Famous Deaths on July 8

  • 810 Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of Italy, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 975 Edgar, King of England (959-75), dies
  • 1115 Peter the Hermit, French priest, led the People's Crusade, dies at about 64
  • 1153 Eugene III, [Bernardo], Italian Pope (1145-53), dies
  • 1253 Thibaud IV, poet/count of Champagne/King of Navarra, dies
  • 1496 Benedetto Bonfiglio, Italian painter, dies
  • 1531 Tilman Riemenschneider, German sculptor, dies at 71

Person of interestDiego de Almagro

1538 Diego de Almagro, Spanish conquistador of Chile and Peru, executed at Las Salinas at about 63

Conquistador Diego de Almagro
Conquistador
Diego de Almagro
  • 1623 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], bishop of Bologna/Pope, dies at 69
  • 1656 Alexander van der Capellen, mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • 1679 Samuel J Columbus, Swedish poet (Odae Sveticae), dies
  • 1681 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, dies at 60
  • 1689 Edward Wooster, English Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)
  • 1695 Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician, astronomer and scientist (science of dynamics), dies at 66
  • 1716 Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • 1721 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), dies at 72
  • 1726 John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)
  • 1784 Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (b. 1735)
  • 1788 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, French marshal and statesman, 3rd Duke of Richilieu, dies at 92
  • 1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Prometheus unbound), drowns at 29
  • 1826 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1850 Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • 1855 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), dies at 64
  • 1859 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • 1863 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 65
  • 1870 John D Zocher Jr, architect (Soestdijk Palace), dies at 79
  • 1876 Josef Dessauer, composer, dies at 78
  • 1885 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • 1894 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, composer, dies
  • 1895 Johann Josef Loschmidt, Austrian scientist (b. 1821)
  • 1898 Soapy Smith, American con artist (b. 1860)
  • 1905 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, dies at 70
  • 1909 Gaston AA marquis de Gallifet, Fren min of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • 1911 Ira Erastus Davenport, American magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, dies at 51
  • 1913 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), dies at 32
  • 1917 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • 1933 Anthony Hope, British author (b. 1863)
  • 1934 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, dies at 1934
  • 1939 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • 1941 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1941 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1942 Catherinus Elling, composer, dies at 83
  • 1943 Harry Oakes, Canadian ruler of Bahamas, murdered
  • 1943 Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, executed
  • 1946 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1948 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • 1949 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • 1949 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1950 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist/sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, dutch min of Justice (Nobel 54), dies
  • 1956 Giovanni Papini, Italian author/poet (Un Uomo Finito), dies at 75

  • 1957 Grace Goodhue Coolidge, American First Lady (1923-29), dies at 78
  • 1957 Henry Fevrier, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1957 William Adlington Cadbury, English chocolate maker, dies at 89
  • 1959 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the second and third Americans killed in the Vietnam War
  • 1961 Julian Bautista, composer, dies at 60
  • 1962 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1967 Vivian Leigh, English stage and film actress (Scarlet, in Gone with the Wind; Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 53
  • 1967 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani political figure (b. 1893)

Person of interestVivien Leigh

1967 Vivien Leigh, English actress (Gone with the Wind & A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of tuberculosis at 53

Actress Vivien Leigh
Actress
Vivien Leigh
  • 1971 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • 1972 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 1973 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • 1979 Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • 1979 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1979 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • 1981 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • 1982 Isa Miranda, model/actress (Summertime), dies of infected bone at 77
  • 1982 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • 1984 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • 1985 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • 1985 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • 1985 Simon Kuznets, US economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • 1986 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1987 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • 1987 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • 1988 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • 1990 Howard Duff, American actor (Flamingo Road, Knots Landing), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1990 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies
  • 1991 James Franciscus, actor (Mr Novak), dies of emphysema 57
  • 1991 Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
  • 1993 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 61
  • 1994 Christian-Jaque, French director (Babette s'and va-t-and guerre), dies
  • 1994 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox ], American actor (Darren in "Bewitched"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1994 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer

Person of interestKim Il-sung

1994 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), dies of a heart attack at 82

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • 1994 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 1995 Elizabeth Adams, madam, dies at 65
  • 1995 Günter Bialas, German composer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Amschel Rothschild, banker, dies at 41
  • 1996 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • 1996 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, dies at 90
  • 1999 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 2001 John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • 2004 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), dies at 84
  • 2006 June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Peter Hawkins, British actor/voice actor (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Chandra Shekhar, Indian politician, 8th Prime Minister of India (1990-91), dies at 80
  • 2011 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), dies of a stroke at 87
  • 2011 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

Person of interestBetty Ford

2011 Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, dies at 93

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford

Person of interestErnest Borgnine

2012 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty), dies from renal failure at 95

  • 2015 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69
  • 2015 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2016 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philantropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • 2016 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
  • 2017 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), dies of complications from heart failure at 39
  • 2018 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer (Young Love), dies of complications of deep vein thrombosis at 86
  • 2018 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • 2018 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), dies at 81