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Famous Deaths on October 19

  • 727 Saint Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, England
  • 1187 Pope Urban III [Uberto Crivelli](1185-87)

King John

1216 King John of England (1199-1216), agreed to the Magna Carta, dies at 49

  • 1268 Konradin von Hohenstaufen, duke of Zwaben, beheaded
  • 1354 Yusuf I [al-Muayyad billah], ruler of Granada (1333-54), assassinated while praying in the Great Mosque of Granada at 36
  • 1432 John de Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1392)
  • 1547 Pierino del Vaga, Italian painter, dies at about 46
  • 1553 Bonifazio Veronese/Veneziano [de' Pitati], Italian painter, dies
  • 1587 Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1541)
  • 1608 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist, dies at 57
  • 1609 Jacobus Arminius [Jacob Hermans], theologist, dies at about 49
  • 1636 Marcin Kazanowski, Polish politician
  • 1682 Thomas Browne, English philosopher and writer (Garden of Cyrus), dies at 77

Jonathan Swift

1745 Jonathan Swift, Irish author and satirist (Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal), dies at 77

  • 1758 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1786 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer, dies at 58
  • 1790 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
  • 1793 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • 1810 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), dies at 83
  • 1813 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, dies in battle at 50
  • 1834 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant and poet (Volkswoede), dies at 69
  • 1835 Henry Doeff, translator (Dutch-Japanese dictionary), dies at 57
  • 1838 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1842 Aleksey Koltsov, Russian poet (b. 1808)
  • 1851 Marie Thérèse Charlotte (b. 1778)
  • 1856 William Sprague III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1842-44)), dies at 56
  • 1864 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, magistrate/brigadier general, dies in battle at 45
  • 1888 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38
  • 1889 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • 1894 James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (translations of the Avesta, the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism), dies at 45
  • 1897 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • 1901 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (b. 1829)
  • 1909 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist and criminologist, dies at 73
  • 1912 E. B. Dwyer, Austalian-born cricketer (Sussex bowler 1906-09), dies at 36
  • 1918 Joseph Lesage, French painter/etcher (WWI), dies at 34
  • 1918 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), dies from the flu at 31
  • 1921 Antonio Granjo, premier (Portugal), murdered
  • 1926 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, dies at 72
  • 1932 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1932 Lindley M. Garrison, American lawyer and 46th U.S. Secretary of War (1913-16), dies at 67
  • 1934 Johan J Arch, graphic artist (houtgravures), dies at 63
  • 1936 Lu Xun, Chinese writer of modern Chinese literature, dies at 55
  • 1937 Betty Carver, wife of English WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, dies

Ernest Rutherford

1937 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist (Nobel Prize 1908), dies at 66

  • 1950 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • 1955 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), dies from coronary thrombosis at 41
  • 1955 Carlos Dávila, President of Government Junta of Chile (1932), dies at 68
  • 1956 Isham Jones, American saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter ("Star Dust"; "I'll See You In My Dreams"), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1957 V. Gordon Childe, British archaeologist and prehistorian, dies at 65
  • 1959 Stanley Bate, English composer, dies at 45
  • 1960 Günter Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • 1961 Benjamin Merkelbach, Dutch architect and city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • 1961 John Axel Fernstrom, Swedish composer, dies at 63
  • 1964 Maurice Gosfield, actor (Doberman-Phil Silvers Show), dies at 51
  • 1964 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79
  • 1966 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • 1970 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • 1971 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, dies at 89
  • 1971 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • 1978 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • 1981 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • 1982 Jock Ewing, dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
  • 1983 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • 1983 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • 1984 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), dies at 85
  • 1984 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • 1985 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1986 Moses Asch, record founder (Folkways), dies at 81
  • 1986 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • 1987 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies from complications of multiple sclerosis at 42
  • 1987 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, dies at 77
  • 1988 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1989 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), dies of pneumonia at 36
  • 1990 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), dies at 73
  • 1992 Gert Nastian, general & companion of Petra Kelly, found dead at 69
  • 1992 Maurice Le Roux, French conductor and film score composer (Kamouraska), dies at 69
  • 1992 Petra Kelly, founder (German Green Party), found dead at 44
  • 1993 Bert Schoofs, table tennis star, dies at 48
  • 1993 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered
  • 1993 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (Traditional buildings), dies at 91
  • 1994 Martha Raye [Margaret Reed], American actress (Waikiki Wedding, Martha Raye Show), dies after illness at 78
  • 1994 Munavarsjo Nazrijev, vice-president of Tadzjikistan, dies
  • 1994 Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
  • 1994 Stanislaw Brunstein, artist, dies at 79
  • 1995 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1996 Neville Robinson, English physicist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist, dies at 84
  • 1997 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • 1997 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), dies at 57
  • 1997 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, dies at 49
  • 1999 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood; Portrait of a Man Unknown; The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • 1999 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer ("Right On the Tip of My Tongue"), dies from a stomach infection at 59
  • 2001 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, dies at 85
  • 2003 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • 2003 Hawk [Michael Hegstrand], American professional wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom), dies at 46
  • 2005 Dallas Cook, American ska-funk trombonist (Suburban Legends), killed in a motorcycle accident at 23
  • 2005 Corinne Lévesque, wife of Quebec premier René Lévesque (b. 1943)
  • 2006 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64
  • 2006 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), dies at 79
  • 2007 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, dies at 64
  • 2007 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • 2007 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), dies at 81
  • 2007 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer, shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a Milwaukee recording studio at 21
  • 2008 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2008 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, dies at 86
  • 2008 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • 2009 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), dies at 91
  • 2010 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), dies at 83
  • 2012 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • 2013 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2013 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 2014 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • 2014 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • 2014 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • 2016 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99
  • 2020 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • 2020 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • 2021 Fred Goodall, New Zealand cricket umpire (24 Tests, 15 one-day internationals 1965-88), dies at 83
  • 2021 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), dies at 90
  • 2021 Pierre Kerkhoffs, Dutch soccer striker (5 caps; SC Enschede, PSV, Lausanne Sport), dies at 85
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