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 condottiero and Duke of Milan (1401–1466), dies at 64
  • 1550 Juan de Dios, Port/Sp saint (Brothers of Mercy), dies at 55
  • 1616 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at 41
  • 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

William IIIWilliam III (1650-1702)

William of Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-1702) and Stadtholder, dies of pneumonia at 51

  • 1709 William Cowper/Cooper, English anatomist, dies at about 62
  • 1717 Abraham Darby I, English ironmaster (1st to smelt iron ore with coke, pivotal figure in Industrial Revolution), dies at about 40
  • 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)
  • 1817 Wentworth Cheswell, American auditor, teacher, Revolutionary War messenger, 1st African American elected to public office, dies of typhus fever at 70
  • 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 to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), dies at 62

Bill the ButcherBill the Butcher (1821-1855)

American gang member (New York City's Bowery Boys), dies of a gunshot wound at 33

  • 1872 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • 1887 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • 1887 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis), dies at 66
  • 1887 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)

John EricssonJohn Ericsson (1803-1889)

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

  • 1901 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German politician, dies at 64

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917)

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

  • 1920 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69
  • 1920 Wilhelm Bousset, German theologist and historian, dies at 54

Johannes van der WaalsJohannes van der Waals (1837-1923)

Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), dies at 85

  • 1923 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer who published Latvian folk songs, dies at 87
  • 1930 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)

William Howard TaftWilliam Howard Taft (1857-1930)

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

  • 1932 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
  • 1937 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71
  • 1941 Sherwood Anderson, American author & 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
  • 1948 Emily Bissell, American welfare worker and founder of Christmas Seals, dies at 86
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1991 John Bellairs, American sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom), dies of cardiovascular disease at 53
  • 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 Ota Adler, Czech-British fur trader and founder (Jewish Aid Trust), dies at 83
  • 1995 Paul Horgan, American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Mountain Standard Time), dies at 91
  • 1996 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner, dies at 45
  • 1996 Jack Churchill, British Army commando, dies at 89
  • 1997 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • 1997 Raymond Edwards, American doo-wop bass (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1999 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 2004 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front, dies in American 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 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
  • 2017 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • 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
  • 2021 Fergal McCann, Irish Gaelic football coach and trainer (All-Ireland Championship 2005, 08; Tyrone), dies from cancer at 47
  • 2021 Norton Juster, American architect and children's author (The Phantom Tollbooth; The Dot and The Line), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2022 Tomás Boy, Mexican football midfielder and manager (52 caps; Tigres UANL 413 games), dies from a pulmonary thromboembolism at 70