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Deaths in History on January 7

  • 312 Lucianus of Antioch, theologist/saint, dies
  • 1130 Baldricus Burgoliensis, French historian/archbishop, dies at about 83
  • 1285 Charles I of Anjou, king of Naples/bro of King Louis IX, dies at 58
  • 1325 Denis of Portugal, King of Portugal (1279-1325), dies at 63
  • 1355 Inês de Castro, Galician noblewoman, lover and posthumously-recognized wife of King Peter I of Portugal, is murdered on the orders of King Afonso IV at 29 or 30
  • 1400 Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey, English politician (b. 1374)
  • 1451 Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoye and last antipope (Felix V, 1439-48), dies at 67
  • 1529 Peter Vischer, the Old, German count of Sebaldus, dies

Person of interestCatherine of Aragon

1536 Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of England's King Henry VIII, dies at 50

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon
  • 1537 Alessandro de' Medici, Italian monarch of Florence, assassinated
  • 1566 Ludovicus Blosius, [Louis de Blois "Dacrianus"], wrtier, dies
  • 1590 Jacob Andreae, German theologist (Formulae Concordiae), dies at 61
  • 1598 Feodor I (Fyodor/Theodore Ivanovich), Tsar of Russia (1584-98), dies at 40
  • 1619 Nicholas Hilliard, English painter (bc. 1547)
  • 1655 Pope Innocent X (Giambattista Pamfili), Reigned 1644-55, dies at 80
  • 1658 Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)

  • 1694 Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, English general (bc. 1618)
  • 1695 Mary II Stuart, queen of England, dies at 32 [OS=Dec 28 1694]
  • 1700 Raffaello Fabretti, Italian antiquarian (b. 1618)
  • 1715 François Fénelon, French Roman Catholic theologian and writer (Playing for Time), dies at 63
  • 1721 Rochus Aerts, Flemish sculptor, dies [or 1739]
  • 1722 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, dies at 60
  • 1743 Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark and Norway (1721-30), dies at 49
  • 1758 Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (Gentle Shepherd), dies at 71
  • 1767 Thomas Clap, American academic, 1st president of Yale University, dies at 63
  • 1770 Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician, dies at 74
  • 1786 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • 1830 Infanta Carlota Joaquina, daughter of Charles IV of Spain and wife of John VI of Portugal, dies at 53
  • 1830 Thomas Lawrence, English portrait painter, dies at 60
  • 1858 Willem Broes, vicar/theologist (Textenrol), dies at 91
  • 1864 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, dies at 55
  • 1872 James Fisk, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)
  • 1876 Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • 1878 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (b. 1794)
  • 1890 Augusta Maria L Katharina, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm I, dies at 78
  • 1892 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), dies at 39

  • 1892 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German physician and physiologist, dies at 72
  • 1893 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1901 James Dunwoody Bulloch, Confederacy's chief foreign agent in Great Britain during the American Civil War, dies at 77
  • 1912 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, English Physician and Feminist, dies at 71
  • 1918 Julius Wellhausen, German biblical scholar (analysis of the structure and dating of the Pentateuch), dies at 73
  • 1919 Henry Ware Eliot, American industrialist, philanthropist and the father of T. S. Eliot, dies at 75
  • 1920 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03), dies at 70
  • 1921 Benno Erdmann, German philosopher (Logik I), dies at 69
  • 1922 Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole, Prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii, dies at 50
  • 1929 Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Silver King), dies at 77
  • 1933 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), dies in a plane crash at 40
  • 1935 Alfred Ewing, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis), dies at 79

Person of interestNikola Tesla

1943 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • 1943 George Washington Crile, American surgeon (conducted the first direct blood transfusion and studied the effects of surgical shock), dies at 78
  • 1944 J Verleun, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet, dies at 56
  • 1944 Lou Henry Hoover, US First Lady (1929-33) and wife of the 31st President, Herbert Hoover, dies at 69
  • 1948 Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • 1951 Johanna C H "Nelly" Bodenheim, painter (Luilekkerland), dies at 76
  • 1951 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • 1955 Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • 1958 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • 1961 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • 1963 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • 1967 David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1968 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • 1972 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), dies at 57
  • 1974 Charles Alfred Coulson, British chemist (theoretical), dies at 63
  • 1981 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1982 Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse), dies at 85
  • 1983 August Cool, Belgian trade union leader, dies at 79
  • 1984 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • 1986 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • 1986 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)

Person of interestHirohito

1989 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1922-89) dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 1990 Gail Lucas, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Jhean Burton, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 Robert Cowan, CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises), dies at 60
  • 1994 Lewis Boddington, aerospace Engineer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Lynn Blessing, vibes player, dies at 65
  • 1994 Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (1986-91), dies
  • 1995 Viktor Vorobyov, Russian general-major, dies in battle
  • 1995 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • 1996 James Holland, English artist and exhibition organiser, dies at 90
  • 1996 Károly Grósz, Hungarian communist politician, dies at 65
  • 1996 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • 1997 Desmond Flower, English publisher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • 1998 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • 2001 Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr., American librarian and director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, dies at 90
  • 2004 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (over-the-horizon radar), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2005 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and author (Seven Years in Tibet), dies at 93
  • 2008 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2013 Fred L. Turner, American businessman (CEO of McDonalds, 1977-2004), dies from complications of pneumonia at 80

Person of interestStéphane Charbonnier

2015 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • 2015 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76
  • 2016 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92

Person of interestMário Soares

2017 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies after falling into a coma at 92

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 2018 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • 2018 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • 2020 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American author (Prozac Nation), dies of metastatic breast cancer at 52