Famous Deaths in 1896

  • Jan 1 Alfred Ely Beach, American inventor (b. 1826)
  • Jan 4 Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  • Jan 8 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • Jan 8 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • Jan 15 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • Jan 18 Charles Floquet, French statesman (b. 1828)
  • Jan 20 Heinrich M von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Victoria, dies at 37
  • Jan 25 Frans C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • Jan 25 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies
  • Jan 28 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 3 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Abraham Czn van Stolk, Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas, French composer (Mignon), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • Feb 13 Karl Reinthaler, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 15 E J Nicholson, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Albertone, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 1 Arimondi, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 1 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 22 Thomas Hughes, English politician and author (Tom Brown's School days), dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Nanny v Hof, writer, dies
  • Mar 28 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • Mar 30 Charilaos Trikoupis, seven times prime-minister of Greece (b. 1832)
  • Apr 5 John Rogers Thomas, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Alexander Ritter, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Thomas Meik, British civil engineer (b. 1812)
  • Apr 27 Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation (b. 1815)
  • Apr 28 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian, dies
  • Apr 30 Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68
  • May 1 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • May 5 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)

BattleExecution

May 7 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer executed by hanging at 34

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • May 12 Juan Morel Campos, composer, dies at 38
  • May 13 Nora Perry, writer, dies
  • May 20 Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann, composer/pianist, dies at 76
  • May 27 Allard Pierson, theologist/philosopher/art historian/poet, dies
  • May 27 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • May 29 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (b. 1814)
  • Jun 2 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer (Abbsynia/Ethiopia), dies
  • Jun 7 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
  • Jun 7 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • Jun 10 Amelia Dyer, English murderer (b. 1829)
  • Jun 11 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 25 Emile AH Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer/man of letters, dies at 58
  • Jun 26 Louis CPR of Orleans, French duke (chosen king of Belgian), dies at 81

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Jul 1 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies at 85

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Jul 6 Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 11 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist/historian (Olympia), dies at 81
  • Jul 13 Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz, German chemist (b. 1829)
  • Jul 16 Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • Jul 16 William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies
  • Jul 19 Abraham H. Cannon, American Mormon apostle (b. 1859)
  • Aug 1 William Robert Grove, Welsh Physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
  • Aug 10 Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Aug 13 John Everett Millais, English painter, dies at 67
  • Aug 17 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • Aug 18 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer, dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)
  • Sep 1 Johannes Habert, composer, dies at 62
  • Sep 2 Nat Thomson, Australian cricketer (b. 1839)
  • Sep 11 Francis James Child, American ballad collector (b. 1825)
  • Sep 16 Carlos Gomez, composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 18 Armand-Hippolyte-Louis Fizeau, physicist, dies
  • Sep 20 Gottfried Conradi, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 23 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • Sep 23 Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 24 Percy McDonnell, cricketer (19 Tests 1880-88, 3 centuries), dies
  • Sep 24 Louis De Geer, 1st Swedish Prime Minister (b. 1818)
  • Oct 3 William Morris, artist and writer associated with Arts and Crafts movement, dies at 62 London
  • Oct 11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), dies at 72
  • Oct 11 Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • Oct 12 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • Oct 20 Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer, dies at 51
  • Oct 21 James Henry Greathead, British engineer (b. 1844)
  • Oct 26 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
  • Nov 12 Spyridon Xyndas, composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 13 Antonio Pena y Goni, composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 22 George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor (Ferris wheel), dies
  • Nov 22 Leon Leopold Lewandoski, composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Emil du Bois-Reymond, German physician (b. 1818)
  • Nov 26 Coventry Patmore, British poet (b. 1823)
  • Dec 8 Earnest Angel, German statistician (Law of Angel), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 10 Alfred Nobel, Swedish Chemist and founder of the Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, dies at 63

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel
  • Dec 15 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • Dec 27 John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)

BattleExecution

Dec 30 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • Dec 31 Leland Hone, cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies