On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1893

  • Jan 2 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • Jan 9 Mohara, Arab ivory/slave trader, dies in battle & is eaten
  • Jan 11 Benjamin F Butler, US gen/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
  • Jan 15 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Julius Eichberg, German composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 22 Vincenz Lachner, German composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 23 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet (Granada), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), dies at 57
  • Jan 26 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 James G. Blaine, US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", dies at 62
  • Jan 28 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 60
  • Feb 1 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco, dies at 70
  • Feb 13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • Feb 18 Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician and lawyer (3rd Attorney General of California), dies at 78
  • Feb 20 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), dies at 74
  • Mar 5 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher and historian (Voyage in Italy), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Richard Samuel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 37
  • Mar 9 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 16 William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer, dies at 48
  • Mar 17 Jules Ferry, French statesman, dies at 60
  • Mar 19 Karel Komzák I, Bohemian organist, conductor, military bandleader, and composer, dies at 69 [1]
  • Apr 4 Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, French-Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • Apr 19 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), dies at 52
  • Apr 22 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor & academic, dies at 67
  • Apr 27 John Murray Corse, American general (Union), dies on his 58th birthday
  • Apr 27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand & the founder of the Liberal Party, dies of intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • Apr 30 Gyula Beliczay, Hungarian composer and teacher, dies at 57
  • May 3 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • May 4 George Washington Hewitt, American composer, dies at 82
  • May 14 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician (surface of Kummer), dies at 83
  • May 14 Johan T Buys, Dutch lawyer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman, dies at 87

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Jun 5 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher, dies of stomach cancer at 69

  • Jun 7 Johann Schrammel, Austrian composer, dies at 43

Edwin Booth

Jun 7 Edwin Booth, American Shakespearean actor (Hamlet), dies at 59

  • Jun 10 Elek Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 49
  • Jun 15 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82

Leland Stanford

Jun 21 Leland Stanford, American business tycoon (Southern Pacific Railroad), 8th Governor of California and founder of Stanford University, dies of heart failure at 69

  • Jun 23 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)

Guy de Maupassant

Jul 6 Guy de Maupassant, French author (Boule de Suif), dies four days after trying to commit suicide by cutting his throat at 42

  • Jul 9 William Scotton, English cricketer (wicket in 15 Tests for Eng), commits suicide at 37
  • Jul 9 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79
  • Jul 17 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (b. 1833)
  • Jul 19 James T. Holtzclaw, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59
  • Jul 20 Tom Kelly, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1877-79, 64 runs), dies at 49
  • Aug 6 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
  • Aug 7 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 16 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist, dies at 77
  • Aug 17 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52 [NS=8/29]
  • Aug 22 Ernst II, Duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52 [OS=8/17]
  • Sep 3 James Harrison, Scottish-born inventor (b. 1816)
  • Sep 7 Hamilton Fish, American politician (Governor of New York), dies at 85
  • Sep 8 Luke Short, American Old West gunslinger and saloon owner, dies of dropsy at 39
  • Sep 15 Thomas Hawksley, English civil engineer (water supply), dies at 86
  • Sep 19 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, dies at 76
  • Oct 4 Pieter J Elout van Soeterwoude, MP (AR), dies at 88
  • Oct 6 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 10 Lip Pike, American baseball player, dies at 48
  • Oct 16 Carlo Pedrotti, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • Oct 18 Charles Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • Oct 18 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), dies at 75
  • Nov 4 Cornelis Eliza van Koetsveld, Dutch writer and preacher, dies at 86
  • Nov 4 Pierre Tirard, French politician (b. 1827)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Nov 6 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), dies of suspected cholera at 53

  • Nov 7 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, dies at 37
  • Nov 8 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), dies at 70
  • Nov 12 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, premier of Austria (1852-59), dies at 80
  • Nov 13 Arnaud-Michel d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 78
  • Nov 16 George Alexander Osborne, Irish pianist and composer (La Pluie de perles), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Nov 17 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
  • Nov 22 James Calder, 5th President of the Pennsylvania State University (b. 1826)
  • Nov 30 Jacobus J Backer, German sea historian, dies at 68
  • Dec 1 Eduard Franck, German composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 4 Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major, dies in battle against the Ndebeles during First Matabele War
  • Dec 4 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Heinrich Göbel, German-born mechanic and inventor, dies at 75
  • Dec 9 George Elvey, English composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian poet & novelist, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Levinus T Keuchenius, Dutch min of Colonies (1888-90), dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 22 Johann Czerski, German chaplain, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Victor Schœlcher, French abolitionist writer, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Jacob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch vicar and theologian, dies at 74