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Deaths in History on November 7

  • 644 Umar ibn al-Khattāb, Second caliph of Islam dies of injuries after assassination attempt 4 days earlier
  • 739 Willibrord, [Clemens], 1st bishop of Utrecht/saint 695-739, dies at 81
  • 1225 Engelbert I, the Saint, archbishop of Cologne, murdered at 40
  • 1550 Jon Arason, the last Roman Catholic bishop of Iceland prior to the reformation, beheaded in Skalholt with his two sons Are and Bjorn. (b. 1484)
  • 1573 Solomon Luria (Maharshal), talmudic author (Yam Shel Shelomo), dies
  • 1581 Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar
  • 1599 Gasparo Tagliacozzi, Italian surgeon (b. 1546)
  • 1608 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen/cavalry commander, dies in battle
  • 1620 Hetman Stanisław Żólkiewski polish commander in the Battle of Ţuţora (1620) (b. 1547)
  • 1633 Cornelis Drebbel, physicist/chemist/inventor (builder of the first submarine), dies
  • 1639 Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, English politician
  • 1642 Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester, English politician
  • 1678 Erasmus Quellinus II, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 70
  • 1708 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist, dies at 76
  • 1723 Godfrey Kneller, English painter (74-77), dies
  • 1837 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, murdered at 34

  • 1872 Alfred Clebsch, German mathematician (b. 1833)
  • 1876 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
  • 1881 John MacHale, Irish Archbishop (Tuam) and writer (b. 1791)
  • 1893 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, dies at 37
  • 1901 Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli, dies

Person of interestButch Cassidy

1908 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

Person of interestAlfred Russel Wallace

1913 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of the theory of evolution through natural selection, dies at 90

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • 1919 Hugo Haase, German MP (SPD), murdered at 56
  • 1924 Hans Thoma, German painter, dies at 75
  • 1935 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia, dies at 39
  • 1938 Ernst vom Rath, German diplomat, assassinated at 29, providing the pretext for Kristallnacht
  • 1941 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • 1944 Richard Sorge, German spy for the Soviet Union in Tokyo during World War II, hanged in Tokyo at 49

Person of interestEleanor Roosevelt

1962 Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 1967 John Nance Garner, American Democratic politician & lawyer (32nd Vice President of the U.S.), dies at 98
  • 1967 Larry Kent, director (High Stakes), dies at 67
  • 1968 Willem A. Wagenaar, Dutch journalist and author (3,000 meter), dies at 67
  • 1968 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician, dies at 62
  • 1974 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), dies at 75
  • 1974 Sandra Rivett, English nanny to John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, allegedly bludgeoned to death by Mr Lucan at 29 before he mysteriously disappeared

  • 1978 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • 1980 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73

Person of interestWill Durant

1981 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), dies at 96

Historian Will Durant
Historian
Will Durant
  • 1988 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1991 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, dies at 71

Person of interestAlexander Dubček

1992 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, dies at 70 from injuries sustained in a car crash

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1996 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Jaja Wachuku, Nigerian Lawyer and First Foreign Affairs Minister (b. 1918)
  • 1998 Margaret Gowing, English historian (Independence and Deterrence: Britain and Atomic Energy), dies at 77
  • 2000 Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Ingrid, Queen Mother of Denmark, Wife of King Frederik IX, ruler of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 90
  • 2002 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • 2005 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), dies from throat cancer at 74
  • 2007 Earl Dodge, American politician (Prohibition Party) (b. 1932)
  • 2016 Janet Reno, first female US Attorney General (1993-2001), dies at 78
  • 2018 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, dies at 90