List of funerals

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This list of notable funerals represents considerable historical funerals, based on both the number of attendants and estimated television audience.

Funeral Date and place Attendants Television audience
Funeral of Julius Caesar March 20, 44 BC, Rome, Roman Republic Thousands
Funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven March 29, 1827, Vienna, Austrian Empire ~20,000[1]
Funeral and burial of Abraham Lincoln April 19–May 3, 1865, Eastern and Midwest United States ~7,000,000[2]
State funeral of Victor-Marie Hugo June 1, 1885, Paris, France 2,000,000–3,000,000[3]
State funeral of Ulysses S. Grant August 6–8, 1885, New York City, New York, United States 1,750,000
Funeral of August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, and Albert Parsons November 13, 1887, Chicago, Illinois, United States ~500,000[4]
State funeral of Pedro II of Brazil December 9, 1891, Paris, France 200,000–300,000
Funeral of Queen Victoria February 2, 1901, Windsor, England
Funeral of Edward VII May 20, 1910, London and Windsor, United Kingdom Thousands
Funeral and cremation of Joe Hill November 1915, Salt Lake City and Chicago, United States; ashes distributed worldwide 30,000+[5]
Funeral of Sholem Aleichem May 13 1916, New York City 250,000+[6]
Funerals of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht June 13, 1919, near Berlin, Weimar Republic 200,000[7]
Funeral of Michael Collins 27 August 1922, Dublin, Ireland 500,000
Funeral of Lenin 21 January 1924, Moscow, Soviet Union 1,000,000
Funeral of Rudolph Valentino August 30, 1926, New York City, New York, United States 100,000+[8]
Funeral of Engelbert Dollfuss July 30, 1934, Vienna, First Austrian Republic 1,000,000+[9]
Funeral of Huey Long 12 September 1935, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States ~200,000[10]
State funeral of Guglielmo Marconi July 21, 1937, Rome, Kingdom of Italy 500,000
Funeral of Roman Dmowski January 7, 1939, Warsaw, Poland 200,000[11]
Funeral of Leon Trotsky August 23–28, 1940, Mexico City, Mexico 250,000+
State funeral of John Curtin 9 July 1945, Perth, Western Australia, Australia 30,000+[12]
Funeral of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi February 6, 1948, New Delhi, Dominion of India 2,000,000+
State funeral of Muhammad Ali Jinnah September 12, 1948, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan 1,000,000
State funeral of Eva "Evita" Perón August 9, 1952, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2,500,000–3,000,000
State funeral of Joseph Stalin March 6–9, 1953, Moscow, Soviet Union ~2,000,000
Funeral of Carmen Miranda August 12–13, 1955, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 500,000+
Funeral of B. R. Ambedkar December 6, 1956, Mumbai, India 500,000+[13]
Funeral of Senator Joseph McCarthy May 7, 1957, Appleton, Wisconsin, United States 30,000+[14]
State funeral of John F. Kennedy November 25, 1963, Washington, D.C., United States 550,000[15] ~180,000,000[citation needed]
State funeral of General Douglas MacArthur 7 April 1964, Washington, D.C., United States ~150,000
State funeral of Jawaharlal Nehru May 28, 1964, New Delhi, Delhi, India 15,000,00[16]
State funeral of Sir Winston Churchill 30 January 1965, London, United Kingdom 1,000,000+ 350,000,000+[citation needed]
Funeral of Malcolm X February 23–27, 1965, Harlem, New York City, New York, United States 14,000–31,000
State funeral of Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd September 10, 1966, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa 250,000[17]
Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 9, 1968, Atlanta, Georgia, United States 300,000[18]
Funeral of C. N. Annadurai 3 February 1969, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India, 15,000,000[19]
State funeral of Ho Chi Minh September 9, 1969, Hanoi, Democratic Republic of Vietnam 250,000[20]
State funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser October 1, 1970, Cairo, Egypt 5,000,000–7,000,000[21]
State funeral of Juan Domingo Perón July 2–4, 1974, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1,135,000+[22]
Funeral of Umm Kulthum February 6, 1975, Cairo, Egypt 4,000,000+
State funeral of Chiang Kai-shek April 16, 1975, Taipei, Republic of China Hundreds of thousands
State funeral of Francisco Franco November 22–23, 1975, Madrid, Spain 300,000–500,000[23][24]
State funeral of Zhou Enlai January 11, 1976, Beijing, People's Republic of China ~2,000,000
Funeral of Juscelino Kubitschek August 23, 1976, Brasília, Brazil 350,000
State funeral of Mao Zedong September 18, 1976, Beijing, People's Republic of China Millions
Funeral of Elvis Presley August 16–18, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, United States 75,000–80,000 Millions[citation needed]
State funeral of Sir Robert Menzies November 19, 1978, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ~100,000[25]
State funeral of Park Chung-hee November 1, 1979, Seoul, Republic of Korea ~2,000,000[26]
Funeral of Archbishop Óscar Romero March 30, 1980, San Salvador, El Salvador 250,000+
Death and state funeral of Josip Broz Tito 8 May 1980, Belgrade, Yugoslavia 900,000+ 1,500,000+[citation needed]
Funeral of Bobby Sands May 7, 1981, Belfast, Northern Ireland 100,000+[27]
State funeral of Ziaur Rahman June 2, 1981, National Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh ~2,000,000[28][29]
Funeral of Benigno Aquino, Jr. August 31, 1983, Manila, Philippines 2,000,000+ 500,000–1,000,000[citation needed]
Funeral of Enrico Berlinguer June 13, 1984, Rome, Italy 1,000,000+[30]
Funeral of Jerzy Popiełuszko November 3, 1984, Warsaw, Poland 250,000+
State funeral of Chiang Ching-kuo January 30, 1988, Taipei, Republic of China ~1,000,000
State funeral of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq August 19, 1988, Islamabad, Pakistan ~1,000,000[31]
State funeral of Emperor Shōwa February 24, 1989, Tokyo, Japan 250,000+[32]
Funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini June 4–5, 1989, Tehran, Iran ~10,000,000[33]
Funeral of Meir Kahane November 6, 1990, Jerusalem, Israel ~150,000
Funeral of Richard Nixon April 26–27, 1994, Yorba Linda, California, United States 54,000+[34]
Funeral of Ayrton Senna May 4, 1994, São Paulo, Brazil 3,000,000+[15] Hundreds of millions (in Brazil)[35] [36]
Funeral of Selena April 3, 1995, Houston, Texas, United States 60,000+
Funeral of the "Father of Tamil Nation" Perunchiththiranar June 16, 1995, Medavakkam, Chennai, India 150,000
State funeral of Yitzhak Rabin November 6, 1995, Jerusalem, Israel 40,000
Funeral of Yahya Ayyash January 6, 1996, Gaza, Palestine 100,000+[37]
State funeral of Deng Xiaoping February 24, 1997, Beijing, People's Republic of China 110,000+
Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales September 6, 1997, London and Althorp, United Kingdom 1,000,000+[38] 2,500,000,000[38]
State funeral of King Hussein of Jordan February 8, 1999, Amman, Jordan ~800,000[39]
Funeral of Rachel Scott April 24, 1999, Littleton, Colorado, United States ~3,000+ 16,000,000+[citation needed]
Funeral of Maurice "Rocket" Richard May 31, 2000, Montreal, Quebec, Canada ~115,000
Funeral of Ahmad Shah Massoud September 16, 2001, Bazarak, Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan ~130,000
Funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother April 9, 2002, London, United Kingdom 1,000,000+[40]
Funeral of Zoran Đinđić 15 March 2003, Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ~500,000 1,500,000[citation needed]
State funeral of Ronald Reagan June 7, 2004, Simi Valley and Washington D.C., United States 104,684[41] 35,700,000[42]
State funeral of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan November 2, 2004, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 50,000+ 50,000,000[citation needed]
Funeral of Pope John Paul II April 8, 2005, Vatican City and Rome, Italy 4,000,000[43][44] 1,000,000,000+[citation needed]
Funeral of Wee Kim Wee 2 May 2005
Funeral of Coretta Scott King February 7, 2006, Lithonia, Georgia, United States 16,000+
Funeral of Slobodan Milošević March 18, 2006, Belgrade, Serbia 50,000+[45]
Funeral of Augusto Pinochet 12 December 2006, Santiago, Chile 60,000[46]
State funeral of Gerald Ford December 31, 2006 – January 2, 2007, Washington, D.C., United States ~117,000
Funeral of Hrant Drink January 23, 2007, Istanbul, Turkey 200,000+[47]
Michael Jackson memorial service July 7, 2009, Los Angeles, California, United States 17,500[48] 3,000,000,000[49][50]
Funeral of Corazon Aquino August 5, 2009, Manila, Philippines 300,000–400,000
Funeral of Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri December 21, 2009, Qom, Iran 800,000+
State funeral of Lech and Maria Kaczyński 18 April 2010, Kraków, Poland 150,000+ 13,000,000[citation needed]
Funeral of Otto von Habsburg July 16, 2011, Vienna, Austria ~101,000[51] 413,000–557,000[52]
Funeral of "The Bard of Brahmaputra" Bhupen Hazarika[53] 9 November 2011, Guwahati, Assam, India 500,000+[54] 30,000,000[citation needed]
Funeral of Pope Shenouda III March 20, 2012, Cairo, Egypt 20,000,000
Funeral of Dolphy July 15, 2012, Taguig, Manila, Philippines 100+ 1,000,000–3,000,000[citation needed]
State funeral of Jesse M. Robredo August 24–28, 2012, Malacañan Palace, Manila, Philippines 200,000–500,000
State funeral of Bal Thackeray November 18–19, 2012, Shivaji Park, Mumbai, India 1,000,000[55]–2,000,000[56] 15,000,000[citation needed]
State funeral of Adrian Donohoe January 30, 2013, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland 5,000[57]
Death and state funeral of Hugo Chávez March 6–8, 2013, Caracas, Venezuela 1,000,000–3,000,000[58]
Funeral of Margaret Thatcher April 8, 2013, London, United Kingdom Thousands[59] >4,000,000[60]
Funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef October 7, 2013, Jerusalem, Israel 450,000[61]–850,000[62]
State funeral of Võ Nguyên Giáp October 12–13, 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam Millions[63] Millions[citation needed]
Commemoration of Nelson Mandela December 10–15, 2013, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Qunu, South Africa 100,000+ Millions[citation needed]
State funeral of Michael Sata November 11, 2014, Lusaka, Zambia 50,000+[64]
Funeral of Roberto Gomez Bolaños November 29, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico 45,000+[65]
State funeral of Lee Kuan Yew March 23–29, 2015, Singapore 100,000 people (funeral cortege)[66][67]
Funeral of Mumtaz Qadri March 1, 2016, Rawalpindi, Pakistan 30,000+[68][69][70]
Muhammad Ali memorial service June 11, 2016, Louisville, Kentucky, United States[71]

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