Who Died Today in History?

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  • 548 Theodora, dancer/empress of Byzantine (Nika-oproer), dies
  • 573 Alboin, king of Longobarden, probably poisoned by his wife
  • 767 Paul I, Italian Pope (757-67), dies
  • 1061 Floris I, count of Holland, dies
  • 1175 Andrei Bogolyubsky, Russian prince
  • 1194 Emperor Xiaozong of Song China (b. 1127)
  • 1385 Andronicus IV Paleologus, Byzantine anti-emperor, dies
  • 1389 Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia (b. 1329)
  • 1586 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (b. 1508)
  • 1598 Abraham Ortelius, [Ortels/Hortels], South Neth geographer, dies at 71
  • 1617 Johan Evertsen de Captain, Swiss admiral, dies in battle
  • 1714 Cornelis Chastelein, colonial director, dies at 56
  • 1714 Daniel van Papenbroeck, Flemish jesuit/historian, dies at 86
  • 1716 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English general (b. 1665)
  • 1742 Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner, composer, dies at 52
  • 1748 Marretje Arends, [Matje of Nieuwendijk], Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1748 Pieter van Dort, Amsterdam plunderer, hanged
  • 1776 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • 1788 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1798 Pierre Dutillieu, composer, dies at 44
  • 1802 Johann J Angel, German author/director, dies at 60
  • 1806 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1813 Gerhard JD von Scharnhorst, Prus min of War (1807-10), dies in battle
  • 1830 David Walker, abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), dies at 44
  • 1834 Joseph Bové, Russian architect (b. 1784)

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1836 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), dies in Montpelier Va at 85

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1846 Adrian van de Ende, vicar/protestant reformer, dies at 77
  • 1855 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, composer, dies at 86
  • 1857 Joseph Fischhof, composer, dies at 53
  • 1872 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer, dies at 66
  • 1876 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist, dies at 59
  • 1880 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy (b. 1846)
  • 1881 Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (b. 1798)
  • 1889 Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70
  • 1890 Edouard Gregoir, composer, dies at 67
  • 1891 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, composer, dies at 63
  • 1892 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (b. 1810)
  • 1909 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • 1910 Gustave Leon Huberti, composer, dies at 67
  • 1913 Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, President of Brazil (b. 1841)
  • 1914 Sophie, Princess of Austria, assassinated

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1914 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, led to declarations of war in WWI

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand
Archduke of Austria
Franz Ferdinand
  • 1915 Victor Trumper, cricketer (48 Tests for Australia, 3163 runs), dies
  • 1916 Ştefan Luchian, Romanian painter (b. 1868)
  • 1922 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet (b. 1885)
  • 1929 Edward Carpenter, English poet (b. 1844)
  • 1937 Max Adler, Austrian socialist theorist, dies at 64
  • 1940 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • 1946 Eduard Veterman, Dutch painter/playwright, dies in an auto accident
  • 1947 Stanislav K Neumann, Czech poet (Anti-Guide), dies at 72
  • 1950 Henry Balfour Gardiner, composer, dies at 72
  • 1954 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26
  • 1957 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), dies at 88
  • 1958 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Robin Hood), dies at 77
  • 1958 George Gunn, cricketer (15 Tests for England), dies at 50
  • 1960 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • 1962 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • 1963 Frank "Home Run" Baker, (hit 2 HRs in 1911 world series) dies at 77
  • 1964 King Calder, actor (Lt Grey-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
  • 1965 [Theodora E] Betsy Ranucci-Beckman, actress (Dood Water), dies at 88
  • 1965 Red Nichols, American musician (b. 1905)
  • 1971 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • 1971 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48
  • 1971 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • 1974 Frank Sutton, actor (Sgt Vince Carter-Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • 1975 Rod Serling, American writer and host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), dies at 50
  • 1975 Konstantinos Apostolos Doxiadis, Greek architect (b. 1913)
  • 1975 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • 1976 Stanley Baker, actor (Accident, Guns of Navarone), dies at 49
  • 1978 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • 1979 Paul Dessau, German composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33), dies at 84
  • 1980 Heal Gahagan Douglas, (Rep-D-Ca), lost to Nixon, dies at 79
  • 1980 Herbie Faye, comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81
  • 1980 Yoshiro Irino, composer, dies at 58
  • 1980 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (b. 1895)
  • 1981 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • 1981 Peter Paul Kreuder, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1981 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • 1982 Gerard[us M] Rutten, director (Sterren stralen overal), dies
  • 1982 Harry Mills, US, singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 70
  • 1985 James Craig, actor (Human Comedy, Kismet), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 1985 Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor, dies at 72
  • 1988 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • 1989 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90
  • 1990 Estelle Lamont, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (12 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1991 Klas Bruinsma, clergyman, dies
  • 1992 Mikhail Tai, World chess champion (1960-61), dies at 55
  • 1993 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Don Carlos), dies at 79
  • 1993 GG Allin, American punk rock singer (b. 1956)
  • 1994 Fredericka Carolyn Washington, actress (Black & Tan), dies at 90
  • 1994 William A Henry III, critic (Time Mag), dies of heart attack at 44
  • 1995 Donald Sinclair, vet, dies at 83
  • 1996 George Ghita Ionescu, academic, dies at 83
  • 1996 Michael Wishart, artist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Piers Gray, critic/writer, dies at 49
  • 1996 Ronald George Woodman, pilot, dies at 82
  • 1996 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • 2000 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • 2000 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (b. 1908)
  • 2001 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • 2001 Joan Sims, English actress (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Brenda Howard, American LGBT activist (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Jim Baen, American science fiction publisher and editor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 George Page, American television host (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)
  • 2006 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Eugene Bennett Fluckey, American Navy Submariner (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
  • 2009 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • 2009 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, dies at 92
  • 2014 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • 2015 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • 2016 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • 2016 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • 2016 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85


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