Deaths timeline

  • The Year of Grief: Abu Talib and Khadija die

    In the year 619 A.D., not long after annulment of the social boycott, Muhammad suffered a great loss of Abu Talib and Khadija, who followed each... Read more

  • Muhammad dies of illness in Medina

    Muhammad returned to live in Medina. In March, 632, he returned to Mecca one last time to perform a pilgrimage, and tens of thousands of Muslims... Read more

  • Plague of Emmaus

    The Plague of Emmaus (طاعون عمواس in Arabic, ţā`ûn 'amwās transliterated), also known as the Plague of Amwas, was an outbreak of plague, possibly... Read more

  • Mahmud Ghaznavid dies

    The last four years of Mahmud's life were spent contending with the influx of Oghuz Turkic horse tribes from Central Asia, the Buyid Dynasty and... Read more

  • Leonardo da Vinci Dies in Amboise

    From September 1513 to 1516, Leonardo spent much of his time living in the Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome, where Raphael and Michelangelo were... Read more

  • Ferdinand Magellan dies

    Rajah Humabon of Cebu was friendly towards Magellan and the Spaniards, both he and his queen Hara Amihan were baptized as Christians. Afterward,... Read more

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dies at the Age of 35

    The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at 1:00 am on 5 December 1791 at the age of 35, following a short illness. Mozart fell ill while in... Read more

  • George Washington Dies

    At 10:00 p.m. on December 14, 1799, George Washington died at his Mt. Vernon home after five decades of service to his country. His last words... Read more

  • Beethoven Dies From Illness

    The Death of Ludwig van Beethoven on 26 March 1827 followed a prolonged illness. It was witnessed by his sister-in-law and by his close friend... Read more

  • Rachel Donelson Dies

    The campaign was very much a personal one. Although neither candidate personally campaigned, their political followers organized many campaign... Read more

  • Edgar Allan Poe dies

    On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to... Read more

  • John James Audubon Dies

    John James Audubon, naturalist and artist famous for his drawings and paintings of North American birds, died on January 27, 1851, in New York... Read more

  • Henry Clay Dies

    On June 29, 1852, statesman Henry Clay, known as "the Great Compromiser" for his feats of legislative reconciliation between the North and the... Read more

  • Death of Stonewall Jackson

    Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson died in an outbuilding on the Chandler plantation in the rural community of Guinea Station. Today, the Jackson... Read more

  • Jesse James is Assassinated by Robert Ford

    With his gang nearly annihilated, James trusted only the Ford brothers, Charley and Robert. Although Charley had been out on raids with James, Bob... Read more

  • Sojourner Truth Dies

    Preacher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 26, 1883. The date of Truth's birth... Read more

  • Nikolaus Otto dies

    Nikolaus Otto worked as a traveling salesman until he became fascinated by his era's breakthroughs in gas and steam engines, especially Étienne... Read more

  • P. T. Barnum Dies

    One of the requests made by Mr. Barnum was that, when all hope was gone, sedatives which would make his passage to the next world more peaceful be... Read more

  • Alexandre Levy Dies

    (November 10, 1864 Sao Paulo , † 17 January 1892) was a Brazilian Composer and Pianist . His Jewish family came from France and was musically... Read more

  • Louis Pasteur Dies

    Prof. Pasteur's condition became seriously worse on the evening of Friday last. Albuminuria was observed, the heart became very weak, and painful... Read more

  • Gottlieb Daimler Dies

    In a letter to his wife in the 1870s there was historically significant remark. On a panoramic postcard of Cologne, Gottieb Daimler traced a three... Read more

  • Étienne Lenoir dies

    Self-taught chemist and inventor Étienne Lenoir built the first practical internal-combustion engine, with valves allowing both the intake of an... Read more

  • Oscar Wilde Dies

    Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday,... Read more

  • Adolf Hitler's father, Alois, dies

    In the town of Leonding, Austria, on the bitterly cold morning of Saturday, January 3, 1903, Alois Hitler, 65, went out for a walk, stopping at a... Read more

  • Adolf Hitler's mother, Klara, dies

    On January 14, 1907, Adolf Hitler's mother went to see the family doctor about a pain in her chest, so bad it kept her awake at night. The doctor,... Read more

  • Louis Chauvin Dies

    Louis Chauvin (March 13, 1881 — March 26, 1908, aged 27) was an African American ragtime musician. Born in St. Louis, Missouri of a Mexican... Read more

  • Blind Tom Wiggins dies

    Tom died at age fifty-nine on June 13, 1908 at Eliza's home in Hoboken. A few days later The New York Times headline read "BLIND TOM, PIANIST, DIES... Read more

  • Alexander Graham Bell Dies

    [The Government expresses] to you our sense of the world's loss in the death of your distinguished husband. It will ever be a source of pride to... Read more

  • Harry Houdini Dies

    Harry Houdini died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix. It has been speculated that Houdini was killed accidentally by a McGill... Read more

  • Western Wall/Buraq Uprising

    The 1929 Palestine riots (also known as the Western Wall Uprising or the Buraq Uprising) refers to a series of demonstrations and riots in late... Read more

  • Nadezhda Alliluyeva Dies

    It was customary to bury not only rulers, but their wives, too, at the Novodevichy cemetery. At this point we would like to recall the wife of... Read more

  • Little Bohemia Lodge shootout

    In April, the gang settled at a lodge hideout called Little Bohemia Lodge, owned by Emil Wanatka, in the northern Wisconsin town of Manitowish... Read more

  • Bonnie and Clyde Shot and Killed

    Before dawn on May 23, 1934, a posse composed of police officers from Louisiana and Texas, including Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, concealed themselves... Read more

  • John Dillinger Gunned Down at Biograph Theater

    Dillinger attended the film Manhattan Melodrama at the Biograph Theater in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Dillinger was with his... Read more

  • Death of Paul von Hindenburg

    Hindenburg remained in office until his death at the age of 86 from lung cancer at his home in Neudeck, East Prussia on 2 August 1934 (exactly two... Read more

  • Sergey Kirov is Killed

    Sergey Kirov, a leader of the Russian Revolution and a high-ranking member of the Politburo, is shot to death at his Leningrad office by Communist... Read more

  • Robert Johnson Dies

    Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues musician, among the most famous of Delta blues musicians. His landmark... Read more

  • Death of Sigmund Freud

    A heavy cigar smoker, Freud smoked 20 cigars a day despite health warnings from colleagues. Because of his frequent references to phallic... Read more

  • Nikola Tesla Dies

    Tesla died of heart failure alone in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, on 7 January 1943. Despite having sold his AC electricity patents, Tesla... Read more

  • Nat Jaffe Dies

    Nat Jaffe (January 1, 1918-August 5, 1945) was an American swing jazz pianist and was married to singer Shirley Lloyd. Jaffe lived in Berlin... Read more

  • Walter Johnson Dies

    On December 10, 1946, baseball great Walter Johnson died at the age of fifty-nine. Nicknamed "The Big Train," Johnson pitched his way to fame... Read more

  • Al Capone Dies

    After his release, Capone spent a short time in the hospital. He returned to his home in Palm Island where the rest of his life was relaxed and... Read more

  • Deir Yassin massacre

    The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from the Irgun and Lehi Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir... Read more

  • Babe Ruth dies

    Shortly after he attended the Yankee Stadium anniversary event, Ruth was back in the hospital. He received hundreds of well-wishing letters and... Read more

  • Frida Kahlo Dies

    I hope the exit is joyful- and I hope never to return- Frida Read more

  • The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly Richie Valens and the Big Bopper J.P. Richardson die in plane crash

    Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) died in a plane crash in Iowa. Don McClean called this "The Day the Music Died" in... Read more

  • Jesse Belvin Dies

    Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (December 15, 1932 – February 6, 1960) was an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s, whose success... Read more

  • Ernest Hemingway Commits Suicide

    Three months later, at home in Ketchum, Mary "found Hemingway holding a shotgun". When his personal physician Dr. Saviers arrived, he was sedated... Read more

  • William Faulkner Dies

    Faulkner died on July 6, 1962, of a heart attack in Byhalia, Mississippi. He willed the major manuscripts and personal papers in his possession to... Read more

  • Marilyn Monroe Dies

    At only 36 years old, Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962, at her Los Angeles home. An empty bottle of sleeping pills were found by her bed.... Read more