Deaths in History on May 24

  • 1144 Petronella, wife of earl Floris II the Vette of Holland/regent, dies
  • 1153 David I, King of Scots (1124-53), dies at about 68
  • 1351 Abu al-Hasan 'Ali, Sultan of Morocco (b. circa 1297)
  • 1408 Taejo of Joseon [Yi Seong-gye], King of Joseon (1392-98), dies at 72
  • 1425 Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, Scottish politician (b. 1362)
  • 1456 Ambroise de Loré, French military commander (b. 1396)

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1543 Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 1612 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), dies at 48
  • 1665 Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscans, dies
  • 1669 Pieter Cuypers, South Neth lawyer, dies at 48
  • 1670 Ferdinand II, ruler of Toscane, dies at 59
  • 1696 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
  • 1725 Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1682)
  • 1734 Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1749 Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman
  • 1751 William Hamilton, of Gilbertsfield, poet, dies
  • 1792 George Brydges, 1st baron Rodney/admiral, dies
  • 1792 Jakob M R Lenz, writer (That Soldier), dies
  • 1804 Simon Style, Fries medical/writer, dies at 73
  • 1806 John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)
  • 1843 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)
  • 1844 William Crockford, clubman/gambler, dies
  • 1850 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 1851 Stanko Vraz, [Jakob Frass], Slavic poet (Grammatica), dies at 40
  • 1861 Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23
  • 1861 James T Jackson, US landlord (doodde EE Ellsworth), shot dead)
  • 1872 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, painter, dies
  • 1876 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46

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1879 William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73

  • 1881 Samuel Palmer, British landscape painter, dies at 76
  • 1883 Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  • 1895 Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter, dies at 73
  • 1895 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), dies at 86
  • 1919 Amado Nervo, [Juan C Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican poet, dies at 48
  • 1941 Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
  • 1943 Vladimir I Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright, dies at 84
  • 1949 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)

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1959 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1976 Henk Lankhorst [Hendrik Johannes Lankhorst], Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • 1976 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • 1986 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1988 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • 1989 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • 1993 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • 1994 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • 1994 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • 1994 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96

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1995 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1996 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • 1996 Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1996 Joseph Mitchell, writer, dies at 87
  • 2000 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • 2002 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2004 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • 2005 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • 2005 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • 2010 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • 2015 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67