Deaths in History on June 28

  • 548 Theodora, Byzantine Empress and wife of Justinian I, dies at about 48 of suspected breast cancer after a few days of illness, without children to succeed the throne, ending the Macedonian dynasty
  • 573 Alboin, king of Longobarden, probably poisoned by his wife
  • 683 Leo II, Pope (681-83), dies aged about 72
  • 767 Paul I, Italian Pope (757-67), dies
  • 1061 Floris I, count of Holland, dies
  • 1175 Andrei Bogolyubsky, Russian prince
  • 1194 Emperor Xiaozong, 11th emperor of the Song dynasty in China, dies at 66
  • 1385 Andronicus IV Paleologus, Byzantine anti-emperor, dies
  • 1389 Murad I, Ottoman Sultan, dies in the Battle of Kosovo at 62
  • 1586 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (b. 1508)
  • 1598 Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer and dealer in maps, books, and antiquities (Theatrum orbis terrarum), dies at 71
  • 1617 Johan Evertsen de Captain, Swiss admiral, dies in battle
  • 1714 Cornelis Chastelein, colonial director, dies at 56
  • 1714 Daniel van Papenbroeck, Flemish jesuit/historian, dies at 86
  • 1716 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English general (b. 1665)
  • 1748 Marretje Arends [Matje of Nieuwendijk], Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1748 Pieter van Dort, Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1754 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian and mathematician, dies at 63
  • 1776 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • 1802 Johann Jakob Engel, German author (Herr Lorenz Stark), dies at 60
  • 1813 Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Prussia general and Minister of War (1808-10) who reformed the Prussian army, dies at 57 after being wounded in the foot during battle
  • 1830 David Walker, African-American abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), dies at 33
  • 1834 Joseph Bové, Russian architect (b. 1784)

James MadisonJames Madison (1751-1836)

4th US President (1809-17), dies in Montpelier Va at 85

  • 1846 Adriaan van den Ende, Dutch vicar and educationalist, dies at 77
  • 1881 Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (Prime Minister of France 1871-73), dies at 82
  • 1889 Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70
  • 1892 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (b. 1810)
  • 1913 Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, President of Brazil (b. 1841)

Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand (1863-1914)

Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, leads to declarations of war in WWI

  • 1914 Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, assassinated with her husband Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, at 46
  • 1916 Ştefan Luchian, Romanian painter (b. 1868)
  • 1921 Charles Joseph Bonaparte, American Lawyer and political activist (US Attorney General (1906-9), dies at 70
  • 1922 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet and playwright, dies at 36
  • 1929 Edward Carpenter, English poet and philosopher (Civilisation, Its Cause and Cure), dies at 84
  • 1937 Max Adler, Austrian socialist theorist, dies at 64
  • 1940 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot and governor of Libya, dies at 44
  • 1946 Eduard Veterman, Dutch painter/playwright, dies in an auto accident
  • 1947 Stanislav K Neumann, Czech poet (Anti-Guide), dies at 72
  • 1954 Red Deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • 1958 Alfred Noyes, British poet and essayist (Robin Hood), dies at 77
  • 1960 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • 1971 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • 1971 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48

Prasanta Chandra MahalanobisPrasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893-1972)

Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", dies at 78

  • 1975 Konstantinos Apostolos Doxiadis, Greek architect (b. 1913)
  • 1978 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • 1981 Mohammed Beheshti, Iranian cleric and politician (Chief Justice of Iran), assassinated in Hafte Tir bombing at 52
  • 1989 Joris Ivens, Dutch director (A Tale of the Wind, Rain), dies at 90
  • 1990 Estelle Lamont, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Klas Bruinsma, clergyman, dies
  • 1992 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI) and official war painter, dies at 88
  • 1994 William A Henry III, critic (Time Mag), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1995 Donald Sinclair, vet, dies at 83
  • 1996 (Ronald George) "Tim" Woodman, British WWII RAF pilot and squadron leader, dies at 82
  • 1996 George Ghita Ionescu, academic, dies at 83
  • 1996 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, dies at 68
  • 1996 Piers Gray, critic/writer, dies at 49
  • 2000 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Mortimer J. Adler, American philosopher and author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), dies at 98
  • 2004 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • 2005 Brenda Howard, American LGBT activist (b. 1946)
  • 2006 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Jim Baen, American sci-fi publisher and editor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, dies at 93
  • 2007 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), dies at 87
  • 2009 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • 2010 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, dies at 92
  • 2014 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • 2022 Deborah James, British teacher, journalist, author (You, Me and the Big C), and charity campaigner, dies of cancer at 40