The cause of John Hancock's death is not known. It is known, however, that he had gout and his health had been in decline several years before his death. He died at his home in 1793 at the age of 56 while still governor of Massachusetts.
Though John Hancock played a critical role in the organization of the colonies and the founding of the United States, he is most famous for his signature. It is difficult to miss John Hancock's signature when reviewing a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is easily the most readable and recognizable one on the document. At the time of the signing, Hancock was the president of the Continental Congress. As such, he was the first to sign the document. Legend has it that Hancock signed his name so boldly because he wanted to make sure the King of England could read his name without glasses. To this day, the request to "put your John Hancock" on a document is a way of asking someone to sign it. Although Hancock had presidential aspirations when it was time to elect officials to govern the newly formed United States, he was defeated by a George Washington in the first presidential election.Learn More
The exact cause of William Shakespeare's death is not known, but many historians believe that he fell victim to an outbreak of typhus that took England by storm in 1616. That is the same year that Shakespeare died.Full Answer >
Tutankhamen, commonly known as King Tut, died in Egypt circa 1323 B.C., but the exact date is unknown. In 1922, archaeologists discovered his tomb, which contained his mummified remains and thousands of artifacts.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein died as the result of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. He had been hospitalized with internal bleeding for which he refused treatment, wanting to die in his own time and on his own terms.Full Answer >
Though the stories of Hercules' death have varying details, all recount that the Greek hero suffered the effects of an intense poison and ultimately died on a funeral pyre. His immortal spirit ascended to Olympus to stay with the gods.Full Answer >