Famous Deaths on March 8

  • 883 Albumasar, [Ahmad Aboe M Gafar al-Balkhi], Arabic astronomer, dies
  • 1126 Urraca of Castile (b. 1082)
  • 1144 Celestine II, [Guido], Italian Pope (1143-44), dies in battle
  • 1223 Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)
  • 1403 Bajezid I Jildirim, 4th sultan of Turkey (1389-1403), dies at 42
  • 1466 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiero and Duke of Milan (1401–1466), dies at 64
  • 1550 Juan de Dios, Port/Sp saint (Brothers of Mercy), dies at 55
  • 1638 Jacob C van Neck, admiral/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 73
  • 1640 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1641 Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
  • 1661 Jules Mazarin, Italian cardinal/premier of France, dies at 58
  • 1674 Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • 1702 John de Baen, portrait painter/etcher, buried at 69
  • 1702 William III, Dutch King of England (1689-1702), dies at 51 [NS-Mar 19] (b. 1650)
  • 1709 William Cowper/Cooper, English anatomist, dies at about 62
  • 1716 Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69

  • 1720 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1724 Enrico Giovanni Zuccalli, Swiss architect, dies at about 81
  • 1728 Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni, Italian literary and critic (Arcadia), dies at 64
  • 1731 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, dies at 42
  • 1734 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 33
  • 1754 Don Jose de Carvajal bon Lancaster, Sp min of Foreign affairs, dies
  • 1757 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar, dies at 55
  • 1771 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1819 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, dies at 75
  • 1844 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], French-born King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, dies at 81
  • 1853 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker, dies at 62

Person of interestBill the Butcher

1855 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • 1869 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

Person of interestMillard Fillmore

1874 Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (Whig: 1850-53), dies at 74

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1887 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • 1887 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • 1887 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

1889 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), dies at 85

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson
  • 1901 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German politician, dies at 64
  • 1901 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66

Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • 1919 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • 1920 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69

  • 1920 Wilhelm Bousset, German theologist and historian, dies at 54

Person of interestJohannes van der Waals

1923 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910), dies at 85

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • 1923 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer, dies at 87

Person of interestWilliam Howard Taft

1930 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1930 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • 1931 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • 1935 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), commits suicide at 24
  • 1937 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1937 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1941 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1941 Sherwood Anderson, American author and publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • 1942 Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53
  • 1945 H J Jamin, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Buchenwald
  • 1945 Jan Beekes, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1946 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • 1950 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Honeymoon Killers, dies in electric chair
  • 1951 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1954 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1955 Clémentine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte V, dies at 82
  • 1957 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1958 Josephina OFF "Frieda" Herberich, actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • 1959 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • 1961 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1963 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • 1965 Esther Howard, actress (Detour), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1967 John F Bothwell, actor (Freckles-Our Gang), dies at 46
  • 1971 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1972 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • 1973 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1974 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56
  • 1974 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1975 George Stevens, US director (Swing Time, Gunga Din), dies at 70
  • 1976 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • 1977 Henry Hull, American actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • 1983 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1985 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1985 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33
  • 1986 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1988 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1988 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1992 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1993 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • 1993 Joop Scheltens, TV host/director (Explore Your Place), dies at 69
  • 1993 Wells Root, US screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
  • 1994 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1994 Joop C Swart, publisher/founder (World Press Photo), dies at 69
  • 1994 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1995 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), dies at 90
  • 1995 Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader (Jewish Aid Fund), dies at 83
  • 1995 Paul Horgan, American novelist (Mountain Standard Time), dies at 91
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • 1996 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando, dies at 89
  • 1996 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1997 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75

Person of interestRay Nitschke

1998 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1999 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), dies at 74

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1999 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1999 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 1999 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 2001 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2003 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2004 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), dies in US custody of allegedly natural causes at 55
  • 2005 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • 2005 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • 2007 John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2007 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • 2009 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • 2014 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • 2017 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • 2018 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • 2018 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2018 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), dies of a heart attack at 75