Deaths in History on October 10

  • 413 BC Nicias, Athens politician (Peace of Nicias), killed at about 57
  • 19 Julius Caesar Germanicus, Roman commandant of Rijnleger, dies at 33
  • 680 10 Muharram 61 AH - Hussein ibn Ali (AS), Shi'a Imam, Muhammad's grandson (b. 626) beheaded
  • 732 Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, Moorish Governor of Andalusia
  • 833 al-Ma'mun, Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (b. 786)
  • 1359 King Hugh IV of Cyprus (b. 1295)
  • 1616 Maria van Nassau, countess of Buren, dies at 60
  • 1617 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, dies at 64
  • 1651 Philippus Rovenius, [Rouveen], apostole, dies at 77

Person of interestAbel Tasman

1659 Abel Tasman, Dutch seafarer and explorer (1st European to sight Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji), dies around the age of 55

Explorer and Seafarer Abel Tasman
Explorer and Seafarer
Abel Tasman
  • 1691 Isaac de Benserade, French poet (b. 1613)
  • 1708 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (b. 1659)
  • 1714 Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (b. 1646)
  • 1720 Antoine Coysevox, French sculptor (b. 1640)
  • 1723 William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1665)
  • 1725 Philippe de Rigaud Vaudreuil, Governor-General of New France (b. 1643)
  • 1747 John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1674)
  • 1759 Granville Elliott, British military officer (b. 1713)
  • 1765 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, dies at 77
  • 1791 C F D Schubart, writer, dies
  • 1795 Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian, dies at 81
  • 1797 Carter Braxton, US plantation owner and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 61
  • 1827 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet, dies at 49
  • 1834 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, dies from typhoid fever at 47
  • 1858 Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German author/poet/diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1864 David Bullock Harris, US Confederate colonel, dies of yellow fever

Person of interestWilliam H. Seward

1872 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), dies at 71

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • 1875 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and dramatist (Prince Serebrenni), dies at 58
  • 1876 Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (b. 1814)
  • 1885 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • 1886 David L Yule, 1st Jewish US senator, dies
  • 1901 Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church), dies at 87
  • 1910 Willem Maris, painter (Hague School), dies at 66
  • 1913 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1848)
  • 1913 Adolphus Busch, German-born American brewer (Anheuser-Busch), dies at 74
  • 1914 Gijsbert van Tienhoven, mayor (Amsterdam)/foreign minister, dies at 73
  • 1914 Karol I, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, King of Romania (1881-1914), dies
  • 1914 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914), dies at 75
  • 1927 Gustave Whitehead, German-born inventor (b. 1874)

Person of interestElijah McCoy

1929 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor (57 patents), dies at 86

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • 1930 Adolf Engler, German botanist (b. 1844)
  • 1931 Carl von Bach, German mechanical engineer, dies at 84
  • 1935 Arthur Henderson, British Labour minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1934), dies at 72
  • 1942 Richard von Schaukal, Austria poet/writer (Schlemihle), dies at 68
  • 1943 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist gassed at Auschwitz aged 26
  • 1957 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician, Chief of the Medical Office of the Waffen-SS, dies at 72
  • 1959 Prince Friedrich Aloys Johannes Maria, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania, dies at 88
  • 1963 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer, dies at 70
  • 1964 Konrad Bayer, writer, dies
  • 1970 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Maritime (1956-68), dies at 60

Person of interestÉdouard Daladier

1970 Edouard Daladier, 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, dies at 86

Prime Minister of France Édouard Daladier
Prime Minister of France
Édouard Daladier

  • 1971 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • 1973 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • 1974 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer, dies at 73
  • 1975 Lillian Walker, dies at 88
  • 1977 Jean Duvieusart, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium, dies at 77
  • 1978 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1978 Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
  • 1979 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 1982 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist (b. 1899)
  • 1990 Michael A Salcido, dies at 39
  • 1990 Tom Murton, American penologist (b. 1928)
  • 1990 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Street Car Named Desire), dies at 83
  • 1991 Stephen J Falat, dies after long illness at 34
  • 1993 Djillali Belkhenchir, Algerian doctor, murdered at 52
  • 1994 Anna Hauptmann, wife of Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno, dies at 95
  • 1994 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and writer, dies at 86
  • 1994 Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist, dies at 74
  • 1995 Jimmy Nash, record company owner, dies at 47
  • 1995 John Rodolph, wheelchair-race world record holder, hit by truck at 31
  • 1995 Michelle Francis Bird, campaigner, dies at 30
  • 1995 Paolo Gucci, entrepreneur/accessories designer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Dick Pickering, trade unionist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Hugh Stirling Mackenzie, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 83
  • 1996 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, dies at 79
  • 1996 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist, dies at 65
  • 1998 Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • 1998 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • 2000 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, World's first female prime minister, Sri Lanka (1960-77), dies at 84
  • 2001 Vasily Mishin, Soviet rocket designer (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Ian Scott, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • 2012 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92
  • 2013 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), dies from complications from a stroke at 88
  • 2015 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81