Famous Deaths on April 8

MurderMurder of Interest

217 Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29

Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
Caracalla
  • 956 Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1143 John II Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident
  • 1364 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
  • 1461 Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)
  • 1537 Willem Aerts, Flemish architect, dies
  • 1586 Martin Chemnitz, Lutheran reformer and theologian (b. 1522)
  • 1587 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1629 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar, dies at 50
  • 1697 Niels Juel, Danish admiral (b. 1629)
  • 1704 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (b. 1624)
  • 1704 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1725 John Wise, English clergyman (b. 1652)
  • 1735 Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (b. March 27, 1676)
  • 1736 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer, dies at 63
  • 1759 Francois de La Croix, composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, Dutch founder (Teyler Museum), dies at 76
  • 1794 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, mathematician dies
  • 1844 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1851 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1853 Jan W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • 1857 Mangal Pandey, Indian soldier (b. 1827)
  • 1858 Anton Diabelli, Austrian composer/publisher, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1861 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1863 Joseph Netherclift, composer, dies at 70
  • 1865 John Park, composer, dies at 61
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens, composer, dies at 68
  • 1889 Henry Jupp, cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for Engl in 1877), dies
  • 1890 Junius Morgan, philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1894 Bankim C Chattopadhyaya, writer (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
  • 1897 George Garrett, composer, dies at 62
  • 1897 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • 1902 Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
  • 1906 Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer's victim (b. 1950)
  • 1919 Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70 (b. 1848)
  • 1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • 1921 Earnest von Possart, German actor/stage manager, dies
  • 1931 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
  • 1935 Edwin Cannan, economist, dies
  • 1936 Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)
  • 1937 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, composer (Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1938 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • 1942 Alfred Mombert, writer, dies
  • 1942 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1943 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • 1943 Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
  • 1948 Josef B Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • 1950 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • 1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1957 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • 1958 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • 1959 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1963 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • 1965 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • 1965 Jack Durston, cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies
  • 1965 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
  • 1966 George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • 1969 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1969 Denton Cooley, heart transplant patient, recieved 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • 1970 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • 1972 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 1974 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • 1978 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1981 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • 1981 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • 1984 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)
  • 1985 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
  • 1987 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • 1990 Doreen Sloane, English actress (Coronation Street), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1990 Jose De Vega, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1990 Ryan White, hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)
  • 1992 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More) dies at 78
  • 1992 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1993 Arleen Whelan, dies of stroke at 78
  • 1993 H Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 1994 Irene Eisinger, singer, dies at 91
  • 1994 Walter Arnold, Germ theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • 1994 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • 1995 Maurice Allom, cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies
  • 1996 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
  • 1996 Ben Johnson, cowboy actor (Tex, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
  • 1996 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • 1996 Ben Johnson, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1997 Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2000 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • 2002 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • 2004 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • 2007 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2008 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2010 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • 2012 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), dies at 85
  • 2014 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 2017 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88