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 Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (b. 1180)
  • 1285 Pope Martin IV (Simon de Brion), reigned 1281-85.
  • 1566 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79

Person of interestIvan the Terrible

1584 Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53 [O.S. 18 Mar]

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 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 inventor (street lantern), dies at 75

Person of interestMarquis de Condorcet

1794 Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher, is murdered or commits suicide in prison at 50

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet
  • 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 L Endlicher, Austrian priest/botany, 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 (b. 1802)
  • 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 astronomer (b. 1795)
  • 1887 Ditler G Monrad, Danish bishop/premier (1863-..), 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)

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

1941 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • 1941 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)
  • 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 Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • 1947 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)

  • 1954 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • 1962 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood and daughter of George V, dies at 67
  • 1965 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)

Person of interestDwight D. Eisenhower

1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1969 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • 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 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • 1984 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, dies at 89
  • 1985 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • 1985 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • 1992 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1993 Scott Cunningham, Occult author (b. 1956)
  • 1994 John Logan Gorlay, journalist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Vivienne Byerley, publicist, dies at 88
  • 1995 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), dies at 88
  • 1996 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • 1996 Edith Fowke, folklorist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1996 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop, dies at 89
  • 1996 Shin Kanemaru, VP of Japan (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 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • 2012 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), dies at 74
  • 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