Deaths in History on June 30

  • 350 Nepotianus, Roman usurper (ruled Rome for 28 days), killed on orders of rival Magnentius
  • 1181 Hugh de Kevelioc, 3rd Earl of Chester, English politician (b. 1147)
  • 1224 Adolf of Osnabrück, Saint Adolf (b. 1185)
  • 1347 John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey, dies at 61
  • 1364 Arnost of Pardubice, Archbishop of Prague (b. 1297)

Moctezuma IIMoctezuma II (c. 1466-1520)

Aztec emperor (1502-20), killed either by the Spanish or stoned to death by his own people

  • 1538 Charles of Egmond, Duke of Guelder and Earl of Zutphen, dies at 70
  • 1607 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian, dies at 68
  • 1649 Simon Vouet, French painter to the court of Louis XIII, dies at 59
  • 1655 Jacob Boonen, South Netherlands clergyman and lawyer, dies at 81
  • 1660 William Oughtred, English mathematician (b. 1575)
  • 1662 Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck, Dutch portrait painter, buried at about 64
  • 1666 Alexander Brome, English Royalist poet (wrote drinking songs against Rump Parliament), dies
  • 1670 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of England, Scotland, and Ireland (b. 1644)
  • 1685 Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 55
  • 1704 John Quelch, English pirate, hanged for piracy in Boston at 38
  • 1709 Edward Lhuyd, Welsh naturalist (Illustrations of the Figured Stones of Britain), dies at about 49
  • 1785 James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia (b. 1696)
  • 1796 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, dies at 71
  • 1817 Abraham Gottlob Werner, German geologist
  • 1839 Johan Olof Wallin, Swedish poet and archbishop (Dead Angel), dies at 59
  • 1857 Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist, dies at 54
  • 1862 Richard Griffith, US Confederate brigadier general, dies of wounds from the Battle of Savage's Station at 48
  • 1882 Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, dies at 55

Charles J. GuiteauCharles J. Guiteau (1841-1882)

American assassin of US President James A. Garfield, hanged at 40

  • 1899 Jon Helgason, Icelandic poet (Ur Landsudri), dies
  • 1905 John Hay, US politician (secretary of State and private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, dies at 66
  • 1914 Bai Long [White Wolf], Chinese Robin Hood/crowd leader, dies

John William StruttJohn William Strutt (1841-1919)

3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 76

  • 1920 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), commits suicide at 38
  • 1924 Jacob Israel de Haan, Dutch poet and writer (Pypelyntjes), dies at 42
  • 1930 Harvey W. Wiley, American chemist known for leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, dies at 85
  • 1934 Erich Klausener, Catholic politician killed in the Night of the Long Knives murders (b. 1885)
  • 1934 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), executed at 46
  • 1934 Gregor Strasser, German political activist and NSDAP-Reich organization leader, murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 42
  • 1934 Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Prime Minister of Bavaria killed during the Night of the Long Knives murders (b. 1862)
  • 1934 Karl Ernst, German SA-leader, murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 29
  • 1934 Kurt von Schleiger, German chancellor (1932-33), murdered during the Night of the Long Knives at 52
  • 1938 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Nove Pesme), dies at 61
  • 1942 Arnoldus Johannes Hubertus Aerts, Dutch bishop of New Guinea, executed at 62
  • 1948 Karl Wolfskehl, German Jewish writer, dies at 78
  • 1953 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • 1953 Elsa Beskow, Swedish children's author and illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1959 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1961 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87
  • 1971 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 43
  • 1971 Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz at 38
  • 1971 Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • 1973 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1973 Vasyl Velychkovsky, Ukrainian Bishop and Catholic Martyr, dies under Soviet imprisonment at 70
  • 1974 Alberta King, American mother of Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in church at 69
  • 1974 Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)
  • 1979 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72
  • 1983 Mary Livingstone [Sadye Marks], American comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman (1905-1984)

American playwright, (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), dies at 79

  • 1985 James Dewar, Canadian inventor and baker (Twinkie cake), dies at 88
  • 1992 Nico Booken, Dutch director (Jewish Labor Social), dies at 72
  • 1994 Nicholas Warner, English test Pilot for Airbus, dies in Airbus Industrie A330-321 test flight crash at 51
  • 1995 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Georgy Beregovoy, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 3), dies at 74
  • 1995 Sicco Mansholt, Dutch politician, (President of the Commission of Europe 1972-1973), dies at 86
  • 1996 Hugh Henry Home Popham, British aviator, writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 1996 Norman Aldridge, English toxicologist (solved global poisoning mysteries), dies at 76
  • 1997 Albus Dumbledore [Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore], fictional character, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, dies at 115
  • 1999 Édouard Boubat, French photographer, dies at 75
  • 2002 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88
  • 2004 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80
  • 2005 Christopher Fry, English playwright (The Lady's Not for Burning), dies at 97
  • 2006 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)
  • 2011 David Loram, British vice-admiral (Supreme Allied Commander), dies at 86

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir (1915-2012)

Israeli Prime Minister (1983–84, 1986–1992) and Zionist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96

  • 2014 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • 2016 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84