On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1902

  • Jan 6 Jan Bloch, Polish military theorist and peace activist, dies at 65
  • Jan 9 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian lawyer/Interior minister, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • Jan 14 Cato M. Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist (law of mass action), dies at 65
  • Jan 15 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, dies at 63
  • Jan 17 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • Jan 18 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart [Esther Pariseau], Canadian religious leader (US capitol), dies at 78
  • Feb 1 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist & composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Isaac Fransen van der Putten, Dutch PM (1866), dies
  • Feb 10 J N Krieger, German Selenographer, dies
  • Feb 15 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, dies at 68
  • Feb 19 Thomas F. Toon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • Feb 23 Samuel R Gardiner, British historian (Oliver Cromwell), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Isaac D France van de Putte, Dutch premier (1866), dies at 79
  • Mar 7 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB's first 300-game winner; no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), dies at 45
  • Mar 12 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage, while delivering a speech, at 54
  • Mar 14 Daniel H. Reynolds, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • Mar 17 George William Warren, American hymn composer, dies at 73

Cecil Rhodes

Mar 26 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), dies of heart failure at 48

  • Apr 2 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • Apr 6 Gleb Uspensky, Russian author (Power of the Soil), dies at 58
  • Apr 8 Dmitry Sipyagain, Russian Minister of Interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated by a Socialist-Revolutionary at 49
  • Apr 11 General Jacobus Potgieter, South African Boer commander, dies in Second Boer War Battle of Rooiwal, South African Republic
  • Apr 12 Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • Apr 17 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • Apr 27 Julius Sterling Morton, American politician (3rd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) & founder of Arbor Day, dies at 70
  • May 1 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • May 3 David R Capriles, Curacaos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
  • May 5 Bret Harte, American author (Outcasts of Poker Flat), dies at 65
  • May 26 Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)
  • May 27 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet, dies
  • Jun 5 Louis J. Weichmann, American clerk who was the chief witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 59
  • Jun 10 Auguste Schmidt, German teacher and feminist, dies at 68
  • Jun 10 Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet (b. 1845)
  • Jun 16 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (algebraic logic), dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Samuel Butler, English author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh), dies at 66
  • Jun 19 John Dalberg-Acton. British politician and historian: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, dies at 68
  • Jul 4 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, dies while meditating at 39
  • Jul 6 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 10 Albert, King of Saxony (1873-1902), dies at 74
  • Jul 12 Pieter Caland, Dutch hydraulic engineer (New Waterway), dies at 74
  • Jul 14 Mark Antokolski, Russian French sculptor, dies at 58
  • Jul 18 John White, American composer, dies at 47
  • Jul 22 Mieczysław Halka-Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal, dies at 79
  • Aug 1 Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies
  • Aug 3 August Klughardt, German composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 7 Rudolf von Bennigsen, German lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 8 James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • Aug 10 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies
  • Aug 31 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Iosif Ivanovici, Romanian military band leader and composer (Waves of the Danube), dies (b. 1845)
  • Sep 6 Frederick Able, English chemist and inventor (cordiet), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Philip James Bailey, English poet (Universal hymn), dies at 86
  • Sep 7 Franz Wullner, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 9 Titus AJ van Asch van Wijck, Governor of Suriname (1891-97), dies at 53
  • Sep 14 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76
  • Sep 19 Maria Hendrika, Queen of the Belgians, dies
  • Sep 19 Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
  • Sep 23 John Wesley Powell, US geologist (Grand Canyon), dies at 68

Levi Strauss

Sep 26 Levi Strauss, German-born American clothing designer who founded the 1st company to manufacture blue jeans (Levi Strauss & Co.), dies at 73

  • Sep 28 Emile Zola, French writer and critic (J'accuse), dies at 62
  • Sep 29 William McGonagall, Scottish-Irish poet infamous as an extremely bad poet and considered the worst in British history (The Tay Bridge Disaster, The Famous Tay Whale), dies at 77
  • Oct 4 Lionel Pigot Johnson, British poet and critic (Ireland & Other Poems), dies of a stroke at 35
  • Oct 22 Annie Jones, American bearded lady (P. T. Barnum circus), dies of tuberculosis. at 37
  • Oct 24 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 25 Frank Norris, American journalist and writer (McTeague), dies at 32
  • Oct 31 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 13 Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 82
  • Nov 14 Paulus T van der Maesen the Sombreff, foreign minister, dies
  • Nov 17 Hugh Price Hughes, Welsh Methodist Social reformer, dies at 55
  • Nov 22 Friedrich A Krupp, cannon manufacturer, commits suicide
  • Nov 22 Septimus Winner, American songwriter ("Listen To The Mockingbird"), dies at 75
  • Nov 23 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, dies at 51
  • Dec 3 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • Dec 4 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones and 1st editor of Wall St Journal), dies at 51
  • Dec 5 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78

Thomas Nast

Dec 7 Thomas Nast, German-American caricaturist and political cartoonist of late 1800s America, dies of yellow fever at 62

  • Dec 11 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
  • Dec 22 Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Austro–German psychiatrist and author (Psychopathia Sexualis), dies at 62
  • Dec 23 Frederick Temple, 95th Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 81