On This Day

Famous Deaths on October 11

  • 965 Bruno I, archbishop of Cologne/duke of Lutheran, dies at about 40
  • 1188 Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France
  • 1303 Boniface VIII [Benedetto Gaetani], lawyer/pope (1294-1303), dies
  • 1347 Louis IV, Duke of Bayern/Romania-Germany King/emperor, dies
  • 1424 Jan Zizka, Czech (army)leader (Hussieten), dies of plague at 46
  • 1531 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss church reformer (Zwinglianen), dies
  • 1579 Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (1565-79), assassinated at 72 or 73
  • 1598 Joachim Camerarius, German botanist (horticulture catalog) and physician, dies at 63
  • 1617 Franchois Vranck, economist/writer (Deduction), dies at about 62
  • 1666 Henry de Fleury dee Coulan, mister of Buat/ritmeester, dies
  • 1705 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist, dies at 42
  • 1708 Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (Tschirnhaus transformation), dies at 57
  • 1721 Edward Colston, English merchant, philanthropist and slave trader, dies at 84
  • 1725 Hans Herr, Swiss Mennonite bishop, dies at 86

Casimir Pulaski

1779 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader (called the father of American cavalry), dies of battle wounds at 34 (alternative date 15 March)

Meriwether Lewis

1809 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies of gunshot wounds at 35 under mysterious circumstances that could have been murder or suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

  • 1811 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (b. 1724)
  • 1812 Jurriaan François de Friderici, Dutch governor-general of Suriname, dies at 60
  • 1821 John Ross Key, American lawyer, commissioned officer in the Continental Army and the father of Francis Scott Key, dies at 67
  • 1837 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), dies at 71
  • 1839 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet, dies at 88
  • 1850 Louise of Orléans, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I, dies of TB at 38
  • 1852 Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (number theory), dies at 29
  • 1889 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • 1891 Charles Stewart Parnells remains buried in Ireland

Anton Bruckner

1896 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72

  • 1896 Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • 1897 Léon Boëllmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques; Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • 1917 Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
  • 1925 Karl M Lybeck, Fin/Swedish language poet (Samlade Arbeten), dies at 71
  • 1933 Josef Hofmiller, writer, dies
  • 1935 Frank Mitchell, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng then 3 for South Africa), dies
  • 1935 Steele Rudd, Australian author (b. 1868)
  • 1940 Lluís Companys, Spanish politician, 123rd President of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1933-40), shot at 58
  • 1940 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist, dies at 80
  • 1942 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 64
  • 1946 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, dies at 35
  • 1953 James Earle Fraser, American sculptor (Indian Head (Buffalo) nickel), dies at 76
  • 1958 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • 1959 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • 1960 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1961 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74
  • 1962 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • 1963 Jean Cocteau, French poet, filmmaker and painter (Les Enfants Terribles), dies at 73
  • 1965 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, dies at 70
  • 1965 Walther Stampfli, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 80
  • 1967 Ivan Isakov [Hovhannes Ter-Isahakyan], Russian-Armenian military commander (Commander in Chief of the Soviet Navy during World War II), dies at 73
  • 1970 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1971 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), dies at 85
  • 1971 Chesty Puller, US Marine Corps lieutenant general and the most decorated Marine in history, dies at 73
  • 1976 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)
  • 1977 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • 1977 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1984 K. M. Rangnekar, Indian cricketer (33 runs at 5 50 for India), dies at 67
  • 1984 Sid Carroll, Australian cricketer (prolific NSW opener 1945-59 avg 39 59), dies at 61
  • 1985 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1986 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; AL batting champion 1961; Detroit Tigers), dies from drowning at 51
  • 1988 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1988 Morgan Farley, actor (Open Secret), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 1988 Wayland Flowers, American ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1989 Paul Shenar, actor (Deadly Force, Dream Lover), dies at 53
  • 1989 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, dies at 86
  • 1990 Douglas Edwards, WW II correspondent, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1990 Robert Tessier, actor (Nightwish, Future Force), dies at 56
  • 1991 Redd Foxx, American comedian (Sanford & Sons), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 1992 Theo Wolvencamp, painter (Cobra), dies
  • 1992 Willem RJ Wittkampf, journalist/writer (Liner, Cannon), dies
  • 1993 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • 1994 Maja Bulgakova, Ukrainian actress (Krylja), dies in auto-accident at 62
  • 1994 Nic Jonk, sculptor/painter (Nereus on Zeepaard), dies at 66
  • 1995 Isolde Ahlgrimm, Austrian harpsichordist, fortepianist, early music and original instrument proponent, and teacher, dies at 81
  • 1996 Arthur Walter Lucas, first Chief Restorer of the National Gallery, London, dies at 80
  • 1996 Edith Tilton Penrose, American-born British economist (The Theory of the Growth of the Firm), dies at 81
  • 1996 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (West Indies all-rounder 1969-76), dies of chronic cirrhosis of the liver at 53
  • 1996 Terry Patchett, politician, dies at 56
  • 1996 William Vickrey, Canadian economist (Nobel 1996), dies at 82
  • 1996 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at 74
  • 1998 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84
  • 1999 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • 2000 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scottish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), dies from health complications at 63
  • 2002 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2003 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2004 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • 2005 Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • 2006 Howard Kerzner, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International (b. 1964)
  • 2006 Benito Martínez, Haitan born Cuban who claimed to be the oldest living person at 126 (b. 1880)
  • 2007 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 91
  • 2007 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Sri Chinmoy [Chinmoy Kumar Ghose], Indian guru, dies at 76
  • 2008 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • 2009 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • 2012 John Junior "Champ" Summers, American MLB player, dies from kidney cancer at 66
  • 2013 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), dies at 80
  • 2014 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • 2015 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), dies at 74
  • 2015 John Berg, American art director, 4-time Grammy Award-winner for album art (Columbia Records, 1961-85), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2019 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2019 Alexei Leonov, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 2, first person to walk in space), dies at 85

Joe Morgan

2020 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

  • 2020 Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), dies at 76
  • 2020 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), dies at 90
  • 2020 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • 2021 Tony DeMarco, American boxer (NBA, NYSAC, The Ring welterweight titles 1955), dies at 89
  • 2021 Trevor Hemmings CVO, British businessman (Owner Preston North End FC; 3 x Grand National winners Hedgehunter [2005], Ballabriggs [2011], Many Clouds [2015]), dies at 86
  • 2021 Olav Nilsen, Norwegian soccer striker/midfielder (62 caps; Viking FK), dies at 79
October 11 Highlights