Who Died Today in History?

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  • 460 Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poetess, dies
  • 1139 Henry X the Trotse, duke of Bayern (1126-38), dies
  • 1187 Urban III, [Umberto Crivelli], Italian Pope (1185-87), dies
  • 1268 Conrad Hohenstaufen/Conradin, last Duke of Swabia, beheaded in Naples aged 16
  • 1274 Engelbert II of Falkenburg, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1438 Jacopo di Piero della Quercia, Italian sculptor, dies at about 64
  • 1525 Joannes Custos, S Neth humanist, dies at about 50
  • 1570 João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1631 Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • 1640 John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  • 1652 Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1676 Christopher Gibbons, composer, dies at 61
  • 1713 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (b. 1652)
  • 1740 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  • 1765 William August duke of Cumberland, Engl supreme commander, dies at 44
  • 1794 James Adam, System architect (essays on agriculture), dies at about 64
  • 1819 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1842 Grace Darling, English heroine (b. 1815)
  • 1864 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Confederate gen-major, dies at 27
  • 1865 Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerrilla (b. 1821)
  • 1870 Michael William Balfe, composer (Bohemian Girl), dies at 62

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1871 Charles Babbage, English mathematician/inventor (calculator), dies of renal failure at 79

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1876 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 68
  • 1882 Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentina poet (El arpa perdida), dies at 41

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1890 Richard Burton, English explorer and translator (Arabian Nights), dies at 69

Geographer, Explorer & Translator Richard Francis Burton
Geographer, Explorer & Translator
Richard Francis Burton
  • 1896 Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer, dies at 51
  • 1899 Robert H "Bobby" Gunning, British colonel (60th Rifles), dies in battle
  • 1900 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (As We Go), dies at 70
  • 1900 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  • 1904 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67
  • 1907 Said Pasha Kurd, Kurdish statesman (b.1834)
  • 1910 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), dies at 67
  • 1913 Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • 1926 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  • 1927 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • 1929 Rudolf Kittel, German theologist, dies at 76
  • 1931 Emanuel Moor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  • 1940 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1941 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • 1942 May Robson, actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • 1944 Gabriel Groulez, composer, dies at 65
  • 1950 Henry Lewsis Stimson, US minister of War/gov-gen, dies
  • 1952 Basil Radford, actor (Whisky Galore, Dead of Night), dies at 55
  • 1953 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1954 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • 1955 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • 1959 Werner Krauss, German actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75 (b. 1884)

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1964 Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1964 Miles WL Killearn of Killearn, baron/diplomat (Egypt), dies at 84

  • 1967 Yoshida Shigeru, Japanese politician and diplomat, Prime Minister of Japan (1946-54), dies at 89
  • 1968 Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, TV preacher, dies at 84
  • 1970 Patrick Wymark, actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies at 44
  • 1972 Harlow Shapley, astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • 1977 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • 1983 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • 1983 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1984 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)

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1984 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), dies at 82

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac
  • 1986 Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • 1987 Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 1988 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  • 1989 Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76
  • 1990 Joel McCrea, actor (Ramrod), dies of pulmonary complications at 84
  • 1990 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter dies at 72
  • 1992 Orton Chirwa, Malawi's lawyer/Justice minister, dies in captivity
  • 1993 Maurice Dolbier, US actor/writer (Nowhere near Everest), dies at 81
  • 1993 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 1994 Sergei Bondarchuk, Soviet director (Destiny of a Man, War and Peace), dies of a heart attack at 74

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1994 Burt Lancaster, actor (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80

  • 1994 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1994 Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50
  • 1994 Ivan Svitak, philosopher, dies at 69
  • 1994 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor/director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • 1995 Bernadette Hingley, priest, dies at 47
  • 1995 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), dies at 53
  • 1995 Jack Rose, screenwriter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Alfred William Bill Bedford, test Pilot, dies at 75
  • 1996 Mary Tuck, social researcher/civil servant, dies at 68
  • 1999 Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators (b. 1911)
  • 2001 Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • 2002 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2003 Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)

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2006 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • 2007 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2008 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)

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2010 Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine), dies at 79

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione
  • 2010 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)

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2011 Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), beaten to death in captivity by a Misratan militia at between 68–71

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 2011 Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • 2011 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • 2014 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2014 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58
  • 2015 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • 2016 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, dies at 77


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