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
  • 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)

Elizabeth IElizabeth I (1533-1603)

Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

  • 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 [Lord Chesterfield], English statesman and letter writer, responsible for introducing Gregorian Calendar, dies at 78

John HarrisonJohn Harrison (1693-1776)

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 journalist and economist (founded National Review), 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

Jules VerneJules Verne (1828-1905)

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

  • 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
  • 1941 (Rafaël) "Raf" Verhulst, Flemish poet, journalist, playwright (Jesus of Nazarus; Semini's Children), and educator, dies at 75
  • 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 Harold Laski, English economist and Labour Party leader (1945-46), dies at 56
  • 1950 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • 1953 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1953 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1966 Virginia Hill, American organized crime figure (girlfriend of Bugsy Siegel), supposedly commits suicide at 49
  • 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

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

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

  • 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, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), dies at 78
  • 1993 Peter Roovers, Dutch sculptor/teacher (war monuments), dies at 90
  • 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, English 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)
  • 1999 Henry Brandon [Lord Brandon of Oakbrook], British judge (Lord of appeal - Ordinary) and probable spy (Military Cross), dies at 78
  • 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
  • 2007 Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Dutch black widow and Nazi supporter, dies at 92
  • 2008 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 2013 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, dies at 86
  • 2016 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • 2020 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • 2020 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of COVID-19 complications at 81