Today's Deaths in History

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  • 1025 Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
  • 1072 Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  • 1230 Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
  • 1263 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)

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1515 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1576 Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
  • 1598 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • 1621 Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
  • 1626 Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1673 Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)

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1675 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

Painter Jan Vermeer
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Jan Vermeer
  • 1683 Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  • 1688 Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
  • 1699 Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
  • 1712 Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
  • 1715 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • 1753 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
  • 1817 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
  • 1826 William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
  • 1831 Paul R Cantzlaar, gov of Saba/Curacao/Dutch-West Indies, dies at 60
  • 1839 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
  • 1855 Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1880 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • 1889 Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73

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1890 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief who helped led his people to victory in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1896 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1934 Maggie L. Walker, African American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President),dies at 69
  • 1946 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • 1947 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1950 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman, dies at 75
  • 1951 Eric Drummond, British 1st Secretary-General of the League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • 1958 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)

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1966 Walt Disney, animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
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Walt Disney
  • 1968 Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • 1984 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • 1993 Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
  • 1994 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
  • 1996 Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
  • 1996 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • 1997 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • 2003 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • 2008 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62