Famous Deaths on January 24

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41 Caligula [Gaius Caesar], 3rd Roman Emperor (37-41 AD) who was known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards

3rd Roman Emperor Caligula
3rd Roman Emperor
Caligula
  • 661 Ali ibn Abu Talib, kalief of Islam (656-61), murdered
  • 772 Stephen III/IV, Catholic Pope (768-72), dies. (b. 720)
  • 817 Stefanus IV, Pope (816-17), dies
  • 1125 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
  • 1336 Alfonso IV, the Benignant, King of Aragon (1327-36), dies at 36
  • 1376 Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
  • 1473 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason
  • 1595 Ferdinand II of Austria (b. 1529)
  • 1626 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (b. 1580)
  • 1639 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated
  • 1666 Johann Andreas Herbst, composer, dies at 77
  • 1678 Joan Maetsuyker, gov-gen of Neth East-Indies, dies at 72
  • 1709 George Rooke, English admiral (b. 1650)
  • 1769 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • 1805 Giacomo Conti, composer, dies at 50
  • 1812 Eligio Celestino, composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1856 Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)
  • 1862 James McIntosh, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at about 33
  • 1864 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer, dies at 54
  • 1864 Stephen Gardner Champlin, brigadier general (Union), dies at about 36
  • 1877 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • 1882 Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • 1883 Friedrich von Flotow, German baron/composer, dies at 70
  • 1884 Johann Christian Gebauer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1885 Martin R Delany, African American nationalist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • 1895 Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (b. 1849)
  • 1901 Simon Hassler, composer, dies at 68
  • 1904 Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1911 Carl Eilhardt, composer, dies at 67
  • 1911 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1911 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji
  • 1913 Gustav Luders, composer, dies at 47
  • 1918 George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)
  • 1924 Thephilo Braga, Portuguese poet/politician, dies at 80
  • 1924 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1894)
  • 1929 Willem Royaards, theater directeor (Adam in Ballingschap), dies
  • 1932 Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)
  • 1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, dies at 71
  • 1940 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 1943 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • 1947 Felix Timmermans, writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60
  • 1948 Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • 1948 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • 1950 Bull Montana, actor (Son of Sheik), dies at 62
  • 1953 [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • 1955 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • 1957 Daniel Taylor, cricketer (bro of Herbie, 2 Tests for S Af 1914), dies
  • 1960 John Miljan, actor (Charlie Chan in Paris, Yankee Clipper), dies at 66

  • 1961 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82

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1961 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • 1962 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • 1962 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
  • 1962 Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1964 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71

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1965 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55) British leader during WWII dies at 90

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1966 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Howard Charles Shaiffer, entertainer, dies at 49
  • 1969 Pauline Hall, composer, dies at 78
  • 1969 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • 1970 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • 1970 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 1971 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 1972 Jerome Cowan, actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie), dies at 74
  • 1973 Alan Lisette, cricketer (took 3 wickets in 2 Tests for NZ 1956), dies
  • 1973 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • 1973 Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • 1975 Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • 1978 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • 1979 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 1979 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • 1980 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • 1982 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • 1983 George Cukor, director, dies of stroke & heart attack at 83
  • 1986 Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64
  • 1986 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1986 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • 1988 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • 1988 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)

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1989 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1989 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • 1990 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • 1991 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1991 Lawrence Lott, actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1991 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Charles Moulin, French actor (French Tarzan), dies
  • 1992 John Bleifer, actor (Highway to Heaven), dies at 90
  • 1992 Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1992 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)

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1993 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1993 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies at 50
  • 1994 Michalis Vranopoulos, head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48
  • 1995 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Victor Reinganum, artist, dies at 87
  • 1995 Wim H Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60
  • 1996 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • 1996 Ursula Heathcote Nicholls, campaigner, dies at 75
  • 1997 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • 1998 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • 2000 Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2001 Leif Thybo, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 2002 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2005 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • 2006 Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, dies at 115
  • 2008 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • 2009 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2012 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • 2015 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • 2016 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • 2017 Butch Trucks, American drummer (the Allman Brothers), dies at 69