Deaths in History on May 8

  • 535 John, [Mercurius], Italian Pope (533-35), dies
  • 685 Benedict II, Italian Pope (683-85), dies
  • 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, lawyer/President (Raad van State), dies
  • 1672 Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • 1725 John Lovewell, US indian fighter, dies in battle
  • 1766 Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • 1773 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mameluk head, dies (b. 1728)
  • 1781 Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • 1782 Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (1756-1777), dies at 82
  • 1785 Pietro Longhi, painter, dies
  • 1785 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman, dies at 65
  • 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
  • 1809 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78

Person of interestKamehameha I

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

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 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 (b. 1790)
  • 1853 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • 1864 James Samuel Wadsworth, gen-mjr (Union), dies in battle at 56

Person of interestJohn Stuart Mill

1873 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, dies of erysipelas at 66

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1876 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • 1880 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
  • 1887 Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
  • 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

Person of interestPaul Gauguin

1903 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • 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
  • 1936 Oswald Spengler, German philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies
  • 1943 Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed
  • 1945 Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (b. 1883)
  • 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 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter, dies at 75
  • 1958 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • 1958 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), dies at 65
  • 1960 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  • 1969 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • 1976 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • 1976 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • 1979 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1982 Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)

  • 1987 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • 1987 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • 1988 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1990 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • 1991 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • 1992 Addeke H Boerma, Dutch economist and general manager (FAO), dies at 80
  • 1992 Brian Moore, 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, socialite, dies at 80
  • 1995 Prem Bhatia, journalist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • 1996 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, dies at 95
  • 1996 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), dies at 84
  • 1997 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • 1998 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 2000 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • 2000 Henry Nicols, AIDS activist (b. 1973)
  • 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 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), dies at 89
  • 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 Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, dies at 82 or 83