Deaths in History on August 24

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Vargas, President of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer and dictator, commits suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1958 John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • 1958 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)

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

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1974 Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)
  • 1975 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • 1979 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • 1979 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD

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1987 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • 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 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • 1992 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 2007 Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • 2012 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76
  • 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
  • 2016 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • 2017 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83