Famous Deaths on May 24

  • 1144 Petronella, wife of earl Floris II the Vette of Holland/regent, dies
  • 1153 David I, King of Scots (1124-53), dies at about 68
  • 1351 Abu al-Hasan 'Ali, Sultan of Morocco (b. circa 1297)
  • 1408 Taejo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1335)
  • 1425 Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, Scottish politician (b. 1362)
  • 1456 Ambroise de Loré, French military commander (b. 1396)

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1543 Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 1612 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury/PM (1598-1612), dies at 48
  • 1665 Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscans, dies
  • 1669 Pieter Cuypers, South Neth lawyer, dies at 48
  • 1670 Ferdinand II, ruler of Toscane, dies at 59
  • 1696 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
  • 1725 Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1682)
  • 1734 Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1749 Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman
  • 1751 William Hamilton, of Gilbertsfield, poet, dies
  • 1762 Joseph Umstatt, composer, dies at 51
  • 1773 Jan Zach, composer, dies at 73
  • 1792 George Brydges, 1st baron Rodney/admiral, dies
  • 1792 Jakob M R Lenz, writer (That Soldier), dies
  • 1804 Simon Style, Fries medical/writer, dies at 73
  • 1806 John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)
  • 1826 Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37
  • 1831 Benjamin Carr, composer, dies at 62
  • 1843 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)
  • 1844 William Crockford, clubman/gambler, dies
  • 1850 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 1851 Stanko Vraz, [Jakob Frass], Slavic poet (Grammatica), dies at 40
  • 1861 Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23
  • 1861 James T Jackson, US landlord (doodde EE Ellsworth), shot dead)
  • 1871 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40
  • 1872 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, painter, dies
  • 1876 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46

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1879 William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73

  • 1881 Samuel Palmer, British landscape painter, dies at 76
  • 1883 Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  • 1894 William Joseph Westbrook, composer, dies at 63
  • 1895 Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter, dies at 73
  • 1895 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), dies at 86
  • 1908 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)
  • 1918 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor
  • 1919 Amado Nervo, [Juan C Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican poet, dies at 48
  • 1941 Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
  • 1943 Vladimir I Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright, dies at 84
  • 1948 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • 1948 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1949 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  • 1953 Cor Hermus, actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • 1956 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74

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1959 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1963 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack

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1966 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1968 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • 1969 Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • 1972 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • 1972 Gavin Muir, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
  • 1972 Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)

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1974 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1976 Henk Lankhorst, pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP), dies at 62
  • 1976 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • 1979 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • 1981 George Jessel, actor (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 83
  • 1981 Jack Warner, [Waters], actor (Captive Heart), dies at 84
  • 1984 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • 1986 Gunnar Bjornstrand, actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
  • 1986 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1986 Yakima Canutt, actor/director (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 91
  • 1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • 1988 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • 1988 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • 1989 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • 1991 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • 1991 Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  • 1992 Joan Sanderson, actress (Young Wives' Tale, Fawlty Towers), dies at 79
  • 1993 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • 1993 Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), dies at 66
  • 1994 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • 1994 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • 1994 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • 1994 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96

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1995 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1995 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • 1996 Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1996 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1996 John Abbott, British actor (Lady Jane, Quest), dies at 90
  • 1996 Joseph Mitchell, writer, dies at 87
  • 1997 Edward Mulhare, actor (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2000 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • 2002 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • 2005 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • 2005 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Dick Martin American comedian (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • 2011 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • 2013 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer, dies at 70
  • 2013 Antonio Puchades, Spanish football player, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • 2015 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), dies at 85