Deaths in History on February 8

  • 1124 Stefanus of Thiers/Muret, founder of order of Grammond/saint, dies
  • 1245 Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle, French theologist, dies
  • 1250 Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216)
  • 1250 William II Longespee, dies as a martyr at the battle of Al Mansurah, Egypt (7th Crusade)
  • 1265 Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler, grandson of Genghis Khan (besieged and pillaged Baghdad) (b. 1217)
  • 1296 Przemysł II, King of Poland (1295-96), dies at 38
  • 1303 Nanshu, Zen teacher (Rinzai line)/founder (Zounan temple), dies
  • 1513 Alonso de Ojeda, Spanish explorer (Curacao & Bonaire), dies

Mary, Queen of ScotsMary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)

Queen of Scots [Mary Stuart], Queen of Scotland (1560-87), beheaded at 44

  • 1599 Robert Rollock, Scottish educator (1st Regent of Edinburgh University), dies
  • 1611 Jan Huygen van Linschoten, Dutch traveller and writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies (B. 1653)
  • 1623 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, dies at 80
  • 1640 Murad IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1623-40) who conquered Baghdad, dies from cirrhosis in Istanbul at 27
  • 1650 John Adriaensz, Dutch hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74
  • 1676 Alexis I [Aleksey Mikhailovich], 1st Romanov Tsar of Russia, dies at 46
  • 1686 Francois Tak, Dutch diplomat on Java, murdered

Peter the GreatPeter the Great (1672-1725)

Tsar of Russia (1682-1725), dies of uremia at 52

  • 1749 Jan van Huysum, Dutch still life painter, dies at 66
  • 1750 Aaron Hill, English writer (b. 1685)
  • 1768 George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)
  • 1772 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales by marriage to Frederick, Prince of Wales, dies at 52
  • 1824 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle, Julia), dies at 71
  • 1849 France Prešeren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
  • 1856 Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist, dies at 82
  • 1874 David Strauss, German theologist (focused on historical Jesus' Life), dies at 66

Charles WilkesCharles Wilkes (1798-1877)

American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 78

  • 1878 Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), dies at 83
  • 1884 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, dies at 76
  • 1888 Robert H. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army, dies at 52
  • 1907 Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (fasenleer), dies at 52
  • 1909 Catulle Mendès, French poet, dies at 67
  • 1910 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • 1920 Richard Dehmel, German poet and writer, dies at 56
  • 1921 Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Russian activist and anarchist, dies at 78
  • 1924 Gee John, Chinese-American gangster (1st person in US to be executed by lethal gas in Nevada), executed at 29
  • 1929 Maria Christina of Austria, Austrian born Queen and Regent of Spain, dies at 71

Mad Dog CollMad Dog Coll (1908-1932)

Irish-American mob hitman, murdered at 23 by the Dutch Schultz gang

  • 1935 Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter and graphic artist, dies at 87

Charles CurtisCharles Curtis (1860-1936)

American Republican Senator (Kansas: 1907-13, 1915-29) and 31st US Vice President (1929-33) who was the first Native American to become a Senator and Vice President, dies of a heart attack at 76

  • 1937 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer and librarian, dies at 75
  • 1942 Fritz Todt, German construction engineer, Reich Minister for Armaments and Munitions Reichs minister and Head of the Organization Todt, dies in a plane crash at 50
  • 1946 Felix Hoffmann, German chemist (synthesized aspirin and heroin), dies at 78
  • 1957 John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • 1957 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1954), dies at 66
  • 1959 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, American head of Office Strategic Services and founding father of the CIA, dies at 76
  • 1960 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1960 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • 1963 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • 1964 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
  • 1968 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • 1974 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), dies at 61
  • 1974 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75
  • 1975 Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1979 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet and writer (against Pasternak), dies at 82
  • 1982 John Hay Whitney, American financier and philanthropist, dies at 76

William LyonsWilliam Lyons (1901-1985)

British industrialist and automobile manufacturer (Jaguar cars), dies at 84

  • 1987 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], Polish-Romani writer, dies at 78
  • 1989 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • 1990 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83
  • 1993 Casper van den Berg, Dutch poet (Fashionable inconvenience), dies
  • 1993 Eliot Janeway, American financial columnist (Eliot Doomsday), dies at 80
  • 1993 Franz Schnyder, Swiss director (10th of May), dies at 82
  • 1993 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • 1993 Paul Brickhill, Dutch-American WW II pilot and physician, dies
  • 1994 Jacob Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
  • 1995 B. G. Hooghoudt, Dutch radiotelescope builder (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
  • 1995 J. William Fulbright, US politician (Senator-Arkansas 1945-74) and founder of the Fulbright scholarship, dies at 89
  • 1995 Wilhelm J. Soukop, Austrian-British sculptor, dies at 88
  • 1996 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, dies at 76

Enoch PowellEnoch Powell (1912-1998)

British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85

Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness (1902-1998)

Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95

  • 1998 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1998 William Lambert, American Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • 1999 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 2000 Bob Collins [Harold Lee], American radio broadcaster (WGN- 720AM, Chicago, 1986-2000), die in mid-air plane collision at 57
  • 2002 Eldon Rudd, American politician (Rep-R-AZ, 1977-87), dies at 81
  • 2002 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and sci-fi editor (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, dies at 88
  • 2008 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), dies of stab wounds at 26
  • 2010 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 77
  • 2012 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • 2017 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • 2017 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • 2020 Erhard Schnell, German automotive designer 'Father of the Opel GT', dies at 92