Deaths in History on January 10

  • 681 Agatho, Sicilian pope (678-81), dies
  • 866 Lin-chi I-hsuan, [J Rinzai Gigen], Zen teacher, dies
  • 976 John I Tzimisces/Tzimiskes, Byzantine Emperor (969-76), dies at 51
  • 1094 Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo (b. 1029)
  • 1271 Otto II, the Lame, earl of Gelre, dies
  • 1276 Pope Gregory X, (Tedaldo Visconti), dies. (bc. 1210)
  • 1542 Gerardus Noviomagus, [Gerrit Geldenhauer], Dutch theologist, die at 59
  • 1645 William Laud, English Archbishop of Canterbury, beheaded, for treason, in the Tower of London at 71
  • 1654 Nicholas Culpeper, English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer (b. 1616)
  • 1662 Prince Honoré II of Monaco (b. 1597)
  • 1674 Jacob de Witt, Dutch mayor (Dordrecht)/MP, dies at 84
  • 1698 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French historian (b. 1637)
  • 1707 Philibert, comte de Gramont, French writer (b. 1621)
  • 1754 Daniel Raap, Dutch porcelain salesman/politician, dies at about 51
  • 1754 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (b. 1691)
  • 1761 Edward Boscawen, British admiral (b. 1711)
  • 1768 Charles Cressent, French court furniture maker, dies at 82
  • 1775 Jemeljan Pugatshov, Russian kosak leader/"Tsar Peter III", dies

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1778 Carolus linaeus "Carl von Linne", Swedish botanist/explorer, dies at 70

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • 1789 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist and cryptologist, dies at 82
  • 1794 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, dies at 39
  • 1811 Marie-Joseph Chénier, French poet (b. 1764)
  • 1824 Victor Emanuel I, king of Sardinia (1802-21), dies at 64
  • 1828 François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (b. 1750)
  • 1833 Adrien Marie Legendre, dies
  • 1846 Etienne P de Senancour, French writer (De l'Amour), dies at 75
  • 1851 Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (b. 1775)
  • 1855 Mary Russell Mitford, English playwright and poet (Julian), dies at 67

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1862 Samuel Colt, American inventor and industrialist (Colt 6 shot revolver), dies of gout at 47

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt
  • 1863 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader (b. 1775)
  • 1866 Pyotr Pletnyov, Russian poet (b. 1792)
  • 1871 Pierre A du Terrail, French writer, dies at 41
  • 1883 Dr Samuel A. Mudd, American medical doctor (b. 1833)
  • 1899 Gerard Keller, Dutch writer (Vlugmaren), dies at 69
  • 1901 Sir James Dickson, Premier of Queensland, Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1832)
  • 1904 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)
  • 1917 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American Wild West hunter and showman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies at 70
  • 1922 Frank Tudor, Australian Labor Opposition leader (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist, beheaded in Berlin at 24
  • 1938 Willem de Vreese, Flemish linguist, dies at 68
  • 1941 Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian, murdered at 67
  • 1941 Sir John Lavery, Northern Irish artist (b. 1856)
  • 1943 J Arthur S Berson, Austrian meteorologist, dies at 83
  • 1945 Rudolf Borchardt, writer, dies at 67
  • 1949 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • 1951 [Harry] Sinclair Lewis, American writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1930), dies from advanced alcoholism in Rome at 65
  • 1951 Sinclair Lewis, writer, dies at 65
  • 1951 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1956 Henricus P Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • 1956 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • 1957 Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet (Nobel Prize 1945), dies at 67

  • 1958 Charles de Trooz, Belgian writer, dies at 52
  • 1961 Dashiell Hammett, US detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
  • 1964 A Marja, Dutch author (Man of Day & Night), dies at 46
  • 1966 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), dies at 69
  • 1970 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44

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1971 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • 1972 Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • 1972 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • 1977 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), dies at 73
  • 1978 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • 1978 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • 1978 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • 1980 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • 1981 Fawn M. Brodie, American historian (b. 1915)

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1983 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1984 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • 1986 Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61
  • 1987 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • 1989 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • 1989 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • 1991 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1993 Diana Adams, ballerina, dies
  • 1993 Noorjahan Begum, "adulterous" wife in Bangladesh, stoned to death
  • 1994 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, min of Internal affairs (1989-94), dies at 62
  • 1995 Elaine Greene, literary Agent, dies at 74
  • 1995 Halton Kathleen Tynan, writer, dies at 57
  • 1995 Souphanouvong, leader of Pathet Lao (1957), dies
  • 1996 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist, dies at 88
  • 1997 Elspeth Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • 1997 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier, dies
  • 1997 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • 1999 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • 2000 Sam Jaffe, American producer (b. 1901)
  • 2002 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
  • 2005 James Forman, American civil rights leader (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium, dies at 77
  • 2005 Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Bradford Washburn, American explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • 2009 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2012 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • 2013 Evan Connell, American author, dies at 88
  • 2015 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2017 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • 2017 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59