Who Died Today in History?

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  • 949 Herman I, Duke of Swabia
  • 969 Nicephorus II Phocas, Byzantine co-Emperor (963-69), murdered
  • 1198 Averroes, Arab physician and philosopher (b. 1126)
  • 1490 Antoine Haneron, Bourgundy diplomat, dies at about 90
  • 1508 René II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1451)
  • 1524 Henry van Zutphen, Dutch Augustine/Luthern minister, burned to death
  • 1572 Cornelis Musius, Dutch humanist/poet, murdered at 72
  • 1595 Reynier Cant, mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 59
  • 1603 William Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth's physician, dies at 59
  • 1616 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • 1618 Giulio Caccini, Italian composer
  • 1626 Edmund Gunter, English mathematician (b. 1581)
  • 1638 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatian writer (Osman), dies at 49
  • 1665 Tarquinio Mercula, composer, dies
  • 1736 António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
  • 1749 Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], writer (Voltaire), dies at 42
  • 1770 Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat, German court organist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1805 Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer, dies at 43
  • 1826 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer, dies at 68
  • 1831 Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (b. 1770)
  • 1833 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer, dies at 79
  • 1850 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (b. 1787)
  • 1865 King Léopold I of Belgium (b. 1790)
  • 1875 Otogaki Rengetsu, zen nun/benefactress of Tessai, dies at about 84
  • 1877 Federico Ricci, composer, dies at 68
  • 1877 Jared Kirtland, US physician/naturalist, dies
  • 1888 Mariano Obiols, composer, dies at 79
  • 1889 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50
  • 1890 Ludolf AJW Sloet van de Beele, gov-gen (Net India 1861-66), dies at 84

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1896 Alfred Nobel, Swedish Chemist and founder of the Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, dies at 63

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel
  • 1904 James Cranston, cricketer (scored 16 & 15 in Test for England), dies
  • 1909 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • 1910 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer, dies at 76
  • 1911 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist, dies at 94

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1917 Sir Mackenzie Bowell, fifth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of pneumonia at 93

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • 1920 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)
  • 1921 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • 1926 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • 1928 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Six Chansons), dies at 69
  • 1935 John H Aberson, 1st rector of Landbouw high school, dies at 78
  • 1936 Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer (Enrico IV, Nobel 1934), dies at 69
  • 1936 Robert Abel, cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies
  • 1938 Mario Pilati, composer, dies at 35
  • 1939 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • 1941 Colin Kelly, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1945 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer (b. 1913)

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1946 Damon Runyon, US journalist/writer, dies at 66

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon

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1946 Walter Johnson, great pitcher (Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1949 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • 1951 Algernon Blackwood, English writer (b. 1869)
  • 1953 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • 1958 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician, dies at 72
  • 1958 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • 1959 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • 1959 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1965 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • 1966 Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
  • 1967 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
  • 1967 Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1967 Otis Redding, singer (Dock of Bay), dies in plane crash at 26
  • 1967 Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
  • 1967 Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1968 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82
  • 1968 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65

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1968 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1968 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
  • 1969 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • 1969 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch min of Education/premier (1965-66), dies at 57
  • 1972 Mark A Van Doren, US literary (Our Lady Peace), dies at 78
  • 1973 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • 1974 Paul Richards, American actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1977 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1978 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • 1978 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • 1979 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • 1979 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • 1981 John Kieran, TV host (Information Please), dies at 89
  • 1982 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1983 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • 1983 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • 1986 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 1986 Susan Cabot-Roman, actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), dies
  • 1987 Jascha Heifetz, Russia, violinist, dies at 86
  • 1988 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • 1988 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • 1990 Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92
  • 1991 Berenice Abbott, US photographer, dies at 93
  • 1991 Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
  • 1992 Carlomagno Andrade, Equadorian general, dies
  • 1992 Dan Maskell, English tennis commentator (b. 1908)
  • 1993 Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 1994 Garnett Silk, Jamacian reggae musician, dies in a fire at 28
  • 1994 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • 1994 Keith Joseph, British MP (C), dies
  • 1994 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor, dies at 92
  • 1994 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • 1994 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Darren Robinson, singer, dies at 28
  • 1995 Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer, dies at 48
  • 1995 John Francis Boyd, journalist, dies at 85
  • 1995 Mary Madge Lascelles, literary critic/poet, dies at 95
  • 1995 Phillip Piratin, communist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • 1996 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • 1997 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • 1999 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)
  • 1999 Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 1999 Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Marie Windsor, American film actress (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1911)
  • 2002 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (b. 1945)

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2005 Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate (b. 1916)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

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2005 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), dies aged 65

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 2006 Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean dictator (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • 2008 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • 2010 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2010 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • 2010 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81
  • 2013 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist, dies at 83
  • 2013 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79
  • 2014 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • 2015 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 87