1824 - Death of Byron in Greece
On the 19th April 1824 Lord Byron died in a fit of fever in Messolonghi, Greece, where he had gone to aid the Greeks in their fight for independence from the Turks. He may have fallen ill with malaria and the customary cure at the time, bleeding, which would have been performed using unsterilized equipment, may have led to sepsis.
After his death Byron was mourned by both the British and the Greeks, to whom he had become a hero of the war. To this day, the name ‘Vyron’ the Greek form of ‘Byron’, continues to be a popular boy’s name, and a suburb of Athens is called Vyronas in his honour.