Deaths in History on December 8

  • 644 Omar I, 2nd Caliph of Islam, murdered
  • 899 Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies
  • 1292 John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
  • 1596 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
  • 1626 John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  • 1632 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1643 John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1649 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1652 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary, murdered at 35
  • 1680 Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, English politician (b. 1606)
  • 1681 Gerard Terborch, the Younger, Dutch painter/etcher, dies
  • 1691 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  • 1695 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist (b. 1625)
  • 1709 Thomas Corneille, French dramatist, dies at 74
  • 1722 Elisabeth C "Liselotte" van Palts, German/French duchess, dies at 70
  • 1744 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)
  • 1745 Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  • 1746 Charles Radclyffe, British politician (b. 1693)
  • 1756 William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  • 1768 Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter, dies at 66
  • 1779 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • 1830 H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
  • 1831 James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies
  • 1850 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • 1859 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), dies at 74
  • 1864 George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), dies at 49
  • 1870 Thomas Brassey, English civil engineering contractor, dies at 65
  • 1885 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • 1894 Willem JF Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian, dies at 71
  • 1894 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  • 1896 Ernst Engel, German statistician and economist (Law of Engel), dies at 75

Person of interestHerbert Spencer

1903 Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (Social Statics), dies at 83

Philosopher and Intellectual Herbert Spencer
Philosopher and Intellectual
Herbert Spencer
  • 1907 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
  • 1914 Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)
  • 1917 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1926 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • 1938 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1940 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

1942 Albert Kahn, architect of Detroit, dies at 73

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1952 Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • 1963 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • 1966 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

1967 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • 1970 Christopher K Ingold, English chemist, dies at 77
  • 1972 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash

Person of interestGolda Meir

1978 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • 1981 Shakey, [Walter Horton], harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin'), dies at 64
  • 1982 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • 1982 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • 1982 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • 1982 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered

  • 1982 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • 1982 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • 1982 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • 1982 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • 1982 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered

Person of interestKeith Holyoake

1983 Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies of a stroke at 79

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • 1984 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • 1989 Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies
  • 1991 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • 1992 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), dies at 85
  • 1993 Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • 1994 Israel Aaron Maisels, lawyer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36
  • 1995 Ernest LeRoy Boyer, educator, dies at 67
  • 1995 John Gillett, film researcher, dies at 70
  • 1995 Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1997 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • 1997 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • 1997 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, dies at 88
  • 1999 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2001 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • 2008 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • 2013 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 96

Person of interestJohn Glenn

2016 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn