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)
  • 1403 Katherine Swynford, English Duchess of Lancaster, lover then wife of John of Gaunt, dies at 52 or 53
  • 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 physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, dies at 65
  • 1569 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1637 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet and 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, dies at 65
  • 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
  • 1775 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 23
  • 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

Comte de RochambeauComte de Rochambeau (1725-1807)

Comte de Rochambeau, French Military Leader (commander of the French Expeditionary Force that assisted the Thirteen Colonies), dies at 81

Paul ReverePaul Revere (1735-1818)

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

  • 1829 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • 1833 François Andrieux, French playwright, dies at 74
  • 1849 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • 1859 John Archduke of Austria, dies

Stonewall JacksonStonewall Jackson (1824-1863)

Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 39

  • 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 of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain, dies at 33

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley (1841-1904)

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

  • 1909 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
  • 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 and graphic artist, dies in battle at 37

John Wesley HyattJohn Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920)

American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, dies at 82

  • 1923 Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
  • 1924 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (Amore & Amore, Top), dies at 58
  • 1930 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), dies at 67
  • 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 and concentration camp administrator, committed suicide at 56
  • 1950 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, dies at 66
  • 1950 John Gould Fletcher, American poet (Burning Mountain), dies at 64
  • 1955 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89
  • 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
  • 1976 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • 1976 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • 1979 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • 1979 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • 1982 Jean Picart le Doux, French artist and tapestry designer, dies at 80
  • 1982 Peter Weiss, German author and 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, Dutch sculptor, dies at 76

John Wayne GacyJohn Wayne Gacy (1942-1994)

American serial killer who killed 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

  • 1994 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994 Phyllis Flowerdew, English school Reading text author (Wide Range Reader series that sold over 7 million copies), dies at 81
  • 1995 Hilde Jarecki, German English educationist (Kindertransport, Playgroups), dies at 83
  • 1997 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • 2000 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • 2002 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2006 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2006 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 2007 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84
  • 2012 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • 2012 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102