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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

Person of interestEdward the Black Prince

1376 Edward the Black Prince, English knight and heir to King Edward III, dies of dysentery at 46

Prince of Wales Edward the Black Prince
Prince of Wales
Edward the Black Prince
  • 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)
  • 1661 John Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 39
  • 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

Person of interestThomas Paine

1809 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1835 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)

Person of interestAndrew Jackson

1845 Andrew Jackson, American soldier and statesman (D) seventh US President (1828-37), dies at 78

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1857 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)

Person of interestWalter Hunt

1859 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

Inventor Walter Hunt
Inventor
Walter Hunt
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Mallory

1924 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37

Mountain Climber George Mallory
Mountain Climber
George Mallory
  • 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)
  • 1966 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45
  • 1970 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1973 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78
  • 1973 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, dies at 88
  • 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 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), dies at 85
  • 1996 Phyllis Stedman, politician, dies at 79
  • 1997 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)

Person of interestSani Abacha

1998 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1998 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 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 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 65
  • 2013 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), dies at 93
  • 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