Diabetes in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-01-11 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes - Leonard Thompson, 14, of Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1931-07-18 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • 1948-07-09 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • 1990-07-22 George Wood, dies of diabetes complications at 56
  • 1992-08-25 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • 1992-10-21 Jackson Weaver, voice of Smokey the Bear, dies of diabetes
  • 1993-11-25 Claudia McNeil, actress (Raisin in the Sun), dies of diabetes at 77
  • 1994-07-02 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 2012-01-09 Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • 2012-11-02 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2012-12-20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2013-04-12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2013-06-06 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2015-02-21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • 2016-03-22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2016-06-17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46