Deaths in History on October 23

Marcus Junius BrutusMarcus Junius Brutus (c. 85-42 BC)

Roman senator and the most famous of the assassins of Julius Caesar, commits suicide at about 42/43 (b. 85 BC)

  • 930 Daigo, 60th Emperor of Japan (897-930), dies at 45
  • 1260 Koetoez, Turkish sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1456 Saint John of Capistrano, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest from the Italian town of Capestrano, Abruzzo, dies at 70
  • 1550 Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (b. 1480)
  • 1581 Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer, dies at 52
  • 1602 Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, dies at 57
  • 1616 Leonhard Hutter, German theologian (b. 1563)
  • 1688 Charles du Fresne, du Cange, French philologist and scholar, dies at 77
  • 1764 Emmanuel-Auguste de Cahideuc, Comte Dubois de la Motte, French naval officer (b. 1683)
  • 1774 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, dies at 59
  • 1799 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 58
  • 1856 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, dies at 73
  • 1868 Cullen Whipple, American inventor (pointed screw machine), dies at 67

Edward Smith-StanleyEdward Smith-Stanley (1799-1869)

14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70

  • 1872 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), dies at 61
  • 1874 Abraham Geiger, German theologian and leader of Reform Judaism, dies at 64
  • 1885 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56
  • 1890 Charles Verlat, Flemish painter, dies at 65
  • 1892 Emin Pasha, German explorer and governor (Equatoria), murdered at 52
  • 1899 Penn Symons, British Major General during Second Boer War, dies in battle during the Battle Of Talana Hill at 56
  • 1901 Georg von Siemens, German banker and politician (Deutsche Bank), dies at 62
  • 1903 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66
  • 1910 Rama V [Chulalongkorn], King of Thailand (1868-1910), dies at 57
  • 1913 Edwin Klebs, German physician and bacteriologist (bacterial theory of infection, diphtheria bacillus), dies at 79
  • 1921 John B. Dunlop, Scottish inventor air tire (Dunlop Rubber), dies at 81
  • 1928 François Victor Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies at 79
  • 1929 Thomas Frederick Tout, British historian (Manch school of historiography), dies at 74
  • 1939 Zane Grey, American western novelist (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • 1942 Georg Stumme, German general, commandant of African corps, dies at 56
  • 1944 Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist (1917 Nobel Prize for Physics for X-ray scattering), dies at 67
  • 1944 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), dies at 13
  • 1953 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83

Christian DiorChristian Dior (1905-1957)

French fashion designer (New Look), dies of a heart attack at 52

  • 1986 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • 1990 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • 1991 Lance Baker, dies at 31
  • 1992 Kees Spermon, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies
  • 1996 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), dies at 47
  • 1996 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, British sailor, dies at 68
  • 1997 Luther Simjian, Armenian-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 1998 Barnett Slepian, American physician, murdered by anti-abortionist James Charles Kopp at 52
  • 2001 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • 2002 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • 2002 Richard Helms, American intelligence official (CIA head 1966-73), dies at 89

Soong Mei-lingSoong Mei-ling (1897-2003)

Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

  • 2005 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 (Mustaf) "John" Ilhan, Turkish-Australian entrepreneur (Crazy John's mobile phones), dies of a hereditary heart condition at 42
  • 2007 Lim Goh Tong, Malaysian Chinese businessman (Founder of Genting Group), dies at 89
  • 2010 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), dies at 68
  • 2013 Bill Mazer, American sports broadcaster (New York institution in sports reporting; sports trivia expert), dies at 92
  • 2016 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), dies at 84
  • 2016 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), dies at 76
  • 2020 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), dies from multiple sclerosis at 62