Famous Deaths in 1908

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Abraham Goldfaden, US Yiddish stage performer (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, writer, dies
  • Jan 10 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • Jan 17 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • Jan 25 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • Jan 25 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • Feb 1 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • Feb 10 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, Nationalist and a founder of Egyptian National Party, dies at 33
  • Feb 14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon (b. 1823)
  • Feb 24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger
  • Feb 29 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Revd Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)
  • Mar 12 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (b. 1851)
  • Mar 28 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 4 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 11 Henry Bird, English Chess player and author (b. 1829)
  • Apr 20 Henry Chadwick, sports reporter (baseball), dies at 85

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Apr 22 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1905-08), dies at 71

British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • May 12 Melesio Morales, composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
  • May 24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)
  • May 26 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • May 31 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • May 31 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)
  • Jun 2 Redvers H Buller, English general, dies at 68
  • Jun 5 Luca Fumagalli, composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 8 Johan Lindegren, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 9 Jose FdT Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), dies at 46
  • Jun 11 Georg Adler, German statehouse head, dies at 45
  • Jun 14 Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor general of Canada (b. 1841)
  • Jun 21 Nikolai A Rimski-Korssakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64

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Jun 24 Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th US President (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Jul 3 Joel Chandler Harris, created Uncle Remus, dies at 59
  • Jul 5 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (b. 1833)
  • Jul 10 Eliza Laurillard, vicar/poet/writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer (b. 1839)
  • Jul 14 William Mason, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • Jul 20 Federico Chueca, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • Jul 22 William Randal Cremer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1828)
  • Jul 24 Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet (b. the same day 1867)
  • Aug 8 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, architect (Wiener Sezession), dies at 40
  • Aug 11 Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)
  • Aug 13 Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64

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Aug 25 Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], French physicist, dies at 55

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Aug 26 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (b. 1837)
  • Sep 3 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, gov-gen (Dutch East-Indies), dies
  • Sep 17 Thomas E Selfridge, earlier US aviator, 1st to die in an air crash
  • Sep 20 Pablo Martin Melitou de Sarasate y Navascuez, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist/composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • Sep 29 Joaquim M Machado de Assis, Brazil writer (Dom Casmurro), dies at 69
  • Nov 4 Tomés Estrada Palma, 1st president Cuba (1902-06), dies

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Nov 7 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

  • Nov 8 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • Nov 8 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, dies at 60
  • Nov 12 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Kwang-siu, emperor of China, dies
  • Nov 15 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-born Canadian politician (b. 1829)
  • Nov 19 Albert Dietrich, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (b. 1868)
  • Nov 27 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist (b. 1827)
  • Dec 22 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • Dec 23 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Francois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)