Deaths in History on October 8

  • 705 Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, fifth Umayyad caliph, dies in Damascus at about 58 (approximate date)
  • 976 Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  • 1094 St Mark, the Evangelist, buried in San Marcos ministry in Venice
  • 1286 John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  • 1317 Fushimi, 92nd Emperor of Japan (1265-98) who abdicated, retired to a monastery and became a Cloistered Emperor, dies at 52
  • 1604 Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician and poet, dies at 58
  • 1606 John VI the Elder, Count of Nassau, father of 24, dies at 69
  • 1613 Sebastian de Covarrubias bon Horozco, Spanish lexicographer, dies at 74
  • 1621 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist and economist, killed as part Huguenots rebellion
  • 1647 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer, dies at 85
  • 1651 Isaac Elsevier, Dutch book publisher (House of Elzevir), dies at 55
  • 1652 John Greaves, English mathematician and astronomer (attempted to survey the pyramids) (b. 1602)
  • 1656 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • 1659 Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary to New France, dies in Quebec City
  • 1680 Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia and abbess of Herford who corresponded with Descartes, dies at 61
  • 1686 Adriaen Paets, Rotterdam regent and diplomat, dies at about 55
  • 1735 Yongzheng, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1722-35), dies at 56
  • 1754 Henry Fielding, English novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones), dies at 47

John HancockJohn Hancock (1737-1793)

American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

  • 1795 Andrew Kippis, English non-conformist clergyman and biographer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian poet and playwright (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 1809 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87
  • 1820 Henri Christophe, President of Haiti (1807-11) and King of Haiti (1811-20), dies at 53
  • 1862 James Streshley Jackson, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies in battle at 39
  • 1862 William Rufus Terrill, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1864 Thomas Jonathan Coffin Amory, US Union-brigadier general, dies at about 34
  • 1879 Miguel Grau Seminario 'Gentleman of the Seas', Peruvian Admiral, dies during the Battle of Angamos at 45
  • 1886 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • 1888 Jules d'Anethan, Belgian politician, Prime Minister of Belgium (1870-71), dies at 85
  • 1894 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), dies at 88
  • 1895 William Mahone, American railway engineer and Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • 1897 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter, dies at 67
  • 1904 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, dies at 62
  • 1907 Alfred, Liechtensteins noble of Austrian Herrenhaus, dies at 65
  • 1919 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la Robe), dies at 58
  • 1925 Abraham Pieter Cornelis van Karnebeek, Dutch Foreign Minister (Liberal, 1918-27), dies at 89
  • 1927 Mary Webb, English writer (Gone to Earth), dies at 46
  • 1931 John Monash, Australian military general during WWI (Gallipoli, Western Front), dies at 66
  • 1936 William Henry Stark, American timber industry leader, dies ta 85
  • 1940 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and astrophysicist (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • 1942 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, dies at 73
  • 1944 Wendell Lewis Wilkie, Republican politician (1940 republican nominee for President), dies at 52
  • 1945 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), dies at 76
  • 1945 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, dies at 73
  • 1954 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • 1956 Dirk Koster, literary (New Noises), dies at 69
  • 1958 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1961 Tom Howard, American photo-journalist, dies at 67
  • 1963 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist (Eyes on the table, Useless Science or the Alchemist), dies of a heart attack aged 54 [1]
  • 1964 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • 1966 Célestin Freinet, French pedagogue & educational reformer, dies at 69

Clement AttleeClement Attlee (1883-1967)

British politician, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

  • 1967 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), dies at 61
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian-French sociologist and philosopher, dies at 57
  • 1973 Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher and writer, dies at 83
  • 1982 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • 1984 Frederick Brisson, Danish-born film and theater producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • 1985 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • 1985 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • 1985 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1987 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), dies at 88
  • 1991 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt (1913-1992)

German statesman, leader of the SPD party (1964-1987) and Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971), dies of cancer at 78

  • 1994 Brian Hartley, British mathematician, dies at 55
  • 1994 Manual Pina, Spanish fashion Designer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Frederick Harry Baines, English painter, dies at 85
  • 1995 John Cairncross, British civil servant and spy (5th man - Cambridge Five), dies at 82
  • 1995 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician, dies at 70
  • 1996 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot, dies at 81
  • 1997 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 1997 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 2001 Javed Iqbal, Pakistani serial killer (murderer of 100 boys), commits suicide in prison at 45
  • 2004 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • 2004 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2008 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • 2010 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Rod Grams, American politician (Senator-R-Minnesota 1995-2001, Rep-R-Minnesota 1993-95), and television anchor, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2015 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • 2017 Jerry Kleczka, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1984-2005), dies at 73
  • 2020 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63