Deaths in History on May 26

  • 604 Augustinus van Canterbury, bishop/apostle of England, dies (or 605)
  • 735 Bede (Beda Venerabilis), English historian and monk, (b. circa 672 or 673)
  • 818 Ali ar-Rida, Shia Imam (b. 766)
  • 1055 Margrave Adalbert of Austria
  • 1421 Mehmed I, Ottoman Sultan (1413-21). B. 1389.
  • 1512 Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan (1481-1512) dies at 62
  • 1595 Philippus Nerius, [Filippo Neri], Italian merchant/saint, dies at 79
  • 1609 Cornelis Claesz, mapmaker, buried
  • 1648 Vincent Voiture, French poet (b. 1597)
  • 1653 Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1679 Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • 1685 Charles II, Elector Palatine (b. 1651)
  • 1742 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina, diplomat (b. 1672)
  • 1753 Willem Maurits, earl of Nassau/gov of Zeeuws-Flanders, dies
  • 1762 Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, German philosopher (b. 1714)
  • 1799 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • 1818 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Russian fieldmarshal/War Minister, dies
  • 1824 Capel Lofft, English writer (b. 1751)
  • 1831 Georg Hermes, German philosopher/theologist (Hermenianen), dies
  • 1831 Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)
  • 1840 Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)
  • 1864 Charles Sealsfield, Austrian-American writer, dies at 71
  • 1868 Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, last British public execution
  • 1876 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian/MP, dies at 77
  • 1880 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • 1881 Jakob Bernays, German philologist (b. 1824)
  • 1883 Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian leader, scholar and national hero (b.1808)
  • 1883 Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)
  • 1902 Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)
  • 1904 Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (b. 1857)
  • 1905 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies
  • 1907 Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)
  • 1908 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • 1926 S V Petlura, Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard
  • 1933 Horatio Bottomley, British financier and politician (b. 1860)
  • 1938 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81
  • 1939 Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • 1939 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • 1943 Edsel Ford, owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49
  • 1946 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, monarch of Waldeck, dies
  • 1948 Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • 1951 Lincoln Ellsworth, Arctic explorer, dies at 71
  • 1952 Damaso Alonso, Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55
  • 1954 Franz Pfemfert, writer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • 1969 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • 1969 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • 1973 Jacques Lipchitz, US cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1974 Kitty Gordon, entertainer, dies at 96
  • 1976 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86
  • 1976 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • 1991 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • 1993 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • 1994 George Wildman Ball, under minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • 1996 Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76
  • 1997 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • 1998 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • 1999 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  • 2001 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • 2003 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Édouard Michelin, CEO of tire manufacturer Michelin (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Christopher Moran, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • 2013 Jack Vance, American science fiction author, dies at 96