On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1889

  • Jan 10 Martin Andreas Udbye, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 13 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • Jan 17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • Jan 23 Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (Birth of Venus), dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Ivan Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), dies at 65

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Jan 30 Rudolf Franz Karl Joseph, Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dies at 30 in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge

  • Feb 1 Joseph Gungl, Austro-Hungarian bandmaster and composer of dances and marches, dies at 78
  • Feb 3 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies at 41
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • Mar 3 (Edward) Sydney Smith, British pianist and composer, dies at 49

John Ericsson

Mar 8 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), dies at 85

  • Mar 10 Yohannes IV [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle
  • Mar 12 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Mar 17 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch poet (Dietsche Warande), dies at 68
  • Mar 18 William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 27 Moritz Fürstenau, German composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 John Bright, English reform politician and anti0war advocate, dies at 77
  • Mar 28 Matilde "Tillie" Ziegler, killed by husband William Kemmler
  • Apr 4 Thomas T H Jorissen, historian, dies at 56
  • Apr 8 Harry Jupp, English cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies at 47
  • Apr 9 Michel Eugène Chevreul, French chemist (b. 1786)
  • Apr 15 Father Damien, Belgian missionary, dies at 49
  • Apr 19 Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • Apr 23 Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, French writer and critic, dies at 80
  • May 9 William S. Harney, American general, dies at 88
  • May 10 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • May 14 Volney E. Howard, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 15 Alfred Potocki, premier Austrian/governor/viceroy of Galicia, dies
  • May 17 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • May 17 Marie of Prussia, Queen consort of Bavaria (1848-64), dies at 63
  • May 18 Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress, dies at 65
  • Jun 8 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • Jun 27 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies at 48
  • Jun 27 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, dies at 50
  • Jun 28 Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Eugenio Terziani, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 4 Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, dies at 67
  • Jul 10 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45), dies at 69
  • Jul 11 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author and poet, dies at 34
  • Jul 13 Carli Zoeller, German composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 13 Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (b. 1830)
  • Jul 16 Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education, dies at 83
  • Jul 21 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • Jul 30 Charles Absolom, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies in an accident
  • Aug 2 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (Juan Moreira), dies at 38
  • Aug 4 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Ernst Franck, German composer and conductor, dies at 42
  • Aug 18 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, dies from an overdose at 34
  • Aug 19 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (Contes cruels), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 John Sanger, British circus entrepreneur, dies (b. 1816)
  • Aug 24 Jan Matzeliger, Surinamese-Dutch inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies at 36
  • Aug 29 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (b. 1815)
  • Sep 23 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (The Moonstone), dies at 65
  • Sep 24 Daniel Harvey Hill, Confederate General (American Civil War), dies at 68
  • Sep 29 Louis Faidherbe, French general and colonel administrator in Senegal, dies at 71
  • Oct 3 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), dies at 66
  • Oct 10 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 11 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • Oct 17 N.G. [Nikolay Gavrilovich] Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (What Is to Be Done?), dies at 61
  • Oct 18 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • Oct 22 Olivier Metra, French composer (Esperance!), dies at 59
  • Oct 24 Loisa Puget, French composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 15 Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat, dies at 88
  • Nov 18 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68
  • Nov 20 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), dies at 63
  • Dec 3 Baltasar Saldoni, Spanish composer and musicologist, dies at 82

Jefferson Davis

Dec 6 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

  • Dec 6 Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50
  • Dec 12 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 21 J. B. Lightfoot, English theologist and bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • Dec 21 Friedrich August Quenstedt, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 80
  • Dec 24 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • Dec 31 Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52