Deaths in History on January 23

  • 1002 Otto III, German king/emperor 983/996-1002, dies at 21
  • 1199 Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)
  • 1356 Margaretha of Bavaria, Emperess of Germany, dies
  • 1516 Ferdinand II, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 63
  • 1549 Johannes Honter, Transylvanian Saxon humanist and theologian (b. 1498)
  • 1567 Jiajing, Emperor of China (b. 1507)
  • 1622 William Baffin, English explorer, dies at of a gunshot wound at about 38
  • 1639 Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • 1648 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), dies at 40
  • 1744 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (b. 1668)
  • 1785 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)
  • 1789 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)
  • 1789 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)
  • 1800 Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
  • 1803 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (b. 1725)
  • 1805 Claude Chappe, French telecommunications pioneer (b. 1763)

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1806 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), dies of a suspected peptic ulceration of his stomach or duodenum at 46

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
  • 1812 Robert Craufurd, British general (b. 1764)
  • 1813 George Clymer, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 73
  • 1820 Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
  • 1833 Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, British admiral (b. 1757)
  • 1838 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • 1866 Thomas Love Peacock, English satirist (b. 1785)
  • 1875 Charles Kingsley, English vicar and writer (Westward Ho!), dies at 55
  • 1883 Gustave Doré, French artist, engraver, and illustrator (b. 1832)
  • 1891 Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Flaanders, dies at 21
  • 1893 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • 1893 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1825)
  • 1913 Nazim Pasha, Turkey's PM, assassinated
  • 1923 Max Nordau, Austrian author, philosopher, and Zionist leader (b. 1849)
  • 1926 Desire J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal, dies at 74
  • 1931 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • 1937 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (b. 1876)
  • 1943 Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56

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1944 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80, bequeathing all of his work to the city of Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1944 Viktor Gusev, Russian poet (b. 1909)
  • 1945 Helmuth J Moltke, German politician ("July 20th Plot"), executed at 37
  • 1946 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • 1947 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • 1957 Willie Edwards, US African American, murdered by KKK at 25
  • 1971 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • 1973 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Karel Paul van der Mandele, director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • 1976 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • 1977 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • 1984 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1986 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • 1988 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73

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1989 Salvador Dalí, Catalan artist (b. 1904)

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali
  • 1990 Mariano Rumor, Italy's PM (1968-70, 73-1974), dies
  • 1991 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)

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1992 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1993 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1994 Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76
  • 1994 Oliver Smith, US set designer (Guys & Dolls-7 Tony Awards), dies at 75
  • 1994 Suzanne M Blum, French lawyer (Charlie Chaplin), dies at 95
  • 1995 Harold Collett Dent, journalist/educationist, dies at 100
  • 1995 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist, dies at 91
  • 1995 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright, dies at 75
  • 1996 John Mackin, programmer, dies at 36
  • 1996 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • 1996 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, dies at 54
  • 1997 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • 1997 Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • 1998 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • 1999 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • 2007 E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • 2015 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90