Famous Deaths on June 8

  • 218 Opellius Macrinus, emperor of Rome (217-8), dies in battle at 54
  • 632 Mohammad, Arabic prophet and founder of Islam (Quran), dies of suspected fever at around 62 (approximate date)
  • 1042 Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth
  • 1376 "Black Prince" of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46
  • 1383 Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)
  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1476 George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
  • 1505 Hongzhi, Emperor of China (b. 1470)
  • 1611 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1612 Hans Leo Hassler, composer, dies at 49
  • 1621 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (b. 1567)
  • 1628 Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)
  • 1661 John Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 39
  • 1688 Hans Bontemantel, Amsterdams merchant, buried
  • 1695 Christian Huygens, inventor/astronomer (ring of Saturn), dies at 66
  • 1711 Katharina Lescaille, [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61
  • 1716 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1658)
  • 1727 August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (b. 1663)
  • 1742 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 62
  • 1768 Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1771 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, dies at 54
  • 1790 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, composer, dies at 75
  • 1794 G A Borger, writer, dies
  • 1795 Louis XVII Charles, king of France (1793-95), dies at 10
  • 1796 Felice de Giardini, composer, dies at 80
  • 1803 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • 1806 George Wythe, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at about 79

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1809 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1814 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, composer, dies at 48
  • 1831 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage, Lady Macbeth), dies at 75
  • 1835 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

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1845 Andrew Jackson, (D) 7th US President (1828-37), dies at 78

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1857 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

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1859 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

Inventor Walter Hunt
Inventor
Walter Hunt
  • 1865 Joseph Paxton, English architect, gardener and MP (Crystal Palace), dies at 61
  • 1870 Johann Gottlob Topfer, composer, dies at 78
  • 1871 Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death
  • 1874 Cochise, Apache leader
  • 1876 George Sand, French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
  • 1884 Henry Clay Work, composer, dies at 51
  • 1885 Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal (b. 1799)
  • 1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
  • 1906 Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 Johan Lindegren, composer, dies at 66
  • 1913 Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette, trampled to death by a horse
  • 1919 Jacob Fabricius, composer, dies at 78
  • 1924 Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

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1924 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37 (b. 1886)

Mountain Climber George Mallory
Mountain Climber
George Mallory
  • 1929 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, dies at 68
  • 1940 Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
  • 1945 Karl Hanke, Official of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany, dies at 41

  • 1947 Tom O'Brien, actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
  • 1948 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • 1948 Hanson "Sammy" Carter, Australian cricketer (28 Tests for Aust, caught 44 stumped 21), dies at 70
  • 1951 Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1953 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • 1956 Marie Laurencin, French painter (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Edmondo Rossoni, Italian fascist (b. 1884)
  • 1966 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • 1966 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45
  • 1967 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1970 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1972 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • 1973 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
  • 1975 William F Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants), dies at 78
  • 1979 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • 1979 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • 1982 [Leroy] Satchel Paige, US baseball pitcher, dies at 75
  • 1984 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1988 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • 1988 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • 1988 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • 1990 Alfredo Poveda, president of Consul of Ecuador (1976-79), dies
  • 1990 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies
  • 1991 Bertice Reading, Dutch actress (Moon in the Gutter), dies
  • 1991 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • 1992 Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51
  • 1992 Farag Foeda, Egyptian writer/publicist, murdered
  • 1992 William McGowan, entrepreneur (MCI), dies at 64
  • 1992 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), dies at 84
  • 1993 Root Boy Slim, American entertainer (b. 1945)
  • 1994 William Marshall, actor/director (Santa Fe Trail), dies at 86
  • 1995 Juan Carlos Ongania, President of Argentina (1966-70), dies
  • 1995 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • 1996 Michael Fox, actor (Amos-Falcon Crest, Skinheads), dies at 75
  • 1996 Phyllis Stedman, politician, dies at 79
  • 1997 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)

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1998 Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria, dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1998 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • 2004 Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Frank Cady, American actor, dies at 96
  • 2013 Paul Cellucci, American politician, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • 2015 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • 2016 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87