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Deaths in History on July 7

  • 1129 Shirakawa, emperor of Japan (1072-86)/budhist monk, dies at 76
  • 1304 Benedict XI, [Niccolo Boccasini], Pope (1303-04), dies

Person of interestEdward I

1307 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307), dies at 68

King of England Edward I
King of England
Edward I
  • 1348 John Andreae, Italian canonist, dies
  • 1537 Madeleine de Valois, French princess who briefly became Queen of Scotland after marrying James V, dies only six months after the wedding at 16
  • 1572 Sigismund II Augustus, King of Poland (1548-72), dies at 51
  • 1573 Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Italian architect, dies at 65
  • 1647 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), dies at 61
  • 1694 Dokusho, Zen teacher, Obaku line, dies
  • 1701 William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (b. 1631)
  • 1713 Henry Compton, Bishop of Oxford and privy councillor (b. 1632)
  • 1764 William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, English politician (b. 1683)
  • 1771 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy), dies at 54
  • 1773 Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician and astronomer, dies at 60
  • 1776 Jeremiah Markland, English classical scholar (b. 1693)
  • 1790 Franciscus "Frans" Hemsterhuis, Frisian philosopher, dies at 68

  • 1799 William Curtis, English botanist (Botanical Magazine), dies at 53
  • 1816 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, dies at 64
  • 1855 Konstantin Batyushkov, Russian poet (b. 1787)
  • 1861 John Willis Ellis, US governor of NC (1858-61), dies
  • 1865 Lewis Powell, American Confederate soldier who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and who attempted to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, executed by hanging at 21
  • 1865 David Herold, American pharmacist's assistant who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, executed by hanging at 23
  • 1865 George Atzerodt, American conspirator who failed to attempt an assassination of Vice President Andrew Johnson on the night Abraham Lincoln was murdered, executed by hanging at 30
  • 1865 Mary Surratt, American boarding house owner who was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, executed by hanging at 42 or 45. She becomes the first woman executed by the US government.
  • 1878 Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (b. 1847)

Person of interestHenri Nestlé

1890 Henri Nestlé, German-Swiss industrialist (founder of Nestlé), dies from heart attack at 75

Founder of Nestlé Henri Nestlé
Founder of Nestlé
Henri Nestlé
  • 1899 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, dies at 82
  • 1901 Johanna Spyri, Swiss children's book author (Heidi), dies at 74
  • 1913 Edward Burd Grubb, American Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, dies at 71
  • 1919 Paul Deusen, German philosopher/CEO (Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft), dies
  • 1922 Cathal Brugha, Chief of Staff of Irish Republican Army (b.1874)
  • 1925 Clarence Hudson White, American photographer, dies at 54
  • 1927 Gösta Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician (b. 1846)

Person of interestArthur Conan Doyle

1930 Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 71

  • 1932 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), dies at 51
  • 1932 Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian, dies at 87

  • 1933 John M. Acket, Dutch literary (New Friends), dies at 70
  • 1944 Erich Salomon, German photographer, dies at 58
  • 1944 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, is executed by the Milice at 59
  • 1945 Salomėja Nėris [Salomėja Bačinskaitė-Bučienė], Lithuanian poet, dies of cancer at 40
  • 1956 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, dies at 70
  • 1965 Moshe Sharett, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1954-55), dies at 70
  • 1966 Carmelita Geraghty, dies of heart attack at 65
  • 1970 Allen Lane, English publisher and founder of Penguin Books, dies at 67
  • 1970 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, dies at 92
  • 1971 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1971 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • 1972 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1972 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • 1973 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (Studies in prejudice), dies at 78
  • 1975 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), dies at 77
  • 1976 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany (1969-74), dies at 76
  • 1981 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, dies at 72
  • 1983 Herman Kahn, US futurist/nuclear strategist, dies at 71
  • 1983 Vicki Morgan, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), murdered at 30
  • 1990 Bill Cullen, game show host (Price is Right), dies at 70 of cancer
  • 1990 Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, German Jesuit priest and Buddhism Zen teacher, dies at 92
  • 1992 Ruurd Faber, Dutch politician and Mayor of Aalten (1971-75), dies at 79
  • 1994 Rosa Chacel, spanish Novelist, dies at 96
  • 1994 Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (b. 1924)
  • 1995 Gabor Ormai, viola Player, dies at 40
  • 1995 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, dies at 91
  • 1998 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • 1998 Moshood Abiola, 1993 Nigerian presidential election candidate and presumed winner of the inconclusive election, dies in detention at 60
  • 1999 Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • 2000 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, dies at 80
  • 2001 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
  • 2002 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
  • 2006 John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), dies at 80
  • 2008 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • 2013 Donald J. Irwin, American politician (32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut), dies from heart failure at 86
  • 2014 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), dies at 87
  • 2019 Greg Johnson, Canadian hockey center (Nashville Predators captain 2002-06), dies at 48