Famous Deaths on 24th August

  • 1103 Magnus III Berbein, [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
  • 1217 Eustace "the Monk", French buccaneer, dies in battle
  • 1313 Henry VII, Roman Catholic German King/emperor (1308/12-13), dies
  • 1371 Edward, Duke of Guelders (1361-71) and Count of Zutphen, mortally wounded in the battle at 35
  • 1540 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  • 1542 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  • 1572 Gaspard de Châtillon, Count the Coligny, French gen/admiral and Huguenot leader, beheaded
  • 1572 Death of thousands of French Protestants by Roman Catholics in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, beginning in Paris
  • 1572 Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  • 1572 Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier (bc. 1535)
  • 1595 Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies
  • 1647 Nicholas Stone "Elder", English sculptor/architect, dies at about 61
  • 1664 Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer (bc. 1610)
  • 1666 Francisco M the Melo, Portuguese author (Obras Morales), dies at 57
  • 1679 Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, French churchman and agitator (b. 1614)
  • 1680 Ferdinand Bulb, Dutch painter/etcher, buried
  • 1680 Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)
  • 1683 John Owen, English non-conformist theologian (b. 1616)
  • 1712 Thomas Bullis, Jr. English composer, dies at 54
  • 1724 Andreas Kneller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1759 Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44
  • 1770 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Revenge), dies
  • 1779 Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  • 1798 Thomas Alcock, English clergyman (b. 1709)
  • 1801 Jacques-Denis Antoine, French builder (La Monnaie Paris), dies at 68
  • 1832 Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (b. 1796)
  • 1833 Adrian H Haworth, English entomologist/botanist, dies at 65
  • 1840 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • 1841 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, composer, dies at 36
  • 1841 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (b. 1788)
  • 1888 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies
  • 1889 Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies
  • 1895 John F Loudon, entrepreneur/colonial director, dies at 74
  • 1906 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, dies
  • 1907 Pieter Louis Tak, writer (Chronicle), dies at 58
  • 1912 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59
  • 1921 Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (b. 1886)
  • 1923 Kate Douglas Wiggin, author (US kindergarten movement), dies at 66
  • 1939 W H Moule, cricketer (Australia v England 1880)/High Court judge, dies
  • 1940 Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
  • 1943 Ernst Ottwalt, writer, dies
  • 1943 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1950 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63

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1954 Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1956 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • 1958 Kenneth Leighton, composer, dies at 28
  • 1958 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • 1958 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
  • 1962 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • 1967 Amanda Randolph, actress (Danny Thomas, Amos n Andy), dies at 65

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1967 Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), dies at 85

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1968 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • 1972 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1973 Billy Greene, actor (Burton-One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • 1973 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)
  • 1975 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • 1976 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • 1977 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1978 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • 1979 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • 1979 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • 1980 Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • 1982 Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1983 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • 1983 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • 1985 Paul Creston [Giuseppe/Joseph Guttoveggio], US composer, dies at 78
  • 1987 Bayard Rustin, US civil rights activist, dies at 77
  • 1987 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1988 Leonard Frey, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1988 Max Shulman, author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • 1990 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (b. 1941)
  • 1990 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • 1991 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
  • 1991 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • 1991 Mike Sokoll, cowboy actor, dies at 97
  • 1992 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74
  • 1992 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1993 Professor D B Deodhar, cricketer (Ind non-Test bat o 30s), dies at 101
  • 1994 Jason McRoy, downhill MTB racer, dies at 23
  • 1994 Wijnanda MC "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Van de Reve Sr, dies at 82
  • 1995 Erich Geiringer, general Practitioner campaigner, dies at 78
  • 1995 Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • 1996 Ahmed Bahauddin, journalist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Emile Noel, international civil servant, dies at 73
  • 1996 John Christopherson, artist/collector, dies at 75
  • 1996 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer, dies at 42
  • 1997 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • 1998 E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • 1998 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • 1999 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2001 Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Kaleth Morales, Colombian Vallenato singer (b. 1984)
  • 2006 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • 2007 Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b.1943)
  • 2010 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • 2012 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76
  • 2013 Julie Harris, American actress, heart failure at 87
  • 2014 Richard Attenborough, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90
  • 2015 Justin Wilson, English Indycar driver, dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • 2016 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • 2016 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64