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Famous Deaths on October 22

  • 741 Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks, dies at 63
  • 1383 Ferdinand I, the wise, king of Portugal, dies
  • 1494 Gian Galeazzo, Italian duke of Milan (1476-94), dies
  • 1565 Jean, Vicomte d'Aguisy Grolier de Servieres, French bibliophile (b. 1479)
  • 1613 Pomponio Nenna, Italian composer
  • 1625 Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period, dies at 63
  • 1651 Jacob Praetorius, composer, dies at 65
  • 1674 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter, dies at 53
  • 1707 Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral, drowns at Scilly
  • 1708 Herman Witsius, [Wits], reformed theologist, dies at 72
  • 1725 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), dies at 65
  • 1751 Willem IV KH Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, dies at 40
  • 1755 Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (b. 1694)
  • 1763 French van Mieris "the Young", painter/historian, dies at 73
  • 1764 Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, composer, dies at 67
  • 1792 Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer, dies at 67

  • 1802 Samuel Arnold, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1813 August Harder, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1818 Joachim H Campe, German theory/author, dies at 72
  • 1835 Willem G F Bentinck, earl/politician/organist, dies at 73
  • 1847 Sahle Selassie, Negus of Shewa
  • 1852 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German political writer and advisor to Dutch king, dies at 86
  • 1854 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), dies at 57
  • 1859 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1869 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, dies at 64
  • 1871 Roderick Murchison, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system), dies at 79
  • 1881 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, dies at 67
  • 1882 Janos Arany, Hungarians poet (Toldi Szerelme), dies at 65
  • 1883 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer and cricketer (Test for Australia 1882), dies at 27
  • 1883 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), dies at 65
  • 1889 Olivier Metra, composer, dies at 59
  • 1891 Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, Austrian physiologist (b. 1846)

Person of interestPaul Cézanne

1906 Paul Cézanne, French artist and Post-Impressionist painter (The Basket of Apples), dies of pneumonia at 67

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • 1915 Andrew Noble, Scottish physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics, dies at 84
  • 1917 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (b. 1863)
  • 1918 Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress regarded as Hollywood's first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress (Missy, Her Great Part), dies from influenza and heart ailment at 27

  • 1919 Bruce Frederick Cummings, English author (Journal of a Disappointed Man), dies at 30
  • 1926 Jules van den Heuvel, Belgian lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • 1927 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • 1927 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1928 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), dies at 66
  • 1932 Anna Dickinson, dies just a week shy of her 90th birthday

Person of interestPretty Boy Floyd

1934 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, American gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal, shot dead at 30 by the FBI in Ohio

  • 1935 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, dies at 66
  • 1938 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • 1942 Gustave "Staff" de Clercq, leader Flemish Nationally Covenant, dies
  • 1942 Sybren Tulip, NSBer/supt of police in Amsterdam (1941-42), dies
  • 1943 Josef Venantius von Woss, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1948 August Hlond, Polish cardinal of the Roman Catholic church, dies at 67
  • 1952 Ernst Rüdin, Swiss-German psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist, dies at 78
  • 1954 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
  • 1954 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • 1954 Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (one of the modernist Group of Five), dies at 64
  • 1960 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian painter and decorator, dies at 67
  • 1963 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, dies at 73
  • 1964 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, dies at 70
  • 1965 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of PKI (1951-65), murdered at 42
  • 1965 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Courage To Be), dies at 79
  • 1966 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1970 René Schneider, Chilean general/supreme commander, murdered
  • 1972 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82
  • 1973 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96

Person of interestArnold J. Toynbee

1975 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86

  • 1978 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
  • 1979 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • 1979 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1981 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • 1982 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, dies at 77
  • 1984 Harold Laurence Walters, composer, dies at 66
  • 1984 Napoleon Whiting, actor (Silas-Big Valley), dies at 75
  • 1985 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 1986 Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), dies at 93
  • 1986 Ivor Francis, actor (Dusty's Trail), dies at 68
  • 1986 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • 1986 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), dies at 89
  • 1987 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1989 Roland Winters [Winternitz], American actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers, Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), dies at 84
  • 1989 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
  • 1989 Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim, is kidnapped, assaulted and murdered at 11 by Danny Heinrich. His abduction and murder would remain a mystery for 30 years.
  • 1989 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), dies at 84
  • 1991 Peter Willes, British actor/producer (Way We Live), dies
  • 1992 Cleavon Little, American actor (Blazing Saddles), dies of colon cancer at 53
  • 1992 Red Barber, sportscaster (Dodgers, Yankees), dies at 84
  • 1993 Elie A Cohen, physician (held in Auschwitz), dies at 84
  • 1993 Fred C Shapiro, American journalist (Tiananmen-square 1989), dies at 62
  • 1993 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1993 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Chester WIlliams, painter, dies at 73
  • 1994 David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1994 Fabio Grobart, founder (Cuban Communist Party), dies

  • 1994 Harold Horace Hopkins, inventor (Endoscope), dies at 75
  • 1994 Rollo May, American psychologist (Love & Will), dies at 85
  • 1994 Sandy Horn, lesbian Activist, dies at 59
  • 1994 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • 1994 William Frankena, American philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1995 Edward Totah, art Dealer, dies at 46
  • 1995 K B Wilson, methodist principal (Westminster College), dies at 50
  • 1995 Kingsley Amis, English author (Lucky Jim), dies of injuries from a fall at 73
  • 1995 Mary Wickes, actress (Sister Act), dies at 79
  • 1995 Ralph Whitlock, English writer, dies at 81
  • 1995 Simone Gallimard, French editor and publisher, dies at 77
  • 1996 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Matthew Harding, businessman/football supporter, dies at 42
  • 1997 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • 1998 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • 2000 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945), dies of broken hip complications at 82
  • 2001 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, dies at 82
  • 2004 Alastair Down, CEO (Burmah Oil), dies at 90
  • 2005 Arman, French-born artist (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Franky Gee, American singer (Captain Jack) (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Choi Kyu-hah, President of South Korea, dies at 87
  • 2006 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2006 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2007 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, dies at 102
  • 2009 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Soupy Sales, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83
  • 2012 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • 2012 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), dies at 77
  • 2012 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • 2016 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), dies at 54
  • 2017 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70
  • 2017 Paul J. Weitz, American test pilot and NASA astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), dies at 85