Deaths in History on June 23

VespasianVespasian (9-79 AD)

Roman Emperor (69-79 AD), dies at 69

  • 758 Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher/disciple of Hui-neng, dies at 74
  • 1018 Henry I, Margrave of Austria (994-1018) known as "Henry the Strong", dies "in his armour" at an unknown age
  • 1075 Theoduinus, Beiers prince-bishop of Liege, dies
  • 1137 Adalbert I, archbishop of Mainz (1111-1137), dies
  • 1139 Andries van Kuik, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1314 Sir Henry de Bohun, English knight, is killed on the first day of the Battle of Bannockburn by Robert the Bruce, King of Scots
  • 1444 Marcus [Manuel] Eugenicus, Byzantine bishop of Efeze/theologist, dies
  • 1555 Pedro Mascarenhas, Portuguese explorer (b. 1470)
  • 1582 Shimizu Muneharu, Japanese military leader (b. 1537)
  • 1615 Mashita Nagamori, Japanese warlord (b. 1545)
  • 1677 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1647)
  • 1686 William Coventry, English statesman
  • 1707 John Mill, English theologian
  • 1733 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, dies at 60
  • 1770 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, dies at 48
  • 1775 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (b. 1692)
  • 1779 Ras Mikael Sehul, warlord of Ethiopia (b. about 1691)
  • 1806 Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French zoologist and naturalist (Ornithologie), dies at 83
  • 1832 James Hall, Scottish geologist, dies at 70
  • 1836 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian, dies at 63
  • 1839 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1856 Ivan Kireyevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher, dies at 50
  • 1865 Samuel Francis DuPont, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 61
  • 1866 Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam physician pharmacist and social activist in Amsterdam, dies at 53
  • 1878 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (Back River), dies at 81
  • 1891 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist, dies at 86
  • 1893 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1910 John McGraw, 2nd Governor of Washington (1893-97), dies at 59
  • 1919 Amy Gaston Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, dies at 75
  • 1926 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • 1945 Lt Gen Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa
  • 1956 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), dies at 60
  • 1957 Louis Fornberg, writer, dies at 48
  • 1961 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • 1970 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • 1971 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • 1976 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93
  • 1980 Clyfford Still, American abstract painter and leading figure of the Abstract Expressionists, dies at 75
  • 1980 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1980 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • 1980 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • 1982 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1983 Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Cuban communist politician and 14th President of Cuba (1959-76), commits suicide by shooting himself at 64
  • 1988 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • 1988 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • 1989 Werner Best, German Nazi leader, jurist and convicted war criminal, dies at 85
  • 1991 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • 1992 Lou Ramos, entertainer, dies
  • 1994 Piet van Elk, cartoonist, dies at 74
  • 1994 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker, dies at 50

Jonas SalkJonas Salk (1914-1995)

American medical researcher and virologist who created the Polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 80

  • 1996 Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and politician (Prime Minister of Greece, 1981-89, 1993-96), dies at 76
  • 1996 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder, dies at 72
  • 1996 Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge, dies at 98
  • 1996 William Walsh, academic, dies at 80
  • 1997 "Wino" Willie Forkner, American biker (Wild One), dies of a heart attack at 77

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz (1940-1997)

American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, dies from burns suffered in a fire started by her young grandson at 63

  • 1998 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • 2001 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Harriet, Galápagos tortoise (b. 1830)
  • 2018 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, dies at 89
  • 2018 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), dies at 92