Famous Deaths on February 26

  • 1076 Godfried III, with the Hump, duke of Neth-Lutherian, murdered
  • 1154 Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
  • 1200 Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint
  • 1266 Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies at the Battle of Benevento
  • 1324 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies
  • 1360 Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)
  • 1538 Worp van Thabor, Frisian abbott of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), dies
  • 1552 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1561 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1577 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of lethal arsenic poisoning at 43
  • 1608 John Still, English bishop
  • 1630 William Brade, composer, dies
  • 1686 Godefroi L Comte d'Estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1726 Maximilian II M Emanuel, elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • 1766 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, composer, dies at 30
  • 1770 Francois Hanot, composer, dies at 72
  • 1770 Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer/violinist, dies at 77
  • 1802 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1810 Johann Ernst Rembt, composer, dies at 60

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1813 Robert R. Livingston, US diplomat (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66

American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston
American Founding Father
Robert R. Livingston
  • 1815 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1821 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1823 John P Kemble, English actor/director (Covent Garden), dies at 66
  • 1827 David Moritz Michael, composer, dies at 75
  • 1857 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer, dies at 88
  • 1859 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer, dies at 64
  • 1864 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (b. 1807)
  • 1870 Wyatt Outlaw, African American leader of Union League in NC, lynched
  • 1871 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1883 Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1889 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1901 Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
  • 1901 Hsu Cheng-yu, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
  • 1903 Richard J Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
  • 1906 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, composer, dies at 70
  • 1913 Felix Draeseke, composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 Ludwig Rubiner, writer, dies at 38
  • 1921 Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • 1926 Frederik Pijper, Dut vicar/church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
  • 1926 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1930 Raffaele Merry del Val, Spanish Cardinal, dies at 64
  • 1931 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • 1933 Antonio Nicolau, Spanish composer/conductor, dies at 74
  • 1933 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1941 Jan Keizer, Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • 1943 Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • 1947 Ben Webster, actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • 1947 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
  • 1950 Harry Lauder (Maclennan), Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
  • 1953 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1954 William R Inge, English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93
  • 1956 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72
  • 1960 Aleksandar Belic, Swedish linguist, dies at 83
  • 1961 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • 1961 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • 1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1963 Artturi A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74

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1965 Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, dies from gunshot wounds at 26

Civil Rights Protestor Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Protestor
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • 1966 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • 1967 Harry McNaughton, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
  • 1968 Eric Feldary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • 1969 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1969 Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • 1970 Ethel Leginska, composer, dies at 83
  • 1971 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • 1971 Fernandel, [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
  • 1971 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1971 Joseph Desire Fernandel, comedian, dies of cancer at 67
  • 1971 Tullio Carminati, actor (Roman Holiday, Moulin Rouge), dies at 76
  • 1972 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • 1973 Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • 1977 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, American blues guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1977 Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
  • 1977 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1981 FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79

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1981 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1981 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • 1981 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1990 Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • 1990 Leslie Ames, cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
  • 1990 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • 1990 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • 1991 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1992 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch 6-day cyclist known as the "Crazy Cyclist", dies at 76
  • 1992 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1992 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-R-California), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1993 Constance Ford, US actress (Another World, Burden Hunt), dies at 69
  • 1993 Fletcher Knebel, author (7 Days in May), commits suicide at 81
  • 1993 Mark Kolthoff, Dutch painter/photographer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
  • 1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
  • 1994 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
  • 1996 Audrey Angers, charity pioneer
  • 1996 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • 1997 David Doyle, actor (Charlie's Angels), dies at 67
  • 1997 Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82
  • 1998 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • 2000 George L. Street III American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient.(b. 1913)
  • 2001 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2002 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • 2008 Dick Fletcher, Meteorologist (b.1942)
  • 2008 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2009 Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2011 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2014 Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59

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2015 Earl Lloyd, 1st American American to play basketball in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2015 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2016 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83