Famous Deaths in 1908

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born Jewish poet and playwright (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, German poet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • Jan 17 Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • Jan 25 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • Jan 25 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • Jan 28 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47
  • Feb 1 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • Feb 10 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, Nationalist and a founder of Egyptian National Party, dies at 33
  • Feb 14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 21 Harriet Hosmer, American neoclassical sculptor, dies at 77
  • Feb 23 Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon (b. 1823)
  • Feb 24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, dies at 66

  • Feb 28 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Pat Garrett, American Western lawman, dies at 57
  • Feb 29 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
  • Mar 3 Karl Josef Rudolph Cornely, German Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 77
  • Mar 11 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Revd Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)
  • Mar 12 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (b. 1851)
  • Mar 28 John Eliot, English meteorologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 4 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 11 Henry Bird, English Chess player and author (b. 1829)
  • Apr 20 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85

Person of interestHenry Campbell-Bannerman

Apr 22 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1905-08), dies at 71

British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • Apr 22 Ellison Capers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • May 12 Melesio Morales, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
  • May 24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1861-62, 64, 67), dies as result of a fall at 86
  • May 26 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • May 31 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • May 31 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)
  • Jun 2 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • Jun 5 Luca Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 8 Johan Lindegren, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 9 Jose FdT Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), dies at 46

  • Jun 11 Georg Adler, Polish state economist, dies at 45
  • Jun 14 Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor general of Canada (b. 1841)
  • Jun 14 "Blind" Tom Wiggins, African-American pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64 (OS 8 Jun)

Person of interestGrover Cleveland

Jun 24 Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th US President (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Jul 3 Joel Chandler Harris, American writer (created Uncle Remus stories), dies at 59
  • Jul 5 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), dies at 74
  • Jul 10 Eliza Laurillard, Dutch vicar, poet and writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jul 14 William Mason, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • Jul 20 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • Jul 22 William Randal Cremer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1828)
  • Jul 24 Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet, dies at 41 (b. the same day 1867)
  • Aug 8 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, architect (Wiener Sezession), dies at 40
  • Aug 11 Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)
  • Aug 13 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Louis Varney, French composer, dies at 64

Person of interestHenri Becquerel

Aug 25 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), dies at 55

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Aug 25 Eyre Massey Shaw, British first chief of London Fire Brigade, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer, dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Alexander P. Stewart, American Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), dies at 61
  • Sep 17 Thomas E Selfridge, earlier American aviator, 1st to die in an air crash
  • Sep 20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • Sep 29 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), dies at 69
  • Nov 4 Tomés Estrada Palma, 1st president Cuba (1902-06), dies

Person of interestButch Cassidy

Nov 7 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

  • Nov 8 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • Nov 8 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, dies at 60
  • Nov 12 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Kwang-siu, emperor of China, dies
  • Nov 15 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), dies at 78
  • Nov 19 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), dies at 40
  • Nov 27 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 81
  • Dec 9 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), dies of injuries sustained in an elevator accident at 68
  • Dec 13 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, dies at 83
  • Dec 22 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • Dec 23 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)