Famous Deaths on February 24

  • 616 King Ethelbert of Kent, 1st English king to convert to Christianity
  • 1525 Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, French soldier
  • 1563 Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
  • 1588 Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist
  • 1642 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at about 66
  • 1666 Nicholas Lanier, composer, dies at 77
  • 1674 Matthias Weckmann, German composer (b. 1616)
  • 1685 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle, English politician and military leader (b. 1629)
  • 1686 Ferdinando Tacca, Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66
  • 1692 Antimo Liberati, composer, dies at 74
  • 1704 Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), dies
  • 1714 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (b. 1637)
  • 1721 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • 1732 Colonel Francis Charteris, known as "The Rape-Master General". (b. 1675)
  • 1735 Georg Friedrich Kauffman, composer, dies at 56
  • 1777 King Joseph I of Portugal (b. 1714)
  • 1779 Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (b. 1704)
  • 1781 Edward Capell, English critic (b. 1713)
  • 1784 Anton Laube, Bohemian composer, dies at 65
  • 1785 Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney, dies at 39
  • 1799 Broerius Brorius, theologist (Pensive Christian), dies at about 41
  • 1799 Georg C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer, dies at 56
  • 1806 John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81
  • 1810 Henry Cavendish, British physicist and chemist (discovery of hydrogen), dies at 78
  • 1812 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
  • 1812 Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)

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1815 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), dies of tuberculosis at 49

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 1822 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.), dies at 86
  • 1825 Thomas Bowdler, self-appointed Shakespearean censor, dies
  • 1829 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
  • 1862 Bernard S Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72
  • 1865 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, dies at 23
  • 1874 Anselmo Clave, composer, dies at 49
  • 1876 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • 1876 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • 1895 Ignaz Lachner, composer, dies at 87
  • 1907 Otto Goldschmidt, composer, dies at 77
  • 1908 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
  • 1914 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1919 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1922 Dmitri B Shostakovitch, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • 1924 Edmond Picard, Fren/Belgium writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
  • 1925 Hjalmar Branting, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
  • 1926 Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
  • 1929 Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer, dies at 75
  • 1930 Jacobus van Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Night Cactus), dies at 74
  • 1933 Spottiswoode Aitken, actor (Eagle, Home Sweet Home), dies at 64
  • 1941 Oskar Loerke, German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • 1944 Leo H A Baekeland, Belgian/US chemist (bakeliet), dies at 80
  • 1945 Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
  • 1953 Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • 1958 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • 1960 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • 1964 Alexander Archipenko, Ukr sculptor/water colors painter, dies at 76
  • 1964 Frank Conroy, actor (Midnight Mary, Threat), dies at 73
  • 1967 Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60
  • 1969 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • 1970 Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73
  • 1973 Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1975 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
  • 1976 Charles Wilfred Orr, composer, dies at 82
  • 1976 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
  • 1976 Julian Rivero, actor (Via Pony Express), dies at 85
  • 1982 Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
  • 1983 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • 1984 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)

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1986 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • 1987 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1988 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • 1988 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1989 Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • 1990 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61

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1990 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • 1990 Sandro Pertini, president of Italy (1978, 85), dies at 93
  • 1990 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1991 George Gobel, Chicago, comedian (George Gobel Show), dies at 71
  • 1991 Jean Rogers, actress (Flash Gordon, Hot Cargo), dies at 74
  • 1991 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • 1991 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1992 Kay Loring, dies after long illness
  • 1993 Bobby Moore, English soccer team capt (World champs 1966), dies
  • 1993 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 1994 Dinah Shore, singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1994 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1994 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
  • 1994 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • 1995 Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
  • 1996 Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82
  • 1996 Gene Mitchell, museum director, dies on 70th birthday
  • 1996 James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
  • 1996 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • 1998 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • 1998 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1999 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 1999 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • 2003 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2004 John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), died of lung cancer at 81
  • 2006 John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
  • 2007 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2008 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • 2011 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2012 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • 2012 Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • 2012 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2014 Harold Ramis, American actor & director, dies from vasculitis at 69
  • 2016 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79