Deaths timeline

  • 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