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Famous Deaths on January 26

  • 946 Eadgyth, English-born German Queen, wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1109 Albericus of Côteaux, French saint, dies
  • 1567 Nicholas Wotton, English diplomat
  • 1630 Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)
  • 1636 Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul, French diplomat (b. 1552)
  • 1697 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1706 Guillaume Poitevin, composer, dies at 59
  • 1744 Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal (b. 1683)
  • 1750 Albert Schultens, Dutch philologist (b. 1686)
  • 1795 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 62
  • 1798 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • 1799 Gabriel Christie, British general, dies at 76
  • 1803 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72

Person of interestEdward Jenner

1823 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, dies at 73

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • 1824 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), dies at 32
  • 1831 Sangolli Rayanna, Indian military chief warrior, dies at 32

  • 1844 John Wedgwood, British ceramicist and founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, dies at 77
  • 1849 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), committed suicide at 45
  • 1850 Francis Jeffrey, Baron Jeffrey, judge/literary critic, dies
  • 1855 Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)
  • 1869 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, committed suicide at 22
  • 1870 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1870 Victor, 3rd duc de Broglie, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1785)
  • 1878 Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (one of the founders of experimental psychology), dies at 82
  • 1884 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • 1885 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • 1885 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • 1886 David Rice Atchison, American politician (possibly served as President of the United States on March 3, 1849), dies at 78
  • 1891 Nikolaus Otto, German auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), dies. (b. 1833)
  • 1893 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), dies at 73
  • 1895 Arthur Cayley, mathematician, dies
  • 1904 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • 1904 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)
  • 1911 Charles Dilke, British statesman and Radical politician, dies at 67
  • 1920 Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered
  • 1922 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), dies at 77

  • 1926 John Flannagan, Catholic priest, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University, dies at 66
  • 1932 William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies
  • 1933 Alva Belmont, American socialite (b. 1853)
  • 1942 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • 1942 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (Hausdorff space), dies at 73
  • 1943 Nikolai Vavilov, geneticist, Saratovv labour camp, dies
  • 1943 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • 1946 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • 1947 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1947 Gustav Adolf, crown prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • 1947 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince second in line to the Swedish throne, dies at 40
  • 1948 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1950 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • 1952 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • 1952 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)
  • 1953 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), dies at 58
  • 1953 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1954 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • 1961 Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

1962 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 1962 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1963 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 1965 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • 1967 Albert Rémy, French actor (Grand Prix, The 400 Blows, The Train), dies at 51
  • 1967 Kenneth Thomson, American character actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant), dies of emphysema at 68
  • 1968 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1968 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • 1973 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), dies at 79
  • 1973 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • 1973 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • 1974 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1974 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1975 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • 1976 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)
  • 1977 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), dies from cancer and hepatitis at 60
  • 1978 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), dies at 72

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

1979 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 70

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • 1983 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • 1985 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • 1989 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • 1990 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, dies at 68
  • 1990 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • 1990 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46

Person of interestJosé Ferrer

1992 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 80

  • 1992 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • 1993 Axel Von Dem Bussche, German aristocrat, dies
  • 1993 Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87
  • 1993 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (large iron sculptures), dies at 80
  • 1993 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), dies at 70
  • 1995 Bernardo Leighton, Chilian politician (1964-70), dies
  • 1995 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Louis Heren, journalist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Vic Buckingham, English soccer player/trainer (Ajax), dies at 79
  • 1996 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36

  • 1996 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • 1996 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor, dies at 63
  • 1996 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 74
  • 1996 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • 1996 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), dies at 92
  • 1996 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • 1997 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • 1997 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • 1997 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • 1998 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1998 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • 1998 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • 2000 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), dies of cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2000 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • 2001 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • 2003 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • 2003 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • 2003 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), dies at 69
  • 2004 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • 2006 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Len Carlson, Canadian actor (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • 2008 Christian Brando, American actor and son of Marlon Brando, dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2008 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • 2011 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)
  • 2012 Ian Abercrombie, English actor (Birds of Prey, Desperate Housewives), dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 83
  • 2012 Dimitra Arliss [Arlys], American actress (Rich Man Poor Man II, The Sting), dies at 79
  • 2013 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2014 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81
  • 2015 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • 2016 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • 2016 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • 2017 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • 2017 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91
  • 2019 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86