Famous Deaths on October 19

  • 727 Saint Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, England
  • 1187 Pope Urban III [Uberto Crivelli](1185-87)
  • 1216 King John of England (1199-1216), agreed to the Magna Carta, dies at 49
  • 1268 Konradin von Hohenstaufen, duke of Zwaben, beheaded
  • 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 (b. 1551)
  • 1609 Jacobus Arminius, [Jacob Hermans], theologist, dies at about 49
  • 1636 Marcin Kazanowski, Polish politician
  • 1682 Thomas Browne, English writer (b. 1605)

Person of interestJonathan Swift

1745 Jonathan Swift, English writer (Gulliver's Travels), dies at 77

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 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 choreographer (ballet d'action), dies
  • 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 from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • 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/criminologist, dies
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestErnest Rutherford

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

  • 1943 Adrianus M de Young, writer (Merijntje Gijzen's youth), murdered
  • 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
  • 1956 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • 1957 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian, dies at 65
  • 1959 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death at 60
  • 1959 Stanley Bate, composer, dies at 45
  • 1960 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • 1961 Benjamin Merkelbach, Dutch architect and city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • 1961 John Axel Fernstrom, 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, writer, dies
  • 1984 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • 1984 Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shoots himself on set of "Cover Up" at 27
  • 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 at 42
  • 1987 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77
  • 1988 Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1992 Gert Nastian, general & companion of Petra Kelly, found dead at 69
  • 1992 Maurice le Roux, French conductor/composer (Contes immoraux), dies
  • 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 E Cherry, jazz Musician, dies at 58
  • 1996 Frank Neville Hosband Robinson, physicist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist, dies at 84
  • 1997 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 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
  • 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 (b. 1941)
  • 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
  • 2004 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • 2005 Dallas Cook, American musician (Suburban Legends) (b. 1982)
  • 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 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • 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 professional road racing cyclist, dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • 2013 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2014 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • 2016 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99