Famous Deaths on October 7

  • 290 [Christian] Sergius, roman soldier/martyred saint, decapitated
  • 336 Pope Saint Mark, bishop of Rome (336), dies of natural causes
  • 929 Charles III, the Plain, King of France (893-929), dies
  • 1368 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, dies at 29
  • 1488 Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52
  • 1553 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (bc. 1500)
  • 1555 Louis of Praet, Habsburg diplomat (b. 1488)
  • 1571 Müezzinzade Ali Pasha, Turkish fleet commander, dies in the Battle of Lepanto
  • 1577 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • 1612 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar/theologist, dies at 70
  • 1620 Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)
  • 1637 Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (b. 1587)
  • 1639 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • 1651 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit, dies at 92
  • 1653 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (b. 1581)
  • 1660 Paul Scarron, French, stagewriter (Le Roman Comique), dies at 50
  • 1681 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philological/diplomat, dies at 61
  • 1708 Guru Gobind Singh, tenth Sikh Guru (b. 1666)
  • 1766 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1772 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)
  • 1777 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • 1780 Patrick Ferguson, English major in SC, dies in battle at 36
  • 1787 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, dies at 76

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1792 George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 1793 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician (b. 1718)
  • 1796 Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (b. 1710)
  • 1800 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged
  • 1811 August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist, dies at 68

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1849 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1864 Alexander Gardiner, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 John Gregg, US judge/Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 36
  • 1887 George James Webb, composer, dies at 84
  • 1890 John Hill Hewitt, composer, dies at 89
  • 1894 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), dies at 85
  • 1903 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • 1906 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1911 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (b. 1835)
  • 1915 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1918 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1919 Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)
  • 1924 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Christian Philosophy), dies at 71
  • 1925 Hubert Main, American hymn composer, dies at 86
  • 1925 Christy Mathewson, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1926 Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist who developed a classification system for mental illness, dies at 70
  • 1939 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • 1943 Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (b. 1899)
  • 1943 Radclyffe Hall, British author (b. 1880)

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1950 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), dies at 73

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • 1951 Anton F Philips, CEO (Philips), dies at 77
  • 1956 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor (b. 1886)
  • 1959 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack

  • 1959 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • 1962 Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • 1963 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M), dies of internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1964 Eugen Varga, Hungarian/Russian economist/politician, dies at 84
  • 1966 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1966 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • 1967 Norman Angell (Lane), English journalist/pacifist (Nobel 1933), dies
  • 1969 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • 1988 Billy Daniels, African-American singer (Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1990 J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
  • 1990 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • 1990 Juan Jose Arevalo, president of Guatemala (1945-51), dies

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1991 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1992 Allan Bloom, author (Closing of the American Mind), dies at 62
  • 1992 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1992 Tevfik Esenç, last known speaker of Ubykh (b. 1904)
  • 1993 Agnes de Mille, choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88
  • 1993 Cyril Cusack, actor (Fahrenheit 451), dies of neuron disease at 82
  • 1993 Kenneth Nelson, US/English actor (Boys in the Band), dies at 63
  • 1994 James Hill, director, dies at 75
  • 1994 Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish immunologist (Nobel prize 1984), dies at 82
  • 1994 Paul Swift, US actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1995 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman, dies at 59
  • 1995 Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91
  • 1996 Charles Wegg Solicitor-Prosser, dies at 86
  • 1998 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2001 Herblock, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2005 Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • 2007 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Milka Planinc, former PM of Yugoslavia (b. 1924)
  • 2010 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • 2012 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French film and opera director, dies from lung cancer at 68