Famous Deaths on November 7

  • 644 Umar ibn al-Khattāb, Second caliph of Islam dies of injuries after assassination attempt 4 days earlier
  • 739 Willibrord, [Clemens], 1st bishop of Utrecht/saint 695-739, dies at 81
  • 1225 Engelbert I, the Saint, archbishop of Cologne, murdered at 40
  • 1550 Jon Arason, the last Roman Catholic bishop of Iceland prior to the reformation, beheaded in Skalholt with his two sons Are and Bjorn. (b. 1484)
  • 1560 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Opera omnia), dies at
  • 1573 Solomon Luria (Maharshal), talmudic author (Yam Shel Shelomo), dies
  • 1581 Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar
  • 1599 Gasparo Tagliacozzi, Italian surgeon (b. 1546)
  • 1608 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen/cavalry commander, dies in battle
  • 1620 Hetman Stanisław Żólkiewski polish commander in the Battle of Ţuţora (1620) (b. 1547)
  • 1633 Cornelis Drebbel, physicist/chemist/inventor (builder of the first submarine), dies
  • 1639 William Cobbold, composer, dies at 79
  • 1639 Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, English politician
  • 1642 Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester, English politician
  • 1678 Erasmus Quellinus II [Quellien], Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 70
  • 1708 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist, dies at 76
  • 1713 Elizabeth Barry, English restoration actress, dies at 55
  • 1723 Godfrey Kneller, English painter (74-77), dies
  • 1802 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, composer, dies at 50
  • 1817 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer, dies at 85
  • 1827 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 76
  • 1837 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, murdered at 34
  • 1857 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, dies at 62
  • 1859 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer, dies at 61
  • 1872 Alfred Clebsch, German mathematician (b. 1833)
  • 1876 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
  • 1880 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer, dies at 72
  • 1881 John MacHale, Irish Archbishop (Tuam) and writer (b. 1791)
  • 1893 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, dies at 37
  • 1901 Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli, dies

Person of interestButch Cassidy

1908 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

Person of interestAlfred Russel Wallace

1913 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of the theory of evolution through natural selection, dies at 90

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • 1919 Hugo Haase, German MP (SPD), murdered at 56
  • 1922 Sam Thompson, baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1924 Hans Thoma, German painter, dies at 75
  • 1935 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia, dies at 39
  • 1938 Ernst vom Rath, German diplomat, assassinated at 29, providing the pretext for Kristallnacht
  • 1941 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • 1943 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), dies from a heart attack at 44
  • 1944 Richard Sorge & Ozaki, spies, hanged in Tokyo
  • 1945 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • 1956 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40

Person of interestVictor McLaglen

1959 Victor McLaglen, actor (Gunga Din), dies of heart attack at 72

  • 1960 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69

Person of interestEleanor Roosevelt

1962 Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 1965 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • 1966 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • 1967 John Nance Garner, (VP-D, 1933-41), dies at 98
  • 1967 Juan Tomas Perez, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Larry Kent, director (High Stakes), dies at 67
  • 1968 Willem A Wagenaar, Dutch journalist/author (3,000 meter), dies

  • 1968 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1972 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1974 Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican-American character actor (Salón México, The Fugitive, Littlest Outlaw), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1974 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), dies at 75
  • 1978 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80
  • 1978 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • 1979 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • 1979 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53

Person of interestSteve McQueen

1980 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), dies of cancer at 50

  • 1980 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73

Person of interestWill Durant

1981 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), dies at 96

Historian Will Durant
Historian
Will Durant
  • 1982 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), dies at 71
  • 1983 David Alexandrovich Toradze, composer, dies at 61
  • 1983 Germaine Tailleferre, Fren composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), dies at 91
  • 1984 George Matthews, actor (Chick-Glynis), dies at 73 of heart disease
  • 1986 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • 1988 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Josephine Wilson, British actress (The Lady Vanishes, We Dive at Dawn), dies at 86
  • 1990 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1991 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, dies at 71
  • 1992 Alexander Dubček, headed Czech Communist Party (1968-69), dies at 70
  • 1992 Jack Kelly, American actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love), dies following a stroke at 65
  • 1993 Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • 1993 Charles Aidman, actor (Kotch, Zoot Suit), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1994 Carleton Young, American actor (Reefer Madness, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 89
  • 1994 Michael O'Donoghue, comedian (SNL), dies at about 54
  • 1994 Milton "Shorty" Rogers [Rajonsky], US jazz trumpeter, dies at 70
  • 1995 Jerry Daniels, singer/guitarist, dies at 79
  • 1995 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), commits suicide at 90
  • 1995 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1996 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Jaja Wachuku, Nigerian Lawyer and First Foreign Affairs Minister (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Queen Ingrid, Queen Dowager of Denmark (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Ingrid, Queen Mother of Denmark, Wife of King Frederik IX, ruler of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 90
  • 2001 Nida Blanca, Filipino actress (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), dies of lung disease at 84
  • 2002 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • 2004 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • 2005 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Harry Thompson, English-born comedian and novelist (b. 1960)
  • 2006 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Earl Dodge, American politician (Prohibition Party) (b. 1932)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

2011 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 2012 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2012 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), dies at 78
  • 2014 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, dies at 82
  • 2015 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Janet Reno, first female US Attorney General (1993-2001), dies at 78

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

2016 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), dies at 82

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 2017 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), dies at 95
  • 2017 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, dies at 71