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Famous Deaths on October 26

Person of interestAlfred the Great

900 Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon monarch who was King of Wessex and King of the Anglo-Saxons, dies at 50 or 51

King of the Anglo-Saxons and King of Wessex Alfred the Great
King of the Anglo-Saxons and King of Wessex
Alfred the Great
  • 1132 Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered
  • 1235 Andres II Arpad, King of Hungary (1205-35), dies
  • 1440 Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
  • 1576 Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies
  • 1580 Anna of Austria, fourth wife of Philip II of Spain, dies at 30
  • 1607 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52
  • 1608 Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish royal painter, dies
  • 1633 Horio Tadaharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1596)
  • 1640 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), dies at 63
  • 1658 Francisco de Borja y Aragon Esquilache, Spanish poet, dies
  • 1661 Johann B Schup [Schuppius], German poet, historian and vicar, dies
  • 1671 Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
  • 1675 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1678 John Jenkins, English composer, dies at about 86
  • 1679 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, dies at 58

  • 1686 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician, dies at 63
  • 1693 Coenraad van Beuningen, mayor of Amsterdam/diplomat, dies at 71
  • 1706 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1717 Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • 1733 Antonio Veracini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1749 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1751 Philip Doddridge, English Nonconformist clergyman, dies at 49
  • 1756 Johann Theodor Romhild, German composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 1764 William Hogarth, English satiric painter and engraver (Rake's Progress), dies at 66
  • 1773 Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • 1803 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, dies at 82
  • 1806 John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1817 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
  • 1823 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1848 Vissarion Belinsky, Russian literary critic, dies at 36
  • 1858 Isac B. Woodbury, American church composer (The Dulcimer), dies at 39
  • 1858 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), dies at 39
  • 1864 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
  • 1866 John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1867 John Fawcett, English composer, dies at 77

  • 1868 Benjamin F. Randolph, American minister and politician (South Carolina state senator), assassinated by members of the KKK at about 48
  • 1874 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), dies of liver issues at 49
  • 1881 Billy Clanton, brother of outlaw Ike Clanton, dies in the gunfight at the OK Corral at 19
  • 1890 Collodi [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian writer (Pinocchio), dies at 63
  • 1896 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
  • 1903 Herbert Oakeley, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1909 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68
  • 1916 Klaas Kater, Dutch Christian Worker's Union Leader, dies at 83
  • 1923 Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German-American electrical engineer (development of alternating current), dies at 58
  • 1929 Arno Holz, German writer (Phantasus), dies at 66
  • 1930 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, dies at 58
  • 1930 Waldemar Haffkine, Ukrainian bacteriologist (1st to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague), dies at 70
  • 1931 Charles Comiskey, American baseball player, team owner and manager (Chicago White Sox), dies at 72
  • 1935 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, dies at 64
  • 1936 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • 1936 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), dies of stomach cancer at 52
  • 1937 Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general, serving with the Imperial Russian and then Polish armies, dies at 70
  • 1941 Arkady Gaidar, Russian Soviet children's writer, killed in combat at 37
  • 1941 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53
  • 1943 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1944 Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
  • 1944 William Temple, English Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 63
  • 1945 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, dies at 67
  • 1945 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1947 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)

Person of interestHattie McDaniel

1952 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • 1952 Myrtle McAteer, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1900), dies at 74
  • 1954 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • 1955 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1956 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1957 Níkos Kazantzákis, prominent Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ), dies at 74
  • 1961 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies at 79
  • 1961 Milan Stojadinović, Serbian-Yugoslav political figure and 12th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • 1962 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 60
  • 1964 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • 1965 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • 1965 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • 1966 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1971 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • 1971 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), dies at 71

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

1972 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1978 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71
  • 1979 Park Chung-hee, South Korean general and President (1963-79), assassinated by the director of the Korean Intelligence Agency at 61
  • 1980 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), dies in exile of a heart attack at 74
  • 1982 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies
  • 1983 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 1984 John Woods Duke, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1984 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • 1984 Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • 1986 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1989 Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • 1989 Charles J. Pedersen, American biochemist (Nobel 1987), dies at 85
  • 1990 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), dies of a heart attack at 89

  • 1991 Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
  • 1992 Dottie Green, female baseball player (Peaches), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1992 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1992 Laurel Cronin, actor (Beethoven, Housesitter), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1993 Absolutely Nobody [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
  • 1993 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • 1993 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles), dies at 85
  • 1994 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • 1994 Tutta Rolf, actress (Whalers), dies at 87
  • 1994 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • 1995 Agha Saadat Ali, Pakistani cricketer (8 not out in 1 inn for Pak 1956), dies at 66
  • 1995 Bernhard Heiliger, German artist and sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1995 Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95
  • 1996 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), dies at 93
  • 1996 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • 1999 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2002 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • 2002 Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, dies at 23
  • 2003 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • 2004 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • 2005 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • 2006 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), dies at 63
  • 2007 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • 2009 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Romeu Tuma, Brazilian politician (b. 1931)
  • 2014 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52

Person of interestAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi

2019 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), detonates a suicide vest after being cornered by US special forces and dies at 48

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Person of interestRobert Evans

2019 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), dies at 89

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • 2019 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican athlete (first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron, 1968), dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 2020 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92
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