Today's Deaths in History

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  • 521 Magnus Felix Ennodius, bishop and Latin poet (b. 474)
  • 656 Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
  • 855 Leo IV, Italian Pope (reigned 847-55), dies
  • 924 King Edward the Elder of England (899-924)
  • 1025 Boleslaw I Chobry, [the brave], duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1070 Boudouin VI, count of Flanders/Henegouwen, dies
  • 1345 Jacob Van Artevelde, [Manner Man], Flemish broker, lynched
  • 1453 John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, English military leader
  • 1510 Tree of Commonwealth, beheaded at about 48
  • 1531 Hosokawa Takakuni, Japanese military commander (b. 1484)
  • 1571 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, dies at 55
  • 1588 Sinan, Ottoman architect (b. 1489)
  • 1627 Lieven de Key, Flemish master builder (Vleeshal), dies at about 67
  • 1645 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Scottish politician
  • 1704 Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer
  • 1709 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1746 Anthonie van de Heim, Dutch pension advisor (1737-46), dies at 53
  • 1753 Andre-Joseph Panckoucke, French book publisher/merchant, dies
  • 1762 Peter III, Emperor of Russia (1762), dies at 34

Person of interestAdam Smith

1790 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher, dies at 67

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • 1791 Martin Dobrizhoffer, Austrian Jesuit missionary (b. 1717)
  • 1793 Charlotte Corday, French revolutionary who murdered Jean-Paul Marat in a bath, is guillotined at 24
  • 1794 John Roebuck, English inventor and industrialist (b. 1718)
  • 1838 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82

Person of interestCharles Grey

1845 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1830-34), dies at 81

British Prime Minister Charles Grey
British Prime Minister
Charles Grey
  • 1863 J. Johnston Pettigrew, American lawyer and Confederate General in the American Civil War, dies at 35
  • 1864 Daniel McCook Jr, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 29
  • 1864 Dirk Dark Curtius, attorney/liberal minister of Justice, dies at 71
  • 1878 Aleardo [Gaetano] Aleardi, Italian/Aust poet (Tre Fiumi), dies at 65
  • 1879 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1881 Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (b. 1804)
  • 1885 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)
  • 1887 Dorothea Dix, American social activist, dies at 85
  • 1893 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (b. 1833)
  • 1894 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (b. 1810)
  • 1898 John Stuart Williams, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 80
  • 1903 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Whistler's Mother), dies at 69
  • 1912 J-Henri Poincaré, French mine engineer/mathematician, dies at 58
  • 1918 Alexei Nikolaevich, last Tsarevich of Russia and son of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 13

Person of interestAnastasia Nikolaevna

1918 Anastasia Nikolaevna, Russian grand duchess and daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17

Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna
Grand Duchess of Russia
Anastasia Nikolaevna
  • 1918 Eugene Botkin, Russian court physician of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 53
  • 1918 Ivan Kharitonov, Russian cook of Tsar Nicholas II, executed around the age of 46
  • 1918 Anna Demidova, Russian lady in waiting of Tsarina Alexandra, executed at 40
  • 1918 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, 3rd daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, executed at 19

Person of interestNicholas II

1918 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia (1894-1917), executed at 50

  • 1918 Olga Nikolaevna, Russian grand duchess and daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 22
  • 1918 Tatiana Nikolaevna, Russian grand duchess and daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 21
  • 1918 Alexei Trupp, Russian footman and assistant of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 62
  • 1918 Alexandra Feodorovna [Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine], last Russian tsarina (1894-1918), executed by firing squad at 46
  • 1922 Heinrich Rubens, German physicist, dies at 57
  • 1928 Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico is assassinated

  • 1928 Giovanni Giolitti, 5x Prime Minister of Italy (1892-93, 1903-05, 1906-09, 1911-14, 1920-21), dies at 85
  • 1935 George William Russell, Irish nationalist, poet and artist, dies at 68
  • 1941 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), dies at 62
  • 1943 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • 1944 Hugh Rigby, English portrait painter (King George V 1928-32), dies
  • 1944 William James Sidis, gifted mathematician and child prodigy (b. 1898)
  • 1946 Draža Mihailović, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal, executed at 53
  • 1947 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • 1950 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • 1954 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85

Person of interestHenri Farman

1958 Henri Farman, British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, dies at 84

Aviator Henri Farman
Aviator
Henri Farman
  • 1959 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies at 72
  • 1959 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • 1975 Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
  • 1975 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor , dies at 82
  • 1980 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • 1989 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • 1993 Ineke Shutter, choreography (Black Girl Goes to School), dies at 61
  • 1993 Scott Salmon, US choreographer (La Cage aux Folles), dies at 51
  • 1993 Vladimir Barmyn, Russian inventor (Stalinorgel), dies at 84
  • 1995 Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd, dies at 71
  • 1996 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • 1996 John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • 2001 Katharine Graham, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2003 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)

Person of interestEdward Heath

2005 Edward Heath, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), dies of cancer at 89

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 2005 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), dies at 88
  • 2007 Júlio Redecker, Brazilian Politician (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 2012 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), dies at 76
  • 2014 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80
  • 2015 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99 (d. 2015)