Deaths in History on September 28

Pompey the GreatPompey the Great (106-48 BC)

Roman political and military leader (1st Triumvirate and Consul), dies at 59

LiviaLivia (58/59 BC - 29 AD)

Wife and adviser of Roman Emperor Augustus and mother of Emperor Tiberius, dies at around 87

  • 935 Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (921-935), assassinated at around 28 in a plot by his younger brother, Boleslaus the Cruel
  • 1104 Pedro I, king of Navarra & Aragon, dies
  • 1197 Henry VI von Hohenstaufen, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, dies in Messina, Sicily
  • 1296 Adolf VII, earl of Mountain (1259-96), dies
  • 1429 Cymburgis of Masovia, wife of Duke Ernest of Austria
  • 1509 Siwara/Sjoerd Aylva, Fries army leader (siege of Franeker)
  • 1582 George Buchanan, Scottish historian (b. 1506)
  • 1618 Gilles van Ledenberg, sec of Utrecht States (1588-1618), suicide at 68
  • 1618 Joshua Sylvester, English poet (b. 1563)
  • 1652 Jan Asselijn, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, dies at about 42
  • 1657 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, 6th and youngest daughter of William of Orange, dies at 75
  • 1667 Jacobus Golius, Dutch mathematician and Arabic translator, dies at 71
  • 1687 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (b. 1623)
  • 1694 Gabriel Mouton, French abbot and mathematician, dies at about 76
  • 1702 Robert Spencer 2nd earl of Sunderland and politician (English Prime Minister 1687-88), dies at 61
  • 1742 Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman, dies at 79
  • 1759 Cornelis Pronk, Dutch portrait painter and cartoonist, dies at 67
  • 1781 William Henry Nassau de Zuylestein, 4th Earl of Rochford, British diplomat and statesman (b. 1717)
  • 1789 Thomas Day, British author and abolitionist (The History of Sandford and Merton), killed by fall from a horse at Wargrave Berkshire at 41
  • 1810 John Archer, American Congressman who received the 1st medical diploma issued on US continent (1768), dies at 69
  • 1815 Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist and geographer (Volcanos), dies at 90
  • 1833 Lemuel Haynes, American clergyman (1st black man ordained as a minister in the US) and Revolutionary War veteran, dies at 88
  • 1844 Pyotr Aleksandrovich Tolstoy, Russian general and statesman (b. 1769)
  • 1859 Rinse Posthumus, Frisian writer and poet, dies at 68
  • 1868 Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr., American attorney, and Confederate Army Major General, assassinated at 40
  • 1869 Guglielmo Libri, Italian mathematician, dies at 66
  • 1873 Emile Gaboriau, French writer (father of the French detective novels), dies at 37
  • 1875 Aleksei K. Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer, dies at 58 [OS]
  • 1879 Nathan Cook Meeker, American journalist and social reformer, murdered by Ute Indians at 62

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville (1819-1891)

American author (Moby-Dick, Billy Budd), dies at 72

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur (1822-1895)

French bacteriologist (invented pasteurization), dies at 72

  • 1899 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (Become his fare), dies
  • 1902 Emile Zola, French writer and critic (J'accuse), dies at 62
  • 1907 Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden (1856-1907), dies at 81
  • 1911 Louis Pincoffs, Dutch businessman and politician (1st-Chamber), dies
  • 1914 Richard Warren Sears, US businessman (Sears, Roebuck and Company), dies at 50
  • 1914 Þorsteinn Erlingsson, Icelandic poet (Pyrnar), dies at 56
  • 1915 Saitou Hajime, 3rd squad leader of the Shinsengumi died under name of Goro Fujita (b. 1844)
  • 1917 T. E. Hulme, English writer and poet, dies at 34
  • 1918 Freddie Stowers, American soldier (b. 1896)
  • 1918 Georg Simmel, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1858)
  • 1930 Daniel Guggenheim, American mining magnate and philanthropist, dies at 74
  • 1935 William Kennedy Dickson, Scottish inventor (devised an early motion picture camera), dies at 75
  • 1938 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), dies at 76
  • 1946 Jean Van de Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter, dies

Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble (1889-1953)

American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

  • 1954 George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist, dies at 80

William BoeingWilliam Boeing (1881-1956)

American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, dies at 74

  • 1957 Albert Ascoli, Italian serologist and chemist (developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine), dies at 80
  • 1964 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, dies at 61

André BretonAndré Breton (1896-1966)

French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, dies at 70

  • 1968 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, dies of heart failure at 42

Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970)

Egyptian revolutionary and politician (Acting President, 1954-56; President, 1956-70), dies of a heart attack at 52

  • 1970 John Roderigo Dos Passos, American writer (Manhattan Transfer), dies at 74
  • 1973 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • 1978 John Paul I [Albino Luciano], 263rd Roman Catholic pope (1978), dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • 1979 John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist, and space researcher, dies at 58
  • 1981 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Carmen DeRue, entertainer, dies
  • 1987 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason

Ferdinand MarcosFerdinand Marcos (1917-1989)

10th President of the Philippines (1965-86), dictator and kleptocrat, dies in Honolulu of heart, lung and kidney disease at 72

  • 1992 John Leech, British mathematician, dies at 66
  • 1992 William Douglas-Home, British playwright (Now .. Barabbas), dies at 80
  • 1993 Alexander A. Drabik, American soldier (b. 1910)
  • 1993 Gustavo Brillembourg, Venez/US advocate, dies in an accident at 35
  • 1993 Peter De Vries, cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 83
  • 1994 Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican PRI-politician, murdered at 48
  • 1994 Lady Huxley [Marie Juliette Baillot], Swiss sculptor and author, dies at 96
  • 1994 Warwick Hutton, artist, dies at 55
  • 1995 Lynette Roberts, British poet, dies at 86
  • 1995 Olive Gibbs, British politician, anti-nuclear activist and peace campaigner, dies at 77

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau (1919-2000)

15th Canadian Prime Minister (Liberal: 1968-79, 1980-84), dies of Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer at 80

  • 2002 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • 2003 George Odlum, Saint Lucian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2004 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), dies at 77
  • 2004 Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • 2005 Constance Baker Motley, American judge (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Wally Parks, Founder of the NHRA (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • 2014 Dannie Abse, Welsh writer and poet, dies at 91
  • 2016 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), dies at 66

Shimon PeresShimon Peres (1923-2016)

Polish-Israeli Labor Party politician (President. 2007-14; Prime Minister, 1984-86 and 1995-96; Foreign Minister, 1986-88, 1992-95, and 2001-02), and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1994), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 2017 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), dies at 90