Famous Deaths on October 26

  • 899 Alfred the Great, writer/king of Wessex (871-99), dies
  • 1132 Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered
  • 1235 Andres II Arpad, King of Hungary (1205-35), dies
  • 1440 Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
  • 1576 Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies
  • 1607 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52
  • 1608 Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish royal painter, dies
  • 1633 Horio Tadaharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1596)
  • 1640 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at 63
  • 1658 Francisco de Borja y Aragon Esquilache, Spanish poet, dies
  • 1661 Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
  • 1671 Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
  • 1675 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1678 John Jenkins, composer, dies
  • 1679 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1686 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (b. 1623)
  • 1693 Coenraad van Beuningen, mayor of Amsterdam/diplomat, dies at 71
  • 1706 Andreas Werkmeister, composer, dies at 60
  • 1717 Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • 1733 Antonio Veracini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1749 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1751 Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (b. 1702)
  • 1756 Johann Theodor Romhild, composer, dies at 72
  • 1764 William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
  • 1773 Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • 1803 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (b. 1721)
  • 1806 John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1817 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
  • 1823 Josef Preindl, composer, dies at 67
  • 1848 Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
  • 1858 Isac Baker Woodbury, composer, dies at 39
  • 1864 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
  • 1866 John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1867 John Fawcett, composer, dies at 77
  • 1868 B F Randolph, SC state senator, assassinated
  • 1874 Peter Cornelius, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1881 Billy Clanton, brother of Ike, dies
  • 1890 Collodi, [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian writer (Pinocchio), dies
  • 1896 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)

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1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, dies of heart failure at 86

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1903 Herbert Stanley Oakeley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Victorin de Joncieres, composer, dies at 64
  • 1909 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68
  • 1929 Arno Holz, German writer (Phantasus), dies at 66
  • 1930 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1872)
  • 1931 Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • 1935 Akos Buttykai, composer, dies at 64
  • 1936 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • 1937 Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general (b. 1867)
  • 1941 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • 1943 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-born archaeologist (b. 1862)
  • 1944 Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
  • 1944 William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
  • 1945 Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
  • 1945 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (b. 1863)
  • 1947 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)

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1952 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • 1954 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • 1955 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1956 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60
  • 1957 N Kazantzakis, writer, dies
  • 1961 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
  • 1961 Milan Stojadinović, Premier of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • 1962 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 60
  • 1964 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • 1965 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • 1966 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1968 Erich Von Stroheim, actor/director (Napoleon), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1971 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • 1971 Vincent Coleman, American actor (b. 1901)

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1972 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1978 George Grant, cricketer (WI Test captain through early 1930's), dies
  • 1979 Jackie Grant, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies
  • 1979 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • 1980 Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
  • 1982 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies
  • 1984 John Woods Duke, composer, dies at 85
  • 1984 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • 1984 Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • 1986 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1989 Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • 1989 Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1990 William Paley, CEO (CBS), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1991 Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
  • 1992 Dottie Green, female baseball player (Peaches), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1992 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1992 Laurel Cronin, actor (Beethoven, Housesitter), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1993 Absolutely Nobody, [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
  • 1993 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • 1994 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • 1994 Tutta Rolf, actress (Whalers), dies at 87
  • 1994 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • 1995 Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (8 not out in 1 inn for Pak 1956), dies
  • 1995 Bernhard Heiliger, sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1995 Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95
  • 1996 Gordon Scarrott, engineer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • 1999 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2002 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • 2002 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (b. 1979)
  • 2004 Bobby Avila, Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • 2006 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Romeu Tuma, Brazilian politician (b. 1931)
  • 2014 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52