Deaths in History in 1879

  • Jan 9 Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • Jan 13 WF Hendrik the Navigator, prince of Neth/viceroy of Lux, dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet (b. 1827)
  • Jan 22 Anthony Durnford, British colonel, dies in Battle of Isandlwana
  • Jan 22 George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • Jan 29 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
  • Feb 11 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • Feb 23 Albrecht Graf von Roon, Prime Minister of Prussia (b. 1803)
  • Mar 1 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1825)
  • Mar 13 Adolf Anderssen, German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60
  • Mar 30 David van der Kellen, Dutch coin engraver, dies at 74
  • Mar 30 Thomas Couture, French painter/author, dies at 63
  • Apr 4 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, dies at 75
  • Apr 16 Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • Apr 18 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • May 4 William Froude, British civil eng/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
  • May 15 Gottfried Semper, German architect (b. 1803)
  • May 17 Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  • May 21 Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)

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May 24 William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73

  • Jun 2 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Emperor of the French (1873-79), dies in battle at 23
  • Jun 11 Willem, (crown)prince of Orange, dies of bronchitis or murder at 39
  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • Aug 3 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • Aug 8 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1797)
  • Aug 27 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • Aug 30 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies
  • Sep 14 Bernhard von Cotta, German geologist, dies at 70
  • Sep 17 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
  • Sep 28 Nathan C Meeker, American poet/writer, murdered
  • Oct 8 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • Oct 14 F Kornberger, writer, dies at 58
  • Oct 28 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • Oct 31 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • Oct 31 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • Nov 5 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48
  • Dec 6 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)