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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
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
Funeral of August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, and Albert Parsons November 13, 1887, Chicago, Illinois, United States ~500,000[4]
Funeral of Wilhelm I March 12–16, 1888, Berlin, German Empire 200,000[5]
Two state funerals of Kalākaua January 22, 1891, San Francisco and January 29–February 15, 1891, Honolulu, United States
State funeral of Pedro II of Brazil December 9, 1891, Paris, France
Funeral of Queen Victoria February 2, 1901, Windsor, England
Funeral of Edward VII May 20, 1910, London and Windsor, United Kingdom
Funeral and cremation of Joe Hill November 1915, Salt Lake City and Chicago, United States; ashes distributed worldwide 30,000+[6]
Funeral of Sholem Aleichem May 13, 1916, New York City 250,000+[7]
Funerals of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht June 13, 1919, near Berlin, Weimar Republic 200,000[8]
Funeral of Michael Collins 27 August 1922, Dublin, Ireland
Funeral of Lenin 21 January 1924, Moscow, Soviet Union
Funeral of Rudolph Valentino August 30, 1926, New York City, New York, United States 100,000+[9]
Funeral of Engelbert Dollfuss July 30, 1934, Vienna, First Austrian Republic 1,000,000+[10]
Funeral of Paul von Hindenburg August 6–7, 1934, Tannenberg Memorial, German Reich 200,000[11] Millions (via radio, not television)[12]
Funeral of Huey Long 12 September 1935, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States ~200,000[13]
State funeral of Guglielmo Marconi July 21, 1937, Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Funeral of Roman Dmowski January 7, 1939, Warsaw, Poland 200,000[14]
Funeral of Leon Trotsky August 23–28, 1940, Mexico City, Mexico
State funeral of John Curtin 9 July 1945, Perth, Western Australia, Australia 30,000+[15]
Funeral of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi February 6, 1948, New Delhi, Dominion of India
State funeral of Muhammad Ali Jinnah September 12, 1948, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
State funeral of Eva "Evita" Perón August 9, 1952, Buenos Aires, Argentina
State funeral of Joseph Stalin March 6–9, 1953, Moscow, Soviet Union
Funeral of Carmen Miranda August 12–13, 1955, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Funeral of B. R. Ambedkar December 6, 1956, Mumbai, India 500,000+[16]
Funeral of Senator Joseph McCarthy May 7, 1957, Appleton, Wisconsin, United States 30,000+[17]
State funeral of John F. Kennedy November 25, 1963, Washington, D.C., United States 550,000[18]
State funeral of General Douglas MacArthur 7 April 1964, Washington, D.C., United States
State funeral of Jawaharlal Nehru May 28, 1964, New Delhi, Delhi, India 1.500,000[19]
State funeral of Sir Winston Churchill 30 January 1965, London, United Kingdom
Funeral of Malcolm X February 23–27, 1965, Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
State funeral of Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd September 10, 1966, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa 250,000[20]
Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 9, 1968, Atlanta, Georgia, United States 300,000[21]
Funeral of C. N. Annadurai 3 February 1969, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India, Millions[22]
State funeral of Ho Chi Minh September 9, 1969, Hanoi, Democratic Republic of Vietnam 250,000[23]
State funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser October 1, 1970, Cairo, Egypt Millions[24]
State funeral of Juan Domingo Perón July 2–4, 1974, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1,135,000+[25]
Funeral of Umm Kulthum February 6, 1975, Cairo, Egypt
State funeral of Chiang Kai-shek April 16, 1975, Taipei, Republic of China
State funeral of Francisco Franco November 22–23, 1975, Madrid, Spain 300,000–500,000[26][27]
State funeral of Zhou Enlai January 11, 1976, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Funeral of Juscelino Kubitschek August 23, 1976, Brasília, Brazil
State funeral of Mao Zedong September 18, 1976, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Funeral of Elvis Presley August 16–18, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
State funeral of Sir Robert Menzies November 19, 1978, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ~100,000[28]
State funeral of Park Chung-hee November 1, 1979, Seoul, Republic of Korea ~2,000,000[29]
Funeral of Archbishop Óscar Romero March 30, 1980, San Salvador, El Salvador
Death and state funeral of Josip Broz Tito 8 May 1980, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Funeral of Bobby Sands May 7, 1981, Belfast, Northern Ireland 100,000+[30]
State funeral of Ziaur Rahman June 2, 1981, National Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh ~2,000,000[31][32]
Funeral of Benigno Aquino, Jr. August 31, 1983, Manila, Philippines
Funeral of Enrico Berlinguer June 13, 1984, Rome, Italy 1,000,000+[33]
Funeral of Jerzy Popiełuszko November 3, 1984, Warsaw, Poland
State funeral of Chiang Ching-kuo January 30, 1988, Taipei, Republic of China
State funeral of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq August 19, 1988, Islamabad, Pakistan ~1,000,000[34]
State funeral of Emperor Shōwa February 24, 1989, Tokyo, Japan 250,000+[35]
Funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini June 4–5, 1989, Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, Tehran, Iran Millions[36]
Funeral of Meir Kahane November 6, 1990, Jerusalem, Israel
Funeral of Richard Nixon April 26–27, 1994, Yorba Linda, California, United States 54,000+[37]
Funeral of Ayrton Senna May 4, 1994, São Paulo, Brazil 3,000,000+[18] Hundreds of millions (in Brazil)[38][39]
Funeral of Selena April 3, 1995, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Funeral of the Perunchiththiranar June 16, 1995, Medavakkam, Chennai, India
State funeral of Yitzhak Rabin November 6, 1995, Jerusalem, Israel
Funeral of Yahya Ayyash January 6, 1996, Gaza, Palestine 100,000+[40]
State funeral of Deng Xiaoping February 24, 1997, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales September 6, 1997, London and Althorp, United Kingdom 1,000,000+[41] 2,500,000,000[41]
State funeral of King Hussein of Jordan February 8, 1999, Amman, Jordan ~800,000[42]
Funeral of Rachel Scott April 24, 1999, Littleton, Colorado, United States
Funeral of Maurice "Rocket" Richard May 31, 2000, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Funeral of Ahmad Shah Massoud September 16, 2001, Bazarak, Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
Funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother April 9, 2002, London, United Kingdom 1,000,000+[43]
Funeral of Zoran Đinđić 15 March 2003, Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
State funeral of Ronald Reagan June 7, 2004, Simi Valley and Washington D.C., United States 104,684[44] 35,700,000[45]
State funeral of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan November 2, 2004, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Funeral of Pope John Paul II April 8, 2005, Vatican City and Rome, Italy 4,000,000[46][47]
Funeral of Wee Kim Wee 2 May 2005
Funeral of Coretta Scott King February 7, 2006, Lithonia, Georgia, United States
Funeral of Slobodan Milošević March 18, 2006, Belgrade, Serbia 50,000+[48]
Funeral of Augusto Pinochet 12 December 2006, Santiago, Chile 60,000[49]
State funeral of Gerald Ford December 31, 2006 – January 2, 2007, Washington, D.C., United States
Funeral of Hrant Drink January 23, 2007, Istanbul, Turkey 200,000+[50]
Michael Jackson memorial service July 7, 2009, Los Angeles, California, United States 17,500[51] 3,000,000,000[52][53]
Funeral of Corazon Aquino August 5, 2009, Manila, Philippines
Funeral of Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri December 21, 2009, Qom, Iran
State funeral of Lech and Maria Kaczyński 18 April 2010, Kraków, Poland
Funeral of Otto von Habsburg July 16, 2011, Vienna, Austria ~101,000[54] 413,000–557,000[55]
Funeral of Bhupen Hazarika 9 November 2011, Guwahati, Assam, India 600,000+[56]
Death and state funeral of Kim Jong-il 28 December 2011, Pyongyang, North Korea 200,000[57]
Funeral of Pope Shenouda III March 20, 2012, Cairo, Egypt
Funeral of Dolphy July 15, 2012, Taguig, Manila, Philippines
State funeral of Jesse M. Robredo August 24–28, 2012, Malacañan Palace, Manila, Philippines
State funeral of Bal Thackeray November 18–19, 2012, Shivaji Park, Mumbai, India 1,000,000[58]–2,000,000[59]
State funeral of Adrian Donohoe January 30, 2013, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland 5,000[60]
Death and state funeral of Hugo Chávez March 6–8, 2013, Caracas, Venezuela 1,000,000–3,000,000[61]
Funeral of Margaret Thatcher April 8, 2013, London, United Kingdom Thousands[62] >4,000,000[63]
Funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef October 7, 2013, Jerusalem, Israel 450,000[64]–850,000[65]
State funeral of Võ Nguyên Giáp October 12–13, 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam Millions[66]
Commemoration of Nelson Mandela December 10–15, 2013, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Qunu, South Africa
State funeral of Michael Sata November 11, 2014, Lusaka, Zambia 50,000+[67]
Funeral of Roberto Gomez Bolaños November 29, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico 45,000+[68]
Funeral of Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat February 12, 2015, Kota Bharu, Malaysia +10,000[69]
State funeral of Lee Kuan Yew March 23–29, 2015, Singapore 100,000 (funeral cortege)[70][71]
Funeral of Mumtaz Qadri March 1, 2016, Rawalpindi, Pakistan 30,000+[72][73][74]
Muhammad Ali memorial service June 11, 2016, Louisville, Kentucky, United States[75]
Funeral of Akhtar Raza Khan July 20 2018, Bareilly, Uttar pradesh, India Millions[76][77]

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