Famous Deaths on August 10

  • 612 BC Sinsharishkun, Assyrian king
  • 258 Saint Lawrence, Christian martyr, burned to death
  • 794 Fastrada, 3rd wife of French King Charles the Great, dies at 30
  • 955 Conrad the Red, Duke of Lotharingen, dies in battle
  • 1002 Al-Mansur, Arabic general strategist/regent of Cordoba, dies
  • 1250 Erik IV Plovpenning, king of Denmark, murdered
  • 1535 Ippolito de' Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)
  • 1589 Maarten Schenck Nideggen, Dutch army leader, drowned at about 49
  • 1628 Hans Jonsson, Swedish fleet commander, drowned
  • 1637 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (b. 1582)
  • 1653 Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1655 Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter, dies at 50
  • 1717 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 76
  • 1723 Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1730 Sebastien de Brossard, French composer and music theorist, dies at 74
  • 1759 Ferdinand VI, the wise, king of Spain, dies at 46

  • 1784 Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter, dies at 70
  • 1802 Franz Aepinus, German physician and physicist, dies at 77
  • 1806 Michael Haydn, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • 1821 Salvatore Vigano, composer, dies at 52
  • 1839 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (b. 1758)
  • 1841 Hippolyte Monpou, composer, dies at 37
  • 1842 Captain William Hobson, first British Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1843 Jakob F. Fries, German philosopher, dies at 69
  • 1857 John Wilson Croker, politician
  • 1859 George Staunton, writer
  • 1861 Nathaniel Lyon, American Brigadier-General (Union Army), 1st Union General to die in battle at 43
  • 1862 Hon'inbō Shūsaku, Japanese professional Go player, dies at 33
  • 1867 Ira Aldridge, famed African-American Shakespearean actor (Othello, Shylock), dies at 63
  • 1875 Karl (Theodor) Andree, German journalist (Globus), dies at 66
  • 1886 Eduard Grell, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1896 Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
  • 1902 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies
  • 1904 Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau, French foreign minister (Dreyfus), dies
  • 1905 Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, E African prophet/rebel leader, hanged
  • 1911 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 70
  • 1915 Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • 1918 Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
  • 1920 Ádám Politzer, Hungarian-Austrian physician, dies at 84
  • 1921 John M Martin, last confederate congress member, dies
  • 1928 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), dies from septic poisoning at 31

  • 1929 Aletta Henriette Jacobs, 1st Dutch female doctor and feminist, dies at 75
  • 1929 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • 1932 Rin Tin Tin, American Hollywood shepherd dog (Clash of the Wolves), dies at 13
  • 1934 John Kane, Scottish/US miner/painter, dies at 73
  • 1938 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • 1943 C Bergsma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1943 J Janzen, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1943 J Posthuma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1944 Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, German aristocrat, attempted to assassinate Hitler, executed by Nazi regime at 39

Person of interestRobert H. Goddard

1945 Robert H. Goddard, American rocket pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), dies of throat cancer at 62

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1948 E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • 1948 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • 1948 Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • 1948 Montague Summers, English clergyman and writer (Malleus Maleficarum), dies at 68
  • 1958 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48
  • 1960 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • 1960 FranFrank Lloyd, Scotland, actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), dies at 74
  • 1960 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • 1962 Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • 1963 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • 1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • 1963 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • 1965 Rayford Robinson, cricketer (Test Aust v England 1937), dies
  • 1966 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • 1966 Jacobus C Bloem, poet (Cinders), dies
  • 1967 John Francis Larchet, composer, dies at 83
  • 1969 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • 1969 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • 1970 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • 1973 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1974 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • 1974 Ivor Dean, British actor (Theatre of Death), dies at 57
  • 1974 Pedro Regas, Greek stage actor (Only Angels Have Wings, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour), dies at 77
  • 1976 Bert Oldfield, cricketer (54 Tests, 52 stumpings), dies
  • 1976 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, American actor (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
  • 1977 Vince Barnett, American actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
  • 1979 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • 1979 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90
  • 1987 Calvin Culver, actor (Score), dies
  • 1987 Clara Peller, actress (Where's the Beef), dies at 86
  • 1987 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • 1987 Raquel Torres, actress (Duck Soup, Sea Bat), dies
  • 1988 Adela Rogers St John, journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
  • 1988 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), dies at 86
  • 1990 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • 1991 Josef Lipski, Polish politician, dies
  • 1993 Ken England, US screenwriter (Good Girls Go to Paris), dies at 82
  • 1993 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • 1994 Bill Baker, singer, dies at 58
  • 1994 Kay Petre, early racing driver, dies at 91
  • 1994 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao, murdered at 58
  • 1995 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), dies of complications from ovarian cancer at 76
  • 1995 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 1996 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest, dies at 78
  • 1996 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director, dies at 83
  • 1997 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • 1997 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • 1999 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • 2000 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), dies at 74
  • 2001 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)

Person of interestMichael Houser

2002 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • 2002 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, dies at 75
  • 2003 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • 2007 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • 2007 James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Adam Stansfield, Professional footballer who played for Exeter City F.C. (b. 1978)
  • 2012 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • 2012 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • 2013 Eydie Gorme, American singer, dies at 84
  • 2014 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), dies at 85
  • 2015 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • 2017 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]