Famous Deaths in 1887

  • Jan 1 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter, dies at 66
  • Jan 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • Jan 14 Peter Donders, Dutch Roman Catholic missionary to Suriname, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • Feb 10 Ellen Wood, English author (Pomeroy Abbey), dies at 73
  • Feb 10 Pieter JBCR van der Aa, Dutch geographer, dies at 54
  • Feb 15 Alexander Borodin, composer, dies
  • Feb 19 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, Russian composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 2 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • Mar 2 Wilhelm Troszel, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • Mar 8 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • Mar 8 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)
  • Mar 16 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 24 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic (b. 1837)

  • Mar 28 Ditler G Monrad, Danish bishop/premier (1863-..), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 20 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • Apr 28 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian and composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer, dies at 71
  • May 7 Samuel Cousins, English mezzotint engraver, dies at 85
  • May 7 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • May 8 Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
  • May 11 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
  • May 14 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • May 14 William Burnham Woods, American politician, judge, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 62
  • May 23 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74
  • May 27 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • Jun 12 Gustav Weber, composer, dies at 41
  • Jun 21 Adolf Schimon, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 5 August F Pott, German philological (That Personennamen), dies
  • Jul 14 Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant, dies at 75
  • Jul 16 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle at Woeringen), dies at 73

Person of interestDorothea Dix

Jul 17 Dorothea Dix, American pioneering nurse and social activist who created the first American mental asylums, dies at 85

Nurse and Social Activist Dorothea Dix
Nurse and Social Activist
Dorothea Dix
  • Jul 25 John Taylor, American religious leader (b. 1808)
  • Jul 29 Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman (d. 1813)
  • Aug 1 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, dies at 79
  • Aug 14 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • Aug 17 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74

  • Aug 18 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
  • Aug 20 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), dies at 27
  • Aug 27 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 14 Friedrich T Vischer, German philosopher/writer (Auch einer), dies
  • Sep 21 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • Sep 29 Bernhard von Langenbeck, German surgeon and founder of Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery, dies at 76
  • Oct 7 George James Webb, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), dies at 61
  • Oct 17 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), dies at 63
  • Oct 31 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, dies at 74
  • Nov 2 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67

Person of interestDoc Holliday

Nov 8 Doc Holliday, American gambler and gunfighter, dies at 36

Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • Nov 18 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 18 Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Heinrich Panofka, German violist and composer, dies at 80

Person of interestEmma Lazarus

Nov 19 Emma Lazarus, US poet ("Give us your tired & poor"), dies in New York at 38

  • Nov 20 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • Nov 25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • Dec 1 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
  • Dec 9 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • Dec 26 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40