On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1908

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 6 George Dixon, Canadian boxer (World Bantamweight title 1892; World Featherweight champion 1891-97, 98-1901; first black athlete to win a World C'ship in any sport), dies of liver failure at 37
  • 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, Danish writer (Modern Breakthrough Movement), dies at 61
  • 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 Benjamin Waugh, English social reformer who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, dies at 69
  • 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, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), 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
  • 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, Canadian poet, dies at 68
  • Jun 2 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • Jun 5 Luca Fumagalli, Italian pianist and composer (Luigi XI), dies at 71
  • Jun 6 Felipe G. Calderon, Filipino lawyer, politician, educator, and co-author of Malolos Constitution (of the First Philippine Republic), dies at 40
  • Jun 8 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, dies at 66
  • Jun 9 José Trindade Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), commits suicide 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)
  • 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, American 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 businessman and writer (first President International Olympic Committee 1894-1896), dies at 73
  • 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, singer, composer and publisher (Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Louis Varney, French composer, dies at 64

Henri Becquerel

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

  • 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 18 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), dies at 72
  • Sep 20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), dies at 69
  • Nov 4 Tomés Estrada Palma, Cuban politician, 1st president of Cuba (1902-06), dies at 73

Butch Cassidy

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

  • Nov 8 Victorien Sardou, French playwright, several of which were adapted as operas (Fedora, Tosca; Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • Nov 8 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist, Inventor and Electrical Engineer, 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, Romanian composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Francois A. Gevaert, Belgium 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)