On This Day

Deaths in History on July 24

  • 1115 Matilda, Countess of Tuscany (b. 1046)
  • 1240 Konrad von Thüringen, fifth Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
  • 1345 Jacob van Artevelde, statesman, murdered
  • 1568 Prince Don Carlos of Spain (b. 1545)
  • 1594 John Boste, Catholic saint and martyr (b. 1544)
  • 1612 Ottavio M Frangipani, Pope elect, dies
  • 1712 Cornelis earl of Nassau, general-major/mister of Woudenberg, dies
  • 1756 George Vertue, engraver, dies
  • 1758 John Dyer, British poet, dies at 58
  • 1768 Nathanial Lardner, English theologian (b. 1684)
  • 1837 Charles Hodges, English/Dutch portrait painter
  • 1842 John Sell Cotman, landscape painter, dies
  • 1846 Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, French King of the Netherlands (1806-10), dies at 67
8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • 1868 George Cattermole, painter/illustrator, dies
  • 1900 Ferdinand Hamet, Dutch missionary in Mongolia, murdered at 59

  • 1908 Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet, dies at 41 (b. the same day 1867)
  • 1910 Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (b. 1841)
  • 1927 Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (b. 1892)
  • 1931 Willem Treub, Dutch economist and politician, dies at 75
  • 1934 Hans Hahn, Austrian mathematician, dies at 54
  • 1936 Georg Michaelis, Chancellor of German Empire, dies at 78
  • 1944 Jan Postma, leader of illegal Dutch party (CPN), executed at 49
  • 1954 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • 1964 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), dies at 79
  • 1967 Little Billy Rhodes, dies of stroke at 72
  • 1969 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • 1970 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73

Person of interestJames Chadwick

1974 James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935, discovered neutron), dies at 82

Physicist James Chadwick
Physicist
James Chadwick
  • 1986 Fritz A Lipman, discoverer (co-enzymes, Nobel 1953), dies at 87
  • 1990 Alan Clarke, director (Elephant, Road, Scum, Firm), dies at 54
  • 1991 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), dies at 87
  • 1991 Karl Ellis, dies at 41
  • 1992 Khaled Mahmoud Saeed, asst to Palestine terrorist Abu Nidal, murdered
  • 1992 Lillian Oppenheimer, orgamist, dies of a heart attack at 93
  • 1992 Sam Berger, Canadian football owner (b. 1900)

  • 1993 Ben Polak, Dutch physician, communist and resistance fighter, dies at 79
  • 1993 Francis Bouygues, French entrepreneur/billionaire, dies at 70
  • 1993 Lonnie D'Orsa, film and TV director, dies at 96
  • 1994 Grete Schickedanz, German head mistress, dies at 82
  • 1995 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist, dies at 64
  • 1997 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • 1997 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • 1997 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • 2000 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), dies at 74
  • 2005 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems), dies at 92
  • 2007 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, dies at 93
  • 2009 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • 2009 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • 2011 Frank Dietrich, German politician (b. 1966)
  • 2012 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68
  • 2012 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), dies at 86