Famous Deaths on 26th March

  • 304 Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 752 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (3/22-26/752), dies
  • 809 Liudger, missionary/1st bishop of Munster/saint, dies at about 66
  • 1130 King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
  • 1212 Sancho I, King of Portugal (1185-1212), dies at 58
  • 1258 Floris, the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, dies
  • 1350 Alfonso XI, King of Castile & Leon, dies
  • 1517 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1535 Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1546 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat, dies at about 56
  • 1566 Antonio de Cabezon, composer, dies
  • 1638 Palamedes "Stevens" Palamedesz, painter, dies at about 30

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1649 John Winthrop, Puritan & 1st Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1657 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist/carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1679 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1697 Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician and murderer (executed) (b. 1640)
  • 1713 Pal Esterhazy, composer, dies at 77
  • 1726 John Vanbrugh, Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • 1736 Georg Balthasar Schott, composer, dies at 49
  • 1772 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1776 Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1780 Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1713)
  • 1793 John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)

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1797 James Hutton, geologist, dies

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • 1809 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, dies at 68
  • 1814 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, namesake of the guillotine (b. 1738)
  • 1820 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, composer, dies at 71

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1827 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (Appassionata), dies at 56

  • 1831 Richard Allen, AME Church Bishop, dies at 71
  • 1837 Joseph Lincke, composer, dies at 53
  • 1858 John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)
  • 1865 Thomas Hancock, pioneer of rubber industry (Stoke Newington), dies
  • 1880 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, composer, dies at 62
  • 1881 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)
  • 1888 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • 1892 Anton Wallerstein, composer, dies at 78

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1892 Walt Whitman, American poet, dies in Camden, NJ at 72

  • 1896 Nanny v Hof, writer, dies
  • 1900 Isaac Mayer Wise, rabbi/found American Hebrew Congregations, dies at 80
  • 1902 Cecil Rhodes, Prime Minister of Cape Colony (1890-96) dies at 48
  • 1905 Maurice Barrymore, actor; patriarch of the Barrymore family (b. 1849)
  • 1909 Nikolai Arkas, composer, dies at 56
  • 1910 Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1910 An Jung-geun, Korean assassin of Ito Hirobumi (executed) (b. 1879)
  • 1918 Caesar A Cui, Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83
  • 1920 William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1923 Sarah Bernhardt, [Henriette], actress (Queen Elizabeth), dies at 77
  • 1924 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer, dies at 78

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1926 Georges Vezina, NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1926 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74
  • 1929 Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1932 Jean Cartan, composer, dies at 25
  • 1933 Eddie Lang, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1934 Grete Gulbransson, writer, dies at 51
  • 1937 Albert Relf, cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide
  • 1940 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • 1942 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1945 David Lloyd George, British (L) premier (1916-22), dies at 82
  • 1945 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter, shot to death at 29
  • 1948 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • 1951 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1864)
  • 1953 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • 1956 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • 1957 Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 1958 Phil Mead, cricketer (55061 1st-class runs 1905-36), dies
  • 1959 Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • 1960 Ian Keith, actor (Identity Unknown, Queen Christina), dies at 61
  • 1962 Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • 1962 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • 1969 B[runo] Traven, writer (Sierra Madre), dies at 87
  • 1969 Gunther Weisenborn, German/Argentine writer (Illegals), dies at 66
  • 1970 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist
  • 1973 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • 1973 Noel Coward, English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73
  • 1973 Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67
  • 1973 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1973 Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • 1976 Richard Arlen, actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • 1976 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • 1980 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • 1981 Cyril Dean Darlington, biologist (hereditary mechanisms), dies at 77
  • 1981 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • 1982 Agathe "Henriette" de Beaufort, writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • 1983 Anthony F Blunt, British art historian/spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1984 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 1986 Bartlett Robinson, actor (Wendy & Me, Mona McCluskey), dies at 73
  • 1987 Walter Abel, actor (Suspicion), dies at 88
  • 1987 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1990 International Chrysis, Transvestite actor (Q&A), dies of cancer at 38
  • 1990 Roy "Halston" Frowick, fashion designer, dies of AIDs at 68
  • 1991 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • 1992 Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 1993 Luis Falco, US choreographer (Fame, Angel Heart), dies at 50
  • 1993 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • 1994 Constantine Koukouchkine, Russ diplomat. murdered in Algeria at 41
  • 1994 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Rapper-E (Eazy Eric Wright), dies at 31
  • 1996 (Elizabeth Cissie) Charlton, football matriarch, dies at 83
  • 1996 David Packard, electronic engineer/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 Edmund S Muskie, vice pres candidate/(Gov-D-Maine), dies at 81
  • 1996 Thomas Wakefield, writer, dies at 60
  • 1997 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2000 Alex Comfort, American author (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2003 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2005 James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Marius Russo, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • 2008 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • 2011 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • 2013 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • 2013 Don Payne, American television and screen writer, dies from bone cancer at 48
  • 2013 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • 2015 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2015 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83