On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1884

Gregor Mendel

Jan 6 Gregor Mendel, Austrian monk and geneticist (discoverer of laws of heredity), dies at 61

  • Jan 6 Paul Taglioni, "the Great," Italian Austrian choreographer, dies at 75
  • Jan 17 Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 26 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 14 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, dies of Bright's disease at 22
  • Feb 21 John Pike Hullah, English composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 23 Jimmy Tambo, Australian aboriginal, US circus attraction, dies at 23
  • Mar 1 Isaac Todhunter, English mathematician, dies at 63
  • Mar 13 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
  • Mar 14 Quintino Sella, Italian statesman (b. 1827)
  • Mar 19 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 21 Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar, dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 31 Jan T Beelen, Neth/Belgian catholic bible expert, dies at 77
  • Apr 3 Carel van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch Cath politician, dies at 59
  • Apr 5 John Wisden, English cricket all-rounder (launched Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1864; Sussex CCC, Kent CCC, Middlesex CCC), dies at 57
  • Apr 6 Emanuel Geibel, writer, dies at 68
  • Apr 7 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), dies at 69
  • May 4 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 80
  • May 7 Judah P. Benjamin, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of State and 2nd Confederate States Secretary of War, dies at 72
  • May 9 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, dies at 69
  • May 12 [Friedrich] Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (The Bartered Bride; Má Vlast; Moldau), dies at 60

Cyrus McCormick

May 13 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

  • May 17 Louis Brassin, Belgian pianist, composer and music educator, dies at 43
  • May 22 William T. Wofford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army-American Civil War), dies at 59
  • Jun 8 Henry Clay Work, American composer, dies at 51
  • Jun 18 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentine political theorist and writer (Crime of War), dies at 74
  • Jun 21 Alexander, Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the Netherlands, dies of typhus at 32
  • Jun 25 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • Jul 5 Victor Masse, composer, dies at 62

Paul Morphy

Jul 10 Paul Morphy, American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61), dies at 47

  • Jul 18 Ferdinand von Hochstetter, Austrian geologist (b. 1829)
  • Aug 1 Heinrich Laube, writer, dies
  • Aug 6 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • Aug 23 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), dies at 67
  • Sep 17 Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 20 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist, dies at 82
  • Sep 28 Fred Morley, English cricket fast bowler, (4 Tests, 16 wickets, BB 5/56; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 33
  • Sep 30 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 3 Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz), dies at 44
  • Oct 31 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian diarist and painter, dies at 25
  • Nov 2 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Alfred Brehm German zoologist (b. 1827)
  • Nov 16 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (b. 1835)
  • Nov 27 Franziska "Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina/choreography, dies at 74
  • Dec 1 William Swainson (lawyer), second, and last, Attorney-General (New Zealand) of the Crown Colony of New Zealand (b. 1809)
  • Dec 4 Alice Mary Smith, British composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 28 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist and publisher, dies at 56