On This Day

Famous Deaths on January 19

  • 639 Dagobert I, king of Austrasia, Soissons, Burgundy and Neustrië, dies at about 36
  • 1479 Johan II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
  • 1526 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark, dies at 24
  • 1547 Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
  • 1549 Barthout van Assendelft, 1st land advocate of Holland, dies
  • 1576 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1591 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60
  • 1597 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), dies of injuries sustained in a hunting accident at 56
  • 1625 Erhard Buttner, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1629 Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57
  • 1647 Johan van Beverwijck, physician (Treas of Ongesontheyt), dies at 52
  • 1661 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • 1669 Leo Allatios, Greek/Italian theologist/literary, dies at about 82
  • 1692 Jan Commelin, Dutch botanist and director of Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, dies at 62
  • 1729 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1747 Johann Bode, "discoverer" of Bode's Law, dies

  • 1757 Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • 1766 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, dies at 70
  • 1785 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • 1795 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1805 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1830 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold, French composer (b. 1791)
  • 1839 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1851 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)
  • 1865 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)
  • 1871 Henri Regnault, French painter, dies at 27
  • 1874 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, dies at 75
  • 1878 Henri V. Regnault, French physicist and chemist, dies at 67
  • 1885 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • 1893 Julius Eichberg, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1894 Francois Haverschmidt, Dutch writer (Snikken en grimlachjes), dies at 58
  • 1901 Albert, 4th duc de Broglie, Prime Minister of France (1873-74, 1977), dies at 79
  • 1902 Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart [Esther Pariseau], Canadian religious leader (US capitol), dies at 78
  • 1905 Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (b. 1817)
  • 1906 Bartolomé Mitre [Martínez], Argentine general, author, statesman and President (1862-1868), dies at 84

  • 1913 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, dies at 69
  • 1921 William Gunn, English cricket batsman (11 Tests) and soccer winger (2 caps), dies at 62
  • 1925 Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies, dies at 83
  • 1927 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • 1929 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)
  • 1934 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • 1939 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1940 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), dies at 74
  • 1944 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • 1945 Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
  • 1948 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • 1951 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • 1954 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza-Klein theory), dies at 68
  • 1956 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), dies at 68
  • 1957 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • 1962 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1964 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • 1964 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1965 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • 1967 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Untamed, Resurrection), dies at 73
  • 1968 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1969 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • 1970 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), dies of lung cancer at 49
  • 1971 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • 1973 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1975 Thomas Hart Benton, American painter and muralist (Lonesome Road) dies at 85
  • 1976 Kevin Coughlin, American actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in a hit and run at 30
  • 1976 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Geraldine Brooks, American actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • 1979 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • 1980 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, dies at 69
  • 1980 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 1982 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1982 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1983 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), dies at 57
  • 1984 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63
  • 1987 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1987 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1989 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • 1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian leader of the Rajneesh movement, dies at 58
  • 1990 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • 1990 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • 1990 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, dies at 84
  • 1991 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • 1991 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), dies of lymphoma at 73
  • 1991 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • 1991 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • 1992 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • 1993 Chris Street, basketball player, dies at 20
  • 1993 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72
  • 1993 Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50
  • 1993 William LeMassena, actor (All that Jazz), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 1995 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • 1995 Gene MacLellan, Canadian composer and singer (b. 1938)

  • 1996 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), dies at 79
  • 1996 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), dies at 52
  • 1996 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • 1997 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1997 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), dies at 73
  • 1998 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), dies at 65
  • 1999 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2000 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)

Person of interestHedy Lamarr

2000 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), dies of heart failure at 86

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 2001 Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • 2004 Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • 2004 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • 2005 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • 2005 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Anthony "Tony" Franciosa [Papaleo], American actor (Career, Ben-Hur, Jeff-Name of the Game), dies at 77
  • 2006 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), dies at 84

Person of interestWilson Pickett

2006 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 2007 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler, dies of a drug overdose at 45
  • 2007 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas and the Papas), dies from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 66
  • 2007 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • 2008 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 2008 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • 2009 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2010 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 2010 Bill McLaren, Scottish rugby commentator known as "the voice of rugby", dies at 86
  • 2011 Ernest McCulloch, Canadian stem cell research pioneer, dies at 84
  • 2012 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds) dies from lymphoma at 78
  • 2013 Anatoly Bannik, Ukrainian chess master, dies at 91

Person of interestStan Musial

2013 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 2013 Earl Weaver, American hall of fame MLB manager, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 2014 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), dies at 93
  • 2014 Udo Kasemets, Etonian-born Canadian composer, dies at 94
  • 2015 Anne Kirkbride, English actress (Deirdre-Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • 2016 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • 2017 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2017 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • 2018 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • 2018 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2018 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54
  • 2019 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 2020 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020 Kazım Ayvaz, Turkish wrestler (Olympic gold lightweight 1964; World C'ship gold welterweight 1958; lightweight 1962), dies at 81
  • 2020 Robert Parker, American saxophonist and soul singer (Barefootin'), dies at 89
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