Famous Deaths On This Day

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  • 270 St. Valentine marking Valentines Day (some sources say 269, others 273).
  • 869 Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827) Called "apostle of Slavs"
  • 1317 Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)
  • 1400 Richard II, king of England (1377-99), murdered at age 33 at Pontefract Castle

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1405 Timur/Tamerlane "Lenk", [Crippled], Turko-Mongol ruler, dies at about 68

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror
Tamerlane
  • 1528 Edzard I the Great, count of Austria-E Frisia (1494-1528), dies at 66
  • 1571 Benvenuto Cellini, Ital sculptor/writer (Perseus), dies at 70
  • 1571 Odet de Coligny, Cardinal of Châtillon/count of Beauvais, dies at 53
  • 1676 Abraham Bosse, French engraver and artist
  • 1681 Francesco Nigetti, composer, dies at 77
  • 1714 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen Consort of Spain (b. 1688)
  • 1737 Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot of Hensol, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1685)
  • 1760 Francois Collin de Blamont, composer, dies at 69

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1779 James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook

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1780 William Blackstone, English lawyer, dies at 56

  • 1790 Capel Bond, composer, dies at 59

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1808 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1818 John C Hespe, Dutch journalist/politician, dies at 61
  • 1820 Charles F, Duke of Berry, murdered at 42
  • 1831 Vincente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, dies
  • 1841 Antun Sorkocevic, composer, dies at 65
  • 1845 Joseph Lakanal, French Politician and Educator, dies at 82
  • 1846 Cornelis F van Maanen, Dutch supreme court justice, dies at 76
  • 1857 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • 1870 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)
  • 1873 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, composer, dies at 52
  • 1881 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • 1885 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)

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1891 William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71

  • 1894 Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (b. 1814)
  • 1901 Edward John Hopkins, composer, dies at 82
  • 1908 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • 1922 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (assassinated) (b. 1880)
  • 1929 Tom Burke, American runner (b. 1875)
  • 1937 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer, dies at 62
  • 1942 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 1943 David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert Space), dies at 81
  • 1943 Frieda Reiss, French 11 month old baby, murdered in Auschwitz
  • 1943 Dora Gerson, German actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (b. 1899)
  • 1948 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1949 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • 1950 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • 1950 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • 1952 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • 1955 Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • 1958 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • 1959 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1961 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • 1965 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1967 James Schneider, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 85
  • 1967 Sig Ruman, actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), dies at 82
  • 1969 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • 1969 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1972 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • 1974 C S Dempster, cricketer (10 Tests for NZ, 723 runs), dies
  • 1975 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika David], Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 87
  • 1975 Julian S Huxley, English scholar/dir-gen (UNESCO), dies at 87
  • 1975 Pelham G Wodehouse, English/US writer (Piccadilly Jim), dies at 93
  • 1978 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • 1979 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • 1980 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 1982 Henk Schaer, [Hendricus J M Schaareman], Dutch actor, dies at 79
  • 1983 Lina Radke, German athlete (b. 1903)
  • 1987 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1987 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • 1988 Frederick Loewe, US composer (My Fair Lady), dies at 84
  • 1989 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • 1990 Jean Wallace, [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
  • 1990 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • 1991 Arno Breker, German sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • 1991 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • 1992 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Biohazard), dies of cancer at 48
  • 1992 Jacob "Bob" de Uyl, journalist/author (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • 1992 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic-bronze-48/silver-52), dies at 67
  • 1993 Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1994 Christopher Lasch, author (Culture of Narcissism), dies at 61
  • 1994 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • 1995 Alberto Burri, Ital physician/sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • 1995 Michael Vincent Gazzo, US actor/playwright (The Godfather Part II), dies at 71
  • 1995 Nigel Lucius Graeme Finch, TV Director/film-maker, dies at 45
  • 1995 Patricia Highsmith, writer, dies at 74
  • 1995 Roger de Grey, English chairman of Royal Academy (1984-93), dies at 76
  • 1995 Siem Suurhoff, TV-director (Behind the News, Sonja), dies at 58
  • 1995 U Nu, PM of Burma (1948-56, 57-58, 60-62), dies at 87
  • 1996 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • 1996 Caroline Blackwood, writer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90
  • 1996 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1999 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • 1999 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2000 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), dies at 93
  • 2002 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)

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2003 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • 2003 Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
  • 2005 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • 2005 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Sir Bernard Ashley, Welsh businessman and entrepreneur. (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Sir George Shearing, Anglo-American jazz pianist (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2015 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • 2015 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • 2015 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • 2015 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89