On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1880

  • Jan 4 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, dies at 50
  • Jan 5 Benjamin J. Hill, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 54

Person of interestEmperor Norton

Jan 8 Joshua Abraham Norton, [Emperor Norton] Self-proclaimed US Emperor/Protector of Mexico, dies at 60

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • Jan 24 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, dies at 28
  • Jan 27 Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)

MurderJames Donnelly

Feb 4 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly
  • Feb 12 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), dies at 82
  • Feb 19 Constantino Brumidi, Greek-Italian-American historical artist (Myrtle Murdock), dies at 74
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
  • Mar 2 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • Mar 15 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • Mar 23 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 25 Joseph Rummel, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Ludmilla Assing, writer, dies
  • Mar 26 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67

  • Mar 29 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), dies at 44
  • Apr 7 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 58
  • Apr 13 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist (b. 1813)
  • Apr 23 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69
  • May 3 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • May 4 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • May 8 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58
  • May 9 Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
  • May 10 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • May 16 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • May 20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • May 22 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • May 26 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • May 31 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62
  • Jun 4 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • Jun 5 Jacobus J Cremer, painter/author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • Jun 16 James Southerton, cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies
  • Jun 18 John Sutter, US colonist (gold discovered on his land), dies at 77
  • Jun 28 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, dies at 33
  • Jun 29 George Willem Vreede, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • Jul 9 Paul Broca, French brain surgeon and anthropologist (located speech center), dies at 56
  • Jul 21 Hiram Walden, American politician, dies at 79
  • Jul 22 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)

  • Aug 15 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), dies while horse riding at 32
  • Aug 16 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), dies at 67
  • Aug 17 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • Aug 28 Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, dies at 61
  • Aug 29 Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, Bvt Major General (Union Army), dies at 47
  • Sep 1 Antoon Jurgens, margarine maker, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 William Hauser, composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 20 Donald McKay, Canadian-American naval architect (built fastest clipper ships), dies at 70
  • Sep 22 G. F. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia), dies at 29
  • Oct 4 William Lassell, British astronomer who discovered satellites of Uranus & Neptune, dies at 81
  • Oct 5 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • Oct 6 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Victorio, Apache chief/murderer, killed by Mexican army
  • Oct 16 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 7 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jacob Edvard Gille, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist and women's right activist (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies at 87

BattleNed Kelly

Nov 11 Ned Kelly, Australian outlaw and bushranger, executed at 25

Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly
Leader of the Kelly gang
Ned Kelly
  • Nov 19 Bernard de Hair, vicar/poet/church historian, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Guilherme Cossoul, Portuguese composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 28 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, dies at 43
  • Dec 2 Josephine Lang, German composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 11 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • Dec 12 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76

Person of interestGeorge Eliot

Dec 22 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English novelist (Adam Bede, Middlemarch), dies on her 61st birthday

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot
  • Dec 25 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor, dies at 52
  • Dec 27 Alessandro Nini, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 31 Arnold Ruge, German political philosopher and writer, dies at 78