Died On May 30th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 30. The list includes people like Joan of Arc, Voltaire, Peter Paul Rubens, Alexander Pope, Boris Pasternak. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, novelists, historians and political leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Joan of Arc
(Best Remembered as 'The Heroine of France' for Her Role During the 'Hundred Years' War' Against England)
Joan of Arc
73
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 6, 1412
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France
Died: 1431

Considered a great saint and a symbol of French unity, Joan of Arc led the French army to the watershed victory over the English forces in Orleans in 1429. In 1430, she was captured by the Anglo-Burgundians while defending Compiegne. She was burned at the stake at the age of 19 in 1431. Pope Benedict XV canonised her in 1920.

 2 
Voltaire
(French Historian and Philosopher Known for His Wit and His Pointed Social Critique)
Voltaire
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Birthdate: November 21, 1694
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1778
18th-century historian, author, philosopher, and advocate of freedom of speech Voltaire was a leading figure of the French Age of Enlightenment. He often ran into trouble for his criticism of the French nobility and the Roman Catholic Church. He once went to Britain on voluntary exile, fearing imprisonment in France.
 3 
Beau Biden
(44th Attorney General of Delaware (2007 - 2015) and Son of US President Joe Biden)
Beau Biden
72
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: 2015

A politician and attorney, Beau Biden was the eldest child of politician Joe Biden. As a little boy, he was severely injured in a car accident in which his mother and sister perished. He overcame several challenges to become a successful attorney. However, fate was cruel to him and he died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

 4 
Steve Prefontaine
(American Long-Distance Runner)
Steve Prefontaine
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
Died: 1975

Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine had competed in only one Olympic, finishing fourth in the 5000m race in Munich. However, he had begun breaking records since high school and excelled in cross-country running. His tragic death in a car accident after attending a party ended his life and his sports dreams.

 5 
Alexander Pope
(One of the Most Prominent English Poets of the Early 18th Century)
Alexander Pope
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 21, 1688
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1744

Alexander Pope was a satirist and poet whose works produced during the Augustan period made him one of the greatest artistic exponents of that period. Widely regarded as one of the most important English poets of the 18th century, Alexander Pope is best remembered for writing discursive poetry and heroic couplets.

 6 
Claude Rains
(One of the Greatest Character Stars on the Big Screen)
Claude Rains
9
Birthdate: November 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clapham, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1967

British-American actor, Claude Rains, had an extensive career that spanned nearly seven decades. The son of a stage actor, he was introduced to the entertainment industry at a young age and went on to have a successful career. He was nominated for the Academy Award four times. He is considered one of the finest actors of the 20th century.

 7 
Peter Paul Rubens
(One of the Most Influential Artists of the Flemish Baroque Tradition)
Peter Paul Rubens
13
Birthdate: June 28, 1577
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Siegen, Germany
Died: 1640

Peter Paul Rubens is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. He lived during the Dutch Golden Age. His style of art emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He painted altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings and also drew cartoons for the Flemish tapestry workshops. He was a classically educated humanist scholar as well.

 8 
Charles IX of France
(Former King of France (1560 - 1574))
Charles IX of France
12
Birthdate: June 27, 1550
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: 1574

Becoming the King of France at the age 10, Charles IX presided over a kingdom which was torn apart by the Wars of Religion between Protestants and Catholics. The infamous massacre of Huguenot leaders in Paris, instigated by his mother Catherine, left a traumatic effect on the mind of the ruler who succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 23.

 9 
Christopher Marlowe
(Playwright, Poet)
Christopher Marlowe
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1564
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Died: 1593

English playwright, poet, and translator, Christopher Marlowe, was one of the major literary figures of the Elizabethan era. It is believed that he greatly influenced his contemporary William Shakespeare. He led a troubled life and died young under mysterious circumstances. Despite his early death, he is regarded as one of the foremost dramatists of the 16th century London.  

 10 
Boris Pasternak
(Russian Poet & Novelist Who Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958)
Boris Pasternak
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1960

Son of an artist father and a pianist mother, Boris Pasternak initially wished to become a musician. He is best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago, set against backdrop of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Communists forced him to decline the Nobel Prize, which his descendants later accepted.

 11 
Louis Slotin
(Canadian Physicist and Chemist Who Took Part in the Manhattan Project)
Louis Slotin
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: 1946
While showing his colleagues how to work on a plutonium bomb, Canadian scientist Louis Slotin was exposed to a lethal radioactive dose that first caused him to vomit and then die 9 days later. He had, however, reportedly shielded his colleagues from maximum exposure, thus saving their lives.
 12 
Leon Redbone
(Former singer-songwriter and musician best recognized for his songs "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" and "Ain't Misbehaving".)
Leon Redbone
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cyprus
Died: 2019
 13 
Georg von Trapp
(Naval officer)
Georg von Trapp
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 4, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Died: 1947

Georg von Trapp, or Captain von Trapp, was an Austrian naval officer who led the Trapp Family Singers, the family that inspired the play and the film The Sound of Music. An able military man, he had also been part of World War II and was knighted by the Austrian government.

 14 
Sun Ra
(American composer)
Sun Ra
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died: 1993
 15 
Perry Ellis
(Fashion designer)
Perry Ellis
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: 1986
 16 
Paul Desmond
(Jazz musician)
Paul Desmond
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1977
 17 
Robert Sterling
(Actor)
Robert Sterling
2
Birthdate: November 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2006
 18 
Leó Szilárd
(Physicist)
Leó Szilárd
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 11, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: 1964

Physicist Leó Szilárd, one of the "Martians," or eminent scientists who had migrated from Hungary to the U.S., was the first to initiate a controlled nuclear chain reaction and was closely associated with the Manhattan Project, meant to develop the atomic bomb. He later advocated for responsible use of nuclear powers.

 19 
Doris Hare
(Best Known for Her Portrayal of ‘Mrs. Mabel "Mum" Butler’ in ‘On the Buses’)
Doris Hare
1
Birthdate: March 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bargoed, Wales
Died: 2000
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 20 
Glenn Burke
(Baseball player)
Glenn Burke
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1995
 21 
Ella Raines
(Actress)
Ella Raines
2
Birthdate: August 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fall City, Washington, United States
Died: 1988
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 22 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)
Milton Bradley
6
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: 1911
 23 
John S. Mosby
(Confederate army cavalry battalion commander)
John S. Mosby
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 6, 1833
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Died: 1916
 24 
Peter Orlovsky
(Poet, Actor)
Peter Orlovsky
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Died: 2010
 25 
Ziaur Rahman
(President of Bangladesh from 1977 to 1981)
Ziaur Rahman
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gabtali Upazila, Bangladesh
Died: 1981

Ziaur Rahman was a Bangladeshi Army officer and politician. He served as the President of Bangladesh from 21 April 1977 to 30 May 1981. He played a major role in the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. Ziaur Rahman is also credited with founding the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. 

 26 
Andrew Huxley
(English Physiologist, Biophysicist and Winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physiology / Medicine)
Andrew Huxley
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: 2012

Nobel Prize-winning physiologist Andrew Huxley is remembered for his studies on nerves and fibers and the chemical processes related to the transmission of nerve impulses. The grandson of biologist T.H. Huxley and the son of the author Leonard Huxley, he was later also knighted for his achievements.

 27 
Thad Cochran
(Politician)
Thad Cochran
5
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 7, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2019
 28 
Tex Beneke
(Saxophonist)
Tex Beneke
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas United States
Died: 2000
 29 
Ferdinand III of Castile
(Former King of Castile and Toledo (1217 - 1252))
Ferdinand III of Castile
1
Birthdate: August 5, 1199
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Monastery of Valparaíso, Peleas de Arriba, Spain
Died: 1252

King Ferdinand III of Castile, the son of Alfonso IX of León, inherited Castile from his mother’s side but had to counter his father’s resistance to finally unite Castile and León. He also conquered Muslim regions such as Córdoba and Jaén (1246), while Granada turned into his vassal.

 30 
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
(American Medical Physicist and Co-winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2011

Medical physicist Rosalyn Sussman Yalow was the second woman and the first American woman to earn the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Best known for her research on the radioimmunoassay, or RIA, technique, she studied science at a time when women weren’t hired for science jobs.

 31 
Mickie Most
(Record producer)
Mickie Most
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Died: 2003
 32 
Wilbur Wright
(One of the Wright Brothers Who Built the World's First Successful Motor-Operated Airplane)
Wilbur Wright
7
Birthdate: April 16, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Millville, Indiana
Died: 1912
 33 
Jacquetta of Luxembourg
(Eldest daughter of Peter I of Luxembourg)
Jacquetta of Luxembourg
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1416 AD
Birthplace: Palace of Westminster, London, England
Died: 1472
 34 
Hermann Broch
(Austrian Writer)
Hermann Broch
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1951

Born into an affluent family, Hermann Broch sold his family’s textile factory to focus on studying physics, math, and philosophy. Mostly known for his literary works such as The Sleepwalkers, he had ventured into writing only after 40. He was imprisoned by the Nazis and later fled to the U.S.

 35 
Mathilde Carre
(Spy)
Mathilde Carre
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Le Creusot, France
Died: 2007
 36 
Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp
(Regent)
Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp
0
Birthdate: October 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gottorf Castle Gottorp Castle, Gottorp
Died: 1760
 37 
Robin Jackson
(Military Leader)
Robin Jackson
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donaghmore, County Down, Northern Ireland
Died: 1998
 38 
Zinka Milanov
(Opera singer)
Zinka Milanov
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: 1989
 39 
Juan Carlos Onetti
(Uruguayan Novelist and Short Story Writer)
Juan Carlos Onetti
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 1994

Juan Carlos Onetti was a Uruguayan novelist and short story writer. Counted among Latin America's most eminent writers, Onetti was the recipient of several prestigious honors including the Uruguay National Literature Prize. He was also an important member of the Generation '45, a group of writers who had a significant influence in the cultural and literary life of their country.

 40 
Guru Arjan
(Fifth Sikh Guru)
Guru Arjan
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Birthdate: April 15, 1563
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Goindwal Sahib, India
Died: 1606
 41 
Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
(General)
Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1725
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vendôme, France
Died: 1807
 42 
François Boucher
(Painter)
François Boucher
0
Birthdate: September 29, 1703
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1770
 43 
Pierre Mignard
(Painter)
Pierre Mignard
0
Birthdate: November 17, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Troyes, France
Died: 1695
 44 
Pete Cosey
(Guitarist)
Pete Cosey
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2012
 45 
Marcel Bich
(Businessperson)
Marcel Bich
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: 1994
 46 
Juan Diego
(Saint)
Juan Diego
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1474 AD
Birthplace: Cuautitlan, Mexico
Died: 1548
 47 
Jaafar Nimeiry
(4th President of Sudan)
Jaafar Nimeiry
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: 2009
Jaafar Nimeiry was a Sudanese politician best remembered for his service as the President of Sudan from 1971 to 1985. A military officer, Nimeiry came to power after leading a successful coup in 1969. A prominent politician, he also served as the Prime Minister of Sudan on two separate occasions; from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1977 to 1985.
 48 
Dan Kneen
(Motorcycle rider)
Dan Kneen
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: 2018
 49 
Boris Shakhlin
(Russian Retired Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Boris Shakhlin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ishim, Russia
Died: 2008
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 50 
Wendell Burton
(Actor)
Wendell Burton
0
Birthdate: July 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: 2017