Deaths in History on May 19

  • 804 Alcuin of York, English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69
  • 988 Dunstan[us], English archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1102 Stephen, Count of Blois (b. c. 1045)
  • 1125 Vladimir Monomakh, Russian prince (b. 1053)
  • 1296 Celestine V, [Pietro del Murrone], Pope (1294), dies
  • 1303 Ivo of Kermartin, catholic saint, patron of Brittany, dies at 49
  • 1319 Louis d'Évreux, son of Philip III of France (b. 1276)
  • 1389 Dmitri Donskoi, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1350)
  • 1526 Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (b. 1464)
  • 1531 Jan Łaski, Polish statesman and diplomat (b. 1456)
  • 1610 Thomas Sanchez, Spanish theologian (b. 1550)
  • 1637 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (b. 1588)
  • 1647 Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
  • 1653 Carel Reyniersz, gov-gen of Neth East Indies, dies at 48
  • 1715 Charles Montagu, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1661)
  • 1795 Josiah Bartlett, US physician/judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • 1795 James Boswell, Scottish biographer (b. 1740)
  • 1798 William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English dueler (b. 1722)
  • 1800 French Bosbeeck, veterinarian/robber, hanged
  • 1801 Herman H Vitringa, politician (National Meetings), dies
  • 1821 Camille Jordan, French politician (b. 1771)
  • 1825 Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, French political philosopher (b. 1760)
  • 1845 Maria EJ Versfelt, mistress of general Moreau/marshal Ney, dies at 68

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1864 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (The Scarlet Letter), dies at 59

  • 1872 Johan van Dale, schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
  • 1876 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch historian/politician, dies at 74
  • 1885 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • 1895 Jose J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies

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1898 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), dies of heart failure at 88

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • 1901 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st pres Rep South-Africa, dies at 81
  • 1904 Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • 1907 Benjamin Baker, English civil engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground, dies at 67
  • 1912 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (b. 1847)
  • 1912 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiosperms), dies at 68
  • 1915 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1918 Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
  • 1922 Heinrich I Quincke, German internist (postural drainage), dies at 79
  • 1928 Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53

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1935 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1942 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll, Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69
  • 1943 Kristjan Raud, Estonian painter (b. 1865)
  • 1944 Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II
  • 1945 Philipp Bouhler, German nazi leader (b. 1889)
  • 1946 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1953 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • 1954 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
  • 1962 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • 1965 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
  • 1966 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • 1970 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • 1971 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • 1983 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • 1984 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • 1987 Alice B[radley] Sheldon, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • 1987 James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • 1989 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • 1989 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • 1989 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • 1991 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • 1993 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • 1993 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • 1994 Henry Morgan, TV panalist (To Tell the Truth), dies of cancer at 74

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1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

  • 1994 Jacques Cesar Ellul, writer, dies at 82
  • 1995 Robert S. Dietz, American Geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • 1997 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • 1998 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • 1999 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • 2000 Yevgeny Khrunov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • 2002 John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • 2002 Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • 2014 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72