Famous Deaths in 1903

  • Jan 3 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • Jan 4 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • Jan 4 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • Jan 4 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • Jan 17 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • Jan 21 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • Jan 28 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 28 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), dies at 54
  • Feb 1 George G Stokes, British physicist/pres Royal Society, dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Frederick E Kitziger, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 11 Henryk Szulc, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • Feb 15 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61
  • Feb 22 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies
  • Feb 22 Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Austrian composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
  • Feb 23 Albert Cahen, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 23 Friedrich Grutzmacher, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Richard J Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Girolamo/Jeromin de Rada, Albanian poet, dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Joseph H Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • Mar 5 George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier (b. 1854)
  • Mar 13 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88
  • Mar 14 Johannes H Weissenbruch, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • Apr 11 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • Apr 29 Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (b. 1835)
  • Apr 30 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)
  • May 1 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • May 1 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • May 4 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)

Person of interestPaul Gauguin

May 8 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • May 16 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • May 19 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47
  • May 29 Bruce Price, American architect (b. 1845)
  • Jun 10 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), dies
  • Jun 11 King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia are assassinated by a group of army officers as part of a coup
  • Jun 11 Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)
  • Jun 22 George White, African American resident of Delaware, lynched
  • Jun 29 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, dies at 23
  • Jul 2 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), dies at Niagara Falls at 35
  • Jul 7 José Augusto Ferreira Veiga, Viscount of Arneiro, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 9 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist (b. 1842)
  • Jul 13 August Reissmann, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 17 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Whistler's Mother), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American emancipationist (b. 1810)
  • Jul 30 Servas Daems, [Peeter Klein], Flem writer (Wheelbarrows), dies at 65

Person of interestCalamity Jane

Aug 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, dies at 51

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • Aug 2 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)

  • Aug 11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)

Person of interestRobert Gascoyne-Cecil

Aug 22 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), dies at 73

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Aug 23 Paul Gabriël, Dutch water colors painter and etcher, dies at 75
  • Aug 28 August Labitzky, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestFrederick Law Olmsted

Aug 28 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), dies at 81

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • Aug 30 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • Sep 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neo criticism), dies
  • Sep 3 Joseph Skipsey, British poet (b. 1832)
  • Sep 4 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 6 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), dies at 66
  • Sep 18 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 18 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 28 Jesus Monasterio, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 3 Benedetto Junck, composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66
  • Oct 26 Herbert Stanley Oakeley, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 26 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, dies at 64

Person of interestTheodor Mommsen

Nov 1 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), dies at 85

Historian Theodor Mommsen
Historian
Theodor Mommsen
  • Nov 13 Wilhelm von Polenz, German author (Country of Zukunft), dies

Person of interestCamille Pissarro

Nov 13 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, dies at 73

Person of interestTom Horn

Nov 20 Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • Nov 24 Charles Dupee Blake, composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 25 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54
  • Dec 2 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 6 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestHerbert Spencer

Dec 8 Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (Social Statics), dies at 83

Philosopher and Intellectual Herbert Spencer
Philosopher and Intellectual
Herbert Spencer
  • Dec 11 Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
  • Dec 14 William Ennis, 1st cop to die in electric chair
  • Dec 20 Gavriil Musicescu, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 28 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46