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 (b. 1704)
  • 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 C Lichtenberg, German physicist/writer, 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 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
  • 1812 √Čtienne-Louis Malus, French physicist (Polarization of light), dies at 36

Person of interestRobert Fulton

1815 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), dies of tuberculosis at 49

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 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
  • 1862 Bernard S 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 laywer and writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
  • 1925 Hjalmar Branting, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
  • 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
  • 1945 Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
  • 1958 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • 1964 Alexander Archipenko, Ukr sculptor/water colors painter, dies at 76
  • 1975 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
  • 1984 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71

Person of interestTommy Douglas

1986 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

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

Person of interestMalcolm Forbes

1990 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • 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 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
  • 1994 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • 1994 Eduard Pavlovich Kugno, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 58
  • 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 (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
  • 2003 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • 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
  • 2012 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2017 Faye Glenn Abdellah, American pioneer in nursing research and US government official (health services), dies at 97