On This Day

Deaths in History in 1903

  • Jan 3 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • Jan 4 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • Jan 4 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • Jan 17 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • Jan 21 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • Feb 1 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist & mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • Feb 22 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies
  • Feb 26 Richard Jordan Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Girolamo de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Joseph Henry Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • Mar 5 George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier (b. 1854)
  • Mar 13 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88
  • Mar 14 Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Roy Bean, American jurist

  • Mar 29 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, dies at 63
  • Mar 30 William Hicks "Red" Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • Mar 31 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • Apr 22 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Paul du Chaillu, French American explorer (first modern explorer to confirm existence of gorillas and pygmies) dies between 61-73 [birth date disputed] (b. c. 1835)
  • Apr 30 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, dies at 71
  • May 4 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)

Person of interestPaul Gauguin

May 8 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • May 13 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • May 29 Bruce Price, American architect (Château Frontenac), dies at 57
  • Jun 10 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), dies at 72
  • Jun 11 King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia are assassinated by a group of army officers as part of a coup
  • Jun 11 Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • Jun 22 George White, African American resident of Delaware, lynched
  • Jul 9 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 James McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Whistler's Mother), dies at 69

Person of interestLeo XIII

Jul 20 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
  • Jul 22 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American emancipationist (b. 1810)
  • Jul 30 Servas Daems [Peeter Klein], Flem writer (Wheelbarrows), dies at 65

Person of interestCalamity Jane

Aug 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, dies at 51

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
  • Aug 2 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  • Aug 11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)

Person of interestRobert Gascoyne-Cecil

Aug 22 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), dies at 73

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Aug 23 Paul Gabriël, Dutch water colors painter and etcher, dies at 75

Person of interestFrederick Law Olmsted

Aug 28 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), dies at 81

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • Aug 29 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • Sep 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neo criticism), dies
  • Sep 3 Joseph Skipsey, British poet (b. 1832)
  • Sep 6 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), dies at 66
  • Sep 27 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66

Person of interestTheodor Mommsen

Nov 1 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), dies at 85

Historian Theodor Mommsen
Theodor Mommsen
  • Nov 13 Wilhelm von Polenz, German author (Country of Zukunft), dies

Person of interestCamille Pissarro

Nov 13 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, dies at 73

BattleTom Horn

Nov 20 Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • Nov 25 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54

Person of interestHerbert Spencer

Dec 8 Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (Social Statics), dies at 83

Philosopher and Intellectual Herbert Spencer
Philosopher and Intellectual
Herbert Spencer
  • Dec 28 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46