Deaths in History on March 26

  • 304 Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 809 Liudger, missionary/1st bishop of Munster/saint, dies at about 66
  • 1130 King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
  • 1212 Sancho I, King of Portugal (1185-1212), dies at 58
  • 1258 Floris, the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, dies
  • 1350 Alfonso XI, King of Castile & Leon, dies
  • 1535 Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1546 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat, dies at about 56
  • 1638 Palamedes "Stevens" Palamedesz, painter, dies at about 30

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1649 John Winthrop, Puritan & 1st Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1657 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist/carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1679 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1697 Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician and murderer (executed) (b. 1640)
  • 1726 John Vanbrugh, Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • 1772 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1776 Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1780 Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1713)
  • 1793 John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)

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1797 James Hutton, geologist, dies

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • 1814 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, dies of natural causes at 75
  • 1831 Richard Allen, AME Church Bishop, dies at 71
  • 1858 John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)
  • 1865 Thomas Hancock, pioneer of rubber industry (Stoke Newington), dies
  • 1881 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)
  • 1888 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)

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1892 Walt Whitman, American poet, dies in Camden, NJ at 72

  • 1896 Nanny v Hof, writer, dies
  • 1900 Isaac Mayer Wise, rabbi/found American Hebrew Congregations, dies at 80

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1902 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), dies of heart failure at 48

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • 1910 Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1910 An Jung-geun, Korean assassin of Ito Hirobumi (executed) (b. 1879)
  • 1920 William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1926 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74
  • 1929 Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1934 Grete Gulbransson, writer, dies at 51

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1945 David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1916-22), dies of cancer at 82

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • 1945 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter, shot to death at 29
  • 1948 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • 1951 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (d. 1864)
  • 1957 Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 1959 Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • 1962 Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • 1962 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • 1969 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistence fighter, dies at 66
  • 1970 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist
  • 1973 Noel Coward, English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73
  • 1973 Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • 1976 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • 1981 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • 1982 Agathe "Henriette" de Beaufort, writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • 1983 Anthony F Blunt, British art historian/spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1984 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 1990 Roy "Halston" Frowick, fashion designer, dies of AIDs at 68
  • 1991 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • 1992 Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 1993 Luis Falco, US choreographer (Fame, Angel Heart), dies at 50
  • 1994 Constantine Koukouchkine, Russ diplomat. murdered in Algeria at 41
  • 1996 (Elizabeth Cissie) Charlton, football matriarch, dies at 83
  • 1996 David Packard, electronic engineer/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • 1996 Thomas Wakefield, writer, dies at 60
  • 1997 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2000 Alex Comfort, American author (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)

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2005 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), dies of lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure at 92

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 2005 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • 2011 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • 2013 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • 2015 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • 2016 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78