Who Died Today in History?

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  • 42 BC Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman senator (b. 85 BC)
  • 930 Daigo, Emperor of Japan (b. 885)
  • 1260 Koetoez, Turkish sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1450 Johannes van Capestrano, Italian saint, dies at 70
  • 1456 Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (b. 1386)
  • 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, sieur du Cange, French philologist (b. 1610)
  • 1730 Anne Oldfield, English actress (The Maiden Queen), dies from cervical cancer at 47
  • 1753 Columban Praelisauer, composer, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 1782 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, dies at 73
  • 1799 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 58

  • 1801 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1806 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1868 Cullen Whipple, American inventor (pointed screw machine), dies at 67
  • 1869 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72

Person of interestEdward Smith-Stanley

1869 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70

British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • 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
  • 1886 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer, dies at 67
  • 1890 Charles Verlat, Flemish painter, dies at 65
  • 1892 Emin Pasha, German explorer and governor (Equatoria), murdered at 52
  • 1899 W Penn Symons, British gen-maj, dies in battle
  • 1901 Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank), dies
  • 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

Person of interestW. G. Grace

1915 W. G. Grace, Victorian England's greatest cricketer, dies of a heart attack at 67

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1921 John B Dunlop, Scottish inventor air tire (Dunlop Rubber), dies at 81
  • 1925 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer, dies at 50
  • 1928 François Victor Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies at 79
  • 1929 Thomas Frederick Tout, British historian (Manch school of historiography), dies at 74
  • 1935 Abe Landau, US gangster, murdered
  • 1935 Dutch Schultz [Arthur Flegenheimer], US gangster, murdered at 33
  • 1935 Otto "Aba Daba" Berman, US gangster, murdered
  • 1936 (Marie) Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80

  • 1939 Zane Grey, American western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • 1942 Georg Stumme, German general/commandant of African corps, dies
  • 1942 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • 1944 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), dies at 13
  • 1944 Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist (1917 Nobel Prize for Physics for X-ray scattering), dies at 67
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • 1950 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1952 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), dies of complications resulting from pyelonephritis, pneumonia, and starvation at 31
  • 1953 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • 1954 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • 1957 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), dies at 86

Person of interestChristian Dior

1957 Christian Dior, French fashion designer (New Look), dies of a heart attack at 52

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • 1959 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • 1963 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, architect/urban developer, dies at 78
  • 1966 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • 1969 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1975 Barboura Morris, actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • 1975 Charles Brokaw, American actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • 1976 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

1978 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1982 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1983 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • 1983 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1984 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • 1984 Oskar Werner, Austrian film actor and director (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1986 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • 1989 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1990 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • 1991 Lance Baker, dies at 31
  • 1992 Kees Spermon, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies
  • 1994 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1994 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1996 Alexander Kelly, pianist/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1996 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor, dies at 68
  • 1997 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 1997 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • 1998 Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)
  • 2000 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2001 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • 2001 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, dies at 84
  • 2002 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • 2002 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)

Person of interestSoong Mei-ling

2003 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China Soong Mei-ling
Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China
Soong Mei-ling
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • 2005 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • 2005 William Hootkins, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2005 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Lim Goh Tong, Founder of Genting Group (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • 2010 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (d. 1942)
  • 2011 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24
  • 2011 Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • 2014 Alvin Stardust, English singer, dies at 72
  • 2015 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • 2016 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), dies at 92
  • 2016 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), dies at 76
  • 2016 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), dies at 84
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