Deaths in History on March 28

  • 193 Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman Emperor (Year of the Five Emperors), assassinated at 66
  • 593 Guntram, French King in Burgundy, dies at about 67
  • 1072 Ordulf, Duke of Saxony (1059-1072)
  • 1134 Stefanus Harding, 3rd abbott of Côteaux/saint, dies
  • 1239 Go-Toba, 82nd Emperor of Japan, dies at 58
  • 1285 Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brion), reigned 1281-85.
  • 1566 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79

Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible (1530-1584)

Grand Prince of Moscow (1533-47) and 1st Tsar of Russia (1547-75 and 1576-84), dies of a stroke while playing chess at 53 [O.S. 18 Mar]

  • 1673 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, buried at 51
  • 1677 Václav [Wenceslaus] Hollar, Bohemian-born etcher, dies at about 69
  • 1687 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90
  • 1701 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1712 Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter and inventor (fire hose; street lighting), dies at 75

Marquis de CondorcetMarquis de Condorcet (1743-1794)

Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher (Condorcet Method) and mathematician, is murdered or commits suicide in prison at 50

  • 1799 Etta L J "baronne" Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55
  • 1801 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (North Holland), dies at 66
  • 1828 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), dies at 68
  • 1840 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1849 Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, dies at 44
  • 1850 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)
  • 1863 James Cooper, US attorney/senator/Union-brigadier general, dies at 52
  • 1865 Albert G Bilders, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 26
  • 1866 Solomon Foot, American politician (U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1851-66) and attorney, dies at 63
  • 1868 James Brudenell, British 7th Earl of Cardigan (led the Charge of the Light Brigade during Crimean War), dies at about 70
  • 1870 George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1874 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish-German astronomer (Hansen hypothesis), dies at 78
  • 1887 Ditler Monrad, Danish politician and bishop (Council President of Denmark 1863-64), dies at 75
  • 1889 Matilde "Tillie" Ziegler, killed by husband William Kemmler
  • 1896 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • 1908 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68
  • 1910 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1910 William Paul Roberts, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • 1929 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (b. 1861)
  • 1939 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1941 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf (1882-1941)

British author (Jacob's Room, To the Lighthouse), commits suicide at 59

  • 1942 Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27), dies at 67
  • 1942 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), dies at 31
  • 1944 Chayyim Most, Rabbi/Maggid of Kovono, killed by Nazis
  • 1944 Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist and humorist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • 1947 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • 1948 Princess Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme and Alençon, dies at 77
  • 1954 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • 1957 Christopher Morley, American author (Kitty Foil), dies at 66
  • 1957 Gheorge Tatarescu, Romanian politician (Prime Minister. 1933-37 and 1939-40; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1945-48), dies at 70
  • 1962 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood and daughter of George V, dies at 67
  • 1969 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84

Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

34th US President (Republican: 1953-61) and World War II general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

  • 1973 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • 1979 Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • 1982 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1983 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • 1984 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, dies at 89
  • 1984 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • 1985 Marc Chagall [Moise Shagal], Jewish Belarusan-French modernist painter and stained glass artist (La Mariée; I and the Village), dies at 97
  • 1992 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1993 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • 1994 Albert Goldman, American rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon; Elvis), dies at 66
  • 1994 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994 John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Vivienne Byerley, English theater press agent, dies at 88
  • 1995 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), dies at 88
  • 1996 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • 1996 Edith Fowke, Canadian folklorist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1996 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • 1996 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), dies at 81
  • 1996 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • 2000 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), dies at 74
  • 2012 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • 2016 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • 2017 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • 2020 Azam Khan, Pakistani squash player (British Open 1959-62), dies from COVID-19 at 95
  • 2020 Tom Coburn, American politician (Sen-R-Oklahoma 2005-2015, Rep-R-Oklahoma 1995-2001), dies at 72