Who Died Today in History?

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  • 524 Chlodomer, Frankish King of Orléans dies at about 29
  • 526 Theodorik the Great, King of Ostrogoten (b. 454)
  • 1181 Alexander III, [Orlando Bandinelli], Italian Pope (1159-81), dies
  • 1428 Emperor Shōkō (b. 1401)
  • 1482 Louis van Bourbon, prince-Bishop of Luik (Cluppelslagers), dies
  • 1483 Louis XI, King of France (1461-83), dies at 60
  • 1529 Juan del Encina, composer, dies at 61
  • 1580 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • 1617 Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (b. 1586)
  • 1619 Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1535)
  • 1666 Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer, dies
  • 1723 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch tradesman and scientist (b. 1632)
  • 1745 Jean-Baptiste Maurice Quinault, composer, dies at 57
  • 1751 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)
  • 1808 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer, dies at 83
  • 1809 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies
  • 1826 Theodor Zwetler, composer, dies at 67
  • 1844 Francis Baily, English astronomer/mathematician (Baily's Beads), dies
  • 1856 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)
  • 1862 Charles Bernard Desormes, French Physicist and Chemist (carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide compositions), dies at 91
  • 1879 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • 1886 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)
  • 1896 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)
  • 1903 Vincente F Lopez, historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • 1904 Kate Fanny Loder, composer, dies at 79
  • 1906 Hans Auer, Swiss architect (b. 1847)
  • 1907 Richard Mansfield, American actor and manager (b. 1857)
  • 1910 Albert Vandal, French earl/historian (Napoleon), dies at 57
  • 1914 Adrian H Stewart, British lieutenant, dies in battle in Cameroon at 26
  • 1914 Aleksandr Samsonov, Russian general, commits suicide
  • 1917 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • 1919 Johann Sigurjonsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), dies
  • 1928 Wilhelm Wien, Ger physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64
  • 1932 Willem M van Rossum, cardinal/prefect of Propaganda Fide, dies at 77
  • 1934 Earnest L Wolzogen, German writer (That tolle Komtess), dies at 79
  • 1935 Henri Barbusse, French writer (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1938 Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)

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1940 J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)

Physicist J. J. Thomson
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J. J. Thomson
  • 1941 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
  • 1943 A[braham] [P] Merritt, author (Moon Pool, Creep Shadow!), dies at 58
  • 1944 Morten Nielsen, Danish resistance fighter, dies
  • 1946 Grigory Semyonov, Russian counter-revolutionary (executed) (b. 1890)
  • 1949 Arthur Fielder, England cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies
  • 1952 Arky Vaughn, infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
  • 1953 Dimitar Nenov, composer, dies at 51
  • 1956 Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Charles Coburn, actor (Heaven Can Wait, Idiot's Delight), dies at 84
  • 1963 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • 1963 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • 1964 Wesley Lau, actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
  • 1968 William Talman, actor (Hamilton-Perry Mason), dies at 53
  • 1970 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • 1970 Del Moore, actor/announcer (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
  • 1970 Del Moore, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • 1974 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Leeuwenhoek), dies at 87
  • 1979 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • 1981 Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • 1981 Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

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1981 Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

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  • 1982 Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor, dies at 86
  • 1985 Taylor Caldwell, English-born author (b. 1900)
  • 1986 Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss Botanist, dies at 87
  • 1989 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • 1989 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1991 Alan Wheatley, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 84
  • 1991 Hans Koetsier, sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies
  • 1991 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies
  • 1993 Richard Jordan, US actor (Hunt for Red October, Posse), dies at 55
  • 1994 Lindsay Anderson, British director/critic (If ...), dies at 71
  • 1994 Michael Gribble, film animator (Mike & Spike Festival), dies at 42
  • 1995 Dame Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian, dies at 96
  • 1995 Fischer S Black Jr, financial Theorist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Frank Perry, film director, dies at 65
  • 1995 Holmes Sterling Morrison, musician, dies at 53
  • 1995 Thomas Chalmers, broadcaster, dies at 82
  • 1996 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Elsa), dies at 43
  • 1996 Jose Toribio Merino, admiral/milt junta of Chile (1973-80), dies at 80
  • 1996 Louise Brown, dancer/teacher, dies at 89
  • 1999 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1907)
  • 2002 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)

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2003 Charles Bronson, American actor, dies at 81

  • 2003 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2004 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)

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2013 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature)

  • 2015 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • 2015 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • 2015 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91