Deaths in History on September 30

  • 420 Saint Jerome, Christian theologian, translator of the Vulgate Bible (from Greek to Latin), dies at about 73
  • 653 Saint Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 739 P'u-chi Ho-shang Tao-chao, Northern Ch'an Line Zen teacher, dies
  • 1101 Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1246 Yaroslav II of Russia, Grand Prince of Vladimir (1238-46), dies at 55
  • 1351 Muso Soseki, Rinzai Zen monk and teacher, head of Nanzenji, dies in Japan
  • 1440 Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician
  • 1487 John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1400)
  • 1551 Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (b. 1507)
  • 1560 Melchior Cano, Spanish theologian (b. 1525)
  • 1572 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, dies at 61
  • 1581 Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • 1626 Nurhaci, Manchurian chief, founding Khan of Later Jin (b. 1559)
  • 1628 Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet (b. 1554)
  • 1630 John Billington, English-born murderer who sailed on the Mayflower, 1st American executed by Plymouth colony, hanged at about 40

George WhitefieldGeorge Whitefield (1714-1770)

English-born Methodist leader and preacher, dies in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at age 55

  • 1770 Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, English politician and diplomat
  • 1772 James Brindley, English engineer (canals and watermills), dies at about 76
  • 1788 Matthäus Günther, German painter, dies at 83
  • 1811 Thomas Percy, English literary and bishop of Dromore, dies at 82
  • 1837 Tsultrim Gyatso, 10th Dalai Lama, dies at 21
  • 1862 Isaac Peace Rodman, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injury at about 40
  • 1865 Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian-Jewish scholar, dies at 65
  • 1877 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle
  • 1888 Catherine Eddowes, English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1888 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • 1891 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician, dies at 54
  • 1897 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)
  • 1910 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • 1921 Oskar Panizza, German writer (Das Liebeskonzil), dies at 77
  • 1922 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1927 Samuel Garman, American zoologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and namesake of a Jamaican lizard, dies at 84
  • 1929 Charles Bonin, French explorer and diplomat (China), dies at 64
  • 1943 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)

Edith RooseveltEdith Roosevelt (1861-1948)

US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, dies at 87

  • 1952 Waldorf Astor, American-British politician and newspaper owner (Observer), dies at 73
  • 1955 Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, dies at 55
  • 1958 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • 1959 John Kliegl, American developer of Klieg light used in filmmaking, dies at 89
  • 1959 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • 1960 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, dies at 75
  • 1961 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec, dies at 72
  • 1965 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), dies at 75
  • 1973 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1984 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • 1985 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • 1985 Heleb MacInnes, American spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77
  • 1987 Alfred Bester, American sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • 1988 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • 1990 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and journalist, dies at 60
  • 1990 Liesbeth de Uyl, Dutch feminist and wife of PM Joop du, dies at 66
  • 1990 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist and writer, dies at 89
  • 1990 Patrick White, Australian writer and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78
  • 1993 Alex Lyon, British politician (Labor Lower house leader, 1966-83), dies at 61
  • 1993 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Arendsoog.. premiejager), dies at 57
  • 1994 Andre Michel Lwoff, French physiologist (1965 Noble Prize in Medicine or Physiology for discoveries of genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis), dies at 92
  • 1994 Roberto Viola, Argentine general and president (1981), dies at 69
  • 1995 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1996 Elizabeth Gille, French writer, translator and editor, dies at 59
  • 1996 Frances Lear, American magazine publisher (Lears), dies at 73
  • 1996 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, dies at 89
  • 1996 Udom Patpongsiri, Thai property developer (Father of the Thai sex industry), dies at 79
  • 1997 Al "Jazzbo" Collins, American DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 78
  • 1997 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • 1997 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • 2002 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • 2003 Yusuf Bey, American Black Muslim leader (Nation of Islam), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2008 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • 2008 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, dies at 82
  • 2010 Patrick Holmes Sellors, British ophthalmologist, dies at 76
  • 2010 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, dies of melanoma at 69
  • 2011 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and Islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • 2014 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist (1995 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovery of the tau lepton particle), dies from a heart attack at 87