Deaths in History on February 29

  • 468 Pope St. Hilarius (461-468), calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1528 Patrick Hamilton, Scottish protestant martyr, burned at stake
  • 1604 John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (1583-1604), dies at about 74
  • 1740 Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (b. 1667)
  • 1744 John Theophilus Desaguliers, French philosopher (b. 1683)
  • 1820 Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (b. 1743)
  • 1852 John Landseer, printer/engraver (Royal Academy), dies
  • 1868 Ludwig/Louis I, King of Bavaria, dies at 81
  • 1880 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
  • 1908 Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger
  • 1908 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
  • 1928 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • 1928 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
  • 1928 Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)
  • 1940 Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
  • 1944 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)

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1956 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino

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1960 Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • 1964 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist/paleontologist, dies at 74
  • 1968 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • 1980 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • 1980 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • 1992 Earl Scheib, CEO (Earl Scheib Auto Paint), dies at 85
  • 1992 Ruth Pitter, English poet (b. 1897)
  • 1996 Duncan Stuart Wilson Fighter pilot-MacDonald, dies at 83
  • 1996 Joe Minogue, journalist, dies at 72
  • 1996 John Grant, rear-admiral, dies at 87
  • 2000 Dennis Danell, American artist (b. 1961)
  • 2004 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)