On This Day

Deaths in History in 1853

  • Jan 1 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer, dies of suicide at 74
  • Jan 9 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos de Mayo), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • Mar 4 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 78
  • Mar 5 August Kestner, German art collector and diplomat, dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward John Dent, British clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Jan Willem Pieneman, Dutch historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), dies at 64
  • Apr 13 James Iredell, Jr., American politician, dies at 64
  • Apr 18 William R. King, American politician (Vice President 1853), dies at 67 one month after his inauguration
  • Apr 23 Auguste Laurent, chemist, dies

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

Apr 25 William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67

  • Apr 28 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • May 8 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • Jun 12 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising), dies
  • Jul 23 Andries Pretorius, Boer leader (b. 1798)
  • Jul 25 Joaquin Murieta, Mexican born Californian outlaw
  • Aug 23 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • Sep 8 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, dies at 40
  • Oct 2 François Arago, French astronomer, physicist (chromosome) and politician, dies at 67
  • Nov 15 Queen Maria II of Portugal, Daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, dies at 34