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Deaths in History on March 24

  • 809 Harun al-Rashid, caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), dies at 44
  • 1284 Hugh III of Cyprus, King of Cyprus and Jerusalem (b 1235)
  • 1381 Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint
  • 1396 Walter Hilton, English mystic
  • 1400 Florens Radewijns, Dutch priest/leader Modern Devotion, dies
  • 1455 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), dies at 57
  • 1455 Rudolf van Diepholt, bishop/cardinal of Utrecht (1448-55), dies
  • 1471 Thomas Malory, author (Le Morte d'Arthur), dies at 55
  • 1558 Anna van Buren, countess of Egmond/Buren/Lingen, dies
  • 1563 Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)
  • 1575 Yosef Karo, Spanish-born rabbi (b. 1488)

Person of interestElizabeth I

1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1635 Jacques Callot, French cartoonist/engraver, dies at about 42
  • 1644 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, dies at 32
  • 1661 William Leddra becomes the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston, for the crime of returning from banishment
  • 1771 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), dies at 76

  • 1773 Philip Dormer Stanhope, English statesman (b. 1694)
  • 1776 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, dies at 82
  • 1823 Cornelis van Foreest, Dutch politician, Mayor of Alkmaar, dies at 66
  • 1844 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), dies at 73
  • 1866 Maria Amalia, of Bourbon-Sicily, French queen as wife of Louis Philip of Austria, dies at 83
  • 1869 Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
  • 1877 Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • 1881 Friedrich Hecker, German revolutionary republican politician, dies at 69
  • 1881 Joseph Delesse, French geologist (b. 1817)
  • 1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75
  • 1887 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, dies at 49
  • 1888 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • 1891 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76
  • 1904 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), dies at 71

Person of interestJules Verne

1905 Jules Verne, French writer known as the "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • 1909 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), dies at 37
  • 1911 Matthew Stanley Robison, president (Cardinals), dies
  • 1915 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
  • 1921 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86
  • 1945 J S Nicklin, Lt-Col/Canada's 1st parachutist, dies

  • 1945 Thomas Rennie, Gen-Maj (Dutch command 51st Highland Division), dies
  • 1948 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, dies at 62
  • 1949 [Johann Baptist] Hanns Albin Rauter, German SS and Police leader in the occupied Netherlands, executed by firing squad at 54
  • 1950 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • 1950 Harold Laski, English economist and Labour Party leader (1945-46), dies at 56
  • 1953 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • 1953 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1955 John W. Davis, American politician and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, dies at 81
  • 1956 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • 1960 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • 1968 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • 1969 Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • 1974 Doris Deane, dies at 74
  • 1974 Yoshida Isoya, Japanese architect (modern sukiya style), dies at 79

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

1976 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1978 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • 1979 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • 1980 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic priest, murdered during mass at 62
  • 1990 An Wang, Chinese-American computer engineer (Wang Labs, Wang Computers), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1991 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, dies at 76
  • 1993 Erik Andriesse, Dutch painter (skulls, skeletons), dies at 35
  • 1993 John Hersey, Pulitzer prize author (Hiroshima), dies at 78
  • 1993 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • 1993 John Hersey, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), dies at 78
  • 1994 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician, assassinated
  • 1995 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman, dies at 88
  • 1995 Trevor Oswald Ling, religious Studies Professor, dies at 75
  • 1997 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • 2001 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • 2002 César Milstein, Argentine biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), dies at 74
  • 2003 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Max Dendermonde [Hendrik Hazelhoff], Dutch literary, dies at 84
  • 2008 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 2016 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • 2020 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of coronavirus complications at 81
  • 2020 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), dies of pneumonia at 76