On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 8

  • 397 Martin of Tours [St Martin], bishop of Tours and French Saint, dies
  • 618 St Deusdedit/Adeodatus I, Italian Pope (615-18), dies
  • 955 Pope Agapetus II (946-955)
  • 1111 Otto II, Count of Habsburg, one of the founders of the Habsburg family, murdered
  • 1171 Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut (b. 1108)
  • 1195 Conrad III of Hohenstaufen, king of Germany and Italy, dies (b. 1093 or 1094)
  • 1226 Louis VIII, the Lion, King of France (1223-26), dies at 39
  • 1228 Dirk I, ruler of Heinsberg/Valkenburg, dies
  • 1246 Berenguela of Castile, wife of Alfonso IX of Castile (b. 1180)
  • 1308 Duns Scotus, Scottish philosopher (coined the word dunce), dies at 42
  • 1494 Melozzo da Forli, Italian painter, dies at about 56
  • 1517 Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, cardinal/Chancellor of Castilia, dies
  • 1527 Jerome Emser, German theologian (b. 1477)
  • 1578 Johann Walter, German Lutheran composer, dies at 51
  • 1590 Joost Jansz Bilhamer, Dutch master builder and cartographer, dies at about 49
  • 1595 Peter Opmeer, Dutch church historian and humanist (Historia Martyrum), dies at 69
  • 1599 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer and Catholic priest, dies at 71
  • 1600 Natsuka Masaie, Japanese warlord (b. 1562)
  • 1605 Robert Catesby, English conspirator (Gunpowder Plot), killed at about 32
  • 1638 Johann H. Alsted, German theologist and philosopher, dies at 50
  • 1658 Pieter Floriszoon, Dutch admiral, dies at sea in the Battle of the Sound at about 50
  • 1658 Witte de With, Dutch vice-admiral, dies at sea in the Battle of the Sound, at age 59

John Milton

1674 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), dies at 65

  • 1694 Ulrik Huber, Frisian lawyer, law historian and polemist, dies at 58
  • 1719 Michel Rolle, French mathematician (Rolle's theorem), dies at 67
  • 1757 Pierre Prowo, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1773 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, dies at 52
  • 1793 Madame Roland [Marie-Jeanne Phlippon], French revolutionary (member of the Girondist faction), executed by guillotine at 39
  • 1805 Francois-Thomas de Baculard d'Arnaud, French writer, dies at 87
  • 1811 Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies, dies at 47
  • 1817 Andrea Appiani, Italian royal painter (Napoleon), dies at 63
  • 1830 Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), dies at 53
  • 1833 Maximilian Stadler, Austrian pianist and composer and Benedictine monk, dies at 85
  • 1858 George Peacock, English mathematician (algebraic theory), dies at 67
  • 1860 Charles Fellows, English Archaeologist who discovered ruins of the cities of ancient Lycia and brought to Lycian marbles to England, dies at 61
  • 1873 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Spanish poet and comic playwright, dies at 76
  • 1876 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), dies at 29
  • 1880 Jacob Edvard Gille, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • 1885 Johannes Kneppelhout [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist and author, dies at 71
  • 1886 Frederick J. "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29

Doc Holliday

1887 John "Doc" Holliday, American dentist, gambler and gunfighter, dies of tuberculosis at 36

  • 1890 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • 1893 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), dies at 70
  • 1901 Mary Ann Bickerdyke, American army nurse (union), dies at 84
  • 1905 Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter, dies at 35
  • 1908 Victorien Sardou, French playwright, several of which were adapted as operas (Fedora, Tosca; Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1908 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist, Inventor and Electrical Engineer, dies at 60
  • 1909 Charles Bordes, French composer, dies at 46
  • 1909 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1911 Samuel Wilks, British Physician and founding father of clinical science, dies at 87
  • 1917 Colyn Blythe, English cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 fighting during WW I
  • 1920 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), dies at 83
  • 1920 Salomon Anski, Russian-Polish yiddish author (Dibboek), dies at 57
  • 1921 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • 1924 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian pianist and composer (Lezghinka), dies at 64
  • 1928 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), dies from an infective pleurisy at 45
  • 1933 Mohammed Nadir Shah, King of Afghanistan (1929-33), assassinated at 50 by Abdul Khaliq during a graduation ceremony at a high school in Kabul
  • 1934 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian sanitary physician, dies at 55
  • 1934 James Mark Baldwin, American Philosopher and Psychologist, dies at 73
  • 1935 Hans Windisch, German New Testament scholar, dies at 54
  • 1941 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Elite Circle), dies at 83
  • 1944 Walter Nowotny, Austrian-born fighter pilot ace (258 aerial victories for Luftwaffe), dies in a plane crash at 23
  • 1945 August von Mackensen, German field marshal, dies at 95
  • 1949 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian priest and writer (Maria Magdalena -1928), dies at 75
  • 1952 Claude Carter, South African cricket spin bowler (19 Tests, 28 wickets), dies at 71
  • 1953 Ivan Bunin, Russian poet and novelist (Gentleman from San Francisco-Nobel 1933, dies at 83
  • 1953 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66
  • 1959 Frank Sherman Land, American founder of the Order of DeMolay, dies at 69

Otto Frederick Rohwedder

1960 Otto Frederick Rohwedder, American engineer (invented the bread-slicing machine), dies at 80

  • 1963 Simon Jurovsky, Slovak composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1965 Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
  • 1966 Bernhard Zondek, German-Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75
  • 1968 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), dies from a liver ailment at 54
  • 1968 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, dies at 67 [or 72]
  • 1969 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • 1969 Vesto Slipher, American astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory, dies at 93
  • 1969 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1970 Huw T. Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician, dies at 77
  • 1970 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (Think and Grow Rich), dies at 87
  • 1974 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer, piano player, and songwriter ("Since I Met You Baby"), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1976 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), dies in a car accident at 67
  • 1977 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 81
  • 1977 Georg Wüst, German Oceanographer, dies at 87
  • 1978 Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84
  • 1979 Sydney Tafler, English actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • 1979 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of French President Charles de Gaulle, dies at 79
  • 1983 Robert Agnew, director, dies at 84 of kidney failure
  • 1983 Mordecai Kaplan, American Rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism, dies at 102

Betty Nuthall

1983 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72

  • 1984 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 81
  • 1985 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86
  • 1985 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • 1986 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78

Vyacheslav Molotov

1986 Vyacheslav Molotov [Skryabin], Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), dies at 96

  • 1988 Kingman Brewster, American educator and president of Yale University, dies at 69
  • 1989 Andre Kloos, Dutch trade union leader (NVV)/chairman (VARA), dies at 67
  • 1990 Anya Seton, American author (Katherine), dies at 86
  • 1990 Grampy Davis, American actor, dies of heart attack at 87
  • 1991 Frances Faye, American cabernet singer and actress (Pretty Baby), dies after a stroke ay 79
  • 1991 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist and musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies at 86
  • 1992 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 65
  • 1992 Keith "Red" Mitchell, American jazz double bassist, composer, and lyricist (Hampton Hawes; André Previn), dies from a stroke at 65
  • 1993 Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1994 Marianne Straub, Swiss born English weaver (Festival of Britain), dies at 85
  • 1994 Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
  • 1995 Country Dick Montana, American singer (The Beat Farmers), dies at 40
  • 1995 Neil Blaney, Irish politician, dies at 73
  • 1996 Edward Albert Radice, British economist, dies at 89
  • 1996 Peter Fowler, British physicist, dies at 73
  • 1998 Jean Marais, French actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), dies of cardio-vascular disease at 84
  • 1998 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, dies at 43
  • 1998 Rumer Godden, English author (Thursday's Children), dies at 90
  • 1998 Stuart Sutherland, British psychologist, educator (Sussex University's Laboratory of Experimental Psychology), and writer (Breakdown), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1999 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 1999 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • 1999 Francis D. Foley, American Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), dies at 89
  • 2002 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, dies at 70
  • 2003 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71
  • 2003 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Guy Speranza, American heavy metal singer (Riot, 1975-81), dies of pancreatic cancer at 47
  • 2004 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), dies at 75
  • 2004 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), dies at 90
  • 2004 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 2005 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), dies at 88
  • 2005 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (Oi Kyries tis avlis), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2006 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2006 Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist, dies at 65
  • 2006 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), dies at 68
  • 2006 Annette Rogers, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1932, 36), dies at 93
  • 2007 Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary, dies at 64
  • 2007 Chad Varah, English founder of charity The Samaritans (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer and political scientist, dies at 74
  • 2009 Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Emilio Eduardo Massera, Argentine naval officer and National Reorganization Process figure (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, dies at 95
  • 2010 Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)
  • 2010 Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (b. 1950)
  • 2011 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • 2011 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), dies at 89
  • 2011 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 83
  • 2011 Mumtaz Hamid Rao, Pakistani journalist, dies at 70
  • 2012 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), dies from natural causes at 96
  • 2012 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), dies at 95
  • 2014 Don Paul, 89, American football player, dies at 89

Alex Trebek

2020 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), dies of cancer at 80

  • 2020 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97
  • 2021 Rinus Bennaars, Dutch soccer midfielder (15 caps; Feyenoord Rotterdam), dies at 90
  • 2021 Keith Bradshaw, Australian cricket administrator (Secretary & Chief Executive Marylebone Cricket Club; CEO South Australian Cricket), dies from multiple myeloma at 58
  • 2021 Cecilia Robinson, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2 x 100s; Kent WCT), dies at 97
  • 2021 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture") dies at 84
November 8 Highlights