Deaths in History on January 8

  • 482 Severinus, German monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1100 Antipope Clement III, Italian archbishop, dies at about 71
  • 1107 Edgar of Scotland (b. 1074)
  • 1198 Pope Celestine III [Giacinto Bobo], Italian pope and friend of Peter Abélard, reigned 1191-98, dies at about 91

Marco PoloMarco Polo (1254-1324)

Venetian explorer (The Travels of Marco Polo), dies at 69

  • 1336 Giotto di Bondone, Italian Proto-Renaissance painter (Scrovegni Chapel), dies at about 71
  • 1456 St. Laurence Justinian [Lorenzo Giustiniani], Italian catholic bishop and 1st Patriarch of Venice, dies at 74
  • 1464 Thomas Ebendorfer, Austrian historian (b. 1385)
  • 1557 Albert the Warlike, Prince of Bayreuth, dies at 34
  • 1570 Philibert de l'Orme, French royal architect (Château de Chenonceau), dies at about 55
  • 1598 Johan Georg, Elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who has been called the father of science, dies at 77

  • 1707 John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair, Scottish politician (b. 1648)
  • 1711 Philips van Almonde, Zealand lt admiral, dies at 66
  • 1775 John Baskerville, English printer and type designer, dies at 68
  • 1790 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • 1794 Justus Möser, German statesman and writer, dies at 73
  • 1796 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, French revolutionary and President of the National Convention, dies at 46
  • 1808 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies
  • 1811 Friedrich Nicolai, writer, dies
  • 1811 Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
  • 1815 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle

Eli WhitneyEli Whitney (1765-1825)

American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

  • 1842 Viscount Pierre Cambronne, French General during the wars of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, dies at 71
  • 1854 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician, dies at 85
  • 1855 Diponegoro, Javanese prince who opposed Dutch colonial rule and Indonesian national hero, dies at 69
  • 1859 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1865 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general and statesman, dies at 85
  • 1874 Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian, dies at 59

Emperor NortonEmperor Norton (1819-1880)

British born self proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States", dies at 60

  • 1892 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • 1894 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, paleont (life of tapeworms), dies at 84
  • 1896 Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • 1896 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1901 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies during the Second Boer War at 27
  • 1907 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 57
  • 1916 Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (b. 1884)
  • 1918 Ellis H. Roberts, American politician (b. 1827)
  • 1919 Peter Altenberg, writer, dies at 59
  • 1922 Charles R Young, colonel, dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria
  • 1932 Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (model of holiness in the daily life of a Catholic family), dies at 65
  • 1934 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1934 Andrei Bely [Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev], Russian writer (Petersburg), dies at 53
  • 1938 Christian Rohlfs, German painter and artist, dies at 88
  • 1938 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)

Robert Baden-PowellRobert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)

British officer and founder of the modern scouting movement, dies at 83

  • 1942 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • 1943 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), dies in a crash during a night training at 23
  • 1944 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)
  • 1945 Jac[obus] P. Thijsse, Dutch biologist and educator (Omgang met planten), dies at 79
  • 1945 Karl Krafft, Swiss astrologer who was manipulated by the Nazi regime (b. 1900)

Dion FortuneDion Fortune (1890-1946)

British occultist and author (Psychic Self-Defence, The Mystical Qabalah), dies of leukemia at 55

  • 1947 Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general during the Second Polish Republic, dies at 61
  • 1948 John Lomax, American folk song collector and ethnomusicologist (American Folklore Society), and educator, dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1948 Kurt Schwitters, German-British dada-artist and poet (collages), dies at 60
  • 1950 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • 1950 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • 1952 Antonia Maury, discoverer (supergiant, giant & dwarf stars), dies
  • 1952 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 66
  • 1953 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • 1956 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, dies at 28
  • 1958 Mary Colter, American architect and designer (Fred Harvey Company, Santa Fe Railroad), dies at 88
  • 1963 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • 1963 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • 1964 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • 1964 Julius Raab, Austrian politician (Chancellor 1953-61), dies at 72
  • 1970 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)

Kenneth PatchenKenneth Patchen (1911-1972)

American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

  • 1975 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • 1976 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)

Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai (1898-1976)

Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

  • 1978 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • 1980 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), dies at 72
  • 1980 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • 1983 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 1983 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1986 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1988 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • 1992 Abderrahim Bouabid, Moroccan politician (Socialist Union of Popular Forces) and an opponent of French Imperialism and King Hassan II, dies at 69
  • 1993 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • 1993 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • 1994 Lady Caithness, wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
  • 1994 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
  • 1995 Joyce McCartan, Irish peace campaigner, dies at 68

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand (1916-1996)

21st President of France (1981-95), dies of prostate cancer at 79

  • 1996 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • 1997 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • 1998 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2002 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, dies at 69
  • 2004 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Tony Banks, British politician (Labour), dies after a stroke at 63
  • 2007 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • 2009 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2011 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • 2011 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • 2013 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • 2013 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • 2014 Ben Garrido Blaz, American politician (Rep-R-Guam, 1985-93), dies at 85
  • 2017 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2017 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • 2020 Peter T. Kirstein, British computer scientist 'European father of the internet' (Internet Protocol), dies at 86