Famous Deaths on May 8

  • 535 John, [Mercurius], Italian Pope (533-35), dies
  • 685 Benedict II, Italian Pope (683-85), dies
  • 1192 Duke Ottokar IV of Styria (b. 1163)
  • 1278 Emperor Duanzong of China (b. 1268)
  • 1319 Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
  • 1473 John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (b. 1420)
  • 1538 Edward Fox, English bishop
  • 1577 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus, lawyer/President (Raad van State), dies
  • 1672 Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • 1684 Henri Dumont, composer, dies
  • 1725 John Lovewell, US indian fighter, dies in battle
  • 1766 Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • 1773 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mameluk head, dies (b. 1728)
  • 1781 Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • 1785 Pietro Longhi, painter, dies
  • 1785 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  • 1788 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1794 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, chemist (identified oxygen), guillotined
  • 1809 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
  • 1818 Franz Ignaz Kaa, composer, dies at 78

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1819 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), dies at 81

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1829 Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani, composer, dies at 47
  • 1837 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1770)
  • 1842 Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1846 Giacomo Cordella, composer, dies at 59
  • 1853 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • 1864 James Samuel Wadsworth, gen-mjr (Union), dies in battle at 56

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1873 John Stuart Mill, great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1876 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • 1880 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
  • 1885 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • 1887 Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
  • 1891 Helena Petrovina Blavatsky, Russian theosophist, dies
  • 1894 Klara Fey, German orch leaser (Die Kleinen Betrachtungen), dies at 79
  • 1903 Eugene-Henri-Paul Gauguin, French painter (Tahiti), dies
  • 1904 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer (horse trot), dies
  • 1909 Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat, dies
  • 1915 Henry McNeal Turner, 1 African American Methodist Bishop and 1st African American army chaplain, dies at 82
  • 1924 Lev N Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law), dies at 23
  • 1930 Lvar Henning Mankell, composer, dies at 61
  • 1936 Oswald Spengler, German philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies
  • 1941 Heinrich Zollner, composer, dies at 86
  • 1943 Mordicai Anielewicz, commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed
  • 1945 Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (b. 1883)
  • 1947 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • 1948 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • 1948 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • 1950 Franklin Dyall, dies at 76
  • 1950 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • 1952 William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • 1957 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter, dies at 75
  • 1958 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • 1959 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • 1960 Hugo Alfven, Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
  • 1960 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  • 1961 James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63
  • 1965 H T W Hardinge, cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
  • 1967 Barbara Payton, actress (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies at 39
  • 1967 Elmer Rice, NY playwright, director and novelist, dies at 74
  • 1967 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 55
  • 1969 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • 1973 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • 1974 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1975 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • 1976 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • 1976 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • 1979 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1981 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • 1981 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • 1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
  • 1982 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • 1984 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1985 Dolph Sweet, actor (Gil McGowan-Another World), dies at 74
  • 1985 Edmond O'Brien, actor (Sam Benedict), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • 1985 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • 1987 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • 1987 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • 1988 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1990 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • 1991 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • 1991 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • 1991 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse), dies at 72
  • 1992 Addeke H Boerma, dir-gen (FAO), dies at 80
  • 1992 Brian Moore, writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 1992 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies
  • 1992 Margaretha D Ferguson-Wigerink, author (Fear on Java), dies
  • 1992 Richard Derr, actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
  • 1993 Kees Deenik, singer/conductor
  • 1993 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • 1994 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • 1994 George Peppard, actor (Breakfast at Tiffanys, A-Team), dies at 65
  • 1994 Rupert Haselden, journalist/screenwriter, dies at 36
  • 1994 Steven Keats, actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • 1995 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • 1995 Jerry Zipkin, socialite, dies at 80
  • 1995 Prem Bhatia, journalist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Teresa Teng, singer, dies at 41
  • 1996 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • 1996 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • 1996 Serge Chermayeff, architect/designer, dies at 95
  • 1996 Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • 1997 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • 1998 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 1999 Dirk Bogarde, London England, actor (b. 1921) (Death in Venice, Servant)
  • 1999 Ed Gilbert, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1999 Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 2000 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • 2000 Henry Nicols, AIDS activist (b. 1973)
  • 2004 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • 2005 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • 2008 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2009 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Maurice Sendak, American author/illustrator, dies at 83
  • 2012 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90
  • 2013 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013 Jeanne Cooper, American actress, dies at 84
  • 2014 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • 2016 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • 2016 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82