Deaths in History on October 11

  • 732 Abd ar-Rahman, Yemenite general strategist (Bordeaux occupier), dies
  • 965 Bruno I, archbishop of Cologne/duke of Lutheran, dies at about 40
  • 1188 Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France
  • 1303 Boniface VIII, [Benedetto Gaetani], lawyer/pope (1294-1303), dies
  • 1347 Louis IV, Duke of Bayern/Romania-Germany King/emperor, dies
  • 1424 Jan Zizka, Czech (army)leader (Hussieten), dies of plague at 46
  • 1531 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss church reformer (Zwinglianen), dies
  • 1598 Joachim Camerarius, German botanist (horticulture catalog), dies
  • 1617 Franchois Vranck, economist/writer (Deduction), dies at about 62
  • 1666 Henry de Fleury dee Coulan, mister of Buat/ritmeester, dies
  • 1705 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist, dies at 42
  • 1708 Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (b. 1651)
  • 1721 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1636)
  • 1725 Hans Herr, Swiss-born Mennonite bishop (b. 1639)
  • 1779 Casimir Pułaski, Polish born fighter for American independence (b. 1745) dies in Battle of Savannah

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1809 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, public administrator and explorer (Lewis & Clark Expedition), dies under mysterious circumstances at 35 along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis
  • 1811 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (b. 1724)
  • 1812 Jurriaan F de Frederici, Dutch governor-gen (Suriname), dies at 60
  • 1821 John Ross Key, American judge and lawyer (b. 1754)
  • 1839 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet, dies at 88
  • 1850 Louisa Maria, queen of Belgium (1832-50)/wife of Leopold I, dies at 38
  • 1852 Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1889 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • 1891 Charles Stewart Parnells remains buried in Ireland
  • 1896 Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • 1925 Karl M Lybeck, Fin/Swedish language poet (Samlade Arbeten), dies at 71
  • 1933 Josef Hofmiller, writer, dies
  • 1935 Steele Rudd, Australian author (b. 1868)
  • 1940 Lluís Companys, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • 1940 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1958 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • 1962 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian Botanist who was one of three scientists to independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • 1963 Jean Cocteau, French author (La Voie Humaine), dies at 73
  • 1965 Dorothea Lange, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1965 Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1971 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • 1976 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)
  • 1977 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • 1977 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1989 M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • 1990 Douglas Edwards, WW II correspondent, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1991 Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 1992 Theo Wolvencamp, painter (Cobra), dies
  • 1992 Willem RJ Wittkampf, journalist/writer (Liner, Cannon), dies
  • 1994 Nic Jonk, sculptor/painter (Nereus on Zeepaard), dies at 66
  • 1996 Arthur Walter Lucas, picture restorer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Edith Tilton Penrose, American-born British economist (The Theory of the Growth of the Firm), dies at 81
  • 1996 Terry Patchett, politician, dies at 56
  • 1996 William Vickrey, economist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 1999 J. Franklin Hyde, American inventor (created silica), dies at 96
  • 2000 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scotish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), dies from health complications at 63
  • 2003 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2005 Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Howard Kerzner, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International (b. 1964)
  • 2006 Benito Martínez, Cuban who claimed to be the oldest person, died mildly ironically. Family didn't mourn - mostly dead also. (b. ?1880)
  • 2007 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2008 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)