Famous Deaths on 14th August

  • 582 Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1167 Raynald van Dassel, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1204 Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shogun (b. 1182)
  • 1390 John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier (b. 1364)
  • 1433 Johan I, king of Portugal (1383-1433), dies at 76
  • 1573 Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)
  • 1587 Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer, dies at 49
  • 1652 Abraham Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 60
  • 1691 Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)
  • 1704 Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)
  • 1727 William Croft, composer, dies at 48
  • 1763 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer, dies at 76
  • 1774 Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician (b. 1716)
  • 1784 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born painter (b. 1718)
  • 1785 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • 1788 Thomas Sheridan, actor/biographer/lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies
  • 1794 George Colman, the Elder, playwright, dies
  • 1833 Luigi Cagnola, architect, dies
  • 1834 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1844 Henry Francis Cary, translator (Dante), dies
  • 1856 William Buckland, dean (Westminster)/geologist, dies
  • 1856 Constant Prévost, French geologist (b. 1787)
  • 1858 George Combe, phrenologist, dies
  • 1860 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Colin Campbell, British officer (Cawnpore), dies at 70
  • 1867 Niccola Benvenuti, composer, dies at 84

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1870 David Farragut, American Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), dies at 69

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • 1874 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (b. 1821)
  • 1884 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1887 Richard Jeffries, naturalist/essayist, dies
  • 1891 Johnny Mullagh, cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • 1905 Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • 1905 Simeon Solomon, British artist (b. 1840)
  • 1922 Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1923 Jacob T Cremer, pres (Dutch Handel-Mij), dies at 76
  • 1926 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1928 Klabund, [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk/Rasputin), dies at 37
  • 1932 Rin Tin Tin, US Hollywood-dog, dies
  • 1936 Rainey Bethea, hanged, last US public execution
  • 1937 Sapper, British soldier/novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), dies at 48
  • 1938 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • 1938 J J Kelly, cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies
  • 1938 Landon Ronald, composer/pianist, dies at 65
  • 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • 1941 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • 1943 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1949 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • 1949 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

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1951 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1954 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86
  • 1955 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • 1955 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)
  • 1956 Bertold Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies at 58
  • 1956 Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • 1958 Big Bill Broonzy, rocker, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1958 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • 1958 Gladys L Presley, mom of Elvis, dies at 46
  • 1958 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • 1958 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • 1961 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • 1961 Guido Alberto Fano, composer, dies at 86
  • 1961 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • 1963 Clifford Odets, US playwright (Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • 1964 Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
  • 1965 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet/writer (Walk at Dawn), dies
  • 1966 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • 1967 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (b. 1931)
  • 1969 Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • 1969 Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • 1970 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • 1972 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972 Pierre Brasseur, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 66
  • 1974 Raymond Budd, South African trade unionist
  • 1975 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87
  • 1978 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • 1980 Dorothy Stratten, Playmate, murdered by boyfriend Paul Snider
  • 1981 Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • 1981 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • 1982 Patrick Magee, Irish actor (Clockwork Orange, King Lear), dies at 60
  • 1984 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984 Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • 1985 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • 1988 Enzo Ferrari, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • 1988 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1991 Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1991 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1992 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian/Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • 1992 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, dies at 91
  • 1992 John J Sirica, US, judge (Watergate), dies at 88
  • 1992 Marion P Ames, US, advocate/activist, dies
  • 1992 Tony Williams, US, singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • 1994 Bill Cowley, creator (Lyke Wake Walk), dies at 78
  • 1994 Elias Canetti, Bulgaria/British author (Nobel 1981), dies at 89
  • 1994 Joan Harrison, English producer/Alfred Hitchcock's sect, dies at 83
  • 1994 Patrick Meehan, petty Criminal, dies at 67
  • 1994 Tom Greenshields, sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1994 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • 1996 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • 1996 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • 1999 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), dies at 81
  • 2000 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2000 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • 2003 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Tahar Wattar, Algerian novelist (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Ron Palillo, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2013 Allen Lanier, American rocker, dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2013 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, dies at 43