Famous Deaths 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, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, US 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, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

Mar 6 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • Mar 9 William I, German Emperor (b. 1797)
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/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 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Mar 29 Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62

Person of interestMatthew Arnold

Apr 15 Matthew Arnold, English poet, dies at 65

Poet/Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet/Critic
Matthew Arnold
  • Apr 16 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 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 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 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 (Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Rafael Hernando, composer, dies at 66
  • 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, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 14 Charles Crocker, American railroad executive (President of Central & South Pacific Railroad), dies at 65
  • Aug 15 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 70

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

Aug 16 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 55

Pharmacist John Pemberton
Pharmacist
John Pemberton
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
  • 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 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies

Person of interestMary Ann Nichols

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols
  • Sep 9 John 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, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Stride, Long Liz, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Oct 8 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, 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, composer, 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 rabbi (b. 1808)