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Deaths in History on October 30

  • 1459 Poggio Bracciolini, Italian humanist, who rediscovered lost classical texts, dies at 79
  • 1553 Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (b. 1489)
  • 1583 Pirro Ligorio, Italian architect/painter/archaeologist, dies at 83
  • 1602 Jean-Jacques Boissard, French poet (b. 1528)
  • 1611 Charles IX [Carl], King of Sweden (1604-11), dies at 61
  • 1626 Willebrord Snellius (also Snell and Snel van Royen), Dutch astronomer/mathematician, dies at about 46
  • 1632 Henri de Montmorency, French duke/plotter, beheaded
  • 1654 Emperor Go-Kōmyō, 110th emperor of Japan, dies at 21
  • 1661 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still lifes of fish and game pieces, dies at 74
  • 1676 Ahmed Koprulu, Turkish great vizer (siege of Candia, Kreta), dies
  • 1680 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic (b. 1616)
  • 1685 Michel le Tellier, French statesman (b. 1603)
  • 1690 Hieronymus van Beverningk, Dutch general, dies at 76
  • 1757 Osman III, sultan of Turkey (1754-57), dies
  • 1785 Gustaf P Creutz, Swedish diplomat/poet (Daphne), dies at 54
  • 1787 Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist (Della Moneta), dies at 58

Person of interestWilliam Cavendish-Bentinck

1809 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone at 71

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
  • 1816 Frederick I of Württemberg (b. 1754)
  • 1823 Edmund Cartwright, English inventor (power loom), dies at 80
  • 1833 Pieter G Witsen Geysbeek, historian/literary, dies at 58
  • 1842 Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet and author, dies at 57
  • 1862 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, dies at 53
  • 1867 John Albion Andrew, American politician (25th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 49

Person of interestJohn Abbott

1893 John Abbott, 3rd Prime Minister of Canada (C) (1891-92), dies of brain cancer at 72

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott
  • 1894 Honoré Mercier, Canadian politician and 9th Premier of Quebec (1887-91), dies at 54
  • 1898 Yakov Petrovich Polonsky Russian poet (Stichotvorenija), dies at 78
  • 1899 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 83
  • 1901 ... Opperman, South African Boer general (Spy), killed in battle
  • 1901 U Benson, British lt-col (Magers' fountain), killed in battle
  • 1910 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), dies at 82
  • 1912 James S. Sherman, 27th Vice President of the United States (1909-1912), dies at 57
  • 1914 Ernst Stadler, German poet (Der Aufbruch), dies fighting in WWI at 31
6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1919 Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (Poems of Passion), dies at 68

Person of interestBonar Law

1923 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), dies of throat cancer at 64

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 1932 Paul S Methuen, English baron/fieldmarshal/gov of Natal, dies at 87

  • 1936 Lorado Taft, American sculptor (Black Hawk), dies at 76

Person of interestPío Baroja

1956 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • 1958 Rose Macaulay, English writer (The Towers of Trebizond), dies at 77
  • 1959 Blonde Dolly [Sybille A J Niemans], Dutch prostitute, murdered at 33
  • 1961 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president Italy, dies
  • 1966 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), dies at 60
  • 1968 Conrad Richter, American writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78
  • 1972 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), dies at 84
  • 1975 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1979 Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (bouncing bomb), dies at 92
  • 1979 Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, dies at 89
  • 1990 Craig Russell, female impersonator, dies of an AIDS-stroke at 42
  • 1991 Johan Mekkink, painter, dies
  • 1991 Ken Hardin, producer, dies at 62
  • 1992 Joan Mitchell, American painter and printmaker dies of cancer aged 67
  • 1993 Hernan Heleno Castro, El Salvadorian guerilla leader, murdered
  • 1993 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, dies at 82
  • 1994 Nyanaponika, [Siegmund Feniger), German scholar/author, dies at 93
  • 1995 Terry Southern, writer, dies at 71
  • 1996 Alexander d'Arbeloff, entrepreneur, dies at 101
  • 1996 Leon Lewis, US radio talk show host (WMCA, 1970-80), dies at 81
  • 1996 Rohan Butler, historian, dies at 79
  • 2002 William Mitchell, British physicist, dies at 77
  • 2005 Shamsher Singh Sheri, Indian communist leader (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), dies at 80
  • 2007 Washoe, chimpanzee trained in American Sign Language (b. 1965)
  • 2008 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)
  • 2009 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), dies at 100
  • 2010 Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (b. 1927)

Person of interestWhitey Bulger

2018 Whitey Bulger [James Bulger Jr.], American mob boss, killed in prison at 89

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • 2018 Hardy Fox, American member of avant-garde band The Residents, dies at 73
  • 2018 Jin Young [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, dies at 94