Deaths in History on October 19

  • 727 Saint Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, England
  • 1187 Pope Urban III [Uberto Crivelli](1185-87)
  • 1216 King John of England (1199-1216), agreed to the Magna Carta, dies at 49
  • 1268 Konradin von Hohenstaufen, duke of Zwaben, beheaded
  • 1432 John de Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1392)
  • 1547 Pierino del Vaga, Italian painter, dies at about 46
  • 1553 Bonifazio Veronese/Veneziano, [de' Pitati], Italian painter, dies
  • 1587 Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1541)
  • 1608 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (b. 1551)
  • 1609 Jacobus Arminius, [Jacob Hermans], theologist, dies at about 49
  • 1636 Marcin Kazanowski, Polish politician
  • 1682 Thomas Browne, English writer (b. 1605)

Person of interestJonathan Swift

1745 Jonathan Swift, English writer (Gulliver's Travels), dies at 77

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1790 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
  • 1810 Jean-Georges Noverre, French choreographer (ballet d'action), dies
  • 1813 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, dies in battle at 50

  • 1834 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant and poet (Volkswoede), dies at 69
  • 1835 Henry Doeff, translator (Dutch-Japanese dictionary), dies at 57
  • 1838 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1842 Aleksey Koltsov, Russian poet (b. 1808)
  • 1851 Marie Thérèse Charlotte (b. 1778)
  • 1856 William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • 1864 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, magistrate/brigadier general, dies in battle at 45
  • 1888 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38
  • 1889 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • 1894 James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (translations of the Avesta, the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism), dies at 45
  • 1897 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • 1901 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (b. 1829)
  • 1909 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist/criminologist, dies
  • 1918 Joseph Lesage, French painter/etcher (WWI), dies at 34
  • 1921 Antonio Granjo, premier (Portugal), murdered
  • 1926 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, dies at 72
  • 1934 Johan J Arch, graphic artist (houtgravures), dies at 63
  • 1936 Lu Xun, Chinese writer of modern Chinese literature, dies at 55
  • 1937 Betty Carver, wife of English WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, dies

Person of interestErnest Rutherford

1937 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist (Nobel Prize 1908), dies at 66

  • 1943 Adrianus M de Young, writer (Merijntje Gijzen's youth), murdered
  • 1950 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • 1957 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian, dies at 65
  • 1961 Benjamin Merkelbach, Dutch architect and city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • 1964 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79

  • 1966 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • 1970 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • 1971 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, dies at 89
  • 1981 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • 1982 Jock Ewing, dies in an aircrash on TV show "Dallas"
  • 1983 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • 1983 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • 1984 Henri Michaux, writer, dies
  • 1984 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • 1984 Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shoots himself on set of "Cover Up" at 27
  • 1985 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1986 Moses Asch, record founder (Folkways), dies at 81
  • 1986 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • 1988 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77
  • 1992 Gert Nastian, general & companion of Petra Kelly, found dead at 69
  • 1992 Petra Kelly, founder (German Green Party), found dead at 44
  • 1993 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered
  • 1993 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (Traditional buildings), dies at 91
  • 1994 Munavarsjo Nazrijev, vice-president of Tadzjikistan, dies
  • 1994 Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
  • 1994 Stanislaw Brunstein, artist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Frank Neville Hosband Robinson, physicist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist, dies at 84
  • 1999 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • 1999 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2001 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, dies at 85
  • 2003 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • 2005 Corinne Lévesque, wife of Quebec premier René Lévesque (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, dies at 64
  • 2007 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), dies at 81
  • 2008 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, dies at 86
  • 2009 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • 2014 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66