Deaths in History on October 24

  • 996 Hugo Capet, king of France (987-96), dies at 58
  • 1375 King Valdemar IV of Denmark (bc. 1320)
  • 1537 Jane Seymour, 3rd wife of Henry VIII, dies
  • 1572 Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, English politician (bc. 1508)
  • 1579 Albrecht V von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria, dies at 51

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1601 Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, dies in Prague at 54

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
Tycho Brahe
  • 1649 Ferdinand van Boisschot, South Neth diplomat, dies at about 89
  • 1655 Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher, dies at 63
  • 1667 Gabriel Metsu, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1667 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer, dies at 87
  • 1669 William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
  • 1672 John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
  • 1679 Barent Avercamp, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 66
  • 1708 Kowa Seki, Japanese mathematician
  • 1789 Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken, Dutch poet, dies at 68
  • 1821 Elias Boudinot, American President of the Continental Congress (b. 1740)
  • 1842 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chilean independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule, dies at 64

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1852 Daniel Webster, lawyer/speaker/minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 70

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • 1860 Elie Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician, dies at 80
  • 1864 James Jay Archer, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 46
  • 1869 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, dies at 83
  • 1875 Raffaello Carboni, Italian writer
  • 1897 Francis Turner Palgrave, poet/editor (Golden Treasury), dies at 73
  • 1898 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (b. 1824)
  • 1912 Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Zeesterre), dies at 83
  • 1915 Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (b. 1828)
  • 1922 George Cadbury, British chocolate and cocoa manufacturer (b. 1839)
  • 1925 Jindrich S Baar, Czech pastor/writer (Lusy), dies at 56
  • 1929 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian, dies at 74
  • 1938 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, dies at 68
  • 1940 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75
  • 1943 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1944 Lauri S A Haarla, Finnish writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja), dies at 54
  • 1944 Louis Renault, French automobile manufacturer (b. 1877)
  • 1945 Robert Ley, German nazi, commits suicide
  • 1945 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Min of Defense/PM (1942-45), executed at 58
  • 1955 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
  • 1956 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • 1966 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • 1970 Richard Hofstadter, US historian, dies at 54
  • 1975 Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
  • 1975 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)
  • 1980 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • 1985 Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • 1987 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist, dies at 86
  • 1991 Leon Clements, journalist (Interlijnen), dies at 43
  • 1992 Alexander V Van de Wall Bake, staff leader/gov KMA Breda, dies
  • 1992 Laurie Colwin, novelist (Happy All the Time), dies at 48
  • 1993 Ben Scholtens, historian (Gaama Duumi), murdered at 39
  • 1993 Desmond Nuttall, English theorist, dies at 49
  • 1993 Tonino Nardi, Italian cinematographer (Porte Manifest), dies at 54
  • 1994 Alexandr Nikolaievich Shelepin, dir of KGB (1958-61), dies
  • 1994 Gamini Dissanayake, Sri Lankain presidential candidate, murdered
  • 1995 Emile Jonassaint, president of Haiti (1994), dies at 82
  • 1995 Ronald Selby Wright, minister, dies at 87
  • 1996 Arthur Axmann, head of Hitler Youths in (1940-45), dies at 83
  • 1996 Bruce Matthews, newspaper executive, dies at 71
  • 1996 Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, diplomat, dies at 96
  • 1996 Roderick Barclay, diplomat, dies at 87
  • 2001 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • 2003 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • 2004 Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • 2004 Ricky Hendrick, American race car team owner (b. 1980)
  • 2004 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • 2005 José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Robert Sloman, writer (b. 1926)

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2005 Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist, dies of natural causes at 92

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks
  • 2005 Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, scholar of modern Chinese intellectual and diplomatic history (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • 2006 William Montgomery Watt, Islamic studies scholar, orientalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Alisher Saipov, Kyrgyz journalist
  • 2007 Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Lamont Johnson, American television director (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Joseph Stein, American playwright (b. 1912)
  • 2014 Marcia Strassman, American actress, dies from breast cancer at 66
  • 2016 Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay (2000-2005), dies at 88