Deaths in History on October 8

  • 705 Abd al-Malik, kalief of Damascus, dies
  • 976 Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  • 1094 St Mark, the Evangelist, buried in San Marcos ministry in Venice
  • 1286 John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  • 1317 Fushimi, Emperor of Japan (b. 1265)
  • 1604 Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], literature/politician, dies at 58
  • 1606 John VI the Elder, Count of Nassau, father of 24, dies at 69
  • 1613 Sebastian de Covarrubias bon Horozco, lexicographer, dies at 74
  • 1621 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist
  • 1647 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (b. 1562)
  • 1651 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher, dies at 55
  • 1652 John Greaves, English mathematician (b. 1602)
  • 1656 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • 1659 Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
  • 1680 Elisabeth, abbess, dies at 61
  • 1686 Adriaen Paets, Rotterdams regent/diplomat, dies at about 55
  • 1722 Gerard Callenbach, Dutch admiral, dies at 80
  • 1735 Yongzheng Emperor of China (b. 1678)
  • 1754 Henry Fielding, English lawyer/author (Tom Jones), dies at 47
  • 1771 John E Loovens, lawyer, dies at 76

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1793 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1795 Andrew Kippis, English non-conformist clergyman (b. 1725)
  • 1803 Vittorio A Alfieri, Italian earl/writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 1809 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)
  • 1847 Rose Scott, Social Reformer
  • 1862 James Streshley Jackson, attorney/Union-brig-gen, dies in battle at 39
  • 1862 William Rufus Terrill, Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1864 Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory, US Union-brigadier general, dies at about 34

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1869 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), dies at 64

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1879 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • 1886 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • 1888 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies
  • 1897 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  • 1904 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austria sociologist/philosopher, dies at 62
  • 1907 Alfred, Liechtensteins noble of Austrian Herrenhaus, dies at 65
  • 1919 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la Robe), dies
  • 1925 Abraham PC of Karnebeek, liberal foreign minister (1918-27), dies
  • 1931 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • 1936 William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
  • 1940 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • 1942 Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer
  • 1944 Wendell Lewis Wilkie, Republican politician, dies at 52
  • 1945 Herman T Colenbrander, historian, dies at 73
  • 1945 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), dies at 78
  • 1954 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • 1956 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • 1958 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1963 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • 1964 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69

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1967 Clement Attlee, British politician, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1973 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • 1982 Philip J Noel-Baker, English minister (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • 1984 Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 1985 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • 1985 Ricardo Bacchelli, playwright/poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1991 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75

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1992 Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971), dies of cancer at 78

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1994 Brian Hartley, mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1994 John the King, CDA-minister of Social Businesses, dies at 68
  • 1994 Manual Pina, fashion Designer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Frederick Harry Baines, painter, dies at 85
  • 1995 John Cairncross, linguist (5th Man), dies at 82
  • 1995 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Geoffrey Finsberg, politician, dies at 70
  • 1996 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • 1997 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 1997 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • 2004 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2008 George Emil Palade, Romanian cell biologist (b. 1912)
  • 2010 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2015 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75