On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1910

  • Jan 1 Harriet Powers, African-American slave & quilt maker (Bible Quilt 1886), dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Leon Delagrange, French aviation pioneer, dies
  • Jan 17 Wilhelm F Kohlrausch, German physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Leon Walras, French economist (School of Lausanne), dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Thomas Crapper, English plumber and inventor (ballcock), dies at 73
  • Jan 29 Édouard Rod, French-Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies at 52
  • Feb 1 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44
  • Feb 6 Alfonso Maria Fusco. Beatified Italian Roman Catholic priest and founder (b.1839)
  • Feb 8 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • Feb 20 Boutros Ghali, Prime Minister of Egypt (1908-1910), assassinated by a nationalist at 64
  • Mar 4 Knut Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1857)
  • Mar 10 Karl Lueger, Austrian politician, cofounder and leader of the Austrian Christian Social Party, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Nadar [Félix Tournachon], French photographer and balloonist, took the first aerial photograph, dies at 89
  • Mar 26 Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • Mar 26 An Jung-geun, Korean independence activist and assassin of Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi, executed by Japanese authorities at 30
  • Mar 27 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, dies at 74
  • Mar 28 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • Mar 28 William Paul Roberts, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • Mar 29 Thomas Lafayette Rosser, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver, dies at 94
  • Apr 2 Boyd Alexander, English explorer (Niger to the Nile), murdered at 37
  • Apr 2 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist, dies at 79
  • Apr 12 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), dies at 69
  • Apr 13 William Orchardson, British painter, dies at 78
  • Apr 14 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • Apr 17 Ignacio Mariscal, Mexican lawyer and diplomat (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Samuel Gibbs French, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 91

Mark Twain

Apr 21 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens], American author (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), dies at 74

  • Apr 26 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77
  • May 3 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), dies of typhus at 39

Edward VII

May 6 Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68

  • May 10 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • May 10 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • May 16 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • May 18 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
  • May 22 Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46

Robert Koch

May 27 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

Elizabeth Blackwell

May 31 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, dies at 89

  • Jun 1 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, dies at 91

O. Henry

Jun 5 O. Henry [William Sydney Porter], American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), dies of cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes complications and an enlarged heart at 47

  • Jun 22 Marie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange Nassau, dies at 69
  • Jun 23 John McGraw, 2nd Governor of Washington (1893-97), dies at 59
  • Jul 3 Julius Slabbe, Flemish writer and editor (De Halletoren), dies at 64
  • Jul 4 Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars), dies at 75
  • Jul 4 Melville Fuller, American 8th Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer, discoverer of Neptune by telescope, dies at 98

Charles Rolls

Jul 12 Charles Rolls, British aviator and auto manufacturer who co-founded Rolls Royce, dies in a place crash at 32, the 1st British person to do so

  • Jul 24 Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (b. 1841)
  • Jul 26 Philippus Jacobus Hoedemaker, Dutch theologist, dies at 71
  • Aug 3 Nicolas Kinet, Belgian pilot, dies
  • Aug 9 Huo Yuanjia, Chinese martial artist (mizongy), dies at 42
  • Aug 15 Constantin Fahlberg, Russian chemist who discovered Saccharin (artificial sweetener), dies at 59 [1]

William James

Aug 26 William James, American psychologist and philosopher (Pragmatism), dies at 68

  • Aug 27 Clement of Maasdijk, 1st Dutch aircraft death
  • Aug 28 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist and anthropologist, dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Johan Eilerts de Haan, Dutch naval officer and explorer (Lucie River, Suriname), dies, likely due to malaria, at 44
  • Aug 30 Albert Vandal, French earl/historian (Napoleon), dies at 57
  • Sep 2 Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter (The Dream, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), dies of a blood clot at 66
  • Sep 7 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), dies at 83
  • Sep 16 Hormuzd Rassam, Assyrian archaeologist (discovered Epic of Gilgamesh, world's oldest piece of literature), dies at 84
  • Sep 29 Winslow Homer, American painter known for his marine scenes (Breezing Up), dies at 74
  • Sep 30 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • Oct 10 Willem Maris, painter (Hague School), dies at 66
  • Oct 17 William V Moody, American poet (Sabine Woman, Great Divide), dies
  • Oct 17 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer, politician and President of the First Imperial Duma, dies at 60
  • Oct 17 Julie Ward Howe, American poet and author, dies of pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 20 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), dies at 67
  • Oct 23 Rama V [Chulalongkorn], King of Thailand (1868-1910), dies at 57
  • Oct 30 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer, dies at 72
  • Nov 15 Wilhelm Raabe [Jakob Corvinus], German author (Der Hungerpastor), dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), dies at 74

Leo Tolstoy

Nov 20 Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War & Peace), dies of pneumonia at 82

  • Nov 23 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, dies by hanging at 48

Mary Baker Eddy

Dec 3 Mary Baker Eddy, American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health), dies at 89

  • Dec 8 George Doherty Johnston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)
  • Dec 31 Archibald Hoxsey, American pioneer aviator (worked for the Wright brothers), dies at 26
  • Dec 31 John Bevins Moisant, American pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him, dies at 42