
  • 1840 John Cockerill, English/Belgian industrial/orangist, dies at 50
  • 1844 Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist (b. 1772)
  • 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

BattleExecution

1867 Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire is executed by firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro at 34

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I
  • 1902 John E E Dalberg baron van Acton, English historian, dies at 69
  • 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, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • 1944 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, at 65
  • 1947 Willem H Fly, typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84
  • 1949 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim philosopher (b. 1885)
  • 1951 Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884)

BattleExecution

1953 Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

BattleExecution

1953 Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • 1956 Lulu [Luise] Strauss und Torney, German poet/writer, dies at 82

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

Businessman and Entrepreneur Thomas J. Watson
Businessman and Entrepreneur
Thomas J. Watson
  • 1962 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • 1965 James B Collip, Canadian bio-chemist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1968 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898)

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1975 Sam Giancana, American gangster, dies of multiple gunshot wounds at 67

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1977 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1977 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • 1979 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • 1982 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • 1984 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • 1986 Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
  • 1986 Len Bias, 1st pick of Celtics, suffers fatal cocaine-induced seizure
  • 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 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • 1989 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81

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1993 William Golding, author (Lord of the Flies, Nobel 1983), dies at 81

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • 1993 James Benton Parsons, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, dies at 81
  • 1994 Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot, dies at 92
  • 1994 Jocelyn Olaf Hambro, financier, dies at 75
  • 1994 Ronald Batty, bookseller, dies at 82
  • 1995 Richard Bernard Pape, POW escaper/writer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Peter Townsend, RAF officer (b. 1914)
  • 1996 David Schine, businessman, dies at 70
  • 1996 Harold William Woolhouse, plant scientist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Henry Ralph Carr, soldier, dies at 82
  • 2007 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • 2010 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • 2013 Gyula Horn, Hungarian Prime Minister, dies at 80