Deaths in History on March 26

  • 304 Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 809 Liudger, missionary/1st bishop of Munster/saint, dies at about 66
  • 983 'Adud al-Dawlah, Iranian ruler of the Buyid dynasty (949-83), dies at 46
  • 1130 King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
  • 1212 Sancho I, King of Portugal (1185-1212), dies at 58
  • 1258 Floris, the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, dies
  • 1350 Alfonso XI, King of Castile & Leon, dies
  • 1535 Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1546 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat, dies at about 56
  • 1638 Palamedes Palamedesz, Dutch painter, dies at about 30

John WinthropJohn Winthrop (1588-1649)

English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61

  • 1679 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1697 Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician and murderer involved in a clan feud, executed by Maiden (Scottish guillotine) (b. 1640)
  • 1726 John Vanbrugh, Dutch English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • 1772 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1776 Samuel Ward, American politician (31st and 33rd Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), dies at 50
  • 1780 Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, dies at 66
  • 1793 John Mudge, English physician (telescope mirrors) (b. 1721)

James HuttonJames Hutton (1726-1797)

Scottish geologist and father of modern geology, dies at 70

  • 1814 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, dies of natural causes at 75
  • 1831 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, dies at 71
  • 1848 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), dies at 65
  • 1850 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), dies at 65
  • 1857 Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar and geographer of Qing Dynasty, dies at 62
  • 1858 John Addison Thomas, American soldier and US Assistant Secretary of State, dies at 47
  • 1865 Thomas Hancock, English pioneer of the rubber industry (Stoke Newington), dies at 79
  • 1881 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general, dies at 80
  • 1888 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman (1819-1892)

American poet (Leaves of Grass) and volunteer nurse during the Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 72

  • 1894 Alfred H. Colquitt, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • 1900 Isaac Mayer Wise, American rabbi and founder (American Hebrew Congregations), dies at 80

Cecil RhodesCecil Rhodes (1853-1902)

British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), dies of heart failure at 48

  • 1910 An Jung-geun, Korean independence activist and assassin of Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi, executed by Japanese authorities at 30
  • 1910 Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1920 William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1926 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74
  • 1929 Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1934 Grete Gulbransson, Austrian writer and poet (Geliebte Schatten), dies at 51
  • 1943 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer, dies at 73
  • 1943 Lillien Jane Martin, American psychologist who founded the world's 1st gerontology clinic in San Francisco, dies at 91
  • 1945 Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander, dies at 62
  • 1945 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter, shot to death at 29
  • 1948 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • 1951 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico, dies at 86
  • 1957 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), dies at 84
  • 1962 Augusta Savage (née Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, dies of cancer at 72 [1]
  • 1962 Marjorie Colton, American inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • 1964 Hedwig Kohn, Prussian-born Jewish physics pioneer, dies at 77
  • 1969 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, dies at 66
  • 1970 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist, dies at 76
  • 1976 Josef Albers, German artist, dies at 88
  • 1976 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • 1979 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), dies at 63
  • 1981 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • 1982 Agathe Henriette de Beaufort, Dutch writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • 1983 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1984 Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea (1958-84), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1990 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), dies of AIDs at 68
  • 1991 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • 1992 Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 1993 Luis Falco, US choreographer (Fame, Angel Heart), dies at 50
  • 1994 Constantine Koukouchkine, Russian diplomat, murdered in Algeria at 41
  • 1995 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, dies at 64
  • 1996 Cissie Charlton, English football matriarch (mother of Bobby Carlton), dies at 83
  • 1996 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
  • 1996 Tom Wakefield, British writer, dies at 60
  • 1997 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (Heaven's Gate), dies leading a mass suicide at 65
  • 2000 Alex Comfort, English author (The Joy of Sex), dies at 80
  • 2003 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and Senator (NY), dies at 72
  • 2005 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP, dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 2008 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Diana Wynne Jones, British sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet; Witch Week), dies of lung cancer at 76

Geraldine FerraroGeraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)

American politician (US Representative from New York (D), 1979-85), and the 1st female vice-presidential nominee (1984), dies of nulitiple myelomaat 75

  • 2011 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • 2013 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • 2015 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • 2016 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78