Deaths in History on September 29

  • 855 Lotharius I, Romanian-French emperor (signed Treaty of Verdun), dies
  • 1360 Joan I, Countess of Auvergne, queen of France (1350-60), dies at 34
  • 1364 Charles, Duke of Brittany
  • 1530 Andrea del Sato [d'Agnolo di Franceszo], Italian painter, dies at 44
  • 1560 Gustav I, King of Sweden (1523-60) who abolished Sweden's elective monarchy, dies at 64
  • 1598 Floris I van Pallandt, earl of Culemborg, dies at about 61
  • 1619 Hans Lippershey, Dutch spectacle maker, credited inventor of the telescope, buried aged 48 or 49
  • 1637 Lorenzo Ruiz, Filipino-Chinese saint, dies by trial by torture by Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan at 42
  • 1642 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary, one of Canadian Martyrs (b. 1608)
  • 1703 Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier who fled to exile in England and man of letters, dies at 90
  • 1800 Michael Denis, Austrian poet, bibliographer and lepidopterist, dies at 71
  • 1804 Michael Hillegas, American merchant and first Treasurer of the United States (1775-89), dies at 75
  • 1825 Daniel Shays, American officer in the American Revolution and leader of Shay's Rebellion, dies

Ferdinand VIIFerdinand VII (1784-1833)

King of Spain (1808, 1813-33) who lost nearly all of Spain's possessions in Latin America, dies at 48

  • 1860 Chapin A. Harris, American dentist who founded the America Society of Dental Surgeons, dies at 54
  • 1862 William "Bull" Nelson, Union general-major, murdered after an argument by fellow Union officer General Jefferson C. Davis at 38
  • 1864 Hiram Burnham, American Union army officer (Chancellorsville), dies in Battle of Chaffin's Farm at 49 or 50
  • 1867 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), dies at 58
  • 1873 John Ancrum Winslow, American naval officer (Mexican–American War), dies at 61
  • 1887 Bernhard von Langenbeck, German surgeon and founder of Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery, dies at 76
  • 1889 Louis Faidherbe, French general and colonel administrator in Senegal, dies at 71
  • 1900 Samuel Fenton Cary, American politician and temperance movement leader (Rep-IR-Ohio), dies at 86
  • 1902 William McGonagall, Scottish-Irish poet infamous as an extremely bad poet and considered the worst in British history (The Tay Bridge Disaster, The Famous Tay Whale), dies at 77
  • 1908 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), dies at 69
  • 1910 Winslow Homer, American painter known for his marine scenes (Breezing Up), dies at 74

Rudolf DieselRudolf Diesel (1858-1913)

French-born German engineer who invented the diesel engine, disappears at 55 aboard the ship Dresden in the English Channel

  • 1925 Léon-Victor-Auguste Bourgeois, French Prime Minister (1895-96, Nobel 1920), dies at 74
  • 1925 Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Galgmannen), dies at 36
  • 1927 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, dies at 69
  • 1927 Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), dies at 67
  • 1928 Ernst Steinitz, German mathematician, dies at 57
  • 1929 Giitji Tanaka, Japanese baron, general and Premier (1927-29), dies at 66
  • 1930 Ilya Repin, Ukrainian-Russian painter (Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks), dies at 86
  • 1939 Samuel Dickstein, Polish mathematician, dies in WWII bombing at 88
  • 1941 Friedrich Angel, German mathematician (group theory), dies at 79
  • 1941 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory), dies at 79
  • 1950 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, dies at 69
  • 1954 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, dies at 73
  • 1959 Bruce Bairnsfather, British cartoonist (Old Bill), dies at 72
  • 1960 Franz Arnold, German writer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1962 Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • 1966 Maurits Uyldert, Dutch poet and writer (Motion), dies at 75
  • 1967 Carson McCullers, American author (Heart is a Lonely Hunter), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 50
  • 1973 W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet (The Age of Anxiety), dies at 66
  • 1974 John Smallenbroek, Dutch Internal minister, dies at 72
  • 1980 Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), dies at 97
  • 1984 Marnix Gijsen [Jan-Al Goris], Belgian writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • 1985 Benjamin Markarian, Armenian astrophysicist (Markarian galaxies), dies at 71
  • 1987 Henry Ford II, American automotive industry businessman, grandson of Henry Ford, and son of Edsel Ford (Ford Motor Company President, 1945-60 & CEO, 1947-79), dies of pneumonia at 70
  • 1988 Charles Addams, American artist and cartoonist (New Yorker, The Addams Family) known for darkly humorous and macabre characters, dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1991 Gijsbert Perlee, Amsterdam's organ builder/grinder (Arabian), dies
  • 1991 Sam Ntuli, South African community pleader and negotiator, murdered
  • 1993 Ghuslam Wyne, Pakistani politician, Chief Minister of Punjab, murdered at 60
  • 1993 Gordon Douglas, American director (Call Me Mr Tibbs, Our Gang), dies at 85
  • 1994 Mehmet Topac, Turkish minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1995 Francis Frederick Johnson, English architect, dies at 84
  • 1995 Francis Johnson, British architect (country homes, churches, historic restorations), dies at 84
  • 1995 George Chesterman Phillips, British naval officer, dies at 90
  • 1995 Karl Anton Martin Gerhard Gerd Bucerius, publisher, dies at 89
  • 1995 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist who opposed prayer in school, murdered at 76 along with her son Jon by David Waters
  • 1996 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, dies at 87
  • 1996 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), dies at 73
  • 1997 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, dies at 97
  • 1997 Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist (Drowning Girl), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • 1998 Jared High, American victim of bullying and suicide, dies at 13

Tom BradleyTom Bradley (1917-1998)

American politician and Mayor of Los Angeles (Democrat: 1973-93), dies at 80

Nguyen Van ThieuNguyen Van Thieu (1923-2001)

President of South Vietnam (1965-75), dies of a stroke at 78

  • 2002 Edmund Trebus, British hoader, (A Life of Grime), dies at 83
  • 2005 Austin Leslie, American chef, the "Godfather of Fried Chicken" (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), killed in Iraq at 25
  • 2008 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), dies at 87
  • 2008 Relus ter Beek, Dutch Labour Party politician (House of Representatives, 1971-89; Minister of Defense, 1989-94; Queen's Commissioner of Drenthe, 1995-2008), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • 2009 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78
  • 2010 Georges Charpak, Polish-French physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel 1992), dies at 86
  • 2020 19-year-old Indian Dalit rape victim dies two weeks after being gang raped by upper-caste men in Hathras district, ignites widespread protest
  • 2020 Aster Berkhof [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ), dies at 100
  • 2020 Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 5th Emir of Kuwait (2006-2020), Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces, dies at 91
  • 2021 Dom Alexandre José Maria dos Santos, Mozambican Roman Catholic Cardinal, Mozambique's 1st black priest, dies at 97 [1]