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

Diego de AlmagroDiego de Almagro (1475-1538)

Spanish conquistador of Chile and Peru, executed at Las Salinas at about 63

  • 1623 Gregory XV [Alessandro Ludovisi], bishop of Bologna and Catholic Pope, dies at 69
  • 1656 Alexander van der Capellen, Dutch statesman, mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • 1679 Samuel Columbus, Swedish poet (Odae Sveticae), dies (b. 1642)
  • 1689 Edward Wooster, English Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)

Christiaan HuygensChristiaan Huygens (1629-1695)

Dutch mathematician, astronomer (discovered Saturn's rings) and scientist (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 who spied for the British government against the Jacobites, dies in a debtors' prison at 52
  • 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 (Adonais; Prometheus Unbound), drowns at 29
  • 1826 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1850 Prince Adolphus, British fieldmarshall1st Duke of Cambridge, 7th son of George III (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 Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), dies at 65
  • 1870 John David Zocher Jr, Dutch architect (Soestdijk Palace), dies at 79
  • 1895 Johann Josef Loschmidt, Austrian scientist (b. 1821)
  • 1898 Soapy Smith, American con artist (b. 1860)
  • 1909 Gaston, Marquis de Gallifet, French general and Minister 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)
  • 1930 Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1906-12), dies at 74
  • 1933 Anthony Hope, British novelist and playwright (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1934 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer, dies at 86
  • 1939 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • 1941 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1943 Guillermo Valencia, Colombian poet, translator and statesman, dies at 69
  • 1943 Harry Oakes, Canadian-British prominent businessman in Bahamas, murdered under mysterious circumstances at 68
  • 1943 Jean Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, executed at 44
  • 1949 Antun Sa'ada [Antoun Saadeh], Syrian politician (Syrian Social Nationalist Party), executed by firing squad in Lebanon at 45
  • 1950 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, Dutch politician, minister of Justice (1954 Nobel Peace Prize as High Commissioner for Refugees of the UN), dies at 56
  • 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 US Army Maj. Dale Buis & MSgt. Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the first and second Americans killed in combat in the Vietnam War
  • 1962 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)

Fatima JinnahFatima Jinnah (1893-1967)

Mother of Pakistan, sister and close adviser of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, dies officially of a heart failure at 73 but rumors of foul play by the military junta persist

  • 1969 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • 1977 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
  • 1979 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • 1979 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1982 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • 1984 Brassaï [Gyula Halász], Hungarian-French artist, dies at 84
  • 1985 Gardner Cowles Jr, American publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • 1985 Simon Kuznets, American 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

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung (1912-1994)

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

  • 1994 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 1995 Elizabeth Adams, American Beverly Hills madame and mentor to Heidi Fleiss, dies at 65
  • 1996 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), dies at 41
  • 1996 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, dies at 81
  • 1996 Thomas Mitchell, British 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

Betty FordBetty Ford (1918-2011)

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

  • 2011 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)
  • 2015 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2016 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • 2016 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe (1954-2022)

Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-2020), dies after being shot twice while giving a speech in Nara, Japan, at 67