Famous Deaths on December 8

  • 644 Omar I, 2nd Caliph of Islam, murdered
  • 899 Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies
  • 1292 John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
  • 1596 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
  • 1626 John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  • 1632 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1643 John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1649 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1652 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary, murdered at 35
  • 1680 Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, English politician (b. 1606)
  • 1681 Gerard Terborch, the Younger, Dutch painter/etcher, dies
  • 1691 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  • 1695 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist (b. 1625)
  • 1709 Thomas Corneille, French dramatist, dies at 74
  • 1722 Elisabeth C "Liselotte" van Palts, German/French duchess, dies at 70
  • 1744 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)
  • 1745 Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  • 1746 Charles Radclyffe, British politician (b. 1693)
  • 1756 William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  • 1768 Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter, dies at 66
  • 1779 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • 1785 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1811 Eliza Poe, English-American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Po, dies of tuberculosis at 23 or 24
  • 1830 H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
  • 1831 James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies
  • 1859 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), dies at 74
  • 1864 George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), dies at 49
  • 1870 Thomas Brassey, English civil engineering contractor, dies at 65
  • 1885 William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  • 1894 Willem JF Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian, dies at 71
  • 1894 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  • 1896 Earnest Angel, German statistician (Law of Angel), dies at 75
  • 1900 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87
  • 1903 Herbert Spencer, British engineer/philosopher, dies at 83
  • 1907 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
  • 1914 Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)
  • 1917 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1923 Dom Joseph Pothier, French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1924 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • 1926 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • 1934 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62
  • 1938 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1939 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
  • 1940 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

1942 Albert Kahn, architect of Detroit, dies at 73

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1945 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1952 Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • 1954 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • 1955 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • 1956 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • 1957 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56

  • 1958 Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1961 William Beatton Moonie, composer, dies at 78
  • 1963 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • 1966 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

1967 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • 1967 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • 1970 Christopher K Ingold, English chemist, dies at 77
  • 1972 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • 1975 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)

Person of interestGolda Meir

1978 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir

Person of interestJohn Lennon

1980 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981 Shakey, [Walter Horton], harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin'), dies at 64
  • 1982 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • 1982 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • 1982 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • 1982 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • 1982 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • 1982 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • 1982 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • 1982 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • 1982 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1982 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • 1982 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
  • 1983 Slim Pickens [Louis Burton Lindley Jr], American rodeo performer and actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles), dies following surgery at 64
  • 1983 Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies at 79
  • 1984 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • 1984 Razzle, English Musician and drummer for Hanoi Rocks (b.1960)
  • 1984 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • 1988 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • 1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • 1989 Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies
  • 1990 Martin Ritt, American actor and director (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Slugger's Wife, End of the Game), dies at 76
  • 1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • 1991 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • 1992 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), dies at 85
  • 1993 Andre Cerf, French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
  • 1993 Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • 1994 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), dies from pulmonary embolism at 67
  • 1994 Israel Aaron Maisels, lawyer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36
  • 1995 Ernest LeRoy Boyer, educator, dies at 67
  • 1995 John Gillett, film researcher, dies at 70
  • 1995 Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1995 George J Lewis, Mexican-born actor (Don-Zorro), dies at 91
  • 1996 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
  • 1996 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1997 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • 1997 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • 1999 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2001 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • 2005 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), dies at 90
  • 2006 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2006 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • 2008 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • 2008 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • 2011 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • 2013 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 96
  • 2013 Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70
  • 2015 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2015 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91

Person of interestJohn Glenn

2016 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn