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Famous Deaths on March 10

Tiberius

37 Tiberius Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (14 AD-37 AD), dies at 78

  • 483 Simplicius, Italian Pope (468-83), dies
  • 1291 Arghun, 4th Mongul ruler of Ilkhanate dynasty
  • 1391 Tvrtko I first king of Bosnia (b. 1338)
  • 1510 Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (b. 1445)
  • 1513 John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, English commander (b. 1443)
  • 1546 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat (Boke named the Governor), dies at 46
  • 1584 Thomas Norton, English politician and writer (b. 1532)
  • 1585 Rembert Dodoens [Rembert Van Joenckema], Flemish physician and botanist, dies at 67
  • 1588 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar, dies at 54
  • 1592 Michiel Coxcie, Flemish (court) painter and carpet designer, dies
  • 1597 Petrus Forestus, Dutch physician (Willem of Orange), dies
  • 1669 John Denham, English poet (b. 1615)
  • 1670 Johann Rudolf Glauber, German chemist (b. 1604)
  • 1700 Diogo Dias Melgaz, Portuguese composer, dies at 61
  • 1701 Johann Schelle, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1716 Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer, dies at 48
  • 1735 Dirk T van Cloon, Dutch lawyer/gov-gen of E Indies, dies at about 46
  • 1776 Élie Catherine Fréron, French critic (b. 1719)
  • 1776 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (b. 1701)
  • 1792 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1760-63), dies at 78
  • 1819 Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, writer, dies
  • 1826 Johan VI M L J, King of Portugal (1816-26), dies at 56
  • 1832 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1861 Joseph-François Snel, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1861 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet and painter, dies at 47
  • 1864 Maximilian II of Bavaria, King of Bavaria (1848-64), dies at 52
  • 1865 William Henry "Little Billy" Chase Whiting, American Confederate Major General, dies in a prison camp at 48
  • 1866 Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, composer, dies at 87
  • 1870 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer, dies at 75
  • 1872 Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
  • 1875 Joseph Daussoigne-Méhul, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1888 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1889 Yohannes IV [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle
  • 1892 Otto van Raised, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1884-88), dies at 69
  • 1895 Charles Frederick Worth, British fashion designer (House of Worth - Paris), dies of pneumonia at 69
  • 1897 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1898 George Müller, Prussian Christian evangelist and orphanage builder, dies at 92
  • 1900 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer, dies at 94
  • 1901 Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, Russian composer, dies at 38
  • 1906 Eugen Richter, German politician (Liberal), dies at 67
  • 1907 Victoria Earle Matthews, American author and activist, dies at 45
  • 1910 Carl Reinecke, German pianist, composer and teacher (Undine Sonata), dies at 85
  • 1910 Karl Lueger, Austrian politician, cofounder and leader of the Austrian Christian Social Party, dies at 65

Harriet Tubman

1913 Harriet Tubman [Araminta Ross], American abolitionist, former slave and humanitarian (Underground Railroad), dies at about 91

  • 1918 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball pitcher and manager (first Scot in MLB; NL wins leader 1880, 82; NL ERA leader 1883), dies at 61
  • 1919 Amelia E. Barr, British-born American writer (Remember the Alamo), dies at 87
  • 1922 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, dies at 67
  • 1922 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer, dies at 73
  • 1925 John Fillmore Hayford, American Geodesist (theory of isostasy, geodesy science), dies at 56
  • 1935 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), dies at 82
  • 1937 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1940 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Blokkade, Ghetto, Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • 1940 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • 1942 William Henry Bragg, English physicist (Nobel 1915-analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays), dies at 79
  • 1943 Tully Marshall, American actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), dies at 78
  • 1944 David Vogel, Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
  • 1948 Jan Masaryk, Czech statesman and Minister to London (1918-35), commits suicide or is murdered at 61
  • 1948 Zelda Fitzgerald [née Sayre], American writer (This Side of Paradise) and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, dies at 47
  • 1949 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • 1950 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1951 Kijūrō Shidehara, Prime minister of Japan (b. 1872)
  • 1953 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • 1961 Esperanza Baur, Mexican film actress, and John Wayne's second wife, dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1963 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1966 Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
  • 1966 Mari Sandoz, American author (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 64
  • 1967 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and musician (b. 1885)
  • 1968 Helen Walker, American actress (Brewster's Million, Lucky Jordan), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1970 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)
  • 1971 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer (Deep Forest, The Desolate City), dies at 92
  • 1973 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • 1973 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • 1974 June Harrison, actress (Land of the Lawless), dies at 48
  • 1974 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • 1975 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 91
  • 1977 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • 1977 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 74
  • 1977 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • 1980 Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • 1980 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (Making a Poem), dies at 100
  • 1981 Bill Hopkins, English composer, dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1982 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and founder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, dies at 82
  • 1984 June Marlowe, actress (Pardon US), dies at 81

Konstantin Chernenko

1985 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Ray Milland

1986 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (The Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), dies at 81

Andy Gibb

1988 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), dies of myocarditis at 30

  • 1988 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • 1988 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • 1989 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • 1990 Michael Stewart, UK Sect of State (1965-66, 68-70), dies
  • 1992 Roy Holmer Wallack, dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1992 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek composer and musician (b. 1925)
  • 1993 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress) and author (Parkinson's Law), dies at 83
  • 1993 David Gunn, abortion doctor, killed by Michael Griffin at 47
  • 1994 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, English journalist and policeman, dies at 92
  • 1994 Robert Shea, American author (Illuminatus!), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Alexander Hyatt King, Mozart scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995 Carel Birnie, ballet producer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician, dies at 79
  • 1995 Richard Baerlein, British racing writer, dies at 84
  • 1996 Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84
  • 1996 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), dies at about 75 (date of birth disputed)
  • 1997 (Dolores) LaVern Baker [Evans], American pop and R&B vocalist ("Jim Dandy"; "I Cried A Tear"), dies of cardiovascular disease at 67
  • 1998 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 1999 Oswaldo Guayasamín, Ecuadorian master painter and sculptor, dies at 79
  • 2000 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • 2001 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • 2001 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), dies at 89
  • 2003 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, dies at 52
  • 2004 Dave Blood [Schulthise], American rock bassist (The Dead Milkmen -"Punk Rock Girl"), dies from a drug overdose at 47
  • 2005 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), dies at 68
  • 2005 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) dies of pneumonia at 53
  • 2005 Mindy Jostyn, American session and touring vocalist, violinist, guitarist, accordionist, and harmonica player (New York Rock and Soul Revue; Billy Joel; Andreas Vollenweider; Carly Simon; Cyndi Lauper), and singer-songwriter ("Five Miles From Hope"; "Coming Home"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2006 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), dies at 73
  • 2007 Richard Jeni, American comedian (b. 1957)
  • 2007 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2008 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • 2009 Denis Begbie, South African cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50), dies at 94
  • 2010 Corey Haim, Canadian actor (b. 1971)
  • 2010 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • 2010 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2011 Howard A. Roberts, American choral director (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 86
  • 2012 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), dies at 73
  • 2012 Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer (WBO Champion 2003-2004), dies from a hit and run at 35
  • 2012 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president (1978-81), dies at 86
  • 2012 F. Sherwood Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry 1995, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • 2012 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • 2012 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2014 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • 2014 Joe McGinniss, American author (The Selling of the President 1968), dies at 71
  • 2016 Keith Emerson, English rock musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71
  • 2016 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), dies at 95
  • 2016 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • 2016 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer ("The Wayward Wind"), dies at 91
  • 2016 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2017 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • 2017 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • 2017 John Surtees, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 83
  • 2017 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, dies at 95

Hubert de Givenchy

2018 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) and founder of Givenchy (1952), dies at 91

  • 2019 Asa Brebner, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers; The Chartbusters), dies at 65
  • 2021 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), dies at 83
  • 2021 Stephen Scott, American composer (Bowed Piano Ensemble; Vikings of Sunrise), and educator (Colorado College), dies from complications of dementia at 76
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