List of last survivors of historical events

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The following is a list of last survivors of notable historical and cultural events, excluding wars, which are covered in separate lists that can be found in the See also section.

  Deceased   Living

Before 1701[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Aristodemus of Sparta c. 479 BC (aged c. 49) Last Spartan of the Battle of Thermopylae August or September 480 BC
John the Apostle around 100 Last known witness to the crucifixion of Jesus, and last Apostle April 3, 33
Don Mancio Sierra de Leguízamo[1][2] September 18, 1589(1589-09-18) (aged 76–77) Last original conquistador who participated in the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire 1532
Mary Allerton November 28, 1699 (aged 83) Last passenger of the Mayflower November 11, 1620
John Alden September 12, 1687 (aged 88) Last living signer of the Mayflower Compact November 11, 1620
Richard Bellingham December 7, 1672 (aged 80) Last signer of the Massachusetts Colonial Charter 1629

1701–1800[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
George Gregory[3] February 13, 1804(1804-02-13) (aged 108–109) Last sailor who took part in George Anson's voyage around the world 1744
Isaac Smith July 2, 1831(1831-07-02) (aged 78–79) Last survivor of James Cook's first voyage 1771
George Robert Twelves Hewes November 5, 1840(1840-11-05) (aged 98) Last survivor of the Boston Tea party and Boston Massacre March 5, 1770 and December 16, 1773
Ephraim Bowen[4] September 2, 1841(1841-09-02) (aged 88) Last individual involved in the Gaspée Affair June 10, 1772
John Hatley December 12, 1832(1832-12-12) (aged 69–70) Last survivor of James Cook's second voyage 1775
James Monroe July 4, 1831(1831-07-04) (aged 72–73) Last surviving Founding Father of the The American Revolution April 19, 1775- September 3, 1783
Levi Preston[5][6] January 5, 1850(1850-01-05) (aged 93) Last Concord veteran of the Battle of Lexington and Concord April 19, 1775
Jonathan Harrington[7] March 26, 1854(1854-03-26) (aged 95) Last Lexington veteran of the Battle of Lexington and Concord April 19, 1775
Ralph Farnham[8] December 26, 1860(1860-12-26) (aged 104) Last known survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill June 17, 1775
Charles Carroll November 14, 1832(1832-11-14) (aged 95) Last signer of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
Alexander Milliner[9] March 15, 1865(1865-03-15) (aged 95) Last veteran of the Battle of Brandywine and Battles of Saratoga September 11, September 19, and October 7, 1777
Andrew Jackson June 8, 1845(1845-06-08) (aged 78) Last President of the United States to have served in the American Revolution April 25, 1781
John Gray March 29, 1868(1868-03-29) (aged 104) Last veteran of the Battle of Yorktown (1781) October 19, 1781
David Whitney[10] March 24, 1867(1867-03-24) (aged 99) Last veteran of Shays' Rebellion June 1787
James Madison June 28, 1836(1836-06-28) (aged 85) Last signer of The United States Constitution September 7, 1787
Barthélemy de Lesseps[11] June 4, 1834(1834-06-04) (aged 68) Last survivor of the scientific expedition of Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse 1788
John Adams March 5, 1829(1829-03-05) (aged 61) Last mutineer of the HMS Bounty April 28, 1789
Arthur Dardenne[12] September 8, 1872(1872-09-08) (aged 95–96) Last surviving person to have taken part in the Storming of the Bastille July 14, 1789

1801–1850[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Pedro Antonio Martinez Zia[13] February 1, 1898(1898-02-01) (aged 108–109) Last veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar October 21, 1805
Patrick Gass April 2, 1870(1870-04-02) (aged 98) Last member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition March 23, 1806
John Rice[14][15] February 10, 1880(1880-02-10) (aged 90–91) Last veteran of the Battle of Lake Erie September 10, 1813
James Buchanan June 1, 1868(1868-06-01) (aged 77) Last President of the United States to have served in the War of 1812 September 14, 1814
Charles Booth[16] March 2, 1896(1896-03-02) (aged 97) Last living rebel of the Pentrich rising June 10, 1817
John W. Stainer[17] March 3, 1907(1907-03-03) (aged 99) Last veteran of the Battle of Navarino October 20, 1827
Philippe Demoulin[18] February 14, 1912(1912-02-14) (aged 102) Last veteran of the Belgian Revolution July 14, 1831
William Carroll Crawford[19] September 3, 1895(1895-09-03) (aged 90) Last signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence March 2, 1836
Alfonso Steele[20] July 8, 1911(1911-07-08) (aged 94) Last survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836
William Physick Zuber[21][22] September 22, 1913(1913-09-22) (aged 93) Last veteran of the Texas Revolution April 25, 1836
Thomas Patrickson[23][24] October 15, 1914(1914-10-15) (aged 85–86) Last participant of the Second voyage of HMS Beagle October 2, 1836
Rebecca Tickaneesky Neugin[25] July 15, 1932(1932-07-15) (aged 97–98) Last survivor of the Trail of Tears 1837
Nelson Traux[26] January 25, 1915(1915-01-25) (aged 96) Last survivor of the Battle of the Windmill November 16, 1838
Milvern Harrell[27] August 10, 1910(1910-08-10) (aged 86) Last survivor of the Dawson Massacre September 17, 1842
François X. Matthieu February 4, 1914(1914-02-04) (aged 95) Last participant at the Champoeg Meetings 1843
Walter T. Avery[28] June 10, 1904(1904-06-10) (aged 90) Last participant in the first official Baseball game June 19, 1846
Isabella Breen McMahon[29] March 25, 1935(1935-03-25) (aged 89) Last survivor of the Donner Party June 1847
Ulysses S. Grant July 23, 1885(1885-07-23) (aged 63) Last President of the United States to have served in the Mexican-American War February 3, 1848
Charlotte L. Woodward Peirce[30] March 15, 1924(1924-03-15) (aged 94) Last surviving participant in the Seneca Falls Convention and last signer of the Declaration of Sentiments July 20, 1848
József Fischl[31] March 1929 (aged 102) Last Honvéd veteran of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 4 October 1849

1851–1900[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Thomas Kelly[32] April 14, 1932(1932-04-14) (aged 83) Last survivor of the Birkenhead disaster February 26, 1852
Horace F. Sisson[33] March 10, 1942(1942-03-10) (aged 98) Last member of the Perry Expedition 1854
Edwin Hughes April 18, 1927(1927-04-18) (aged 96) Last participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade October 25, 1854
John Lishman Potter[34][35] October 24, 1931(1931-10-24) (aged 97) Last veteran of the Eureka Rebellion December 3, 1854
John Winchell Cullen[36][37] December 14, 1939(1939-12-14) (aged 101) Last veteran of the Yakima War 1858
Teodolfo Mertel July 11, 1899(1899-07-11) (aged 93) Last non-priest cardinal March 15, 1858
Robert Collinson d'Esterre Spottiswoode[38][39] March 21, 1936(1936-03-21) (aged 94) Last veteran of the Indian Mutiny 1859
L. G. Simmons[40] March 4, 1910(1910-03-04) (aged 76–77) Last witness to the Broderick–Terry duel September 13, 1859
Cudjoe Lewis July 26, 1935(1935-07-26) (aged 95) Last passenger of the Clotilde 1859
Owen Brown[41] January 8, 1889(1889-01-08) (aged 64) Last abolitionist present at John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry October 18, 1859
George Pilson[42] April 22, 1916(1916-04-22) (aged 73–74) Last witness at Harpers Ferry October 18, 1859
Hugo Josef Schiff[43] September 8, 1915(1915-09-08) (aged 81) Last attendee of the Karlsruhe Congress September 5, 1860
Giovanni Battista Egisto Sivelli[44][45] November 1, 1934(1934-11-01) (aged 90) Last member of the Expedition of the Thousand 1861
Roger Atkinson Pryor March 14, 1919(1919-03-14) (aged 90) Last veteran of the Battle of Fort Sumter April 13, 1861
James Hard March 12, 1953(1953-03-12) (aged 109) Last veteran of the First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Antietam and Battle of Chancellorsville July 21, 1861; September 17, 1862; and May 6, 1863
John Ambrose Driscoll[46][47] June 13, 1921(1921-06-13) (aged 82) Last crew member of the USS Monitor during its engagement with the CSS Virginia (aka USS Merrimack) March 9, 1862
James Marion Lurvey[48] April 7, 1950(1950-04-07) (aged 102) Last verified veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1863
Otto Richard Gellette[49] June 1, 1944(1944-06-01) (aged 98) Last soldier to participate in Pickett's Charge July 3, 1863
Eli G. Biddle[50] April 8, 1940(1940-04-08) (aged 93–94) Last member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that assaulted Fort Wagner July 18, 1863
Samuel J. Seymour[51] April 12, 1956(1956-04-12) (aged 96) Last witness present at Ford's Theater during the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln April 14, 1865
John Henry Coghill[52] Possibly 1942 (aged 90) Last surviving witness to the death of John Wilkes Booth April 26, 1865
William Albert Norris[53] January 9, 1936(1936-01-09) (aged 93) Last survivor of the Sultana disaster April 27, 1865
William McKinley September 14, 1901(1901-09-14) (aged 58) Last President of the United States to have served in the Civil War May 9, 1865
Pedro Angleró[54] October 16, 1931(1931-10-16) (aged 109–110) Last participant of El Grito de Lares September 23, 1868
George H. Large August 15, 1939(1939-08-15) (aged 88) Last participant of the first American football game November 6, 1869
Reginald Courtenay Welch June 4, 1939(1939-06-04) (aged 87)[55] Last participant of the first English FA Cup Final March 16, 1872
Charles Windolph March 11, 1950(1950-03-11) (aged 97) Last U.S soldier from the Battle of the Little Bighorn June 26, 1876
Dewey Beard November 2, 1955(1955-11-02) (aged 96–97) Last Indian veteran of the Battle of the Little Bighorn June 26, 1876
Tom Garrett August 6, 1943(1943-08-06) (aged 85) Last player from first official cricket test match March 19, 1877
Frank Bourne May 8, 1945(1945-05-08) (aged 91) Last survivor of the defense of Rorke's Drift during the Anglo-Zulu War January 23, 1879
Wyatt Earp January 13, 1929(1929-01-13) (aged 80) Last survivor of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral October 26, 1881
Frank Shomo[56] March 20, 1997(1997-03-20) (aged 108) Last survivor of the Johnstown Flood May 31, 1889
Hugh McGinnis[57] March 22, 1965(1965-03-22) (aged 94) Last U.S veteran and survivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre December 29, 1890
Raymond Pimlott Kaighn[58] August 16, 1962(1962-08-16) (aged 92) Last living participant of the first basketball game ever played. December 21, 1891
Michael Shonsey[59] August 5, 1954(1954-08-05) (aged 89) Last veteran of the Johnson County War 1892
Arthur Sherman Phillips[60][61] March 18, 1941(1941-03-18) (aged 75) Last participant in Lizzie Borden's murder trial June 20, 1893
Nawi[62] November, 1979 (aged 100+) Last of the Dahomey Amazons and last veteran of the Second Franco-Dahomean War January 15, 1894
Dimitrios Loundras[63] February 15, 1971(1971-02-15) (aged 85) Last known living competitor at the 1896 Summer Olympics April 15, 1896
Manu Ruma[64] December, 1961 (aged 87) Last veteran of the Dog Tax War 1898
John Henry Turpin[65] March 10, 1962(1962-03-10) (aged 85) Last survivor of the sinking of the USS Maine February 15, 1898
Ralph Waldo Taylor[66] May 15, 1987(1987-05-15) (aged 105) Last survivor of the Battle of San Juan Hill July 1, 1898
Emma Morano Living (age 116[67]) Last living person born in the 1800s, last known survivor of the reign of king Umberto I December 31, 1899 and July 29, 1900
Maude Conic[68] November 14, 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 105–106) Last survivor of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 September 12, 1900
Lucien Démanet March 16, 1979(1979-03-16) (aged 104) Last participant in the 1900 Summer Olympics October 28, 1900

1901–1915[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Violet Brown Living (age 116[69]) Last known survivor of the reign of Queen Victoria[70] January 22, 1901
Fleetwood Lindley[71] February 1, 1963(1963-02-01) (aged 75) Last person to view Abraham Lincoln's remains September 26, 1901
Laura Bullion December 2, 1961(1961-12-02) (aged 85) Last member of the Wild Bunch gang 1901
Léon Compère-Léandre 1936 Last survivor on shore of Saint-Pierre during the eruption of Mount Pelée May 8, 1902
Irénise Moulonguet May 28, 2013(2013-05-28) (aged 112) Last surviving witness of the eruption of Mount Pelée May 8, 1902
Roscinda Nolasquez[72] February 4, 1987(1987-02-04) (aged 94) Last speaker of Cupeño and last survivor of the removal of the Cupeño to Pala, California, the last of the Federal Indian Removals May 13, 1903
Gladys Ennis[73] March 20, 1993(1993-03-20) (aged 92) Last survivor of the Frank Slide April 29, 1903
Jennings Dunlap[74] September 20, 1964(1964-09-20) (aged 84–85) Last survivor of the Wreck of the Old 97 September 23, 1903
Elsie Corby[75] February 14, 1988(1988-02-14) (aged 96–97) Last survivor of the Iroquois Theatre fire December 30, 1903
Michael Barne May 31, 1961(1961-05-31) (aged 83) Last survivor of the Discovery Expedition 1904
Alexander Bernard Heron[76] January 24, 2000(2000-01-24) (aged 105) Last worker involved in the construction of the Panama Canal May 4, 1904
Adella Wotherspoon January 26, 2004(2004-01-26) (aged 100) Last and youngest survivor of the General Slocum Disaster June 15, 1904
Ivan Beshoff[77] October 25, 1987(1987-10-25) (aged 104–105) Last sailor of the Potemkin Mutiny of 1905 July 8, 1905
Bill Del Monte[78][79] January 11, 2016(2016-01-11) (aged 109) Last known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake April 18, 1906
Dorsie Williams Willis[80] August 24, 1977(1977-08-24) (aged 91) Last living soldier accused in the Brownsville Affair August 13, 1906
Brian Evans-Lombe[81] January 31, 1994(1994-01-31) (aged 100) Last surviving member of the Brownsea Island Scout camp, the founding event of the Scout movement August 8, 1907
Philip Brocklehurst January 28, 1975(1975-01-28) (aged 87) Last member of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition 1909
Rose Freedman[82] February 15, 2001(2001-02-15) (aged 107–108) Last survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire March 25, 1911
Sid Daniels May 25, 1983(1983-05-25) (aged 89) Last surviving crew member of the RMS Titanic April 14, 1912
Millvina Dean May 31, 2009(2009-05-31) (aged 97) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic April 14, 1912
Elma S. Damrell[83] March 17, 2005(2005-03-17) (aged 95) Last survivor of the Italian Hall disaster December 24, 1913
Mary Benich-McCleary[84][85] June 28, 2007(2007-06-28) (aged 94) Last survivor of the Ludlow Massacre April 20, 1914
Grace Hanagan (Martyn)[86] May 15, 1995(1995-05-15) (aged 87) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland May 29, 1914
Vaso Čubrilović June 11, 1990(1990-06-11) (aged 93) Last participant in the conspiracy to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand June 28, 1914
Paul Kley[87][88] 1992 (aged 99) Last German veteran of the Siege of Tsingtao November 7, 1914
Alfred Anderson November 21, 2005(2005-11-21) (aged 109) Last soldier who could remember the Christmas Truce of 1914 and last veteran of the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Loos December 24, 1914; March 13, 1915; and October 14, 1915
Audrey Warren Lawson-Johnston (née Pearl) January 11, 2011(2011-01-11) (aged 95) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania May 7, 1915
Marion Eichholz[89] November 24, 2014(2014-11-24) (aged 102) Last survivor of the capsizing of the SS Eastland July 24, 1915
Smedley Butler June 21, 1940(1940-06-21) (aged 58) Last recipient to receive two Medals of Honor for two different actions November 17, 1915

1916–1930[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Alec Campbell[90] May 16, 2002(2002-05-16) (aged 103) Last veteran of the Gallipoli Campaign January 9, 1916
Lilly Kempson[91] January 22, 1996(1996-01-22) (aged 99) Last participant in the Easter Rising April 30, 1916
Henry Allingham July 18, 2009(2009-07-18) (aged 113) Oldest member of any of the British Armed Forces, last member of the RNAS, last founding member of the Royal Air Force, and last veteran of the Battle of Jutland June 1, 1916
Marcel Caux August 22, 2004(2004-08-22) (aged 105) Last survivor of the Battle of Pozières August 7, 1916
Claude-Marie Boucaud[92] May 17, 2005(2005-05-17) (aged 109) last survivor of the Battle of the Somme November 18, 1916
George Perman[93] May 24, 2000(2000-05-24) (aged 99) Last survivor of the sinking of the HMHS Britannic November 21, 1916
René Marie-Martial Moreau[94] October 26, 2005(2005-10-26) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Battle of Verdun December 18, 1916
Mark Matthews September 6, 2005(2005-09-06) (aged 111) Oldest and last surviving pre-World War II Buffalo Soldier and last veteran of the Pancho Villa Expedition February 7, 1917; August 1918
Yakup Satar April 2, 2008(2008-04-02) (aged 110) Last veteran of the Second Battle of Kut February 23, 1917
Alfred Finnigan May 11, 2005(2005-05-11) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Battle of Vimy Ridge April 12, 1917
Louis de Cazenave[95] January 20, 2008(2008-01-20) (aged 110) Last veteran of the Battle of Chemin des Dames May 9 and October 9, 1917
Albert Marshall[96] May 16, 2005(2005-05-16) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Cambrai May 16 and December 8, 1917
Richard W. Richards May 8, 1985(1985-05-08) (aged 91) Last surviving member of the British Trans-Antarctic Expedition May 29, 1917
Edward Smout June 22, 2004(2004-06-22) (aged 106) Last witness to the death of the Red Baron and veteran of the Battle of Messines June 14, 1917; April 21, 1918
Cecil Arthur Lewis January 27, 1997(1997-01-27) (aged 98) Last British flying ace of World War I June 1917
Alois Vocásek[97] August 9, 2003(2003-08-09) (aged 107) Last Czechoslovakian veteran of World War I and of the Battle of Zborov July 2, 1917
Peter Casserly June 24, 2005(2005-06-24) (aged 107) Last member of the First Australian Imperial Force and veteran of the Battle of Amiens September 1917; August 11, 1918
Lúcia Santos February 13, 2005(2005-02-13) (aged 97) Last of the three children who claimed to have spoken to Our Lady of Fátima October 13, 1917
Harry Patch July 25, 2009(2009-07-25) (aged 111) Last British Army veteran of World War I and last veteran of Passchendaele November 1917
Lazar Kaganovich July 25, 1991(1991-07-25) (aged 97) Last Old Bolshevik who took part in the Russian October Revolution November 8, 1917
Boris Gudz[98] December 27, 2006(2006-12-27) (aged 103–104) Last survivor of the October Revolution and of the Russian Civil War November 8, 1917; June 1923
Antonio Todde January 3, 2002(2002-01-03) (aged 112) Last veteran of the Battle of Mount Grappa December 23, 1917
Edouard Izac January 18, 1990(1990-01-18) (aged 98) Last World War I Medal of Honor recipient and World War I U.S. Navy recipient May 21, 1918
Domenico De Cristofaro[99] September 21, 2006(2006-09-21) (aged 106) Last veteran of the Battle of the Piave River June 23, 1918
Albert Wagner January 20, 2007(2007-01-20) (aged 107) Last veteran of the Battle of Belleau Wood and last U.S. Marine of World War I June 26, 1918
Thomas A. Pope[100] June 14, 1989(1989-06-14) (aged 94) Last US Army World War I Medal of Honor recipient July 4, 1918
Jean Grelaud February 25, 2007(2007-02-25) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Second Battle of the Marne August 6, 1918
Antonio Pierro February 8, 2007(2007-02-08) (aged 110) Last veteran of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensive September 19 and November 11, 1918
John J. Kelly November 20, 1957(1957-11-20) (aged 59) Last recipient to be awarded two Medals of Honor October 3, 1918
Robert G. Robinson October 5, 1974(1974-10-05) (aged 78) Last U.S. Marine World War I recipient of the Medal of Honor October 8, 1918
Johann Baur February 17, 1993(1993-02-17) (aged 95) Last Imperial German Air Service flying ace October 29, 1918
James William Pearson January 26, 1993(1993-01-26) (aged 97) Last American World War I flying ace, served with the Royal Air Force November 1, 1918
Francesco Domenico Chiarello June 27, 2008(2008-06-27) (aged 109) Last veteran of the Battle of Vittorio Veneto November 3, 1918
Arthur Raymond Brooks July 17, 1991(1991-07-17) (aged 95) Last Air Service, United States Army flying ace of World War I November 11, 1918
Alfred Pugh[101] January 7, 2004(2004-01-07) (aged 108) Last U.S combat wounded veteran of World War I November 11, 1918
David Ireland[102] June 28, 2001(2001-06-28) (aged 102–103) Last veteran to suffer from shell shock during World War I November 11, 1918
René Riffaud[103] January 16, 2007(2007-01-16) (aged 108) Last soldier to be gassed during World War I November 11, 1918
Florence Green 5 February 2012(2012-02-05) (aged 110) Last participant of World War I and last member of the original WRAF November 11, 1918
Harry Truman December 26, 1972(1972-12-26) (aged 88) Last President of the United States to have served during World War I November 11,1918
Juan Filloy [104] 15 July 2000(2000-07-15) (aged 105) Last student who took part in the Argentine university reform of 1918 1918
Harold Gunnes[105] March 11, 2003(2003-03-11) (aged 104) Last member of the Polar Bear Expedition July 1919
Swede Risberg October 13, 1975(1975-10-13) (aged 81) Last person involved in the Black Sox Scandal October 1919
Raul Fernandes[106][107] January 6, 1968(1968-01-06) (aged 90) Last surviving signer of the Treaty of Versailles June 28, 1919
Waldemar Levy Cardoso May 13, 2009(2009-05-13) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Tenente revolts 1922; 1927
Vasco Bruttomesso[108] January 2, 2009(2009-01-02) (aged 105) Last surviving veteran of the March on Rome October 29, 1922
Gene Bruce[109] December 6, 2005(2005-12-06) (aged 98) Last surviving sailor of the Honda Point Disaster September 8, 1923
Emil Klein[110] February 22, 2010(2010-02-22) (aged 104) Last surviving member of Adolf Hitler's unsuccessful Beer Hall Putsch November 9, 1923
Ivo Pavelić February 22, 2011(2011-02-22) (aged 103) Last surviving participant in the 1924 Summer Olympics July 27, 1924
Edgar Nollner[111] January 15, 1999(1999-01-15) (aged 94) Last living musher of the 1925 serum run to Nome February 1, 1925
Thomas J. Brewer[112] August 16, 2003(2003-08-16) (aged 82–83) Last surviving participant in the Scopes Trial July 21, 1925
Louis de Broglie March 19, 1987(1987-03-19) (aged 94) Last attendee of the Fifth Solvay Conference October 1927
Clara Marangoni Living (age 100) Last surviving participant in the 1928 Summer Olympics August 12, 1928
Tsien Tsuen-hsuin April 9, 2015(2015-04-09) (aged 105) Last participant of the Northern Expedition 1928
Binod Bihari Chowdhury[113] April 10, 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 102) Last revolutionary of the Chittagong armoury raid April 18, 1930
Norman D. Vaughan December 23, 2005(2005-12-23) (aged 100) Last survivor of Richard Byrd's 1928 expedition to Antarctica June 18, 1930
Francisco Varallo[114] September 30, 2010(2010-09-30) (aged 100) Last surviving player from the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay July 1930
James Cameron June 11, 2006(2006-06-11) (aged 92) Last individual to survive a lynching attempt August 7, 1930
Rachel Johnson[115] April 7, 2016(2016-04-07) (aged 93) Last St. Kildan August 29, 1930
Alfred Cook[116] November 7, 1998(1998-11-07) (aged 91) Last known survivor of the R101 disaster October 5, 1930

1931–1945[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
John Lust[117] December 29, 2006(2006-12-29) (aged 93–94) Last "Sky Sailor" of the U.S Navy's rigid airship program 1931
Alf Howard[118] July 4, 2010(2010-07-04) (aged 104) Last member of the BANZARE expedition to Antarctica 1931
Clarence Norris[119] January 27, 1989(1989-01-27) (aged 75–76) Last Scottsboro Boy March 25, 1931
Simone Schaller Living (age 104) Last participant in the 1932 Summer Olympics August 14, 1932
Josef Felder October 28, 2000(2000-10-28) (aged 100) Last individual to vote against the Nazi Enabling Act of 1933 March 23, 1933
Moody E. Erwin[120] October 20, 1989(1989-10-20) (aged 85) Last survivor of the USS Akron disaster April 3, 1933
Edd L. Miller[121] September 18, 2000(2000-09-18) (aged 87) Last witness to the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde May 23, 1934
Thomas J. Conner[122] April 14, 1997(1997-04-14) (aged 90–91) Last member of the FBI team that gunned down John Dillinger July 22, 1934
Jerry Edgerton[123] September 14, 2013(2013-09-14) (aged 99) Last survivor of the SS Morro Castle disaster September 8, 1934
Werner Franz[124] August 13, 2014(2014-08-13) (aged 92) Last crew member to survive the Hindenburg disaster May 6, 1937
Walter Walsh April 29, 2014(2014-04-29) (aged 106) Last member of the FBI teams that captured Arthur Barker and killed Al Brady October 12, 1937
Fon Huffman September 4, 2008(2008-09-04) (aged 95) Last survivor of the USS Panay incident December 12, 1937
Jules Paivio September 4, 2013(2013-09-04) (aged 97) Last member of the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion September 21, 1938
Con Shiels[125] January 3, 2013(2013-01-03) (aged 96) Last participant in the Jarrow March October 31, 1938
Gunther Scholz October 24, 2014(2014-10-24) (aged 102) Last member of the Condor Legion March 1939
Delmer Berg February 28, 2016(2016-02-28) (aged 100) Last surviving member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade April 1, 1939
Antoine Piñol[126] September 7, 2016(2016-09-07) (aged 101) Last French Spanish Civil War veteran April 1, 1939
Manuel Gallego-Nicasio Living (age 101) Last surviving "La quinta del biberón" fighter 1939
Jerry Maren Living (age 96) Last Munchkin actor in The Wizard of Oz August 25, 1939
Arthur Smith[127] Living (age 93) Last survivor of the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak October 14, 1939
Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Kuhn Living (age 100 and 84) Last credited cast members of Gone with the Wind December 15, 1939
Emilio Ochoa June 27, 2007(2007-06-27) (aged 99) Last signer of the Constitution of Cuba 1940
Eddie Joost[128] April 12, 2011(2011-04-12) (aged 94) Last member of the 1940 World Series winning team October 8, 1940
Donald "Nick" Clifford[129] Living (age 95) Last worker on the construction of Mount Rushmore 1941
Daniel Nevolt[130] Living Last veteran of the Battle of Kufra March 1, 1941
Ted Briggs October 4, 2008(2008-10-04) (aged 85) Last survivor of the sinking of the HMS Hood May 24, 1941
Ted Williams July 5, 2002(2002-07-05) (aged 83) Last Major League Baseball player to end a regular season with an over 400 batting average September 28, 1941
Ed Vezey[131] January 2, 2016(2016-01-02) (aged 95–96) Last survivor of the sinking of the USS Oklahoma December 7, 1941
John William Finn May 27, 2010(2010-05-27) (aged 100) Last Medal of Honor recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
Joseph Langdell[132] February 4, 2015(2015-02-04) (aged 100) Last surviving commissioned officer of the USS Arizona December 7, 1941
Lamar Crawford Sr[133] December 22, 2011(2011-12-22) (aged 91) Last surviving United States Marine of USS Arizona Marine Corps detachment December 7, 1941
Gerhard Klopfer January 29, 1987(1987-01-29) (aged 81) Last individual to attend the Wannsee Conference January 20, 1942
David Stoliar May 1, 2014(2014-05-01) (aged 91) Last survivor of the Struma disaster February 24, 1942
Bill Bower January 10, 2011(2011-01-10) (aged 93) Last pilot of the Doolittle Raid in World War II April 18, 1942
Richard E. Cole Living (age 101) Last participant of the Doolittle Raid in World War II April 18, 1942
Rudolf Brazda August 3, 2011(2011-08-03) (aged 98) Last concentration camp survivor deported by Nazi Germany on charges of homosexuality August 8, 1942
Tuomas Gerdt Living (age 94) Last recipient of the Mannerheim Cross September 8, 1942
Orrel Cecil[134] November 4, 2010(2010-11-04) (aged 90) Last survivor of the sinking of the USS Juneau November 13, 1942
Faole Bokoi[135] March 3, 2016(2016-03-03) (aged 91) Last known member of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels during the Kokoda Track campaign November 16, 1942
Bill Sparks December 1, 2002(2002-12-01) (aged 80) Last member of the Cockleshell Heroes December 12, 1942
Madeleine Lebeau May 1, 2016(2016-05-01) (aged 92) Last cast member of Casablanca January 23, 1943
Joachim Rønneberg Living (age 97) Last officer of World War II Operation Gunnerside February 16, 1943
Marek Edelman October 2, 2009(2009-10-02) (aged 86–87) Last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising May 16, 1943
Les Munro August 4, 2015(2015-08-04) (aged 96) Last pilot of World War II Operation Chastise May 17, 1943
Samuel Willenberg February 19, 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 93) Last participant in the revolt at the Treblinka extermination camp August 2, 1943
John Cruickshank Living (age 96) Last Victoria Cross recipient for action in World War II September 1, 1944
Frank Ellis Sublett[136] September 27, 2006(2006-09-27) (aged 86) Last member of the Golden Thirteen March 1944
Richard Churchill[137] Living (age 95) [138] Last surviving escapee from the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III March 25, 1944
David Wood March 12, 2009(2009-03-12) (aged 86) Last officer of the Pegasus Bridge raid on D-Day June 6, 1944
Clifford Brewer[139] Living (age 103) Last surviving surgeon of the Normandy landings June 6, 1944
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin March 8, 2013(2013-03-08) (aged 90) Last participant of the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler July 20, 1944
Chester W. Nimitz February 20, 1966(1966-02-20) (aged 80) Last U.S. Navy sailor appointed to the rank of Fleet Admiral December 19, 1944
Charles W. Lindberg June 24, 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 86) Last Marine in the Iwo Jima Flag Raisings February 23, 1945
Hershel “Woody” Williams Living (age 92) Last Battle of Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient February 23, 1945
Heinz Rökker Living (age 95) Last Luftwaffe Night fighter ace March 16, 1945
Günther Schwägermann[140] Living (age 101) Last occupant of the Führerbunker May 1, 1945
Albert Meserlin May 26, 2009(2009-05-26) (aged 89) Last witness to the German Surrender ceremony May 7, 1945
Reinhard Hardegen Living (age 103) Last World War II U-Boat captain and last Kriegsmarine Knight's Cross recipient May 7, 1945
Walter Scheel August 24, 2016(2016-08-24) (aged 97) Last former German president to have served in World War II May 8, 1945
Eberhard Heder Living (age 98) Last member of the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking May 9, 1945
Arthur J. Jackson Living (age 91) Last Battle of Okinawa Medal of Honor recipient June 22, 1945
Theodore Van Kirk July 28, 2014(2014-07-28) (aged 93) Last crew member of the Enola Gay August 6, 1945
Russell Gackenbach[141] Living (age 92) Last crew member of Necessary Evil August 9, 1945
Claude Choules May 5, 2011(2011-05-05) (aged 110) Last veteran of both World War I and World War II September 2, 1945
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing Living (age 90) Last former French President to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
Giorgio Napolitano Living (age 91) Last former Italian President to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
Gough Whitlam October 21, 2014(2014-10-21) (aged 98) Last former Australian Prime Minister to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
John Dingell and Ralph Hall Living (age 90 and 93) Last Congressmen to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
George H. W. Bush Living (age 92) Last former United States President to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
John William Vessey Jr. August 18, 2016(2016-08-18) (aged 94) Last Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to have served in combat during World War II September 2, 1945
Edward Heath July 17, 2005(2005-07-17) (aged 89) Last former British Prime Minister to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
Bill King September 21, 2012(2012-09-21) (aged 102) Last British submarine commander in World War II September 2, 1945
Konstantin Chernenko March 10, 1985(1985-03-10) (aged 73) Last leader of the Soviet Union to have served in World War II September 2, 1945
Edward Shames Living (age 94) Last surviving officer of Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment November 30, 1945
Ed Walker October 28, 2011(2011-10-28) (aged 94) Last member of Castner's Cutthroats in World War II 1945

1946–1960[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Desmond Doss March 23, 2006(2006-03-23) (aged 87) Last Conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor 1946
Joe Medicine Crow April 3, 2016(2016-04-03) (aged 102) Last war chief of the Crow Nation 1946
Benjamin Ferencz Living (age 96) Last prosecutor during the Nuremberg Trials October 1, 1946
Knut Haugland December 25, 2009(2009-12-25) (aged 92) Last crew member on the Kon-Tiki expedition April 28, 1947
Brajraj Mahapatra November 30, 2015(2015-11-30) (aged 94) Last royal to sign the merger agreement with the Indian state 1947
Gopal Godse[142] November 26, 2005(2005-11-26) (aged 86) Last conspirator involved in the assassination of Gandhi January 30, 1948
Tony Rolt February 6, 2008(2008-02-06) (aged 89) Last driver in the 1950 British Grand Prix the first World Championship Grand Prix May 13, 1950
Alcides Ghiggia July 16, 2015(2015-07-16) (aged 88) Last player in the Uruguay v Brazil (1950 FIFA World Cup) July 16, 1950
Omar N. Bradley April 8, 1981(1981-04-08) (aged 88) Last U.S. Army soldier appointed to the rank of General of the Army September 22, 1950
Bill Speakman Living (age 89) Last Korean War Victoria Cross recipient November 4, 1951
George Lowe March 20, 2013(2013-03-20) (aged 89) Last member of the 1953 British Everest Expedition May 29, 1953
Thomas J. Hudner Jr. Living (age 92) Last Navy Korean War Medal of Honor recipient July 27, 1953
Paik Sun-yup Living (age 95) Last South Korean commander in the Korean War July 27, 1953
Jackie Sewell September 26, 2016(2016-09-26) (aged 89) Last player in the Match of the Century November 25, 1953
Zelma Henderson May 20, 2008(2008-05-20) (aged 88) Last participant in the Brown v. Board of Education case May 17, 1954
Maurice Faure[143] March 6, 2014(2014-03-06) (aged 92) Last signer of the Treaty of Rome March 25, 1957

1961–2000[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date event ended
Antonio Imbert Barrera May 31, 2016(2016-05-31) (aged 95) Last participant in the assassination of Rafael Trujillo May 30, 1961
John Glenn Living (age 95) Last astronaut from Project Mercury May 16, 1963
Valentina Tereshkova Living (age 79) Last member of the Vostok programme June 19, 1963
Franz König April 13, 2004(2004-04-13) (aged 98) Last cardinal created by Pope John XXIII and last participant in the conclave that elected Pope Paul VI June 21, 1963
Clint Hill Living (age 84) Last passenger of the Kennedy presidential limousine which arrived at Parkland November 22, 1963
Gerald Ford December 26, 2006(2006-12-26) (aged 93) Last member of the committee of the Warren Commission November 29, 1963
Alexey Leonov Living (age 82) Last member of the Voskhod programme March 19, 1965
Carmine G. DeSapio July 27, 2004(2004-07-27) (aged 95) Last surviving "Boss" of Tammany Hall 1967
John Lewis Living (age 76) Last member of the Big Six 1968
Walter Cunningham Living (age 84) Last crew member of Apollo 7 October 22, 1968
Keith Payne Living (age 83) Last Vietnam War Victoria Cross recipient and last Australian to be awarded original medal September 19,1969
Edgar Mitchell February 4, 2016(2016-02-04) (aged 85) Last crew member of Apollo 14 February 9, 1971
G. Gordon Liddy Living (age 85) Last White House Plumber September 1971
Nguyễn Văn Thiệu September 29, 2001(2001-09-29) (aged 78) Last former President of South Vietnam April 30, 1975
Khamtai Siphandon Living (age 92) Last Pathet Lao leader in the Vietnam War April 30, 1975
Yao Wenyuan[144] September 29, 2001(2001-09-29) (aged 70) Last member of China's Gang of Four 1976
Larry Newman December 20, 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 63) Last crew member of the Double Eagle II August 17, 1978
Luz Isabel Cuevas May 6, 2014(2014-05-06) (aged 91)[145] Last witness to the assassination of El Salvadorian bishop Óscar Romero March 24, 1980
Stanisław Kania Living (age 89) Last living leader of the Polish United Workers' Party October 18, 1981
Egon Krenz Living (age 79) Last Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic April 5, 1990
Dmitri Yazov Living (age 91) Last living Marshal of the Soviet Union April 1990
Stanislav Hurenko April 14, 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 76) Last First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR September 1, 1991
Mikhail Gorbachev Living (age 85) Last leader of the Soviet Union December 25, 1991
Cornelius Botha February 6, 2014(2014-02-06) (aged 81) Last administrator of the Natal Province April 27, 1994
F. W. de Klerk Living (age 80) Last State President of South Africa May 10, 1994

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