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 and 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

Butch CassidyButch Cassidy (1866-1908)

American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

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

  • 1919 Hugo Haase, German socialist politician (SPD, USPD) and co-chair of the Council of the People's Deputies (1918-19), shot and killed in the Reichstag at 56
  • 1924 Hans Thoma, German painter, dies at 75
  • 1935 Lidj Jasu [Iyasu], Emperor of Ethiopia (1913-16), dies under mysterious circumstances under guard at 39
  • 1938 Ernst vom Rath, German diplomat, assassinated at 29, providing the pretext for Kristallnacht
  • 1941 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet and writer (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
  • 1957 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), dies at 57

Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

American diplomat (UN Commission on Human Rights), activist and First Lady of the United States (1933-45), dies at 78

  • 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 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician, dies at 62
  • 1968 Willem A. Wagenaar, Dutch journalist and author (3,000 meter), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1975 John Carmel Heenan, British clergyman, Catholic Cardinal (Archbishop of Westminster, 1963-75), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1978 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • 1980 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73

Will DurantWill Durant (1885-1981)

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

  • 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

Alexander DubčekAlexander Dubček (1921-1992)

Slovak politician who headed the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and was deposed after the Soviet invasion, dies at 70 from injuries sustained in a car crash

  • 1996 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Jaja Wachuku, Nigerian Lawyer and First Foreign Affairs Minister (b. 1918)
  • 1996 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer, dies at 81
  • 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 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • 2002 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)
  • 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
  • 2006 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French journalist (b. 1924)
  • 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
  • 2022 Michael Butler, American theatrical producer (Hair; Lenny), dies at 95