Famous People Who Died In 1908

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1908. This list includes people like Grover Cleveland, Butch Cassidy, Empress Dowager Cixi, Belle Gunness, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, physicists, novelists and emperors & kings who died in 1908. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Grover Cleveland
(The 22nd and 24th President of the United States)
Grover Cleveland
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caldwell, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24

Grover Cleveland, a Democratic Party member, was the President of the United States from 1885 to 1889 and then again from 1893 to 1897. He is known for his campaign for political reform and fiscal conservatism. However, he was unable to deal with the economic depression in his second term as President, which led to massive decline in his popularity.

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Empress Dowager Cixi
(Empress Dowager of the Qing Dynasty from 1861 to 1908)
Empress Dowager Cixi
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Birthdate: November 29, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: November 15

Empress Dowager Cixi was a Chinese regent and empress dowager. From 1861 to 1908, Cixi served as the de facto supreme ruler of the Qing dynasty. She is credited with overseeing a series of moderate reforms called the Tongzhi Restoration, which helped the regime survive for a long period of time. She also supported military and technological reforms.  

 3 
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
(Russian Composer Known for His Operas: ‘Sadko’ and ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 18, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tikhvin, Russia
Died: June 21

While he grew up listening to Russian folk songs and church music, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov later joined the navy with his brother. One of the legendary Russian composers known as The Mighty Handful, he is remembered for his pieces such as Flight of the Bumblebee from the opera Tsar Saltan.

 4 
Henri Becquerel
(Physicist, Discoverer of Radioactivity)
Henri Becquerel
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 15, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 25

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Henri Becquerel is known for his chance discovery of spontaneous radioactivity. Born into a family of scientists, Becquerel had been an engineer and a physics professor earlier. Marie Curie, who shared the Nobel with him and her husband, Pierre, was one of his doctoral students.

 5 
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
(One of the Greatest Writers of Brazilian Literature)
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: September 29

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was a Brazilian novelist, playwright, poet, and short-story writer. Hailing from a family of freed slaves, he had a difficult childhood that he overcame to become a famous writer. He founded the Brazilian Academy of Letters and became the organization’s first president. He is credited with having shaped the realism movement in Brazil.   

 6 
Guangxu Emperor
(Tenth Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1875 - 1908))
Guangxu Emperor
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Birthdate: August 14, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prince Chun Mansion, Beijing, China
Died: November 14

Guangxu Emperor reigned over the Qing dynasty from 1875 to 1908. He was also the ninth Qing emperor to reign over the Eighteen Provinces or China proper. He is best remembered for initiating the Hundred Days' Reform, which was brought to an end by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1898. Subsequently, Guangxu Emperor lost power and was killed in 1908.

 7 
Pat Garrett
(Lawman)
Pat Garrett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: February 29
 8 
Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia
(Navy officer)
Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 14, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russian
Died: November 14
 9 
Blind Tom Wiggins
(Music Performer)
Blind Tom Wiggins
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 25, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harris County, Georgia, United States
Died: June 14
 10 
Edward MacDowell
(Composer and Pianist)
Edward MacDowell
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 18, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 23
 11 
Victorien Sardou
(Dramatist)
Victorien Sardou
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 5, 1831
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 8
 12 
Thomas Mellon
(Entrepreneur, Lawyer)
Thomas Mellon
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cappagh, United Kingdom
Died: February 3
 13 
Doppo Kunikida
(Japanese Author of Novels and Romantic Poetry During the Meiji Period)
Doppo Kunikida
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chōshi, Chiba, Japan
Died: June 23
A Japanese author who wrote novels and romantic poetry, Kunikida Doppo belongs to the Meiji period. Noted as one of the inventors of Japanese naturalism, Doppo served in the Sino-Japanese War as a reporter. After war, he published a compilation of poems titled Doppo's Poems. Later, he published a romantic short story titled Musashino followed by Doppo shu and Unmei.
 14 
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1905-08))
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: April 22
 15 
American Horse
(Tribal chief)
American Horse
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Black Hills, United States
Died: December 16
 16 
Ouida
(Novelist)
Ouida
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bury Saint Edmunds, England
Died: January 25
 17 
Joseph Maria Olbrich
(Architect)
Joseph Maria Olbrich
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 22, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Opava, Czechia
Died: August 8

One of the pioneers of the Wiener Sezession/Secession, or the Austrian Art Nouveau movement, architect Joseph Maria Olbrich was trained by modern architecture founder Otto Wagner. One of his best works was The Sezession Building in Vienna. He, unfortunately, lost his battle with leukemia at age 40.

 18 
Enomoto Takeaki
(One of the Founders of the Imperial Japanese Navy)
Enomoto Takeaki
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1836
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Died: October 26
 19 
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
(Founder of Ahmadiyya Sect)
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qadian
Died: May 26

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an Indian religious leader. He is credited with founding the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which is an Islamic revival movement. A prolific author, Ghulam Ahmad wrote over 90 books on various theological, moral, and religious subjects. He continues to be revered as a subordinate prophet by Ahmadi Muslims, which is often debated by mainstream Muslims.

 20 
Tomás Estrada Palma
(1st President of Cuba (1902 - 1906))
Tomás Estrada Palma
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bayamo, Cuba
Died: November 4

Tomás Estrada Palma was a Cuban politician who served as the first President of Cuba after Cuba's independence in 1902. During his presidency, Cuba's infrastructure, public health, and communication improved significantly. Tomás Estrada Palma had also played an important role during the Ten Years' War, serving as the Cuban Republican in Arms' president.

 21 
Lydia Moss Bradley
(Philanthropist)
Lydia Moss Bradley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1816
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vevay, Indiana, United States
Died: January 16
 22 
William D. Coleman
(Politician)
William D. Coleman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 18, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 12
 23 
Caroline Schermerhorn Astor
(Socialite)
Caroline Schermerhorn Astor
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 21, 1830
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S
Died: October 30
 24 
Wilhelm Busch
(German Painter & Poet Best Known for His Drawings, Which Were Accompanied by Wise, Satiric, Doggerel Verse)
Wilhelm Busch
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Birthdate: April 14, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wiedensahl, Germany
Died: January 9

German artist and poet Wilhelm Busch is best remembered for pioneering the illustrations known as Bilderbogen, believed to have inspired the modern-day comic strip format. A qualified mechanical engineer, he later deviated to art. His best-known work remains Max und Moritz, which influenced The Katzenjammer Kids.

 25 
Harriet Hosmer
(Sculptor)
Harriet Hosmer
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Birthdate: October 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 21
 26 
Edmondo De Amicis
(Novelist)
Edmondo De Amicis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 21, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: March 11
 27 
Joel Chandler Harris
(Journalist)
Joel Chandler Harris
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Birthdate: December 9, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States
Died: July 3
 28 
William Mason
(Composer, Pianist)
William Mason
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 24, 1829
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 14
 29 
Luís Filipe, Prince Royal of Portugal
(Prince)
Luís Filipe, Prince Royal of Portugal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palácio Nacional de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: February 1

The eldest son of Portuguese king Carlos I, Luís Filipe, Prince Royal of Portugal is also known as the 20-minute king. His father was killed by assassins while traveling with the family in an open carriage. Luis, who became the default king, died 20 minutes later. He was almost 21 when he died.

 30 
Karl Möbius
(Zoologist)
Karl Möbius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 7, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eilenburg, Germany
Died: April 26
 31 
Mikhail Chigorin
(Russian Chess Player)
Mikhail Chigorin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gatchina, Russia
Died: January 25

Unlike other renowned chess players, Mikhail Chigorin began playing chess quite late, at 16, and only began pursuing it seriously after leaving his job as a government officer. He was associated with the Romantic chess style and paved way for the Soviet chess school. He had also launched a chess magazine.

 32 
Randal Cremer
(Politician)
Randal Cremer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fareham, England
Died: July 22
 33 
Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire
(Statesman)
Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 24
 34 
Friedrich von Esmarch
(German Surgeon Who Developed the Esmarch Bandage)
Friedrich von Esmarch
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tonning, Germany
Died: February 23

Starting his medical career as an army surgeon, Friedrich von Esmarch later pioneered the use of the Esmarch bandage as a first-aid solution for soldiers. He later taught as a professor of surgery and also penned an invaluable manual of military surgical procedures. He eventually received a patent of nobility.

 35 
Demetrius Vikelas
(1st President of the International Olympic Committee from 1894 to 1896)
Demetrius Vikelas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ermoupoli, Greece
Died: July 20

Demetrius Vikelas was a Greek writer and businessman. He is best remembered for serving as the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) first president from 1894 to 1896. The Syros Island National Airport and the Sports Center Stadium in Syros are named in his honor.

 36 
Carlos I of Portugal
(King of Portugal)
Carlos I of Portugal
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Birthdate: September 28, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: February 1
 37 
Ned Hanlan
(Canadian Professional Rower)
Ned Hanlan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 4

Remembered as Canada’s first real sports hero, Ned Hanlan developed many aspects of modern rowing. Initially a hotelier, he later came to be known as the Boy in Blue for his typical blue rowing attire and eventually won the world championship in the sport, along with over 300 other championships.

 38 
Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany
(Politician)
Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 17
 39 
René Panhard
(Engineer)
René Panhard
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 27, 1841
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16
 40 
Charles Augustus Young
(American Astronomer Who Made the First Observations of the Flash Spectrum of the Sun)
Charles Augustus Young
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 15, 1834
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Died: January 4

Astronomer Charles Augustus Young is best known for his research on the flash spectrum of the Sun. He penned several significant books on astronomy, such as General Astronomy, and taught at Princeton University, too. He had also been part of the 85th Regiment of Ohio in the Civil War.

 41 
Pablo de Sarasate
(Spanish Violin Virtuoso, Composer and Conductor)
Pablo de Sarasate
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: September 20

Pablo de Sarasate was a Spanish violin virtuoso, composer, and conductor active during the Romantic period. He was a musical prodigy and gave his first public concert at the age of eight. He grew up to have a successful career and performed mainly opera fantasies. The Spanish Dances and the Carmen Fantasy are among his masterpieces. 

 42 
William Arnold Anthony
(Physicist)
William Arnold Anthony
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 17, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coventry, Rhode Island, United States
Died: May 29
 43 
Augustus Le Plongeon
(Archaeologist, Photographer)
Augustus Le Plongeon
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Birthdate: May 4, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Island of Jersey
Died: December 13
 44 
George Jewett
(American Football Player)
George Jewett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United States
Died: August 12
 45 
William Keith Brooks
(Zoologist)
William Keith Brooks
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 25, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 12
 46 
Daniel Coit Gilman
(Educator)
Daniel Coit Gilman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 13
 47 
Mary Hayden Pike
(Author)
Mary Hayden Pike
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 30, 1824
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eastport, Maine, United States
Died: January 15
 48 
Denis Jean Achille Luchaire
(Historian)
Denis Jean Achille Luchaire
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 14
 49 
Massillon Coicou
(Haitian Novelist, Poet, Playwright, and Politician)
Massillon Coicou
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 9, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: March 15

Massillon Coicou was a Haitian novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. Most of his literary works were published in France, where he was serving as the Haitian Chargé d'Affaires Étrangères. A fierce critic of Pierre Nord Alexis, Massillon Coicou announced his intentions to overthrow the former's government and he was subsequently executed by Alexis' orders in 1908.

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Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev
(Statesman)
Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 3