Deaths in History on October 7

  • 290 [Christian] Sergius, Roman soldier and martyred saint, decapitated
  • 336 Pope Saint Mark, bishop of Rome (336), dies of natural causes
  • 929 Charles III, the Plain, King of France (893-929), dies
  • 1368 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, dies at 29
  • 1488 Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52
  • 1555 Louis of Praet, Habsburg diplomat (b. 1488)
  • 1571 Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway, dies at 60
  • 1571 Müezzinzade Ali Pasha, Turkish fleet commander, dies in the Battle of Lepanto
  • 1577 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • 1612 Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian writer (Faithfull Shepherd), dies at 73
  • 1612 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar and theologist, dies at 70
  • 1620 Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)
  • 1637 Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (1630-37), dies at 50
  • 1639 John Isacius Pontanus, Dutch physicist and historian (1st history of Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • 1651 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit, dies at 92
  • 1653 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (b. 1581)
  • 1660 Paul Scarron, French writer (Virgile Travesti), dies at 50
  • 1681 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philological/diplomat, dies at 61
  • 1708 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, dies following an assassination attempt at 41
  • 1772 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, dies of smallpox at 51
  • 1777 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • 1780 Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), dies in battle at 36
  • 1787 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, dies at 76

George MasonGeorge Mason (1725-1792)

American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

  • 1793 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, British politician, dies at 75
  • 1795 Johann Georg von Zimmermann, Swiss philosophical author and physician, dies at 66
  • 1796 Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher and founder of Scottish School of Common Sense, dies at 86
  • 1800 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged
  • 1811 August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist, dies at 68

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1864 Alexander Gardiner, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 John Gregg, American judge/Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 36
  • 1876 Georg Heinrich Pertz, German historian, dies at 81
  • 1894 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), dies at 85
  • 1903 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • 1906 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1911 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (b. 1835)

Alfred DeakinAlfred Deakin (1856-1919)

Second Prime Minister of Australia (3 terms between 1903-10), dies at 63

  • 1924 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Patristischen Philosophie), dies at 71
  • 1926 Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist who developed a classification system for mental illness, dies at 70
  • 1931 Charles Ricketts, British artist and illustrator, dies at 65
  • 1931 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), dies at 81
  • 1939 Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies), dies at 70
  • 1943 Radclyffe Hall, British author (b. 1880)
  • 1944 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, dies at 26

Willis CarrierWillis Carrier (1876-1950)

American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), dies at 73

  • 1951 Anton Philips, Co-Founder of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., dies at 77

Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye (1886-1956)

American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • 1962 Maurits Dekker, Dutch novelist and playwright (Merkteken; Boots In Jail), dies at 66
  • 1964 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, dies at 84
  • 1967 Norman Angell (Lane), English journalist/pacifist (Nobel 1933), dies
  • 1973 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, dies at 58
  • 1981 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • 1982 Salvador Araneta, Filipino lawyer, educator, businessman, and philanthropist, dies at 80
  • 1990 J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
  • 1990 Juan Jose Arevalo, President of Guatemala (1945-51), dies
  • 1992 Allan Bloom, American philosopher and author (Closing of the American Mind), dies at 62
  • 1992 Tevfik Esenç, last known speaker of Ubykh (b. 1904)
  • 1993 Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff, Russian mathematician, dies at 86
  • 1994 James Hill, director, dies at 75
  • 1994 Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish immunologist (Nobel prize 1984), dies at 82
  • 1995 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman, dies at 59
  • 1995 Gérard de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer, dies at 77
  • 1996 Charles Wegg Solicitor-Prosser, dies at 86
  • 1999 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, dies at 74
  • 1999 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, dies at 91
  • 2001 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily), dies at 64
  • 2003 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator, dies at 71
  • 2004 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2005 Doug Young, American national and world powerlifting champion, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2006 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, dies at 48
  • 2007 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1989-95), dies at 76
  • 2008 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Irving Penn, American fashion and fine art photographer. dies at 92
  • 2009 Shelby Singleton, American record label owner and producer (Smash Records, Mercury Records), dies of brain cancer at 77
  • 2010 Milka Planinc, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1982-86), dies at 85
  • 2011 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Mervyn Dymally, Trinidadian-born American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), dies at 86
  • 2015 Gail Zappa (née Sloatman), American business secretary and wife of musician and composer Frank Zappa, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2020 Mario Molina, Mexican scientist, 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (CFC's effect on the ozone layer), dies at 77 [1]