Deaths in History on July 8

  • 810 Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of Italy, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 975 Edgar, King of England (959-75), dies
  • 1115 Peter the Hermit, French priest, led the People's Crusade, dies at about 64
  • 1153 Eugene III, [Bernardo], Italian Pope (1145-53), dies
  • 1253 Thibaud IV, poet/count of Champagne/King of Navarra, dies
  • 1496 Benedetto Bonfiglio, Italian painter, dies
  • 1531 Tilman Riemenschneider, German sculptor, dies at 71

Person of interestDiego de Almagro

1538 Diego de Almagro, Spanish conquistador of Chile and Peru, executed at Las Salinas at about 63

Conquistador Diego de Almagro
Conquistador
Diego de Almagro
  • 1623 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], bishop of Bologna/Pope, dies at 69
  • 1656 Alexander van der Capellen, mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • 1679 Samuel J Columbus, Swedish poet (Odae Sveticae), dies
  • 1689 Edward Wooster, English Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)
  • 1695 Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician, astronomer and scientist (science of dynamics), dies at 66
  • 1716 Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • 1721 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), dies at 72
  • 1726 John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)

  • 1784 Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (b. 1735)
  • 1788 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, French marshal and statesman, 3rd Duke of Richilieu, dies at 92
  • 1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Prometheus unbound), drowns at 29
  • 1826 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1850 Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • 1855 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), dies at 64
  • 1859 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • 1863 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 65
  • 1870 John D Zocher Jr, architect (Soestdijk Palace), dies at 79
  • 1895 Johann Josef Loschmidt, Austrian scientist (b. 1821)
  • 1898 Soapy Smith, American con artist (b. 1860)
  • 1909 Gaston AA marquis de Gallifet, Fren min of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • 1911 Ira Erastus Davenport, American magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, dies at 51
  • 1913 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), dies at 32
  • 1917 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • 1933 Anthony Hope, British author (b. 1863)
  • 1934 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, dies at 1934
  • 1939 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • 1941 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1943 Harry Oakes, Canadian ruler of Bahamas, murdered
  • 1943 Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, executed
  • 1949 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • 1950 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, dutch min of Justice (Nobel 54), dies
  • 1956 Giovanni Papini, Italian author/poet (Un Uomo Finito), dies at 75

  • 1957 Grace Goodhue Coolidge, American First Lady (1923-29), dies at 78
  • 1957 William Adlington Cadbury, English chocolate maker, dies at 89
  • 1959 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the second and third Americans killed in the Vietnam War
  • 1962 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1967 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation, dies at 73
  • 1969 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • 1977 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
  • 1979 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1979 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • 1982 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • 1985 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • 1985 Simon Kuznets, US economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • 1987 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • 1987 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • 1994 Christian-Jaque, French director (Babette s'and va-t-and guerre), dies

Person of interestKim Il-sung

1994 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), dies of a heart attack at 82

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • 1994 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 1995 Elizabeth Adams, madam, dies at 65
  • 1996 Amschel Rothschild, banker, dies at 41
  • 1996 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • 1996 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, dies at 90
  • 1999 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 2000 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), dies at 69
  • 2004 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Chandra Shekhar, Indian politician, 8th Prime Minister of India (1990-91), dies at 80
  • 2011 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

Person of interestBetty Ford

2011 Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, dies at 93

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • 2015 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2016 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philantropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • 2016 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98