Deaths in History on October 14

  • 530 Dioscorus, deacon of the Alexandrian and the Roman church and a posthumous antiPope (530), dies

Harold IIHarold II (c. 1020-1066)

Last crowned Anglo-Saxon King of England (1066), dies at the Battle of Hastings aged about 44

  • 1092 Aboe Ali Hasan ibn Nizam al-Moelk, writer (Sijasetname), assassinated
  • 1256 Kujō Yoritsugu, 5th shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan, dies at 16
  • 1536 Garcilaso de la Vega, Spanish poet and diplomat, dies in battle (b. 1498-1503)
  • 1552 Oswald Myconius, Swiss Protestant reformer (b. 1488)
  • 1565 Thomas Chaloner, English statesman and poet (b. 1521)
  • 1570 Floris van Montmorency, baron of Montigny, dies at 43
  • 1610 Amago Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1540)
  • 1619 Samuel Daniel, English poet (b. 1562)
  • 1631 Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Queen of Denmark and Norway, dies at 74
  • 1637 Gabriello Chiabrera, Italian poet, dies at 86
  • 1660 Francesco Albana, Italian painter (Hemelopneming of Maria), dies at 72
  • 1660 Thomas Harrison, English Puritan soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1703 Thomas Hansen Kingo, Danish poet (b. 1634)
  • 1711 Tewoflos, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1708)
  • 1719 Arnold Houbraken, Dutch painter and writer, dies at 59
  • 1746 Francois Fagel, lawyer/statesman, dies at 86
  • 1758 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal, dies at 62
  • 1790 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, dies at 48
  • 1831 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (b. 1761)
  • 1872 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, dies at 63
  • 1880 Victorio, Apache chief/murderer, killed by Mexican army
  • 1895 Elisha P. Ferry, American politician (Governor of Washington, 1872-80, 1889-93), dies at 70
  • 1900 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter and etcher, dies at 56
  • 1911 John Marshall Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1833)
  • 1919 Wilhelm von Siemens, German industrial/son of Werner, dies
  • 1923 Marcellus Emants, writer/poet (Refrained from Confession), dies
  • 1925 Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer, dies at 58
  • 1930 Sam[uel] van Houten, lib minister (Child labor laws), dies

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel (1891-1944)

German World War II Field Marshal (North African campaign, Battle of Normandy) known as the Desert Fox, commits suicide at by taking a cyanide pill at 52 after being implicated in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler

  • 1958 Douglas Mawson, Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer, and educator, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • 1960 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies at 79
  • 1961 Harriet Shaw Weaver, British political activist, and magazine editor (The Egoist), dies at 85
  • 1961 Paul Ramadier, French lawyer and politician (Prime Minister, 1947), dies at 73
  • 1967 Marcel Aymé, French novelist and playwright, dies at 65
  • 1971 Norman Steenrod, American mathematician (algebraic topology), dies at 61
  • 1983 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • 1984 Martin Ryle, British radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, dies at 66
  • 1986 Mary Lund, American women first to receive an artificial heart, dies at 40
  • 1993 Guy Malary, Haitian lawyer/minister of Justice, murdered at 50
  • 1993 Mustafa Abada, Algerian TV director, murdered
  • 1995 Edith Pargeter, English author (wrote Brother Cadfael mysteries as Ellis Peters), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 1995 Helen Vlachos, Greek newspaper publisher (closed her newspapers in protest at military junta), dies at 83
  • 1996 William John Raff Hooper, British cartoonist (Percy Prune), dies at 80

Harold RobbinsHarold Robbins (1916-1997)

American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), dies at 81

  • 1998 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • 1999 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), dies at 77
  • 2002 Bill Green, American politician (Rep-R-NY, 1978-93), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2004 Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, British historian, dies at 67
  • 2005 Jody Dobrowski, English murder victim (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, dies at 69
  • 2006 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), dies at 85
  • 2008 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), dies at 71
  • 2008 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • 2008 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)
  • 2010 Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-French-American mathematician (proved Zipf's law, discovered the Mandelbrot set), dies at 85
  • 2011 Reg Alcock, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), dies at 82
  • 2014 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • 2015 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • 2019 Harold Bloom, American literary critic, 'the most notorious literary critic in America' dies at 89
  • 2022 Stanislav Kropilák, Slovak basketball power forward-center (4 × FIBA European Selection; 5 × Czech Player of the Year; BK Inter Bratislava), dies at 67