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Famous Deaths on October 8

  • 705 Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, fifth Umayyad caliph, dies in Damascus at about 58 (approximate date)
  • 976 Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  • 1094 St Mark, the Evangelist, buried in San Marcos ministry in Venice
  • 1286 John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  • 1317 Fushimi, 92nd Emperor of Japan (1265-1317), dies at 52
  • 1606 John VI the Elder, Count of Nassau, father of 24, dies at 69
  • 1613 Sebastian de Covarrubias bon Horozco, Spanish lexicographer, dies at 74
  • 1621 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist and economist, killed as part Huguenots rebellion
  • 1647 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer, dies at 85
  • 1651 Isaac Elsevier, Dutch book publisher (House of Elzevir), dies at 55
  • 1652 John Greaves, English mathematician and astronomer (attempted to survey the pyramids) (b. 1602)
  • 1656 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • 1659 Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary to New France, dies in Quebec City
  • 1680 Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia and abbess of Herford who corresponded with Descartes, dies at 61
  • 1683 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and organist, dies at 76
  • 1686 Adriaen Paets, Rotterdam regent and diplomat, dies at about 55
  • 1728 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), dies at 47
  • 1735 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1722-35), dies at 56
  • 1754 Henry Fielding, English novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones), dies at 47
  • 1772 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, French composer and violinist, dies at 60

John Hancock

1793 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

  • 1795 Andrew Kippis, English non-conformist clergyman and biographer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian poet and playwright (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 1809 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87
  • 1820 Henri Christophe, President of Haiti (1807-11) and King of Haiti (1811-20), dies at 53
  • 1834 François-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer (La Dame blanche ), dies at 58
  • 1842 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, Danish composer, dies at 68
  • 1862 James Streshley Jackson, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army) dies in battle at 39
  • 1862 William Rufus Terrill, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1864 Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory, US Union-brigadier general, dies at about 34
  • 1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, dies at 51

Franklin Pierce

1869 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), dies from severe cirrhosis of the liver, at 64

  • 1879 Miguel Grau Seminario 'Gentleman of the Seas', Peruvian Admiral, dies during the Battle of Angamos at 45
  • 1886 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • 1888 Jules d'Anethan, Belgian politician, Prime Minister of Belgium (1870-71), dies at 85
  • 1894 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), dies at 88
  • 1895 Charles Oberthür, German composer and harpist, dies at 76
  • 1897 Martin Pluddemann, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1897 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter, dies at 67
  • 1904 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, dies at 62
  • 1907 Alfred, Liechtensteins noble of Austrian Herrenhaus, dies at 65
  • 1912 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1919 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la Robe), dies
  • 1925 Abraham Pieter Cornelis van Karnebeek, Dutch Foreign Minister (Liberal, 1918-27), dies at 89
  • 1927 Mary Webb, English writer (Gone to Earth), dies at 46
  • 1928 Larry Semon, American silent film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (The Wizard of Oz (1925)), dies of pneumonia and tuberculosis at 39
  • 1931 John Monash, Australian military general during WWI (Gallipoli, Western Front), dies at 66
  • 1936 William Henry Stark, American timber industry leader, dies ta 85
  • 1940 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and astrophysicist (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • 1941 Gustav "Gus" Kahn, German-American lyricist ("It Had to Be You"; "Makin' Whoopee"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1942 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, dies at 73
  • 1944 Wendell Lewis Wilkie, Republican politician (1940 republican nominee for President), dies at 52
  • 1945 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, dies at 73
  • 1945 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), dies at 76
  • 1946 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • 1948 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, dies at 69
  • 1952 Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 74
  • 1953 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • 1953 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1954 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • 1956 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • 1958 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1963 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • 1964 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • 1966 Célestin Freinet, French pedagogue & educational reformer, dies at 69

Clement Attlee

1967 Clement Attlee, British politician, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

  • 1967 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), dies at 61
  • 1969 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian-French sociologist and philosopher, dies at 57
  • 1970 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1971 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1971 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 1973 Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher and writer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • 1975 Alberto Hemsi, Turkish born composer and collector of Sephardic Jews music, dies at 78
  • 1977 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Jim Gilliam, American MLB player and coach (LA Dodgers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 49
  • 1978 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1978 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • 1979 June Nash, American actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • 1980 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), dies at 81
  • 1982 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1982 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • 1983 Joan Hackett, American actress (Group, Flicks, Rivals), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1984 Frederick Brisson, Danish-born film and theater producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 1985 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • 1985 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1985 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • 1986 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), dies at 67
  • 1987 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), dies at 88
  • 1988 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 B.J. Wilson, British session and touring rock drummer (Procol Harum, 1967-77; Joe Cocker), dies of drug overdose complications and pneumonia at 43
  • 1991 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75

Willy Brandt

1992 Willy Brandt [Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm], German statesman, leader of the SPD party (1964-1987) and Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971), dies of cancer at 78

  • 1993 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • 1994 Brian Hartley, British mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1994 Diana Churchill, English actress (Spider, Sally Bishop, Housemaster), dies at 81
  • 1994 Manual Pina, Spanish fashion Designer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Christopher Keene, American conductor and musician, dies at 48
  • 1995 Frederick Harry Baines, English painter, dies at 85
  • 1995 John Cairncross, British civil servant and spy (5th man - Cambridge Five), dies at 82
  • 1995 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician, dies at 70
  • 1996 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • 1996 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer, dies of heart failure at 33
  • 1996 William Prince, American actor (Spies Like Us, The Stepford Wives, City in Fear), dies at 83
  • 1997 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 1997 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 1997 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • 1998 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer (Ultimele zile, ultimele ore/The Last Days, the Last Hours), and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 1999 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Javed Iqbal, Pakistani serial killer (murderer of 100 boys), commits suicide in prison at 45
  • 2002 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • 2002 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • 2004 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • 2004 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2008 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • 2008 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children; The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • 2008 Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • 2008 Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
  • 2010 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)

Al Davis

2011 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

  • 2011 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist ("Born Free"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2011 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, dies at 93
  • 2011 Mikey Welsh, American bass player (Weezer, 1998-2001 - "Island In The Sun"), dies of a drug overdose at 40
  • 2013 Andy Pafko, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • 2013 Rod Grams, American politician and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2013 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues - "Peace & Love"), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 2015 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • 2015 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • 2015 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • 2017 Jerry Kleczka, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1984-2005), dies at 73
  • 2017 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90
  • 2019 (Malcolm) "Molly" Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band, 1972-83 - "Pick Up the Pieces"), dies of cancer at 74

Whitey Ford

2020 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), dies from dementia at 91

  • 2020 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2020 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]
  • 2021 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), dies at 71
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