On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 1

Mark Antony

30 BC Mark Antony [Marcus Antonius], Roman politician and general, commits suicide after he is defeated by Octavian at the Battle of Actium at 53

  • 371 St Eusebius of Vercelli, Italian bishop (b. c. 283)
  • 527 Justin I, Byzantine emperor (518-27), dies (b. c. 450)
  • 1137 Louis VI, "the Fat One," King of France, dies (1108-37)
  • 1190 Floris III, Count of Holland, dies
  • 1227 Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179)
  • 1402 Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England, dies at 61
  • 1457 Laurentius Valla, Italian philosopher (Voluptate), dies at about 50

Cosimo de Medici

1464 cosimo de' Medici, Italian banker and de facto ruler of Florence, dies at 74

  • 1541 Simon Grynaeus, German theologian (b. 1493)
  • 1546 Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (co-founder of Society of Jesus), dies at 39
  • 1557 Olaus Magnus, Swedish writer (b. 1490)
  • 1580 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (b. 1524)
  • 1589 Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)
  • 1628 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • 1630 Federico Cesi, Italian naturalist and founder of the first modern scientific society, the Accademia dei Lincei, dies at 45
  • 1667 Paul Foot, lawyer/historian, dies at 48
  • 1708 Edward Tyson, British Physician and father of comparative anatomy (The Anatomy of a Pygmy, 1698), dies at 57

Anne Stuart

1714 Anne Stuart, Queen of England (1702-14), dies at about 49

  • 1743 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright, dies at about 46
  • 1787 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, dies at 90
  • 1796 Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • 1798 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • 1805 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1812 Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1813 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, dies at 60
  • 1821 Elizabeth Inchbald [Simpson], English actress and author (Lovers' Vows, Lady Abbess), dies at 68
  • 1834 Robert Morrison, missionary in China/translated bible, dies
  • 1837 Walter Geikie, Scottish painter, dies at 41
  • 1846 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1851 William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1857 Charles Turner, engraver, dies
  • 1866 John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies at 75
  • 1882 Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet (Bell Birds), dies of tuberculosis at 43
  • 1883 Karl Wilhelm Dindorf, classic scholar, dies
  • 1884 Heinrich Laube, writer, dies
  • 1887 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • 1892 George Baird Hodge, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 64
  • 1895 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (Geschichte des ersten Kreuzzugs), dies at 77
  • 1896 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • 1902 Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies

Calamity Jane

1903 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, dies at 51

  • 1911 Konrad Duden, German linguist (Das, grosse Duden Lexicon), dies
  • 1916 Claude Newberry, South African cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies
  • 1917 Frank Little, American labor organizer (lynched) (b. 1879)
  • 1918 John Riley Banister, American law officer and cowboy, dies at 64
  • 1920 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, early Indian nationalist leader, dies at 64
  • 1922 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech music writer, composer, and libretti translator, dies at 72
  • 1925 John Pieter Veth, painter/lithographer/etcher/writer, dies at 61
  • 1926 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, dies at 62
  • 1929 Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian captain pre-WWI), dies at 59
  • 1932 Arnold Fothergill, cricketer (8 wickets in 2 Tests for Eng 1889), dies
  • 1934 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, dies at 79
  • 1935 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), dies at 71
  • 1943 Ismar Elbogen, German/US learned/rabbi (Jewish Lexicon), dies at 68

Manuel L. Quezon

1944 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of Philippines (1935-42), dies of tuberculosis at 65

  • 1946 Andrei Vlasov, Russian general (Red Army, Wehrmacht) executed at 45
  • 1954 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • 1957 Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
  • 1962 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62
  • 1963 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Praise to the end!), dies at 55
  • 1965 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1966 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1966 Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • 1970 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1970 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), dies at 86
  • 1971 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open, 1911-12), dies of heart failure at 79 [1]
  • 1973 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • 1973 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80
  • 1974 Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1975 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68

Francis Gary Powers

1977 Francis Gary Powers, American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, dies in a helicopter crash at 47

Strother Martin

1980 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • 1980 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1981 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • 1981 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
  • 1981 (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayevsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • 1983 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), dies at 65
  • 1985 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • 1986 Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
  • 1986 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1987 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • 1987 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • 1988 Florence Eldridge [McKechnie], American Broadway stage and screen actress (Long Day's Journey Into Night; The Swan; Inherit The Wind), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1988 John Dearden, American cardinal (1969-88) and archbishop of Detroit, dies at 80
  • 1989 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1990 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
  • 1991 Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
  • 1992 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1992 Kenny Sacha, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer film), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1992 Stanley Dudek, US platform diver (watershows), dies
  • 1992 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), dies at 76
  • 1993 Alfred Manessier, French painter (glass-in-lead), dies in car crash at 81
  • 1993 Anatoli Koretski, Russian major general, murdered
  • 1993 Ewing Kaufman, founder/owner (KC Royals), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 1993 Lea Verschuuren-Smulders, Dut author (Kleutertje Luister), dies at 72
  • 1993 Viktor Polyanitshko, governor of Kaukasus, murdered
  • 1994 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994 Gerard van de Groenekan, furniture maker/designer, dies at 90
  • 1995 Loudi Nijhoff, Dutch actress (Alicia, Van Geluk Gesproken), dies
  • 1995 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1996 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996 Mohamed Farrah Aidid, President (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • 1996 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran, dies at 58
  • 1996 Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
  • 1996 Frida Boccara, French singer, dies at 55
  • 1996 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • 1997 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • 1997 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • 1998 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • 1999 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • 2000 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), dies at 72
  • 2001 Korey Stringer, American NFL football tackle, 1995-2000 (Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from heat stroke at 27
  • 2003 Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • 2005 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), dies at 84
  • 2005 Constant [Nieuwenhuys], Dutch painter (Uprising of Homo Ludens), and sculptor, dies at 85
  • 2005 WiBo, Dutch cartoonist, dies at 87
  • 2006 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • 2006 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), dies at 81
  • 2006 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), dies at 61
  • 2010 Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican nationalist (b. 1919)
  • 2010 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby, cricket representative (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), dies at 99
  • 2010 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, dies at 100
  • 2012 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2013 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), dies from heart and lung disease at 82
  • 2015 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • 2016 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87
  • 2016 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], wife of Michael I King of Romania, dies at 92
  • 2017 Goldy McJohn, [John Goadsby] Canadian rock organist (Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"; "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at 72
  • 2019 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), dies at 94
  • 2020 Rodney H. Pardey, American poker player (2 x World Series of Poker C'ships; World Series of Poker Bracelets 1991, 94), dies of stroke complications at 75
  • 2020 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 53
  • 2020 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), dies at 87
  • 2020 Stan Mellor MBE, English National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), dies at 83
  • 2020 Wilford Brimley, American actor Our House, Cocoon), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2021 Ian Thomson, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 9 wickets; Sussex), dies at 92
  • 2021 David A. Gall, Canadian thoroughbred Hall of Fame jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1979, 81; first to ride 8 winners on single US race card), dies at 79
August 1 Highlights