Deaths in History on March 29

  • 1058 Stephen IX [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belgium Pope (1057-58), dies
  • 1368 Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 1328)
  • 1461 Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (b. 1421)
  • 1552 Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh Guru, dies at 47
  • 1578 Arthur Champernowne, English admiral (b. 1524)
  • 1578 Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1527)
  • 1625 Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)
  • 1628 Tobias Matthew, Archbishop of York (b. 1546)
  • 1629 Jacob de Gheyn II, Dutch artist (b. 1565)
  • 1650 Cornelis Galle I, Flemish engraver, dies at about 73
  • 1655 Valerius Andreas, Flemish historian, dies at 66
  • 1683 Yaoya Oshichi, a young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan (b. 1667)
  • 1751 Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist (Founder of the Foundling Hospital), dies at 83
  • 1772 Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher, mathematician and mythic (The New Church), dies at 84

Gustav IIIGustav III (1746-1792)

King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of septicemia at 46 after being shot by an assassin thirteen days earlier

  • 1800 Marc René, Marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer, dies at 85
  • 1837 Maria Fitzherbert, English morganatic wife of King George IV, dies at 80
  • 1839 Bernardus Johannes Dibbets, Dutch baron and general-major (Maastricht), dies at 56
  • 1847 Auguste De Polignac, Premier of France, dies at 66
  • 1855 Henri Druey, Swiss politician and a founding father of constitutional democracy in Switzerland, dies at 55
  • 1866 Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, Rabbi/Chassidic leader, dies
  • 1873 Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)

Mark HopkinsMark Hopkins (1813-1878)

American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad), dies at 64

  • 1886 John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), dies at 73

Georges SeuratGeorges Seurat (1859-1891)

French post-impressionist painter (Pointillism), dies at 31

  • 1892 William Bowman, English anatomist, dies at 75
  • 1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, dies at 63
  • 1906 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1910 Thomas Lafayette Rosser, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 73

Robert Falcon ScottRobert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)

British explorer and leader of the ill-fated south pole expedition, dies in Antarctica at 43

  • 1921 John Burroughs, American writer and nature enthusiast (Burroughs Medal namesake), dies at 83
  • 1930 Anton Bettelheim, Austrian writer, dies at 78
  • 1934 Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867)
  • 1945 Karl T Sapper, German geographer/geologist (Vulkankunde), dies at 79
  • 1948 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian 'Functionalist' architect (Pärnu Beach Hotel), dies at 66
  • 1955 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • 1956 Infante Alfonso of Spain, younger brother of King Juan Carlos, dies from an accidental gunshot at 14
  • 1957 Joyce Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • 1959 Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • 1963 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64
  • 1970 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1971 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death at 84
  • 1972 J. Arthur Rank, British industrialist and film magnate, dies at 81
  • 1979 Sultan Yahya Petra, 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (1975-79), dies at 61
  • 1981 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1982 Helene Deutsch [Rosenbach], Polish-American psychoanalyst, dies at 97
  • 1982 Nathan Farragut Twining, U.S. Air Force general, dies at 84
  • 1982 Walter Hallstein, West German politician (CDU, H-doctrine, 1st President of the EU 1958-67)), dies at 80
  • 1985 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • 1988 Dulcie September, South African teacher and anti-apartheid political activist, assassinated in Paris, France at 62
  • 1990 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • 1991 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of a brain tumor at 40
  • 1992 John Spencer, Earl of Spencer, British peer and father of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 68
  • 1994 William Natcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky 1953-94), dies at 84
  • 1995 Carl E Jefferson, American record company owner, dies at 74
  • 1995 James Eric Storrar, British fighter pilot during WWII (Operation Mosquito), dies at 74
  • 1995 John Elliott Terry, British film financier (National Film Finance Corp), dies at 82
  • 1996 Maggie Donnelly, bag lady, dies at 46
  • 2001 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • 2002 Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children
  • 2003 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Howell Heflin, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979-97), dies at 83
  • 2005 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), dies at 67
  • 2005 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)
  • 2017 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • 2018 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2019 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director “mother of the French New Wave” (Vagabond), dies at 90