Deaths in History on February 14

  • 270 St. Valentine marking Valentines Day (some sources say 269, others 273).
  • 869 Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827) Called "apostle of Slavs"
  • 1317 Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)
  • 1400 Richard II, king of England (1377-99), murdered at age 33 at Pontefract Castle

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1405 Timur/Tamerlane "Lenk", [Crippled], Turko-Mongol ruler, dies at about 68

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror
Tamerlane
  • 1528 Edzard I the Great, count of Austria-E Frisia (1494-1528), dies at 66
  • 1571 Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor/writer (Perseus), dies at 70
  • 1571 Odet de Coligny, Cardinal of Châtillon/count of Beauvais, dies at 53
  • 1676 Abraham Bosse, French engraver and artist
  • 1714 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen Consort of Spain (b. 1688)
  • 1737 Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot of Hensol, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1685)

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1779 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer, discovered and explored Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand for Britain, killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii at 50

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook

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1780 William Blackstone, English lawyer, dies at 56

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1808 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1818 John C Hespe, Dutch journalist/politician, dies at 61
  • 1820 Charles F, Duke of Berry, murdered at 42
  • 1831 Vincente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, dies
  • 1845 Joseph Lakanal, French Politician and Educator, dies at 82
  • 1846 Cornelis F van Maanen, Dutch supreme court justice, dies at 76
  • 1870 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)
  • 1881 Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • 1885 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)

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1891 William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71

  • 1894 Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (b. 1814)
  • 1916 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • 1922 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (assassinated) (b. 1880)
  • 1942 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 1943 David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert Space), dies at 81
  • 1943 Frieda Reiss, French 11 month old baby, murdered in Auschwitz
  • 1949 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • 1950 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • 1950 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • 1958 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • 1969 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • 1975 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika David], Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 87
  • 1975 Julian S Huxley, English scholar/dir-gen (UNESCO), dies at 87
  • 1975 Pelham G Wodehouse, English/US writer (Piccadilly Jim), dies at 93
  • 1979 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • 1987 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • 1989 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • 1991 Arno Breker, German sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • 1991 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • 1992 Jacob "Bob" de Uyl, journalist/author (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • 1994 Christopher Lasch, author (Culture of Narcissism), dies at 61
  • 1995 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • 1995 Patricia Highsmith, writer, dies at 74
  • 1995 Roger de Grey, English chairman of Royal Academy (1984-93), dies at 76
  • 1995 Siem Suurhoff, TV-director (Behind the News, Sonja), dies at 58
  • 1995 U Nu, PM of Burma (1948-56, 57-58, 60-62), dies at 87
  • 1996 Caroline Blackwood, writer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Eva Hart, Titanic survivor, dies at 90
  • 1996 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1999 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), dies at 93

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2003 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • 2005 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • 2015 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • 2015 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • 2015 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89