Deaths in History on February 24

  • 616 King Ethelbert of Kent, 1st English king to convert to Christianity
  • 1525 Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, French soldier
  • 1563 Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
  • 1588 Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist
  • 1685 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle, English politician and military leader (b. 1629)
  • 1686 Ferdinando Tacca, Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66
  • 1714 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America, dies at 76
  • 1721 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • 1732 Colonel Francis Charteris, known as "The Rape-Master General". (b. 1675)
  • 1777 Joseph, King of Portugal (1750-77), dies at 62
  • 1779 Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (editor of Grosses vollständiges Universal-Lexicon), dies at 74
  • 1781 Edward Capell, English critic, dies at 67
  • 1785 Carlo Buonaparte, Corsican attorney and father of emperor Napoleon, dies at 39
  • 1799 Broerius Brorius, theologist (Pensive Christian), dies at about 41
  • 1799 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist and writer (types of Lichtenberg), dies at 56
  • 1806 John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81
  • 1810 Henry Cavendish, British physicist and chemist (discovery of hydrogen), dies at 78
  • 1812 Étienne-Louis Malus, French physicist (Polarization of light), dies at 36
  • 1812 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61

Robert FultonRobert Fulton (1765-1815)

American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), dies of tuberculosis at 49

  • 1822 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.), dies at 86
  • 1825 Thomas Bowdler, British physician and writer (Family Shakespeare), dies at 70
  • 1829 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
  • 1856 Nikolai Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician (Lobachevskian geometry), dies at 63
  • 1862 Bernhard Severin Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72
  • 1865 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, dies at 23
  • 1876 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • 1876 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • 1914 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1924 Edmond Picard, French-Belgian lawyer and writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
  • 1925 Karl Hjalmar Branting, Swedish statesman, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 64
  • 1930 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), dies at 74
  • 1941 Oskar Loerke, German writer (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • 1942 Anton Drexler, German politician and founder of the German Worker's Party, dies at 57
  • 1945 Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
  • 1947 Pierre Janet, French psychologist and neurologist (contributed to the modern concept of mental and emotional disorders involving anxiety, phobias, and other abnormal behaviour), dies at 87
  • 1958 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • 1975 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
  • 1984 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71
  • 1984 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59

Tommy DouglasTommy Douglas (1904-1986)

Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

  • 1987 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1988 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96

Malcolm ForbesMalcolm Forbes (1919-1990)

American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 1990 Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), dies at 93
  • 1991 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • 1992 Kay Loring, dies after long illness
  • 1994 Eduard Pavlovich Kugno, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 58
  • 1994 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
  • 1994 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • 1996 Anna Larina, revolutionary, dies at 82
  • 1996 Gene Mitchell, museum director, dies on 70th birthday
  • 1996 James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
  • 1998 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1999 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 1999 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader, dies at 82
  • 2001 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), dies at 84
  • 2003 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2003 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Octavia E. Butler, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Wild Seed), dies at 58
  • 2011 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2012 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2012 Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • 2017 Faye Glenn Abdellah, American pioneer in nursing research and US government official (health services), dies at 97
  • 2019 Li Xueqin, Chinese eminent historian, archaeologist, and palaeographer, dies at 85
  • 2021 Tom Foley, Irish racehorse trainer (trainer Danoli, "the People's Champion"), dies from cancer at 74