On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1880

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

Emperor Norton

Jan 8 Emperor Norton [Joshua Abraham Norton], British born self proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States", dies at 60

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

Murder of InterestJames Donnelly

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

  • 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, German composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Ludmilla Assing, German writer, dies at 59
  • 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 60
  • Apr 7 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 52
  • Apr 13 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist, dies at 67
  • 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, German composer, dies at 54
  • May 10 John Goss, British organist and composer (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 Jacob Cremer, Dutch painter and author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • Jun 16 James Southerton, English cricket spin bowler (2 Tests; played in first Test match; oldest player to make Test debut at 49; Sussex CCC, Hampshire CCC), dies at 52
  • Jun 18 John Sutter, German-Swiss-American colonist who established Sutter's Fort in what is now Sacramento and where gold was first discovered in California, 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, American minister and 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 and 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, German composer, conductor, and music theorist, dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jacob Edvard Gille, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist and women's right activist (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies at 87
  • Nov 19 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet (Herbert and Clara) and church historian, 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 Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76

George Eliot

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

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