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Deaths in History in 1888

  • Jan 23 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • Feb 8 Robert H. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army, dies at 52
  • Feb 11 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

Mar 6 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • Mar 9 William I, King of Prussia (1861-71) 1st German Emperor (1871-88), dies at 90
  • Mar 12 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • Mar 24 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • Mar 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Apr 6 Thomas Green Clemson, American politician and founder of Clemson University, dies at 80

Poet & Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet & Critic
Matthew Arnold
  • Apr 16 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist and chemist, dies at 42
  • Apr 18 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), dies at 58
  • May 17 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  • Jun 12 Carel Vosmaer, art historian/poet/editor (Neth Spectator), dies at 62
  • Jun 15 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • Jul 4 Theodor Storm, German judge and author (Immensee, Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Yamaoka Tesshū, Japanese swordsman and master of kendo, dies at 52
  • Jul 20 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • Jul 21 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • Jul 23 Williams Carter Wickham, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45

Person of interestCharles Crocker

Aug 14 Charles Crocker, American business tycoon & railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Charles Crocker
Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive
Charles Crocker
  • Aug 15 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 70

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

Aug 16 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 55

Pharmacist and Inventor of Coca-Cola John Pemberton
Pharmacist and Inventor of Coca-Cola
John Pemberton
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • Aug 19 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies

MurderMary Ann Nichols

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols

  • Sep 8 Annie Chapman, English victim of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, murdered at about 48
  • Sep 9 Jan van Swieten, Dutch governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71
  • Sep 11 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Catherine Eddowes, English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Oct 8 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies at 85
  • Oct 16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • Oct 19 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38
  • Nov 1 Nikolai Przhevalsky, Russian explorer (b. 1838)
  • Nov 10 George Bingham, British 3rd Lord Lucan (Charge of the Light Brigade), dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Nathaniel Currier, American lithographer (Currier & Ives), dies at 75
  • Dec 2 Namık Kemal, Turkish writer and journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • Dec 3 Carl Zeiss, German scientific instrument and lens maker (Carl Zeiss AG), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German Orthodox rabbi and intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism, dies at 80