Deaths in History on June 26

  • 363 Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (361-63), who tried to re-instate paganism, dies of his battle wounds at 31 or 32
  • 1274 Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian philosopher, architect and mathematician (Tadhkirah fi ʿilm al-hay), dies at 73
  • 1291 Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III of England

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro ( c. 1475-1541)

Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.

  • 1631 Justinus van Nassau, ltalian admiral (Armada), dies
  • 1666 Richard Fanshawe, diplomat/translator/poet, dies
  • 1688 Ralph Cudworth, philosopher/cleric, dies
  • 1793 Gilbert White, English naturalist (Natural History and Antiquities of Selborn), dies at 72
  • 1796 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, dies at 64
  • 1810 Joseph Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
  • 1810 Louis d'Affry, French general, military governor of Switzerland and mayor of Freiburg, dies at 67
  • 1819 Slome Duikelar [Abraham J Swalff], Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1827 Christian A Vulpius, German writer (Ornaldo Ornaldini), dies
  • 1827 Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine), dies at 73
  • 1830 George IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover (1820-30), dies of upper gastrointestinal bleeding resulting from the rupture of a blood vessel in his stomach at 67
  • 1848 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, dies at 61
  • 1856 Max Stirner [Johann Kaspar Schmidt], German philosopher (Der Einzige), dies at 49
  • 1863 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 56
  • 1878 Mercedes of Orléans, Queen of Spain, dies at 18
  • 1896 Prince Louis, French Duke of Nemours, dies at 81
  • 1918 Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 74
  • 1922 Albert H K, monarch of Monaco (1889-1922), dies at 73
  • 1926 Christina Goedvolk, wife of Henry Jut, dies
  • 1937 Adolf Erman, German Egyptologist (Grammar of Ancient Egypt), dies at 82
  • 1939 Ford Madox Ford [Hueffer], British novelist (The Good Soldier), critic, and journal editor (The Transatlantic), dies at 65
  • 1943 Fritz Schmidt, German Commissioner-General for Political Affairs and Propaganda (Netherlands, 1940-43), commits suicide at 39
  • 1946 Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • 1946 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)

Richard Bedford BennettRichard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947)

11th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1930-35), dies of a heart attack at 76

  • 1949 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), dies at 72
  • 1957 Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1958 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1958 Martinus Ballings, Belguan Jesuit author (Vocation), dies at 93
  • 1961 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • 1963 Obe Postma, Frisian poet (Fan wjerklank en bisinnen (Of resonance and reflection)), naturalist, and historian, dies at 95
  • 1964 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • 1965 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), dies at 69
  • 1965 Johan C T Kikkert, painter/etcher/critic, dies at 82
  • 1972 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian-American dancer and choreographer, dies at 61
  • 1975 St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1977 Oskar Morgenstern, German-American economist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • 1979 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • 1982 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, dies at 73
  • 1984 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1987 Arthur F. Burns, American economist and chairman (Federal Reserve Board), dies at 82
  • 1990 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1993 Catherine Leno, mother of The Tonight Show host Jay, dies of cancer at 82
  • 1993 Jack Bittner, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 William H. Riker, American political scientist (b. 1920)
  • 1994 A "Bob" den Doolaard, author (Inn with the horseshoe), dies at 93
  • 1994 Ian Board, British barkeeper (Colony Room), dies at 64
  • 1994 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Veronica Guerin, Irish crime journalist, murdered by drug lords at 36
  • 2002 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)

Strom ThurmondStrom Thurmond (1902-2003)

U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), dies at 100

Liz ClaiborneLiz Claiborne (1929-2007)

American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, dies of cancer at 78

  • 2010 Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • 2013 Bert Stern, American photographer, dies at 83
  • 2015 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation) creator of Ranger Rick, dies at 98
  • 2015 Richard Matt, American murderer who escaped prison, shot and killed on the run at 49
  • 2016 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85
  • 2019 Beth Chapman, American bounty hunter and reality star (Dog the Bounty Hunter), dies of cancer at 51
  • 2020 Milton Glaser, American graphic designer (founded New York Magazine, created the I ♥ NY" logo), dies at 91
  • 2021 Mike Gravel, American politician (US Senator (D) - Alaska, 1969-81), and peace activist (Pentagon Papers), dies at 91
  • 2022 Jupiter, Amur tiger at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Ohio), dies of COVID-19 at 14
  • 2022 Margaret Keane, American painter whose husband claimed credit for her work (Big Eyes paintings), dies at 94 [1]