Deaths in History on June 5

  • 535 Epiphanius of Constantinople, patriarch of Constantinople
  • 754 Boniface [Winfrid], English saint, Archbishop of Mainz, murdered by robbers at 79
  • 754 Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
  • 1017 Sanjō, 67th Emperor of Japan (1011-16), dies at 42
  • 1118 Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • 1288 Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in the Battle of Worringen
  • 1296 Edmund Crouchback, English prince and son of Henry III of England, dies at 51
  • 1316 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26
  • 1383 Dmitry Konstantinovich, Russian prince (b. 1324)
  • 1443 Ferdinand, Portuguese prince and saint, dies serving as a hostage in Moorish Fez, at 40
  • 1568 Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman executed at 45
  • 1568 Philips van Montmorency count of Horne, admiral/statesman, beheaded
  • 1568 Willem Key, Flemish Renaissance painter, dies at about 47
  • 1667 Francesco Sforza Pallavicino, Italian theologist and historian (Istoria del Concilio di Trento), dies at 59
  • 1688 Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer who served as advisor to King Narai of Ayutthaya (Siam), decapitated and disemboweled for high treason (b. 1647)
  • 1716 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (Newton-Cates formulas), dies at 33
  • 1738 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor, dies at 79
  • 1791 Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • 1825 Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence (Chani of Gravia,), executed for supposedly collaborating with the Ottomans at 37
  • 1861 John Garland, US Union colonel and brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 39
  • 1866 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer, dies at 50
  • 1877 Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca tribe Chief Standing Bear, dies during forced removal to Oklahoma Indian Reservation
  • 1880 Jacob Cremer, Dutch painter and author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52

Mary Ann Shadd CaryMary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893)

American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher, dies of stomach cancer at 69

Stephen CraneStephen Crane (1871-1900)

American novelist (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28

  • 1902 Louis J. Weichmann, American clerk who was the chief witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 59
  • 1906 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (b. 1842)

O. HenryO. Henry (1862-1910)

American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), dies of cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes complications and an enlarged heart at 47

  • 1915 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French artist and sculptor, killed fighting in WWI at 23

Horatio KitchenerHoratio Kitchener (1850-1916)

British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), drowns at 65 after the HMS Hampshire struck a German mine

  • 1920 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • 1921 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 1923 George H. Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter, dies at 65
  • 1930 Jules Pascin [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian American painter and cartoonist, commits suicide at 45
  • 1931 John Lawson Stoddard, American lecturer, photographer, and author, considered the father of travelogue, dies at 81
  • 1939 Elijah Beardsworth, British world quick shaving champion, dies
  • 1939 Frank Van de Goes, Dutch writer and Marxist theorist, dies at 80
  • 1963 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • 1965 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), dies at 91
  • 1970 "Jopie" Pengel [Johan A], Premier of Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • 1970 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69
  • 1975 Kenneth Horne, British writer and playwright (Fools Rush In; The Coming-Out Party), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1976 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101
  • 1978 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • 1979 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
  • 1980 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • 1984 Frederick Stratten Russell, English marine biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • 1984 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • 1988 Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., African-American chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981-88), dies at 57
  • 1990 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, dies at 83
  • 1990 Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
  • 1992 Max Lerner, American writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88
  • 1994 Thomas Millar, historian, dies at 67
  • 1996 Baldev Singh Chahal, campaigner, dies at 59
  • 1997 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 1998 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • 1998 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • 2001 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist, dies at 93
  • 2003 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician, German Vice Chancellor (1992-3), dies in a parachuting accident at 57
  • 2005 Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, Mexican politician (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer, dies at 85
  • 2012 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2012 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • 2013 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, dies at 80
  • 2015 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • 2018 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, commits suicide by hanging at 55