Who Died Today in History?

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  • 813 al-Amin, Arabic kalief of Islam (809-813), murdered
  • 1066 Harald III Hardrada, King of Norway (1047-66), dies in battle at 51
  • 1066 Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria, killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge
  • 1086 William VIII, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1025)
  • 1333 Prince Morikuni, Japanese shogun (b. 1301)
  • 1392 Sergius van Radonesj, Russian saint, dies at 78
  • 1396 Jean de Vienne, French admiral/crusader, dies in battle
  • 1396 Odard de Chasseron, French knight/crusader, dies in battle
  • 1396 Philip of Bar, French knight/crusader, dies in battle
  • 1496 Piero Capponi, Italian soldier and statesman (b. 1447)
  • 1501 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, dies at 40
  • 1506 Felipe I, the handsome, King of Castile (Spain) (1504-06), dies
  • 1534 Clement VII, [Giulio de' Medici], Italian Pope (1523-34), dies at 56
  • 1602 Caspar Peucer, German reformer (b. 1525)
  • 1617 Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan (b. 1617)
  • 1617 Francisco Suarez, Spanish Jesuit theologian (b. 1548)
  • 1619 Francesco Soto de Langa, composer, dies
  • 1630 Ambrogio Spinola, Spanish marquis of Balbases, dies at about 61
  • 1665 Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (b. 1610)
  • 1680 Samuel Butler, poet/satirist, dies
  • 1716 Johann Christoph Pez, composer, dies at 52
  • 1727 Jacques Abbadie, French theologist, dies at about 73
  • 1733 Georg Motz, composer, dies at 79
  • 1774 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (b. 1714)
  • 1777 Johann Heinrich Lambert, mathematician, dies at 49
  • 1791 William Bradford, American printer (b. 1719)
  • 1792 Adam Gottlob Moltke, Danish statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1794 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (b. 1718)
  • 1808 Richard Porson, scholar, dies
  • 1813 Braz Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 61
  • 1825 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1879)
  • 1826 Giovanni Battista Brocchi, Italian Geologist, dies at 54
  • 1840 Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexandre Macdonald, Duc de Tarente, soldier
  • 1849 Johann Baptist Strauss, elder, composer (Radetzky-Marsch), dies at 45
  • 1860 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1867 Oliver Loving, American pioneer rancher (b. 1812)
  • 1871 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller, dies
  • 1876 Adolf Glassbrenner, German satirical writer, dies at 66
  • 1877 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine, dies at 62
  • 1898 Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet, French Anthropologist who was the first to organize and classify Stone Age cultures into a chronological sequence of epochs, dies at 77
  • 1898 Hieronymus Theodor Richter, German Mineralogist and co-discoverer of the element indium, dies at 73
  • 1900 Félix-Gabriel Marchand, premier of Québec (b. 1832)
  • 1901 Arthur Fremantle, British general and American Civil War observer (b. 1835)
  • 1905 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (b. 1853)
  • 1914 A Lichtenstein, writer, dies at 25
  • 1914 Jan B Stobbaerts, Flemish painter, dies at 76
  • 1916 Julius Fucik, composer, dies at 44
  • 1917 Thomas Ashe, Irish revolutionary (b. 1885)
  • 1918 John Ireland, Irish/US archbishop of St Paul, dies at 80
  • 1918 Mikhail Alekseev, Russian general (b. 1857)
  • 1920 William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77
  • 1926 Herbert Booth, son of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1862)
  • 1928 Karl Schneider, cricketer (South Aust bat), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • 1929 Miller Huggins, manager (NY Yankees), dies from blood poisoning at 49
  • 1933 Paul Ehrenfest, Austria/Neth physicist, dies at 53
  • 1933 Ring Lardner, American writer (b. 1885)
  • 1940 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), dies at 57
  • 1944 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer (Irrfahrten), dies at 68
  • 1944 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, composer, dies at 43
  • 1945 Charles A Ellwood, US sociologist/psychologist, dies at 72
  • 1953 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • 1954 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71
  • 1958 John B Watson, US psychologist/behaviorist, dies at 80
  • 1959 Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • 1959 Helen Broderick, comedienne/actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies
  • 1959 S W R D Bandaranaike, Ceylon's PM, assassinated by a Buddhist monk
  • 1960 Emily Post, etiquette expert, dies at 86
  • 1961 Frank Fay, American actor (God's Gift to Women), dies at 69
  • 1970 Efim Golishev, composer, dies at 73
  • 1970 Erich M Remarque, German writer (Im West Nichts Neues), dies at 72
  • 1971 TC Jones, female impersonator, dies of cancer at 50

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1974 Coco the Clown, [Nikolai Poliakoff], dies at 73

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 1974 William Sloane, publisher/writer ("Edge of Running Water"), dies
  • 1975 Bob Considine, newscaster (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 68
  • 1977 Sidney van den Bergh, Dutch businessman/politician, dies at 78
  • 1978 Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • 1979 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1980 John Bonham, English pop drummer (Led Zeppelin), overdoses at 32
  • 1980 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • 1980 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (b. 1883)
  • 1980 Earl Curry, American religious author (b. 1890)
  • 1983 Leopold III, king of Belgium (1934-51), dies
  • 1984 Walter Pidgeon, actor (Forbidden Planet, Mrs Miniver), dies at 87
  • 1985 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
  • 1985 William Cumming Rose, American Biochemist, dies at 98
  • 1986 Ben Sajet, physician/politician, dies at 99
  • 1986 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1986 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician (b.1909)
  • 1986 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian Chemist and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 90
  • 1987 Emlyn Williams, actor/director (I Accuse, Ivanhoe, Scarf), dies at 81

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1987 Mary Astor, actress (Cynthia, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiesta), dies at 81

Actress Mary Astor
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Mary Astor
  • 1988 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1991 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief of Lyon, dies of cancer at 77
  • 1991 Max Koot, royal photographer, dies
  • 1991 Viviane Romance, French actress (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, dies at 91
  • 1994 John Richard Ravensdale, historian, dies at 73
  • 1994 Kitty Masters, actress, dies at 92
  • 1994 Ludwig Ferdinand von Hohenzollern, Germ prince of Prussia, dies at 86
  • 1994 Mark Alexander Abrams, market Researcher, dies at 88
  • 1995 Bessie Annie Elizabeth Delany, dentist writer, dies at 104
  • 1995 Dave Bowen, footballer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Dorothy Dickson, actress/dancer (Paying the Piper), dies at 102
  • 1996 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator, dies at 80
  • 1996 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, dies of cirrhosis at 45
  • 1997 Sayed Mutawli ad Imam scholar/broadcaster-Darsh, dies at 66
  • 1997 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • 1997 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
  • 2003 Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)
  • 2003 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Edward Said, Palestinian-born literary critic (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Franco Modigliani, Italian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Don Adams, American actor and comedian (Get Smart), dies at 82
  • 2005 George Archer, American golfer (b. 1939)
  • 2005 Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pakistani critic and linguist (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Urie Bronfenbrenner, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 2005 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Friedrich Peter, Austrian politician (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Jeff Cooper, American firearms expert (b. 1920)
  • 2006 John M. Ford, American author and poet (b. 1957)

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2006 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

  • 2007 Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Palestinian negotiator (b. 1919)
  • 2009 Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan pianist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Art Gilmore, American actor (b. 1912)
  • 2011 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, dies from ovarian cancer at 71
  • 2012 Andy Williams, American singer, dies from bladder cancer at 84