On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1890

  • Dec 2 Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Major General (Confederate Army - American Civil War), dies at 66
  • Dec 3 Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), dies of insanity at 39
  • Dec 6 Joe Coburn, Irish boxer (Heavyweight C'ship of America 1863-65), dies from tuberculosis at 55
  • Dec 10 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), dies at 84

Sitting Bull

Dec 15 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief who helped led his people to victory in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

  • Dec 21 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 73

Heinrich Schliemann

Dec 26 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

  • Dec 29 Big Foot, Sioux Indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee
  • Dec 31 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (Costa Rica's first woman in the military), dies at 74