Famous Deaths on May 10

  • 238 Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus, the Thracian, Roman Emperor, murdered
  • 995 Boudouin, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1034 Mieszko II, King of Poland (1025-34), dies
  • 1290 Duke Rudolph II of Austria (b. 1271)
  • 1424 Go-Kameyama, Emperor of Japan
  • 1493 Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1521 Sebastian Brant, Alsatian humanist (b. 1457)
  • 1566 Leonhard Fuchs, German botanist, dies at 65
  • 1569 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1637 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch wife of Constantine Huygens, dies at 37
  • 1641 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
  • 1653 John Bicker, ship builder/merchant/regent, dies at 61
  • 1657 Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician (b. 1592)
  • 1691 Colonel John Birch, English soldier (b. 1615)
  • 1696 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), dies at 50
  • 1710 Georg Dietrich Leiding, composer, dies at 46
  • 1717 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • 1726 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier, dies at 56
  • 1733 Barton Booth, British actor (Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre), dies at approximately 52
  • 1737 Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (b. 1702)
  • 1760 Johann Christoph Graupner, composer, dies at 77
  • 1764 Picander, [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies
  • 1770 Charles Avison, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1774 Louis XV, king of France (1715-74), dies at 64
  • 1775 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 23
  • 1785 Etienne Joseph Floquet, composer, dies at 36
  • 1787 William Watson, English physician and scientist, dies at 72
  • 1789 Guillaume Gommaire Kennis, composer, dies at 72
  • 1792 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1794 Élisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, beheaded at 30
  • 1798 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40

Person of interestComte de Rochambeau

1807 Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, French military leader (commander of the French Expeditionary Force that assisted the Thirteen Colonies), dies at 81

Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau

Person of interestPaul Revere

1818 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1820 Matthaus Stegmayer, composer, dies at 49
  • 1826 Giuseppe Sigismondo, Italian historian and composer, dies at 86
  • 1829 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • 1833 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician, dies at 74
  • 1849 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • 1859 John Archduke of Austria, dies

Person of interestStonewall Jackson

1863 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 39

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1864 James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 34
  • 1864 Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brigadier general, dies at about 27
  • 1868 Henry Bennett, American politician (b. 1808)
  • 1869 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, composer, dies at 66
  • 1880 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • 1885 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • 1885 Ferdinand Hiller, composer, dies at 73
  • 1889 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • 1891 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), dies at 74
  • 1897 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1897 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

1904 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies at 63

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1909 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
  • 1910 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • 1910 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • 1914 Sir William Alexander Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys' Brigade, dies at 59
  • 1915 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, dies in battle
  • 1920 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, dies at 82
  • 1923 Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
  • 1924 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (Amore & Amore, Top), dies at 58
  • 1937 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), dies at 61
  • 1938 Percy McAlister, cricketer (8 Tests, punches Clem Hill in 1912), dies
  • 1940 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • 1942 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • 1943 Andre Bertulot, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1945 Richard Glücks, German SS officer (b. 1889)
  • 1950 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • 1950 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • 1954 George Hirst, cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies

Person of interestTommy Burns

1955 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1955 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89
  • 1960 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • 1963 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1964 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • 1964 Ignace Lilien, composer, dies at 66
  • 1964 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • 1965 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch min of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70
  • 1967 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racing driver, (b. 1935)
  • 1968 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • 1968 Philippa Bevans, British actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient), dies at 55
  • 1968 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), dies from either an overdose, or as a result from a beating at 38
  • 1970 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1971 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • 1971 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • 1973 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • 1973 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1974 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • 1976 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • 1976 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)

Person of interestJoan Crawford

1977 Joan Crawford, American actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • 1979 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • 1979 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • 1982 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • 1982 Peter Weiss, German playwright (Marat-Sade), dies at 65
  • 1983 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 1984 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • 1984 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • 1988 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85
  • 1989 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • 1990 Susan Oliver, actress (Disorderly Orderly), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1990 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1991 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1992 Joan Merrill, vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1992 John Lund, American actor (High Society, Wackiest Ship in the Army), dies at 81
  • 1992 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor, dies at 76
  • 1992 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74

Person of interestJohn Wayne Gacy

1994 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1994 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Harold Berens, comedian, dies at 92
  • 1995 Hilde Jarecki, educationist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Jimmy Raney, jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • 1999 Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2000 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • 2001 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2002 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, dies at 66
  • 2005 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2006 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2006 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • 2006 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 2008 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • 2012 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot, dies at 102
  • 2012 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • 2016 Louis van Gasteren, Dutch actor and director (The House, De prijs van overleven), dies at 93
  • 2018 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85