Famous Deaths in 1881

  • Wednesday 1
  • Thursday 2
  • Friday 3
  • Saturday 4
  • Sunday 5
  • Monday 6
  • Tuesday 7
  • Wednesday 8
  • Thursday 9
  • Friday 10
  • Saturday 11
  • Sunday 12
  • Monday 13
  • Tuesday 14
  • Wednesday 15
  • Thursday 16
  • Friday 17
  • Saturday 18
  • Sunday 19
  • Monday 20
  • Tuesday 21
  • Wednesday 22
  • Thursday 23
  • Friday 24
  • Saturday 25
  • Sunday 26
  • Monday 27
  • Tuesday 28
  • Wednesday 29
  • Thursday 30
  • Jan 1st Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist (b. 1805)
  • Jan 21st Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • Jan 25th Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (b. 1794)
  • Jan 30th Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • Feb 2nd Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 5th Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • Feb 6th Pieter Mijer, Gov-Gen of Neth Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • Feb 7th Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9th Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59

  • Feb 14th Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • Feb 27th George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46
  • Mar 6th Horatia Nelson, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (b. 1801)
  • Mar 13th Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, assassinated at 62
  • Mar 15th Emory Upton, US Union gen-maj (Selma), commits suicide at 42
  • Mar 21st Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (b. 1793)
  • Mar 23rd Nikolay Rubinstein, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 24th Friedrich Hecker, German revolutionary republic politician, dies at 69
  • Mar 24th Joseph Delesse, French geologist (b. 1817)
  • Mar 26th Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)
  • Mar 28th Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • Mar 31st Gaetano Gaspari, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 7th Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican MP, dies at 65
  • Apr 11th Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (Torn Trondal), dies at 40
  • Apr 16th George William Martin, composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 19th Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl (Beaconsfield)/novelist, dies
  • Apr 19th Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53
  • Apr 26th Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
  • Apr 27th Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general, dies at 76
  • Apr 28th Robert W Ollinger, US warden/last victim of Billy the Kid, dies
  • May 3rd Josip Jurcic, Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
  • May 11th Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • May 23rd Leopold von Ranke, historian, dies
  • May 24th Samuel Palmer, landscape painter, dies
  • May 26th Jakob Bernays, German philologist (b. 1824)
  • Jun 2nd Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)
  • Jun 3rd Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • Jun 6th Henry Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 13th Josef Skoda, Czech physician (b. 1805)
  • Jun 16th Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
  • Jun 16th Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • Jun 28th Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (b. 1798)
  • Jul 4th Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (b. 1806)
  • Jul 10th Georg Hermann Nicolai, German architect (b. 1812)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jul 14th Billy the Kid, American outlaw (b. 1859?)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • Jul 15th Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], shot by sheriff Pat Garrett at 21
  • Jul 17th Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (b. 1804)
  • Jul 19th Isaac Baumann, a Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67
  • Jul 20th Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh, dies
  • Jul 26th George Borrow, writer, dies
  • Jul 27th Johann Christian Lobe, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 2nd Marcus Andrews Hislop Clarke, author (His Natural Life) at 35
  • Aug 6th James White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (b. 1821)
  • Aug 19th Joseph Labitzky, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 7th Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • Sep 8th W Frederik K, prince of Netherlands/general/admiral, dies at 84
  • Sep 13th Ambrose Everett Burnside, US Union general, dies at 57

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Sep 19th James A Garfield, 20th President (1881), dies of gunshot wound at 49

20th US President James Garfield
20th US President
James Garfield
  • Sep 22nd Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • Sep 24th Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 1st Frantisek Matej Hilmar, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 3rd Orson Pratt, American religious leader (b. 1811)
  • Oct 22nd Janis Cimze, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 26th Billy Clanton, brother of Ike, dies
  • Oct 31st George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, dies during his disastrous expedition to the North Pole at 37
  • Nov 1st Jacques F H Perk, Dutch poet (Iris), dies at 22
  • Nov 7th John MacHale, Irish Archbishop (Tuam) and writer (b. 1791)
  • Nov 9th Edwin Drake, Father of the oil industry, drilled the first oil well.
  • Nov 21st Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)
  • Nov 25th Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (b. 1794)
  • Dec 7th Julius FA Bahnsen, Ger philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
  • Dec 13th August Senoa, Croatian writer (Kletva [The Curse]), dies at 43
  • Dec 17th Lewis H Morgan, US ethnologist (Iroquois-indians), dies at 62