Famous Deaths on February 8

  • 1124 Stefanus of Thiers/Muret, founder of order of Grammond/saint, dies
  • 1245 Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle, French theologist, dies
  • 1250 Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216)
  • 1250 William II Longespee, dies as a martyr at the battle of Al Mansurah, Egypt (7th cruscade)
  • 1265 Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler (b. 1217)
  • 1296 King Przemysł II of Poland (b. 1257)
  • 1303 Nanshu, Zen teacher (Rinzai line)/founder (Zounan temple), dies
  • 1513 Alonso de Ojeda, Spanish explorer (Curacao & Bonaire), dies
  • 1529 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer and diplomat (b. 1478)

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1587 Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44 [NS=Feb 18]

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart
  • 1587 Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded
  • 1599 Robert Rollock, Scottish educator
  • 1611 Jan H Van Linschoten, traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
  • 1623 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (b. 1546)
  • 1650 John Adriaensz, hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74
  • 1676 Alexis I [Aleksey Mikhailovich], 1st Romanov Tsar of Russia, dies at 46
  • 1686 Francois Tak, Dutch diplomat on Java, murdered
  • 1691 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, dies at 79
  • 1709 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50

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1725 Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725) dies of uremia at 52

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1740 Clement XII, [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87
  • 1749 Jan van Huysum, Dutch still life painter, dies at 66
  • 1750 Aaron Hill, English writer (b. 1685)
  • 1768 George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)
  • 1771 Augusta von Saxen-Gotha, German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies
  • 1797 Johann Friedrich Doles, composer, dies at 81
  • 1801 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43
  • 1821 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
  • 1824 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle, Julia), dies at 71
  • 1849 France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
  • 1849 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
  • 1856 Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist (b. 1773)
  • 1874 David F Strauss, German theologist, dies at 66

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1877 Charles Wilkes, American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 78

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • 1878 Elias M Fries, Swedish botanist (mycologicum), dies at 83
  • 1884 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss/US geologist/meteorologist, dies at 76
  • 1907 Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom, chemist (fasenleer), dies at 52
  • 1909 Edouard Silas, composer, dies at 80
  • 1909 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer, dies at 32
  • 1910 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • 1920 Richard Dehmel, writer, dies at 56
  • 1921 Pjotr A Kropotkin, Russian ruler/anarchist, dies at 78
  • 1921 George Formby (Senior), English entertainer (b. 1876)
  • 1924 Gee John, US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies
  • 1929 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, dies at 71

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1932 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, murdered at 23 by the Dutch Schultz gang

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • 1935 Max Liebermann, Ger impressionist painter/graphic artist, dies at 87
  • 1937 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian, dies at 75
  • 1942 Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt), dies at 50
  • 1944 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • 1946 Miles Mander, actor/director (Murder, 3 Musketeers), dies at 57
  • 1947 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • 1949 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, composer, dies at 54
  • 1953 Cliff Clark, actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
  • 1954 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73

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1956 Connie Mack, baseball manager (Philadelphia A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1957 John Von Neumann, astronomer, dies at 53
  • 1959 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • 1960 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1960 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • 1961 William Duncan, actor (Hopalong Rides Again), dies at 81
  • 1963 Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • 1963 George Dolenz, Italian actor (Count of Monte Cristo), dies at 55
  • 1964 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
  • 1968 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • 1972 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1973 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1974 Fern Andra [Vernal Andrews], American actress who worked in German silent cinema, dies at 80
  • 1974 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • 1974 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), dies at 61
  • 1975 Martyn Green, actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado), dies at 75
  • 1975 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  • 1979 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • 1980 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • 1982 John Hay Whitney, US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
  • 1984 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1985 Marvin Miller, actor (Michael Anthony-Millionaire), dies at 71
  • 1985 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75

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1985 William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • 1987 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • 1987 Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • 1987 Hendrik Koekoek, founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
  • 1988 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • 1989 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • 1990 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1990 Geroge de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83
  • 1991 Miran Bux, cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
  • 1992 Baruch Lumet, actor (Killer Shrews), dies at 93
  • 1993 Casper van den Berg, Dutch poet (Fashionable inconvenience), dies
  • 1993 Douglas Heyes, director/writer (Kitten with a Whip), dies at 73
  • 1993 Eliot Janeway, financial columnist (Eliot Doomsday), dies at 80
  • 1993 Franz Schnyder, Swiss director (10th of May), dies at 82
  • 1993 Paul Brickhill, Dutch/US WW II pilot/physician, dies
  • 1993 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • 1994 Jacob Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
  • 1994 Ken Hall, Australian director/producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
  • 1994 Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • 1995 B G Hooghoudt, radiotelescope build (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
  • 1995 Wilhelm J Soukop, Austrian/British sculptor, dies at 88
  • 1995 William Fulbright, US politician, dies
  • 1996 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76
  • 1996 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • 1997 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 1998 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • 1998 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1998 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85
  • 1999 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 2000 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • 2000 Bob Collins, American radio broadcaster (b.1942)
  • 2000 Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  • 2001 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and science fiction editor (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39
  • 2007 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation expert (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • 2010 John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 2012 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • 2012 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • 2013 James DePreist, American conductor, dies at 76
  • 2016 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2016 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • 2017 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • 2017 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • 2017 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77