Deaths in History on May 29

  • 1259 Christopher I, King of Denmark (1252-59), dies at about 40 (b. 1219)

Henry II of CastileHenry II of Castile (1334-1379)

King of Castile and León (1369-79), dies at 45

  • 1405 Philippe de Mézières, advisor to Charles V of France
  • 1425 Hongxi Emperor [Zhu Gaochi], fourth Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China, dies at 46
  • 1453 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49

Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias (c. 1450-1500)

Portuguese explorer (1st European to round Cape of Good Hope), drowns at 48 or 49

  • 1511 Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres, Spanish Governor of the Indies (1501-09), dies at 50 or 51
  • 1544 Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson], Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • 1546 Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered in St Andrews Castle at 52
  • 1593 John Penry, Welsh protestant martyr (Marprelate tracts), executed for sedition at about 30
  • 1629 Arnold Baert, Flemish lawyer and member of Great Council, dies at about 74
  • 1660 Frans van Schooten, Dutch mathematician (b. 1615)
  • 1660 Gyorgy Rákóczi II, prince of Transylvania, dies in battle
  • 1691 Cornelis Tromp, Dutch naval officer and son of Maarten Tromp, dies at 61
  • 1788 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher and engraver, dies at 61
  • 1790 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1796 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
  • 1814 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), dies of pneumonia aged 50
  • 1815 Cornelis de Gijselaar, Dutch politician and patriot during the Dutch Republic, dies at 64
  • 1816 Madame Louverture, widow of Haiti's leader Toussaint Louverture, dies
  • 1829 Humphry Davy, English chemist, studied electro-chemistry, invented the Davy lamp), dies at 50
  • 1847 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French general and marshal, dies at 80
  • 1866 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • 1866 Winfield Scott, American army general (Union) and presidential candidate, dies at 79
  • 1868 Levi Lincoln, Jr., American lawyer and 13th Governor of Massachusetts (1825-34), dies at 85
  • 1868 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia (b. 1823)
  • 1869 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel de Geographie) and globe maker, dies at 73
  • 1872 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), dies at 54
  • 1877 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • 1882 Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)
  • 1883 Albrecht of Prussia, mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • 1883 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and daughter of King Willem I, dies at 73
  • 1885 Alfred Meissner, Austrian poet (Ziska), dies at 62
  • 1892 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74
  • 1896 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist, dies at 81
  • 1897 Julius von Sachs, German botanist and naturalist, dies at 64
  • 1903 Bruce Price, American architect (Château Frontenac), dies at 57
  • 1914 Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer, dies at 75
  • 1919 Robert Bacon, American politician (39th United States Secretary of State), dies at 58
  • 1921 Horace Porter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 84
  • 1922 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (negotiated Entente Cordiale ), dies at 81
  • 1939 Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint and foundress of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, dies of a carcinoma at 74
  • 1942 Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), dies at 63
  • 1946 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • 1955 Daniel G van Beuningen, Dutch art collector, dies at 78
  • 1956 Albert H. Edelkoort, Dutch theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • 1958 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • 1968 Jacques Chardonne [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame), dies at 84
  • 1970 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumor aged 34
  • 1970 John Gunther, American author and host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • 1972 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1977 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • 1979 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • 1983 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • 1987 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • 1987 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), dies at 84
  • 1992 Ruby Middleton Forsythe, African-American teacher (50 years in 1 room school in SC), dies at 86
  • 1993 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • 1994 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • 1994 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, dies at 81
  • 1994 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • 1995 Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), dies at 97
  • 1997 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • 1998 Barry Goldwater, American politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1953-65, 1969-87; Republican presidential candidate, 1964), dies at 89
  • 1999 Richard Belmont Ray, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1983-93), dies at 72
  • 2002 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Archibald Cox, American lawyer and special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 92
  • 2004 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • 2005 María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, Spanish marine biologist and oceanographer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian French language advertising executive, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2006 Steve Mizerak, American pool player, dies of complications from gall bladder surgery at 61
  • 2007 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Randolph Stow, Australian author and poet (Suburbs of Hell), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 74
  • 2011 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), dies at 94
  • 2011 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • 2014 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • 2017 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98

Manuel NoriegaManuel Noriega (1934-2017)

Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

  • 2020 Ron Johnston, English geographer (electoral geography), dies at 79