Deaths in History on August 11

  • 480 BC Leonidas, King of Sparta (b. circa 540 BC)
  • 353 Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)
  • 449 Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 897 Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona
  • 1171 Louis I, Earl of Wage/Rieneck, dies
  • 1180 Guillaume de/Willem van Sens, Fren master builder (Canterbury), dies
  • 1183 Christian I, archbishop of Mainz, dies
  • 1204 King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
  • 1253 Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194) and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares)
  • 1394 Jan III, mister of Polanen, dies
  • 1456 Janos Hunyadi, Hungarian general strategist, dies at about 49
  • 1464 Nicholas van Cusa, philosopher/bishop of Brixen, dies
  • 1490 French van Brederode, leader of Hoeksen, dies at about 25
  • 1494 Hans Memling, [John Memlinc], Flemish painter (Passietaferelen), dies
  • 1519 Johann Tetzel, Dominican monk, dies at about 79
  • 1522 Martin Siebenborger, mayor of Vienna, beheaded
  • 1578 Pedro Nunes, [Nonius], Port mathematician/astronomer (nonius), dies
  • 1589 Maarten Schenck van Nideggen, lt col (80 year war), dies at about 49
  • 1596 Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)
  • 1614 Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (b. 1552)
  • 1656 Prince Octavio Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, Austrian field marshal (b. 1599)
  • 1774 Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (b. 1722)
  • 1778 Augustus Montague Toplady, hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies
  • 1813 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), dies at 68
  • 1844 Jernej Kopitar, filmologist/censor (Slavic Grammatica), dies at 63
  • 1851 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (b. 1779)
  • 1852 Nicolaas Plomp, Dutch architect (Strugle), dies at 70
  • 1854 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (b. 1798)
  • 1860 James Wilson, politician
  • 1868 Thaddeus Stevens, architect of Radical Reconstruction, dies at 76
  • 1886 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
  • 1890 John Henry Newman, English cardinal, dies at 89
  • 1892 Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
  • 1901 Francesco Crispi, Italian minister of War/premier, dies at about 82
  • 1903 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)
  • 1908 Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)

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1919 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, dies of bronchial pneumonia at 83

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1935 William Watson, British poet (Purple East), dies
  • 1936 Blas Infante, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1937 Bakr Sidqi, general/dictator of Iraq, dies

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1937 Edith Wharton [-Jones], US Pulitzer prize-winning author (House of Mirth), dies at 75

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • 1939 Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
  • 1953 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • 1954 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)

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1956 Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)

  • 1968 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • 1972 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • 1972 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • 1975 Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), dies at 77
  • 1980 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Alfred A Knopf, US publisher, dies at 91
  • 1984 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1987 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • 1988 Pauline Lafont, daughter of Bernadette, dies in hiking accident at 25
  • 1991 Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • 1994 Gordon Cullen, architect, dies at 80
  • 1995 Douglas John Gorman, businessman, dies at 58
  • 1995 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer/restaurateur, dies at 81
  • 1996 Sigmund Koch, psychologist/philosopher, dies at 79
  • 2002 Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • 2003 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)