Deaths in History on January 19

  • 639 Dagobert I, king of Austrasia/Soissons/Burgundy/Neustrië, dies
  • 1479 Johan II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
  • 1526 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark (b. 1501)
  • 1547 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
  • 1549 Barthout van Assendelft, 1st land advocate of Holland, dies
  • 1591 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60
  • 1629 Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57
  • 1647 Johan van Beverwijck, physician (Treas of Ongesontheyt), dies at 52
  • 1661 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • 1669 Leo Allatios, Greek/Italian theologist/literary, dies at about 82
  • 1692 John Commelin, director of Hortus Botanist (Amsterdam), dies at 62
  • 1729 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1747 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies
  • 1757 Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • 1785 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • 1851 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • 1865 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)
  • 1874 H v Fallersleben, writer, dies at 75
  • 1878 Henri V Regnault, French physicist/chemist, dies at 67
  • 1885 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • 1894 Francois Haverschmidt, Dutch writer, dies at 58
  • 1905 Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (b. 1817)
  • 1927 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • 1929 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
  • 1948 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • 1954 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (b. 1885)
  • 1957 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • 1975 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter dies at 85 (b. 1889)
  • 1976 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • 1980 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 1982 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77
  • 1987 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58
  • 1990 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • 1991 Marcel Chaput, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • 1993 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72
  • 1993 Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50
  • 1995 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Bernard Baily, comic artist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/South African activist, dies at 70
  • 1997 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1997 James Dickey, poet/novelist, dies at 84
  • 2000 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • 2005 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Anatoly Bannik, Ukranian chess master, dies at 91
  • 2017 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99