Famous Deaths on October 23

  • 42 BC Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman senator (b. 85 BC)
  • 930 Daigo, Emperor of Japan (b. 885)
  • 1260 Koetoez, Turkish sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1450 Johannes van Capestrano, Italian saint, dies at 70
  • 1456 Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (b. 1386)
  • 1550 Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (b. 1480)
  • 1581 Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1529)
  • 1602 Franciscus Junius, French/Neth calvinist theologist/vicar, dies at 57
  • 1616 Leonhard Hutter, German theologian (b. 1563)
  • 1688 Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist (b. 1610)
  • 1730 Anne Oldfield, English actress (b. 1683)
  • 1753 Columban Praelisauer, composer, dies at 50
  • 1764 Emmanuel-Auguste de Cahideuc, Comte Dubois de la Motte, French naval officer (b. 1683)
  • 1774 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist (b. 1715)
  • 1782 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, dies at 73
  • 1799 William Paca, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 58
  • 1801 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1806 Franz Seydelmann, composer, dies at 58
  • 1868 Cullen Whipple, American Inventor (pointed screw machine), dies at 67
  • 1869 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer, dies at 72

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1869 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70

British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • 1872 Theophile Gautier, French poet/writer/historian/critic, dies at 61
  • 1885 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (b. 1829)
  • 1886 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer, dies at 67
  • 1890 Karel M M Verlat, Flemish painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1892 Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer, murdered at 52
  • 1899 W Penn Symons, British gen-maj, dies in battle
  • 1901 Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank), dies
  • 1903 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66
  • 1910 Chulalongkorn, King of Thailand (b. 1853)
  • 1913 Edwin Klebs, German physician and bacteriologist (bacterial theory of infection, diphtheria bacillus), dies at 79
  • 1915 W G Grace, British cricketer, dies
  • 1921 John B Dunlop, Scottish inventor air tire (Dunlop Rubber), dies at 81
  • 1925 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer, dies at 50
  • 1928 F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies
  • 1929 Thomas F Tout, historian (Manch school of historiography), dies at 74
  • 1935 Abe Landau, US gangster, murdered
  • 1935 Dutch Schultz [Arthur Flegenheimer], US gangster, murdered at 33
  • 1935 Otto "Aba Daba" Berman, US gangster, murdered
  • 1936 (Marie) Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80
  • 1939 Zane Grey, US western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • 1942 Georg Stumme, German general/commandant of African corps, dies
  • 1942 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • 1944 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), dies at 13
  • 1944 Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Morawsky-Dabrowa, composer, dies at 71
  • 1950 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1952 Susan Peters, actress (Random Harvest), dies at 31
  • 1953 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • 1954 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • 1957 Frederick Burton, actor (One Way Passage), dies at 86

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1957 Christian Dior, French fashion designer (New Look), dies of a heart attack at 52

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • 1959 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • 1963 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, architect/urban developer, dies at 78
  • 1966 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • 1969 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1975 Barboura Morris, actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • 1975 Charles Brokaw, actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • 1976 Leonard Lee, US R&B-singer (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40

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1978 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1982 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist, dies at 52
  • 1983 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • 1983 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1984 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • 1984 Oskar Werner, actor (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1986 Edward A Doisy Sr, discoverer of vitamin K (Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • 1986 Lino Ventura, actor (French Detective, Slap, Jig-Saw), dies at 67
  • 1989 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1990 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • 1991 Lance Baker, dies at 31
  • 1992 Kees Spermon, Dutch painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1994 Robert Lansing, actor (Blade Runner, Equalizer), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1994 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1996 Alexander Kelly, pianist/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1996 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor, dies at 68
  • 1997 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 1997 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 1998 Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)
  • 2000 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2001 Ronald William Kirby, British artist (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (b. 1917)
  • 2002 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)

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2003 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China Soong Mei-ling
Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China
Soong Mei-ling
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Robert Merrill, American baritone (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • 2005 William Hootkins, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2005 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Lim Goh Tong, Founder of Genting Group (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • 2010 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (d. 1942)
  • 2011 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1987)
  • 2011 John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • 2011 Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • 2014 Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72
  • 2015 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • 2016 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), dies at 92
  • 2016 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), dies at 76
  • 2016 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), dies at 84