Deaths in History on January 24

CaligulaCaligula (12-41 AD)

3rd Roman Emperor (37-41 AD) who was known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards

  • 772 Stephen III/IV, Catholic Pope (768-72), dies. (b. 720)
  • 817 Stefanus IV, Pope (816-17), dies
  • 1125 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
  • 1336 Alfonso IV, the Benignant, King of Aragon (1327-36), dies at 36
  • 1376 Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
  • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason
  • 1595 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, Governor of Bohemia, dies at 65
  • 1619 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator against the rule of James I of England, dies at 54
  • 1626 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer, dies at 45
  • 1639 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated
  • 1678 Joan Maetsuyker, gov-gen of Neth East-Indies, dies at 72
  • 1709 George Rooke, English admiral (b. 1650)
  • 1769 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • 1824 Ercole Consalvi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal, dies at 66
  • 1856 Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)
  • 1860 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), dies at 74
  • 1862 James McIntosh, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at about 33
  • 1864 Stephen Gardner Champlin, brigadier general (Union), dies at about 36
  • 1877 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • 1880 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, dies at 28
  • 1882 Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • 1885 Martin Delany, African-American abolitionist and physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • 1895 Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician, dies at 45
  • 1911 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1912 James Allen, English writer (As a Man Thinketh), dies at 47
  • 1924 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, dies at 29
  • 1924 Thephilo Braga, Portuguese poet & politician, dies at 80
  • 1929 Willem Royaards, Dutch theater director (Adam in Ballingschap), dies at 62
  • 1930 Rebecca Latimer Felton, American writer and politician (first woman to serve as U.S. Senator (Georgia)), dies at 94 [1]
  • 1932 Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)
  • 1932 Paul Warburg, German-American investment banker who influenced and encouraged the design of the Federal Reserve, dies at 63
  • 1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, dies at 71
  • 1943 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • 1947 Felix Timmermans, Flemish painter and illustrator (Pallieter), dies at 60
  • 1948 Arthur Liebehenschel, Polish Commandant at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, executed for war crimes at 48
  • 1948 Maria Mandel, Austrian official at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, executed for war crimes at 36

Gerd von RundstedtGerd von Rundstedt (1875-1953)

German field marshal during World War II (Commander-in-Chief in the West), dies of heart failure at 77

  • 1955 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • 1961 Willem van Eysinga, Dutch jurist and diplomat (Paris Peace Conference), dies at 82
  • 1962 Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1962 Stanley Lord, Captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster, dies at 84
  • 1964 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill (1874-1965)

British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1940-45, 1951-55) during World War II, and writer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1953), dies of a stroke at 90

  • 1966 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, dies at 56
  • 1967 Howard Charles Shaiffer, entertainer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 1971 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 1975 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, dies at 64
  • 1978 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • 1982 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
  • 1986 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1988 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)

Ted BundyTed Bundy (1946-1989)

American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

  • 1991 Jack Schaefer, American author (Shane), dies at 83
  • 1991 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall (1908-1993)

1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

  • 1993 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies at 50
  • 1994 Michalis Vranopoulos, head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48
  • 1994 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), dies at 53
  • 1995 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Victor Reinganum, English artist and illustrator, dies at 87
  • 1995 Wim H Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60
  • 1997 Callum Alexander MacDonald, Scottish historian, dies of cancer at 49
  • 1998 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • 2002 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane), dies at 81
  • 2003 (Giovanni) "Gianni"Agnelli, Italian industrialist, executive (President of Fiat Automobiles, 1966-96), and Italian Senator-for-life (1991-), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2003 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • 2005 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • 2007 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, dies at 115
  • 2007 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2008 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, dies at 71
  • 2009 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Peter Paul Zahl, German left-wing writer and printer (shot two police officers), dies at 66
  • 2016 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), dies at 88
  • 2018 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2020 Pete Stark, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1973-2013), dies at 88