Deaths in History on May 10

  • 238 Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus, the Thracian, Roman Emperor, murdered
  • 995 Boudouin, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1034 Mieszko II, King of Poland (1025-34), dies
  • 1290 Duke Rudolph II of Austria (b. 1271)
  • 1424 Go-Kameyama, Emperor of Japan
  • 1493 Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1521 Sebastian Brant, Alsatian humanist (b. 1457)
  • 1566 Leonhard Fuchs, German botanist, dies at 65
  • 1569 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1637 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch wife of Constantine Huygens, dies at 37
  • 1641 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
  • 1653 John Bicker, ship builder/merchant/regent, dies at 61
  • 1657 Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician (b. 1592)
  • 1691 Colonel John Birch, English soldier (b. 1615)
  • 1696 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), dies at 50
  • 1717 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • 1726 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier, dies at 56
  • 1737 Nakamikado Emperor of Japan (b. 1702)
  • 1764 Picander, [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies
  • 1774 Louis XV, king of France (1715-74), dies at 64
  • 1787 William Watson, English physician and scientist, dies at 72
  • 1792 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1794 Élisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, beheaded at 30
  • 1798 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40

Person of interestComte de Rochambeau

1807 Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, French military leader (commander of the French Expeditionary Force that assisted the Thirteen Colonies), dies at 81

Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau

Person of interestPaul Revere

1818 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1829 Thomas Young, physicist/decipherer of Egyptian hierogolyphics, dies
  • 1833 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician, dies at 74
  • 1849 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • 1859 John Archduke of Austria, dies

Person of interestStonewall Jackson

1863 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 39

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1864 James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 34
  • 1864 Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brigadier general, dies at about 27
  • 1868 Henry Bennett, American politician (b. 1808)
  • 1889 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • 1891 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), dies at 74
  • 1897 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

1904 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies at 63

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1909 Johannes de Koo, journalist/playwright, dies
  • 1910 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • 1910 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • 1914 Sir William Alexander Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys' Brigade, dies at 59
  • 1915 Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist, dies in battle
  • 1920 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, dies at 82
  • 1923 Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
  • 1924 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (L'ave), dies at 58
  • 1940 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • 1943 Andre Bertulot, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1943 Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • 1945 Richard Glücks, German SS officer (b. 1889)

  • 1950 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • 1950 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • 1955 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • 1960 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • 1965 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch min of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70
  • 1968 Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • 1974 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • 1976 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • 1976 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • 1979 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • 1979 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • 1982 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French designer, dies
  • 1982 Peter Weiss, German playwright (Marat-Sade), dies at 65
  • 1983 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 1988 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85
  • 1990 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1991 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1992 Liesbeth Saijers, sculptor, dies

Person of interestJohn Wayne Gacy

1994 John Wayne Gacy, mass murderer, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1994 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Hilde Jarecki, educationist, dies at 83
  • 1997 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • 2000 Jules Deschênes, Quebec superior court judge (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and chess problem composer (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2006 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2007 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot, dies at 102
  • 2012 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89