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 politician (b. 1561)
  • 1651 Jacob Praetorius, composer, dies at 65
  • 1674 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter (b. 1621)
  • 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 C E Freiherr von Gagern, German 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 de Hill, Belgian lawyer/politician, dies
  • 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
  • 1934 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster, shot dead at 30 by FBI in Ohio
  • 1935 Komitas, Armenian composer (b. 1869)
  • 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, composer, dies at 80
  • 1948 August Hlond, Polish cardinal of the Roman Catholic church, dies at 67
  • 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-Gyorgyi, bio-chemist (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 general and politician
  • 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
  • 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, US 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, founder (Humanistic Psychology Movement), 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, publisher, dies at 77
  • 1996 Charles Edward Pevensey Tennant, aristocrat, dies at 39
  • 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)
  • 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 writer (b. 1904)
  • 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