Deaths in History on August 26

  • 1278 Ottokar II, King of Bohemia (1253-78), dies in battle
  • 1346 Jan de Blinde, King of Bohemia/count of Luxemburg, dies in battle
  • 1346 Charles II of Alençon, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1297)
  • 1346 Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1320)
  • 1349 Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1368 Engelbrecht van der Mark, prince-Bishop of Luik (1345-64), dies
  • 1486 Ernst I, ruler of Saxon (1464-86), dies at 45
  • 1518 Giberto X, Italian mister of Correggio/husband of Veronica Gambara
  • 1551 Margareta Leijonhufvud, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1516)
  • 1572 Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1595 Antonio, Prior of Crato, claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1531)
  • 1616 Johan van de Veeken, merchant/co-founder (VOC), dies at 66
  • 1666 Frans Hals, Dutch painter (b. circa 1580)
  • 1714 Edward Fowler, English Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1632)
  • 1723 Thonis van Leeuwenhoek, biologist/inventor (microscope), dies at 90
  • 1770 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright/poet, dies at 42
  • 1785 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)
  • 1795 Alessandro Cagliostro [Giuseppe Balsamo], Italian adventurer and magician (Prince of Quacks), dies while serving a life imprisonment for being a freemason in Castel Sant'Angelo at 52
  • 1813 Karl Theodor Korner, German poet (Vetter aus Bremen), dies at 21
  • 1863 John Buchanan Floyd, US min of War (1857-60)/Confederate general, dies
  • 1865 Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73
  • 1865 Marcellus Monroe Crocker, US attorney/Union brigadier general, dies at 35
  • 1869 Henri Leys, Flemish painter, dies at 54
  • 1894 PPH van Ham, general-major, dies in battle on Lombok
  • 1894 Te Wherowhero Tāwhia, Second Māori King and leader of the Waikato tribes in New Zealand, dies at 71 or 72
  • 1908 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (b. 1837)

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1910 William James, American psychologist and philosopher (Pragmatism), dies at 68

Father of American psychology William James
Father of American psychology
William James
  • 1921 Ludwig Thoma, writer, dies
  • 1921 Matthias Erzberger, German min of Finance, murdered at 45
  • 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies

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1937 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), dies at 82

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1944 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (b. 1909)
  • 1945 Franz Werfel, Czech/German/US poet/writer (Mirror Man), dies at 54
  • 1949 Nico van Suchtelen, publisher, dies at 70
  • 1956 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, dies at 75
  • 1957 Umberto Saba, Italian writer, dies at 74
  • 1972 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63

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1974 Charles Lindbergh, US aviator, dies at 72

  • 1975 Cullen Landis, entertainer, dies at 80
  • 1977 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • 1979 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • 1980 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (ACLU), dies at 97
  • 1985 Pieter "Piet" Jongeling, Dutch politician and author (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • 1986 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • 1988 Paul Francis Lloyd, entertainer, dies
  • 1989 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • 1989 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • 1990 Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Bob the Moor, Flemish comic strip artist (Kuifje), dies
  • 1992 Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected murderer (b. 1933)
  • 1995 David James Moore, educationalist, dies at 62
  • 1995 Evelyn Wood, speed reading guru, dies at 86
  • 1995 John Costello, historian, dies at 52
  • 1995 Omukama Patrick D Matthew Olimi Kaboyo II, king of Toro, dies at 49
  • 1996 Alejandro Lanusse, army officer/politician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Baron Baker, activist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Catherine Mary Hall, nurse, dies at 73
  • 1998 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • 2000 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Robert Denning, American interior designer (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • 2011 George Band, British mountaineer (b. 1929)
  • 2011 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)