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Deaths in History in 1889

  • Jan 13 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), dies at 65
  • Jan 17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • Jan 23 Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (Birth of Venus), dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Ivan Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), dies at 65

Person of interestRudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Jan 30 Rudolf Franz Karl Joseph, Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dies at 30 in a suicide pact with his mistress, Mary Freiin von Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge

  • Feb 3 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

Mar 8 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), dies at 85

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson
  • Mar 10 Yohannes IV [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle
  • Mar 12 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Mar 17 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch poet (Dietsche Warande), dies at 68
  • Mar 27 John Bright, English reform politician and anti0war advocate, dies at 77
  • Mar 28 Matilde "Tillie" Ziegler, killed by husband William Kemmler
  • Apr 4 Thomas T H Jorissen, historian, dies at 56
  • Apr 9 Michel Eugène Chevreul, French chemist (b. 1786)

  • Apr 15 Father Damien, Belgian missionary, dies at 49
  • Apr 19 Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • Apr 23 Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, French writer and critic, dies at 80
  • May 9 William S. Harney, American general, dies at 88
  • May 10 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • May 14 Volney E. Howard, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 15 Alfred Potocki, premier Austrian/governor/viceroy of Galicia, dies
  • May 17 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • May 17 Marie of Prussia, Queen consort of Bavaria (1848-64), dies at 63
  • Jun 8 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • Jun 28 Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45), dies at 69
  • Jul 11 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author and poet, dies at 34
  • Jul 13 Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (b. 1830)
  • Jul 16 Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education, dies at 83
  • Jul 21 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • Aug 2 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • Aug 5 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (Contes cruels), dies at 60

  • Aug 22 John Sanger, British circus entrepreneur, dies (b. 1816)
  • Aug 24 Jan Matzeliger, Surinamese-Dutch inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies at 36
  • Aug 29 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (b. 1815)
  • Sep 23 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (The Moonstone), dies at 65
  • Sep 24 Daniel Harvey Hill, Confederate General (American Civil War), dies at 68
  • Sep 29 Louis Faidherbe, French general (b. 1818)
  • Oct 11 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • Oct 17 N.G. [Nikolay Gavrilovich] Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (What Is to Be Done?), dies at 61
  • Oct 18 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • Nov 15 Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat, dies at 88
  • Nov 18 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68
  • Nov 20 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), dies at 63

Person of interestJefferson Davis

Dec 6 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Dec 6 Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50

Person of interestRobert Browning

Dec 12 Robert Browning, English poet (Ring & Book), dies at 77

  • Dec 12 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 21 J. B. Lightfoot, English theologist and bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • Dec 21 Friedrich August Quenstedt, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 80
  • Dec 24 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • Dec 31 Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52