Famous Deaths on March 8

  • 883 Albumasar, [Ahmad Aboe M Gafar al-Balkhi], Arabic astronomer, dies
  • 1126 Urraca of Castile (b. 1082)
  • 1144 Celestine II, [Guido], Italian Pope (1143-44), dies in battle
  • 1202 Sverre of Norway, King of Norway 1184-1202
  • 1223 Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)
  • 1403 Bajezid I Jildirim, 4th sultan of Turkey (1389-1403), dies at 42
  • 1466 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiere/duke of Milan, dies at 64
  • 1550 Juan de Dios, Port/Sp saint (Brothers of Mercy), dies at 55
  • 1638 Jacob C van Neck, admiral/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 73
  • 1640 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1641 Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
  • 1661 Jules Mazarin, Italian cardinal/premier of France, dies at 58
  • 1674 Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • 1702 John de Baen, portrait painter/etcher, buried at 69
  • 1702 William III, Dutch King of England (1689-1702), dies at 51 [NS-Mar 19] (b. 1650)
  • 1709 William Cowper/Cooper, English anatomist, dies at about 62
  • 1716 Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69
  • 1720 Georg Bronner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1724 Enrico Giovanni Zuccalli, Swiss architect, dies at about 81
  • 1728 Gian M Crescimbeni, Italian literary/critic (Arcadia), dies at 64
  • 1731 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1734 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, composer, dies at 33
  • 1754 Don Jose de Carvajal bon Lancaster, Sp min of Foreign affairs, dies
  • 1757 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1701)
  • 1771 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1819 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1844 Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1763)
  • 1853 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker, dies at 62

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1855 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • 1862 Nat Gordon, last pirate, hanged in New York City for stealing 1,000 slaves
  • 1869 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

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1874 Millard Fillmore, 13th president (1850-53), dies at 74

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1887 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73
  • 1887 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • 1887 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)
  • 1889 Jens/John Ericsson, Swed/US, engineer (fire extinguisher), dies at 85
  • 1901 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German politician, dies at 64
  • 1901 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66

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1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • 1919 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • 1920 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69

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1923 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910), dies at 85

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • 1923 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer (b. 1835)

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1930 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1930 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • 1931 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer/tutor of Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • 1937 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71

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1937 Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1941 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer, dies at 67
  • 1941 Sherwood Anderson, US writer/publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • 1942 Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53
  • 1945 H J Jamin, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Buchenwald
  • 1945 Jan Beekes, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1946 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • 1950 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Honeymoon Killers, dies in electric chair
  • 1951 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1954 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1955 Clementine, Princess of Belg, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • 1957 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1958 Josephina OFF "Frieda" Herberich, actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • 1959 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • 1961 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1963 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • 1965 Esther Howard, actress (Detour), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1967 John F Bothwell, actor (Freckles-Our Gang), dies at 46
  • 1971 Harold Lloyd, US comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1972 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • 1973 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1974 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56
  • 1974 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch actor (Silk Stockings), dies at 56
  • 1975 George Stevens, US director (Swing Time, Gunga Din), dies at 70
  • 1976 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • 1977 Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • 1983 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1985 Edward Andrews, actor (Broadside), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • 1985 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33
  • 1986 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1988 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1988 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1992 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1993 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • 1993 Joop Scheltens, TV host/director (Explore Your Place), dies at 69
  • 1993 Wells Root, US screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • 1994 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1994 Joop C Swart, publisher/founder (World Press Photo), dies at 69
  • 1994 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1995 Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader (Jewish Aid Fund), dies at 83
  • 1995 Paul George Vincent O'Shaughnessy Horgan, novelist, dies at 91
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • 1996 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando, dies at 89
  • 1996 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1997 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75

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1998 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • 1999 Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)

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1999 "Joltin" Joe DiMaggio [Yankee Clipper], MLB center fielder who had a 56 game hitting streak, dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1999 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 1999 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 2001 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2003 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2005 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • 2005 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • 2007 John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2007 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • 2009 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • 2014 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71