Deaths in History on June 8

  • 218 Opellius Macrinus, emperor of Rome (217-8), dies in battle at 54
  • 632 Mohammad, Arabic prophet and founder of Islam (Quran), dies of suspected fever at around 62 (approximate date)
  • 1042 Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth

Edward the Black PrinceEdward the Black Prince (1330-1376)

English prince, knight and heir to King Edward III, dies of dysentery at 46

  • 1383 Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)
  • 1476 George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
  • 1505 Hongzhi, Emperor of China, 10th Emperor of Ming Dynasty (1487-1505), dies at 34
  • 1611 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1621 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, dies at 53
  • 1628 Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)
  • 1688 Hans Bontemantel, Amsterdams merchant, buried
  • 1711 Katharina Lescaille [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61
  • 1714 Sophia of Hanover, Princess Palatine and Electress of Saxony, dies at 83
  • 1716 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1690-1716), dies at 58
  • 1727 August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (b. 1663)
  • 1768 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), dies at 50
  • 1771 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, dies at 54
  • 1794 G A Borger, writer, dies
  • 1795 Louis XVII Charles, King of France (1793-95), dies at 10
  • 1803 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • 1806 George Wythe, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at about 79

Thomas PaineThomas Paine (1737-1809)

English American writer and political essayist (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

  • 1835 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson (1767-1845)

American general and 7th US President (Democratic: 1829-37), dies at 78

  • 1857 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

Walter HuntWalter Hunt (1796-1859)

American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

  • 1865 Joseph Paxton, English architect, gardener and MP (Crystal Palace), dies at 61
  • 1866 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, dies at 64
  • 1871 Satank, Kiowa indian chief, shot to death
  • 1874 Cochise, Apache leader
  • 1876 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
  • 1885 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, dies at 85
  • 1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), dies at 54
  • 1913 Emily Davison, English suffragette, dies after being hit by King George's horse at Epsom Derby 2 days earlier, at 40
  • 1924 Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

George MalloryGeorge Mallory (1886-1924)

English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37

  • 1929 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, dies at 68
  • 1945 Karl Hanke, Official of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany, dies at 41
  • 1946 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 86
  • 1951 Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1956 Marie Laurencin, French painter, dies at 72
  • 1965 Edmondo Rossoni, Italian fascist (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Julius Bissier, German painter, dies at 71
  • 1966 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)

Joseph A. WalkerJoseph A. Walker (1921-1966)

American experimental physicist, World War II and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outer space), dies in an aircraft collision at 45

  • 1970 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1973 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, dies at 88
  • 1973 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78
  • 1975 Murray Leinster [William Fitzgerald Jenkins], American science-fiction author (Time Tunnel; Land of the Giants), dies at 78
  • 1975 William F Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants), dies at 78
  • 1979 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • 1988 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • 1990 Alfredo Poveda, president of Consul of Ecuador (1976-79), dies
  • 1990 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies
  • 1992 Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51
  • 1992 Farag Foeda, Egyptian writer/publicist, murdered
  • 1992 William McGowan, entrepreneur (MCI), dies at 64
  • 1993 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), dies at 84
  • 1993 Root Boy Slim [Foster MacKenzie III], American entertainer, dies at 48
  • 1995 Juan Carlos Ongania, President of Argentina (1966-70), dies
  • 1995 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), dies at 85
  • 1995 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Phyllis Stedman, politician, dies at 79
  • 1997 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • 1998 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)

Sani AbachaSani Abacha (1943-1998)

de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), dies at 54

  • 2000 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • 2006 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • 2009 Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon (1967-2009), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 2013 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), dies at 93
  • 2013 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • 2015 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • 2016 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • 2020 Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), dies at 55
  • 2022 Paula Rego, Portuguese-British artist (The Policeman’s Daughter), dies at 87