On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1904

  • Jan 2 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess (daughter of Napoleon's brother Jérôme Bonaparte and his second wife, Catharina of Württemberg, daughter of King Frederick I of Württemberg) and socialite, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel, German geologist and paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • Jan 9 Alfred Richard, cricketer (6 & 0 in only Test for S Af 1895-96), dies
  • Jan 10 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)
  • Jan 15 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 26 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 26 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)
  • Jan 27 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Peter Paul Maria Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian & writer, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 William C. Whitney, American financier and 31st United States Secretary of the Navy, dies at 62
  • Feb 10 John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
  • Feb 20 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832)
  • Feb 23 Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian homeopath doctor and founder of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal and Chief of the German General Staff, dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Ferdinand André Fouqué, French geologist (b. 1828)
  • Mar 24 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Vasily Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies at 61
  • Apr 16 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet, dies at 16
  • Apr 16 Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • Apr 24 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist, dies at 77
  • May 1 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), dies at 62
  • May 6 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67
  • May 7 Peter Hille, German writer, dies at 49
  • May 8 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer, pioneer in study of motion, dies at 74
  • May 14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • May 16 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • May 19 Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • May 26 Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist and namesake of Tourette's syndrome, dies from Syphilis at 46
  • Jun 3 Vincent Tancred, South African cricketer (Bernard & Louis bro, Test for S A), commits suicide at 28
  • Jun 12 Camille de Renesse, Belgian nobleman and entrepreneur, dies at 67
  • Jun 13 Nikiphoros Lytras, Greek painter (b. 1832)
  • Jun 19 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), dies of pernicious anemia at 67
  • Jun 29 Tom Emmett, England cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, famous roundarm action), dies at 62
  • Jul 3 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and founder (Zionist movement), dies at 44
  • Jul 3 Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)
  • Jul 5 Abai Kunanbaiuli, Kazakh poet (b. 1845)

Paul Kruger

Jul 14 Paul Kruger, 3rd President of South African Republic (1883-1900) and face of Boer resistance during the Second Boer War, dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Jul 22 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), dies at 58
  • Jul 23 John Simon, British pathologist, public health officer, and 1st Chief Medical Officer (1855-76), dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Vyacheslav von Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior, killed by Jewish revolutionaries after a bomb is thrown at his carriage, dies at 58
  • Aug 4 Arnold Krug, German composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Eduard Hanslick, German music critic, dies at 78
  • Aug 9 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French politician (29th Prime Minister of France), dies at 57
  • Aug 12 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), dies of epileptic convulsions at 43
  • Aug 22 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, American writer, dies at 54
  • Aug 25 William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)
  • Aug 29 Murad V, 33rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876), dies at 63
  • Aug 30 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, dies at 25
  • Sep 18 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto, dies
  • Sep 21 Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perces), dies
  • Sep 24 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and phototherapist (Nobel 1903), dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Lafcadio Hearn, American author (Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan), dies at 54
  • Sep 26 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
  • Sep 30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • Oct 1 William Harcourt, British Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 76
  • Oct 4 Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (b. 1847)
  • Oct 4 Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist (invented Beyer Process to produce aluminium), dies at 57
  • Oct 8 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, dies at 62
  • Oct 12 Charles Dowd, American principal who was the 1st to propose standardized time zones (for America's railways), struck and killed by a train at 79
  • Oct 13 Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (b. 1870)
  • Oct 17 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, dies at 32
  • Oct 20 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 21 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • Oct 25 Teresa Milanollo, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 3 Gaston Serpette, French composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 4 Jack Brown, English cricketer (8 Tests for England 1894-99), dies at 35
  • Nov 18 Justus van Maurik, Dutch author and cigar manufacturer, dies at 58
  • Nov 22 Theophile E A de Bock, painter/etcher, dies
  • Nov 30 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 10 James Cranston, English cricketer (scored 16 & 15 in Test for England), dies
  • Dec 24 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), dies at 55
  • Dec 25 Vilhelm Svedbom, Swedish composer, dies at 61