On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 8

  • 218 Opellius Macrinus, emperor of Rome (217-8), dies in battle at 54
  • 632 Mohammad, Arabic prophet and founder of Islam (Quran), dies of suspected fever at around 62 (approximate date)
  • 1042 Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth

Edward the Black Prince

1376 Edward the Black Prince, English knight and heir to King Edward III, dies of dysentery at 46

  • 1383 Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)
  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1476 George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
  • 1505 Hongzhi, Emperor of China, 10th Emperor of Ming Dynasty (1487-1505), dies at 34
  • 1611 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1612 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1621 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, dies at 53
  • 1628 Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)
  • 1661 John Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 39
  • 1688 Hans Bontemantel, Amsterdams merchant, buried
  • 1711 Katharina Lescaille [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61
  • 1714 Sophia of Hanover, Princess Palatine and Electress of Saxony, dies at 83
  • 1716 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1690-1716), dies at 58
  • 1727 August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (b. 1663)
  • 1742 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker, son of Antonius, dies at 62
  • 1768 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), dies at 50
  • 1771 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, dies at 54
  • 1790 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1794 G A Borger, writer, dies
  • 1795 Louis XVII Charles, King of France (1793-95), dies at 10
  • 1796 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1803 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • 1806 George Wythe, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at about 79

Thomas Paine

1809 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

  • 1814 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1831 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage, Lady Macbeth), dies at 75
  • 1835 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

Andrew Jackson

1845 Andrew Jackson, American soldier and statesman (D) seventh US President (1828-37), dies at 78

  • 1857 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

Walter Hunt

1859 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

  • 1865 Joseph Paxton, English architect, gardener and MP (Crystal Palace), dies at 61
  • 1866 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, dies at 64
  • 1870 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1871 Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death
  • 1874 Cochise, Apache leader
  • 1876 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
  • 1884 Henry Clay Work, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1885 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, dies at 85
  • 1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
  • 1906 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, dies at 66
  • 1913 Emily Davison, English suffragette, dies after being hit by King George's horse at Epsom Derby 2 days earlier, at 40
  • 1919 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 1924 Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

George Mallory

1924 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37

  • 1929 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, dies at 68
  • 1934 Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), dies in a road accident at 19
  • 1940 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), dies at 69
  • 1943 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), dies of meningitis at 40
  • 1945 Karl Hanke, Official of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany, dies at 41
  • 1946 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 86
  • 1947 Tom O'Brien, American actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
  • 1948 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1948 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70
  • 1951 Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1953 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • 1956 Marie Laurencin, French painter, dies at 72
  • 1965 Edmondo Rossoni, Italian fascist (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Julius Bissier, German painter, dies at 71
  • 1965 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65),, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1966 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1970 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1972 Jimmy Rushing, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", dies at 70
  • 1973 Eino Linnala, Finnish composer, pedagogue, and musicologist dies at 76
  • 1973 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78
  • 1973 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, dies at 88
  • 1975 William F Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants), dies at 78
  • 1975 Murray Leinster [William Fitzgerald Jenkins], American science-fiction author (Time Tunnel; Land of the Giants), dies at 78
  • 1979 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • 1979 Louis Salvador Palange, American composer, arranger, and conductor dies at 61
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor, dies at 80

Satchel Paige

1982 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 75

  • 1984 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Yogi Horton, American R&B and funk drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1988 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • 1988 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • 1988 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • 1990 Alfredo Poveda, president of Consul of Ecuador (1976-79), dies
  • 1990 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies
  • 1991 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), dies at 57
  • 1991 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • 1992 Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51
  • 1992 Farag Foeda, Egyptian writer/publicist, murdered
  • 1992 William McGowan, entrepreneur (MCI), dies at 64
  • 1992 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), dies at 84
  • 1993 Root Boy Slim [Foster MacKenzie III], American entertainer, dies at 48
  • 1993 Roberto Caamaño, Argentine composer, dies at 69
  • 1994 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 1995 Juan Carlos Ongania, President of Argentina (1966-70), dies
  • 1995 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), dies at 85
  • 1996 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • 1996 Phyllis Stedman, politician, dies at 79
  • 1997 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)

Sani Abacha

1998 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), dies at 54

  • 1998 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 1999 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), dies at 97
  • 2000 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • 2003 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 2004 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65
  • 2006 Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani singer-songwriter, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2008 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • 2009 Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon (1967-2009), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 2011 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • 2012 Frank Cady, American actor (The Beverly Hillbillies; Petticoat Junction; Green Acres - all as "Sam Drucker"), dies at 96
  • 2013 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • 2013 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), dies at 93
  • 2014 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • 2014 Billy McCool, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 69
  • 2015 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • 2016 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87

Maria Bueno

2018 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78

  • 2018 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), dies at 90 [1]
  • 2018 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), dies at 68
  • 2018 Anthony Bourdain, American-French celebrity chef, author, and TV personality considered one of the most influential chefs in the world (No Reservations, Parts Unknown), commits suicide by hanging at 61
  • 2019 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), dies at 95
  • 2020 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), dies at 69
  • 2020 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78
  • 2020 Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), dies at 55
  • 2021 John Angus, English soccer defender (1 cap; Burnley 439 games), dies at 82
June 8 Highlights