Famous Deaths on January 8

  • 482 Severinus, German monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1100 Antipope Clement III (bc. 1029)
  • 1107 Edgar of Scotland (b. 1074)
  • 1198 Pope Celestine III [Giacinto Bobo], Reigned 1191-98, dies. (bc. 1106)

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1324 Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

Explorer Marco Polo
Explorer
Marco Polo
  • 1336 Giotto di Bondone, Italian Renaissance painter, dies at about 71
  • 1456 St. Lawrence Justinian, Italian bishop and first Patriarch of Venice (b. 1381)
  • 1464 Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)
  • 1557 Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth (b. 1522)
  • 1567 Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
  • 1570 Philibert de l'Orme, French architect (bc. 1510)
  • 1598 Johan Georg, Elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72

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1642 Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1651 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer, dies at 56
  • 1696 Michael de Ronghe, composer, dies at 75
  • 1707 John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair, Scottish politician (b. 1648)
  • 1711 Philips van Almonde, Zealand lt admiral, dies at 66
  • 1713 Arcangelo Corelli, composer/violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
  • 1775 John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68
  • 1789 Jack Broughton, English boxer (bc. 1703)
  • 1790 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • 1794 Justus Möser, German statesman (b. 1720)
  • 1796 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, Fren Nat Convention chairman, dies at 46
  • 1808 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies
  • 1811 Friedrich Nicolai, writer, dies
  • 1811 Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
  • 1815 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • 1819 Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer, dies at 55

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1825 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1831 Franz Vinzenz Krommer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1842 Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71
  • 1854 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (b. 1768)
  • 1858 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48
  • 1859 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1864 Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen, composer, dies at 83
  • 1865 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (b. 1779)
  • 1874 Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)

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1880 Joshua Abraham Norton, [Emperor Norton] Self-proclaimed US Emperor/Protector of Mexico, dies at 60

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • 1891 Fredrik Pacius, composer, dies at 81
  • 1892 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • 1894 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, paleont (life of tapeworms), dies at 84
  • 1896 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1896 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • 1900 Billy Bates, cricketer (656 runs & 50 wkts in 15 Tests for Eng), dies
  • 1901 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies during the Second Boer War at 27
  • 1907 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 57
  • 1916 Ada Rehan, Irish-born American actress (b. 1860)
  • 1916 Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (b. 1884)
  • 1918 Michael Hertz, composer, dies at 73
  • 1918 Ellis H. Roberts, American politician (b. 1827)
  • 1919 Peter Altenberg, writer, dies at 59

  • 1921 Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48
  • 1922 Charles R Young, colonel, dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria
  • 1926 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • 1928 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, dies at 61
  • 1932 Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1934 Andrei Bely, Russian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1937 John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
  • 1938 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)

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1941 Robert Baden-Powell, British founder of the Boy Scout movement, dies at 83

Founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell
Founder of Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell
  • 1942 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • 1942 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • 1943 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)
  • 1944 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)
  • 1945 Jac[obus] P. Thijsse, Dutch biologist and educator (Omgang met planten), dies at 79
  • 1945 Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)

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1946 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1948 Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • 1948 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • 1950 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • 1950 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • 1950 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • 1952 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • 1952 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • 1953 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • 1953 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • 1956 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • 1958 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • 1963 Kay Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • 1964 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • 1964 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
  • 1965 Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 39
  • 1969 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1970 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • 1971 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85

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1972 Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1975 Anthony Warde, actor (Big Punch, Buck Rogers), dies at 66
  • 1975 John Dierkes, actor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 69
  • 1975 John Gregson, English actor (Rooney, Assassin), dies at 55
  • 1975 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • 1975 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61

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1976 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • 1976 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • 1978 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • 1980 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • 1980 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • 1981 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • 1981 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1983 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1983 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1983 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 1983 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • 1986 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1986 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1987 P G Joshi, cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
  • 1987 Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
  • 1988 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • 1989 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • 1989 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1990 Terry Thomas, British comedian and actor (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1991 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • 1992 Abderrahim Bouabid, Morroco prime secretary (1972), dies
  • 1992 Johnny [Jan] Meijer, Dutch king of accordians (Body & Soul), dies
  • 1992 Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • 1993 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • 1993 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Syncope), dies at 63
  • 1994 Edward Duke, actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1994 Harvey Haddix, pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • 1994 Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • 1994 Lady Caithness, wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
  • 1994 Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1994 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
  • 1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
  • 1995 Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
  • 1995 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner, dies at 68

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1996 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1996 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • 1996 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1996 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • 1997 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 77
  • 1997 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • 1997 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • 1997 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • 1998 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • 1998 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2000 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2004 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  • 2005 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2005 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), dies at 84
  • 2007 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2008 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2009 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2010 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • 2011 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • 2013 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • 2013 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • 2015 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • 2015 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • 2015 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • 2016 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • 2017 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2017 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • 2017 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75