Famous People Who Died in 1888

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 23 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, English poet and author (famous for his nonsense poems - The Owl and the Pussycat), dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • Feb 8 Robert H. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army, dies at 52
  • Feb 11 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 4 Amos Bronson Alcott, American reformer, philosopher and poet (Table Talk), dies at 88
  • Mar 9 William I, King of Prussia (1861-88) and the 1st German Emperor (1871-88), dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • Mar 24 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • Mar 25 Francesco Faà di Bruno, Italian mathematician, and later Catholic priest and advocate for the poor, dies at 62
  • Mar 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Mar 29 Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Thomas Green Clemson, American politician and founder of Clemson University, dies at 80
  • Apr 14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 16 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist and chemist, dies at 42
  • Apr 18 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), dies at 58
  • May 17 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  • Jun 3 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 12 Carel Vosmaer, art historian/poet/editor (Neth Spectator), dies at 62
  • Jun 15 Frederick III, German Emperor (1888), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jun 20 Cesare Dominiceti, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 20 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • Jun 23 Emil Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 4 Theodor Storm, German judge and author (Immensee, Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Rafael Hernando, Spanish composer of zarzuelas, dies at 66
  • Jul 19 Yamaoka Tesshū, Japanese swordsman and master of kendo, dies at 52
  • Jul 20 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • Jul 21 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • Jul 23 Williams Carter Wickham, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • Aug 8 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82

Charles Crocker

Aug 14 Charles Crocker, American business tycoon & railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

  • Aug 15 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • Aug 19 Spencer F. Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (one of the founders of the study of thermodynamics), dies at 66

Murder of InterestMary Ann Nichols

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, English prostitute and 1st victim of Jack the Ripper, found stabbed to death in London at 42

  • Sep 8 Annie Chapman, English victim of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, murdered at about 48
  • Sep 9 Jan van Swieten, Dutch governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71
  • Sep 11 Domingo F. Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Catherine Eddowes, English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Oct 4 Tom King, English boxer (English heavyweight champion 1862-63), rower and bookmaker, dies of bronchitus at 53
  • Oct 8 Jules d'Anethan, Belgian politician, Prime Minister of Belgium (1870-71), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • Oct 19 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38
  • Nov 1 Nikolai Przhevalsky, Russian explorer (b. 1838)
  • Nov 10 George Bingham, British 3rd Lord Lucan (Charge of the Light Brigade), dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Nathaniel Currier, American lithographer (Currier & Ives), dies at 75
  • Dec 2 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, dies at 54
  • Dec 2 Namık Kemal, Turkish writer and journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • Dec 3 Carl Zeiss, German scientific instrument and lens maker (Carl Zeiss AG), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 31 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German Orthodox rabbi and intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism, dies at 80