Famous Deaths on August 13

  • 586 St. Radegund, Frankish princess, wife of Clotaire I and founder of the Convent of Our Lady of Poitiers.
  • 662 Maximus Confessor, Greek theologist/crusader, dies
  • 900 Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29
  • 1134 Irene of Hungary [Piroska], Byzantine empress, dies at 46
  • 1191 Philips van Heinsberg, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1278 Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65
  • 1382 Eleanor of Aragon, wife of John I of Castile (b. 1358)
  • 1523 Gerard David, Flemish painter
  • 1617 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman (b. 1540)
  • 1637 Dirck J Bas, Dutch merchant/regent/government leader (OIC), dies
  • 1667 Jeremy Taylor, Irish author and bishop (b. 1613)
  • 1674 Lars Johnstown, [Lasse Lucidor], Swedish poet, dies at 35
  • 1686 Louis Maimbourg, French-born historian (b. 1610)
  • 1721 Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (b. 1665)
  • 1744 John Cruger, Dutch-born Mayor of New York (b. 1678)
  • 1749 J E Schlegel, writer, dies
  • 1762 John Alberti, theologist/philological, dies at 64
  • 1787 Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies
  • 1808 Henri Hardouin, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1826 René Laënnec, French physician (invented the stethoscope), dies of tuberculosis at 46
  • 1841 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist/composer, dies
  • 1860 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro, dies
  • 1863 Eugène Delacroix, French painter (b. 1798)
  • 1865 Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47
  • 1886 Adolf von Doss, composer, dies at 62
  • 1895 Christian B Freiherr von Tauchnitz, German publisher (T Edition), dies
  • 1896 John Everett Millais, English painter, dies at 67
  • 1897 Antonius von der Linde, Neth/German librarian, dies at 63
  • 1908 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67

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1910 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), dies at 90

  • 1912 Jules EF Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • 1912 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1913 F August Bebel, German social-democrat, dies
  • 1916 Fritz Steinbach, composer, dies at 61
  • 1924 Julian Aguirre, composer, dies at 56
  • 1927 James Curwood, US journalist/writer (Valley of Silent Men), dies at 49
  • 1928 Fernand de La Tombelle, composer, dies at 74
  • 1933 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer, dies at 80
  • 1937 Arthur Plunkett, English civil engineer (b. 1890)
  • 1940 George C Pearce, actor (Hold tat Lion, British Agent), dies at 75
  • 1946 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer, dies at 33

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1946 H. G. Wells, English sci-fi author (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine), dies at 79

Author H. G. Wells
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H. G. Wells
  • 1947 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies
  • 1948 Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • 1948 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1953 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • 1954 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1956 Harry Donnan, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1891-96), dies
  • 1958 Otto Witte, acrobat and, purportedly, King of Albania (b. 1868)
  • 1959 Henry Garat, actor (Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • 1961 Adeline De Walt Reynolds, actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
  • 1964 Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • 1965 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1899)
  • 1967 Jane Darwell, actress (Girls in Prison), dies of heart attack at 87
  • 1970 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • 1971 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37
  • 1972 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • 1973 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • 1974 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Umpire in 3 Tests for England), dies
  • 1974 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Pray for the Wanderer), dies at 76
  • 1977 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
  • 1982 Charles Walters, US actor/choreographer/dir (High Society), dies at 70
  • 1982 Joe E Ross, American comedian (Toody-Car 54, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 68
  • 1982 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), dies at 49
  • 1984 Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
  • 1985 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • 1986 Helen Mack, actress (Son of Kong, Milky Way), dies
  • 1987 Vincent Persichetti, US composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • 1988 Otto E Passman, (Rep-D-La, 1947-77), dies at 88
  • 1989 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1989 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • 1990 Jimmy Starr, actor (Hot Flashes), dies at 86
  • 1991 Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • 1992 Bill Elverman, playwright/actor (After Hours), dies at 40
  • 1992 Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident
  • 1992 David Kaplan, news director (ABC), killed in Sarajevo Yugoslavia
  • 1992 Jan Elburg, [Joannes G], poet (Geen letterheren), dies
  • 1994 Manfred Worner, German general/sec-gen of NATO (1988-94), dies at 59
  • 1995 Alison Hargreaves, mountaineer, dies at 33
  • 1995 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84

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1995 Mickey Mantle, American baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

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Mickey Mantle
  • 1995 Per-Jakez Helias, Writer/teacher, dies at 81
  • 1995 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-born writer (b. 1926)
  • 1996 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 86
  • 1996 Christopher John Gray, priest, dies at 42
  • 1996 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • 1996 David Tudor, composer, dies at 70
  • 1996 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • 1996 W Gordon Smith, playwright, dies at 67
  • 1998 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), dies at 97
  • 1998 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • 1999 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian, murdered (b. 1960)
  • 2000 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (b. 1965)
  • 2000 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless, dies at 80
  • 2001 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 2003 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)
  • 2005 David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Tony Jay, English actor (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • 2007 Brian Adams, aka Demolition Crush, American professional wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 2007 Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • 2007 Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • 2008 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • 2008 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • 2008 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2009 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2010 Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • 2012 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • 2012 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager, dies at 92
  • 2013 Tompall Glaser, American country singer, dies at 79
  • 2013 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2016 Kenny Baker, English actor (R2D2-Star Wars), dies at 81
  • 2016 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94