Deaths in History on March 8

  • 883 Albumasar, [Ahmad Aboe M Gafar al-Balkhi], Arabic astronomer, dies
  • 1126 Urraca of Castile (b. 1082)
  • 1144 Celestine II, [Guido], Italian Pope (1143-44), dies in battle
  • 1223 Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)
  • 1403 Bajezid I Jildirim, 4th sultan of Turkey (1389-1403), dies at 42
  • 1466 Francesco Sforza, Italian condottiere/duke of Milan, dies at 64
  • 1550 Juan de Dios, Port/Sp saint (Brothers of Mercy), dies at 55
  • 1638 Jacob C van Neck, admiral/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 73
  • 1641 Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
  • 1661 Jules Mazarin, Italian cardinal/premier of France, dies at 58
  • 1674 Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • 1702 John de Baen, portrait painter/etcher, buried at 69
  • 1702 William III, Dutch King of England (1689-1702), dies at 51 [NS-Mar 19] (b. 1650)
  • 1709 William Cowper/Cooper, English anatomist, dies at about 62
  • 1724 Enrico Giovanni Zuccalli, Swiss architect, dies at about 81
  • 1728 Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni, Italian literary and critic (Arcadia), dies at 64
  • 1731 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, dies at 42
  • 1754 Don Jose de Carvajal bon Lancaster, Sp min of Foreign affairs, dies
  • 1757 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar, dies at 55
  • 1771 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1819 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • 1844 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], French-born King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, dies at 81
  • 1853 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker, dies at 62

Person of interestBill the Butcher

1855 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher

Person of interestMillard Fillmore

1874 Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (Whig: 1850-53), dies at 74

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1887 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • 1887 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • 1887 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

1889 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), dies at 85

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson
  • 1901 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German politician, dies at 64

Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • 1920 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69

Person of interestJohannes van der Waals

1923 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910), dies at 85

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • 1923 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer, dies at 87

Person of interestWilliam Howard Taft

1930 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1930 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • 1932 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer/tutor of Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • 1937 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71
  • 1941 Sherwood Anderson, US writer/publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • 1945 H J Jamin, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Buchenwald
  • 1945 Jan Beekes, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1946 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • 1951 Honeymoon Killers, dies in electric chair
  • 1955 Clémentine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte V, dies at 82
  • 1959 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • 1972 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • 1974 Christian van Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor (Spinroc), dies at 56
  • 1975 George Stevens, US director (Swing Time, Gunga Din), dies at 70
  • 1976 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • 1985 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33
  • 1986 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1988 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1993 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • 1994 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1994 Joop C Swart, publisher/founder (World Press Photo), dies at 69
  • 1994 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1995 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), dies at 90
  • 1995 Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader (Jewish Aid Fund), dies at 83
  • 1995 Paul George Vincent O'Shaughnessy Horgan, novelist, dies at 91
  • 1996 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • 1996 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando, dies at 89
  • 1997 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • 1999 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 2004 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), dies in US custody of allegedly natural causes at 55
  • 2005 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • 2005 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • 2009 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • 2014 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • 2018 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • 2018 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2018 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), dies of a heart attack at 75