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Deaths in History on January 26

  • 946 Eadgyth, English-born German Queen, wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1109 Albericus of Côteaux, French saint, dies
  • 1567 Nicholas Wotton, English diplomat
  • 1630 Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)
  • 1636 Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul, French diplomat (b. 1552)
  • 1697 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1744 Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • 1750 Albert Schultens, Dutch philologist (b. 1686)
  • 1799 Gabriel Christie, British general, dies at 76

Person of interestEdward Jenner

1823 Edward Jenner, English physician, father of immunology, pioneered smallpox vaccinations, dies at 73

Physician and Scientist Edward Jenner
Physician and Scientist
Edward Jenner
  • 1824 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), dies at 32
  • 1831 Sangolli Rayanna, Indian military chief warrior, dies at 32
  • 1844 John Wedgwood, British ceramicist and founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, dies at 77
  • 1849 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), committed suicide at 45
  • 1850 Francis Jeffrey, Baron Jeffrey, judge/literary critic, dies
  • 1855 Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)

  • 1869 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, committed suicide at 22
  • 1870 Victor de Broglie, 3rd Duke of Broglie, 14th Prime Minister of France (1835-36), dies at 84
  • 1878 Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (one of the founders of experimental psychology), dies at 82
  • 1884 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • 1885 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • 1885 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • 1886 David Rice Atchison, American politician (possibly served as President of the United States on March 3, 1849), dies at 78
  • 1891 Nikolaus Otto, German auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), dies. (b. 1833)
  • 1895 Arthur Cayley, mathematician, dies
  • 1904 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • 1904 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)
  • 1911 Charles Dilke, British statesman and Radical politician, dies at 67
  • 1920 Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered
  • 1926 John Flannagan, Catholic priest, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University, dies at 66
  • 1933 Alva Belmont, American socialite (b. 1853)
  • 1942 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • 1942 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (Hausdorff space), dies at 73
  • 1943 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), dies at 55
  • 1943 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • 1946 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)

  • 1947 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince second in line to the Swedish throne, dies at 40
  • 1952 Louis van Deyssel, Dutch writer (Diary of Franc Rozelaar), dies at 87
  • 1952 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, leader of Mongolia (b. 1895)
  • 1953 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), dies at 58
  • 1953 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1954 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

1962 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • 1965 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • 1968 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1968 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • 1973 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • 1974 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1976 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

1979 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 70

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • 1985 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • 1989 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • 1990 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, dies at 68
  • 1990 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • 1991 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • 1992 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • 1993 Axel Von Dem Bussche, German aristocrat, dies
  • 1993 Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87
  • 1993 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (large iron sculptures), dies at 80
  • 1993 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), dies at 70
  • 1995 Bernardo Leighton, Chilian politician (1964-70), dies
  • 1995 Louis Heren, journalist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • 1996 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 74
  • 1996 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), dies at 92
  • 1997 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • 1997 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • 1997 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • 1998 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • 2000 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • 2003 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • 2003 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • 2013 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2015 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93