Deaths in History on May 8

  • 535 Pope John II [Mercurius], Roman priest (Catholic Pope, 533-35), dies at about 60 [birth date uncertain]
  • 685 Pope Benedict II, Roman cleric (Catholic Pope, 683-85), dies at 50
  • 1192 Duke Ottokar IV of Styria (b. 1163)
  • 1278 Emperor Duanzong of China (b. 1268)
  • 1319 Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
  • 1473 John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (b. 1420)
  • 1538 Edward Fox, English bishop
  • 1577 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus, Dutch lstatesman and lawyer (Raad van State), dies at 69
  • 1672 Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • 1725 John Lovewell, American ranger and Native Indian scalper, dies fighting against Abenaki Indians at 33
  • 1766 Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • 1773 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mamluk leader, dies (b. 1728)
  • 1781 Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • 1782 Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (1756-1777), dies at 82
  • 1785 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman, dies at 65
  • 1785 Pietro Longhi, Venetian painter, dies at 83
  • 1788 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1794 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen and hydrogen), guillotined at 50
  • 1806 Robert Morris, English-born merchant and American Founding Father (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 72
  • 1809 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78

Kamehameha IKamehameha I (1738-1819)

King of Hawaii (1782-1819), dies at 81

  • 1822 John Stark, American military officer (Battle of Bennington), dies at 93
  • 1837 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1842 Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer and naval officer, dies at 51
  • 1853 Jan Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53), dies at 67
  • 1864 James Samuel Wadsworth, American politician and major general (Union), dies in battle at 56

John Stuart MillJohn Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, dies of erysipelas at 66

  • 1876 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • 1880 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58
  • 1887 Alexander Ulyanov, Russian revolutionary and brother of Vladimir Lenin, hanged for the attempted assassination of tsar Alexander III at 21
  • 1891 Helena Blavatsky, Russian occultist, philosopher, and author (co-founded Theosophical Society), dies at 59
  • 1894 Clara Fey, German Roman Catholic Nun and the founder of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, dies at 79

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin (1848-1903)

French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

  • 1904 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer, pioneer in study of motion, dies at 74
  • 1909 Friedrich von Holstein, German civil servant (head of the political department of the German Foreign Office), dies at 72
  • 1915 Henry McNeal Turner, 1 African American Methodist Bishop and 1st African American army chaplain, dies at 82
  • 1924 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), dies at 23
  • 1925 Frank L. Gillespie, American founder of Supreme Life Insurance Company, dies at 48
  • 1936 Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies at 55

Mordecai AnielewiczMordecai Anielewicz (1919-1943)

Jewish commander of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, suspected to have committed suicide at 24 rather than surrender to Nazi troops that had surrounded his command bunker

  • 1945 Bernhard Rust, German Nazi politician and Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (1934-45), reportedly commits suicide at 61
  • 1947 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • 1948 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • 1950 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • 1957 Jan Sluyters, Dutch painter (Moderne Kunstkring), dies at 75
  • 1958 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, assassinated at 48 or 49
  • 1958 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), dies at 65
  • 1960 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), dies at 55

Elmer RiceElmer Rice (1892-1967)

American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, dies at 74

  • 1969 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), dies at 76
  • 1976 Ulrike Meinhof, German journalist who lead Germany Red Army Faction ("Baader-Meinhof gang"), dies in uncertain circumstances in prison at 41
  • 1979 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1982 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), dies at 78
  • 1982 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • 1987 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • 1987 Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • 1988 Robert A. Heinlein, American sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1990 Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1991 Lloyd Ford, American stuntman, dies at 79
  • 1992 Addeke H. Boerma, Dutch economist and general manager (FAO), dies at 80
  • 1992 Brian Moore, Northern Irish-Canadian writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 1992 Margaretha D. Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Fear on Java), dies at 71
  • 1992 Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, dies at 90
  • 1993 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • 1994 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Jerry Zipkin, American socialite (friend of Nancy Reagan), dies at 80
  • 1995 Prem Bhatia, Indian journalist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), dies at 84
  • 1996 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • 1996 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, dies at 95
  • 1997 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies at 84
  • 1998 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 2000 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • 2000 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Henry Nicols, American AIDS activist, dies as the result of a car accident at 26
  • 2004 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • 2006 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • 2012 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90
  • 2013 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • 2014 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • 2016 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • 2018 Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, dies at 81
  • 2018 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), dies at 89
  • 2018 Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, dies at 82 or 83
  • 2020 Roy Horn [Uwe Ludwig Horn], German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy), dies of COVID-19 at 75
  • 2021 Bo, Obama family's Portuguese water dog and "First Dog" of the White House, dies of cancer
  • 2021 Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, killed when struck by cars while bicycling at 80 [1] [2]
  • 2021 Pierre S "Pete" Du Pont IV, American attorney and politician (Governor of Delaware, 1977-85), dies at 86