Famous Deaths on July 26

  • 796 Offa, king of Mercia (75.-796)
  • 811 Nicephorus I, Byzantine Emperor (802-11), dies in battle
  • 1342 Charles I Robert van Anjou, King of Hungary (1307-42), dies
  • 1380 Emperor Komyo of Japan (b. 1322)
  • 1471 Pope Paul II [Pietro Barbo], Italian Pope (1464-71), dies at 54
  • 1533 Atahualpo, Inca ruler, dies
  • 1592 Armand de Gontaut, baron de Biron, French soldier (b. 1524)
  • 1611 Horio Yoshiharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1542)
  • 1630 Charles Emanuel I, the Great, Duke of Savoy (Peace of Lyon), dies
  • 1677 Michael Franck, German composer and baker, dies at 68
  • 1680 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, poet/courtier, dies
  • 1684 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician (b. 1646)
  • 1712 Thomas Osborne, English PM (1690-94), dies at 80
  • 1719 Johann Georg Christian Storl, composer, dies at 43
  • 1723 Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1660)
  • 1728 John Friend, physician/politician, dies
  • 1770 Michael Schevenstuhl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1801 Daniel Dal Barba, composer, dies at 86
  • 1826 Freidrich Wilhelm Weis, composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer, dies at 45

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1863 Sam Houston, 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, dies at 70

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1867 King Otto of Greece (b. 1815)
  • 1872 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • 1881 George Borrow, writer, dies
  • 1910 Philipus J Hoedemaker, theologist, dies at 71
  • 1915 James Murray, philologist, dies
  • 1916 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, composer, dies at 52
  • 1916 Sally Louisa Tompkins, American nurse and philanthrophist, only commissioned woman in US Confederate Army, dies at 82
  • 1918 Eduard "Mick" Mannock, British WW I flyer (Victoria Cross), dies
  • 1919 Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (b. 1836)
  • 1920 Carlos Troyer, composer, dies at 83

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1925 William Jennings Bryan, American orator and statesman known as "The Great Commoner", dies at 65

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1925 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1925 Gottlob Frege, German Mathematician, dies at 76
  • 1935 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (b. 1871)
  • 1937 Gerda Taro (Gerta Pohorylle), photojournalist dies covering Spanish Civil War aged 26
  • 1941 Benjamin Whorf, anthropologist, dies
  • 1941 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • 1942 Titus Brandsma, [Anno Sjoerd], Dutch Roman Catholic priest and philosopher (Dachau), dies
  • 1942 Roberto Arlt, Argentinian writer (b. 1900)
  • 1944 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41), dies at 66 of a heart ailment
  • 1946 Morris Hirshfield, Polish/US painter, dies
  • 1948 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies

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1952 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, dies of cancer at 33

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • 1953 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • 1954 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
  • 1956 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
  • 1957 Carlos Castillo Armas, president of Guatemala, murdered
  • 1959 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54
  • 1960 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • 1960 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • 1964 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1967 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • 1968 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 1969 Raymond Walburn, actor (Spoilers, Dixie), dies after illness at 81
  • 1970 Claud Allister, actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet), dies at 81
  • 1970 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1896)
  • 1973 Mike Burke, Pres (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
  • 1974 Arthur K Watson, US businessman (IBM), dies at 55
  • 1975 Leigh Whipper, actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • 1977 Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • 1977 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • 1977 Karac Plant, son of Robert Plant, dies of respratory failure at 6
  • 1980 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang) dies at 59
  • 1980 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)
  • 1981 Donald Lybbert, composer, dies at 58
  • 1982 Betty Walker, actress (Steve Lawrence Show), dies at 54

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1984 Ed "Psycho" Gein, mass murderer ("Psycho" & "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" based on him), dies at 78

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein

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1984 George Gallup, pioneer of public opinion polls, dies of a heart attack at 82

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • 1986 Averell Harriman, statesman, dies in Yorktown Heights, NY at 94
  • 1987 Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • 1988 Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)
  • 1990 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1992 Mary Wells, US soul singer (My Guy), dies at 49
  • 1992 Ron Webber, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1993 Daniel Fuchs, US, screenwriter (Hard Way), dies at 84
  • 1993 Matthew B Ridgway, US Army Chief of Staff (1953-55), dies at 98
  • 1994 Marino Iandioro, canned tomato pioneer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Thomas Davis, US movie editor/son of MGM-chief Frank D, dies at 26
  • 1994 Terry (Owen John) Scott, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films) aged 67
  • 1995 Eleanore Griffin, screenwriter, dies
  • 1995 George Romney, politician, dead Heart attack, dies at 88
  • 1995 Jaime de Mora y Aragon, actor/publicist (Last Judgement), dies at 70
  • 1995 Laurindo Almeida, composer/guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1995 Raymond Mailloux, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • 1996 Arthur William Raynes McDonald, radar Pioneer/pilot, dies at 93
  • 1996 Evelyn Levine, composer, dies at 94
  • 2000 John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2001 Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97
  • 2004 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2005 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • 2007 John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)
  • 2009 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2010 Sivakant Tiwari, senior legal officer of the Singapore Legal Service (b. 1945)
  • 2011 Margaret Olley, Australian artist (b.1923)
  • 2012 Franz West, Austrian artist, dies at 65
  • 2013 JJ Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2013 Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77
  • 2015 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies in a coma at 22
  • 2016 Forrest E. Mars Jr., American Candy Manufacturer (Mars), dies at 84
  • 2016 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87