Deaths in History on August 8

  • 869 Lothair II of Lotharingia (855-869) dies at about 34
  • 1506 Sesshu Toyo, Zen monk/painter, dies in Yamaguchi Japan at 86
  • 1553 Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)
  • 1555 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)
  • 1588 Alonso Sánchez Coello, Spanish painter
  • 1604 Horio Tadauji, Japanese warlord (b. 1578)
  • 1616 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet, buried at 68
  • 1631 Konstantinas Sirvydas, Lithuanian lexicographer (b. 1579)
  • 1684 George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer (b. 1622)
  • 1685 Sassoferrato, [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), dies at 75
  • 1694 Antoine Arnauld [le grand Arnauld], French lawyer/theology, dies at 82
  • 1705 Willem Roukens, mayor (Nimegen ort Nimeguen), beheaded
  • 1747 Madeleine de Verchères, New France heroine (b. 1678)
  • 1788 Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92

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1827 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, dies in office at 57

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
  • 1828 Carl Peter Thunberg, Swedish naturalist (b. 1743)
  • 1863 Angus MacAskill known as 'Giant MacAskill', circus performer (b.1825)
  • 1879 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1797)
  • 1887 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1808)
  • 1897 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • 1898 Eugène Boudin, French painter (b. 1824)
  • 1902 Jean Y Y Tissot, French painter/illustrator, dies
  • 1908 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, architect (Wiener Sezession), dies at 40
  • 1911 William P. Frye, American politician (b. 1830)
  • 1921 Juhani Aho, Fins journalist/writer (Panu, Tuomio), dies at 59
  • 1928 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • 1944 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal, hanged at 62
  • 1947 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • 1950 Ernest F E Douwes Dekker, founder National-India Party, dies
  • 1950 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
  • 1960 Danton Walker, American columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • 1961 Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83

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1965 Shirley Jackson, US author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45

  • 1965 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), dies at 89
  • 1968 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher (b. 1893)
  • 1969 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (b. 1896)
  • 1973 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (b. 1898)
  • 1974 Baldur von Schirach, German author/nazi politician, dies at 67
  • 1976 John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
  • 1979 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1980 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • 1980 Jacqueline Cochrane, US pilot/1st female faster than sound, dies at 70
  • 1980 Paul Triquet, French Canadian army officer (b. 1910)
  • 1982 Hermine Heijermans, author (Snikken en Smartlapjes), dies at 80
  • 1982 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer/producer (De Weerlozen), dies
  • 1984 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • 1987 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 1991 James B Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), dies at 61
  • 1991 John Brasser, Zaans resistance fighter (White Ko), dies
  • 1991 Magdalena G Schenk, historical (Vorstenhuizen of our time), dies
  • 1992 Abul Qassim Khoei, Iraqi great-ayatollah/leader of Sjiieten, dies
  • 1992 Alison L Gertz, US aids-activist/Esquire women of year, dies of aids
  • 1992 Eitan Berglas, Israeli banker/advisor, dies
  • 1992 Thomas J McIntyre, US, senator/writer (Fear Brokers), dies
  • 1993 Lou van Raised, impresario, dies at 77
  • 1994 Henriette Santer, clinical psychologist, dies at 62
  • 1994 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • 1994 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, dies at 64
  • 1996 Frank A Whittle, inventor of the Jet engine, dies at 89
  • 1996 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • 1996 Herbert Huncke, writer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, dies at 91
  • 1996 Nevill Francis Mott, physicist, dies at 90
  • 1998 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • 2005 Ahmed Deedat, Islamic scholar (b. 1918)
  • 2005 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Monica Sjöö, Swedish artist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • 2014 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2016 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93