Deaths in History on April 8

Person of interestCaracalla

217 Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29

Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
Caracalla
  • 956 Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1143 John II Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1118-43), dies in an accident at 55
  • 1364 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
  • 1364 John II, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
  • 1461 Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)
  • 1537 Willem Aerts, Flemish architect, dies
  • 1586 Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran reformer and theologian, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1629 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar, dies at 50
  • 1697 Niels Juel, Danish-Norwegian admiral, dies at 68
  • 1704 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (b. 1624)
  • 1704 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1725 John Wise, English clergyman (b. 1652)
  • 1735 Francis II Rákóczi, Hungarian nobleman and leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg, dies at 59
  • 1778 Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, Dutch founder (Teyler Museum), dies at 76
  • 1794 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, mathematician dies
  • 1853 Jan W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • 1857 Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (B.N.I.) regiment of the British East India Company, hanged at 29

Person of interestElisha Otis

1861 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1890 Junius Morgan, philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1894 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Indian novelist (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
  • 1897 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • 1899 John Wesley Turner, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 65
  • 1902 Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
  • 1906 Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer's victim (b. 1950)
  • 1919 Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70 (b. 1848)
  • 1931 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
  • 1935 Edwin Cannan, economist, dies
  • 1936 Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)
  • 1942 Alfred Mombert, writer, dies
  • 1943 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • 1948 Josef Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • 1950 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • 1958 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • 1958 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), dies at 76
  • 1959 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1965 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • 1966 George Creten, Belgian sculptor and painter, dies at 79
  • 1969 Denton Cooley, heart transplant patient, recieved 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • 1970 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies

Person of interestPablo Picasso

1973 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 1974 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • 1981 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • 1984 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • 1987 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • 1990 Jose De Vega, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1990 Ryan White, hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1992 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1993 Arleen Whelan, dies of stroke at 78
  • 1993 H Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies
  • 1994 Irene Eisinger, singer, dies at 91
  • 1994 Walter Arnold, German theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • 1996 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
  • 2005 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • 2007 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2008 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • 2012 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83

Person of interestMargaret Thatcher

2013 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 2017 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88