On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 14

  • 582 Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1040 King Duncan I of Scotland, killed in battle at ca. 39 years
  • 1167 Raynald van Dassel, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1204 Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shogun, dies at 21
  • 1390 John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier, dies at 26
  • 1433 John I, king of Portugal (1383-1433), dies at 76
  • 1573 Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)
  • 1587 Gugliemo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (1550-87), dies at 49
  • 1652 Abraham Elsevier, Dutch book publisher, dies at 60
  • 1691 Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)
  • 1704 Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)
  • 1727 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1754 Maria Anna of Austria, Archduchess of Austria and Queen consort of Portugal, dies at 70
  • 1763 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer, dies at 76
  • 1774 Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician (b. 1716)
  • 1784 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, dies at 66
  • 1785 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • 1788 Thomas Sheridan, Irish actor, biographer and lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies at approximately 69
  • 1794 George Colman the Elder, English playwright, dies at 62
  • 1833 Luigi Cagnola, architect, dies
  • 1834 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1844 Henry Francis Cary, translator (Dante), dies
  • 1852 Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), dies at 63
  • 1856 William Buckland, dean (Westminster)/geologist, dies
  • 1856 Constant Prévost, French geologist, dies at 69
  • 1858 George Combe, phrenologist, dies
  • 1860 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Colin Campbell, British officer (Cawnpore), dies at 70
  • 1867 Niccola Benvenuti, composer, dies at 84

David Farragut

1870 David Farragut, American Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), dies at 69

  • 1874 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, dies at 52
  • 1884 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1887 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38

Charles Crocker

1888 Charles Crocker, American business tycoon & railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

  • 1890 Fr. Michael J. McGivney, Irish-American Catholic priest, and founder the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization, dies of pneumonia at 38
  • 1891 Johnny Mullagh [Unaarrimin], Australian cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies at 50
  • 1891 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), dies at 87
  • 1905 Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • 1905 Simeon Solomon, English Pre-Raphaelite painter, dies at 64
  • 1913 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1922 Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1923 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, dies at 76
  • 1926 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1928 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk, Rasputin), dies at 37
  • 1936 Rainey Bethea, American murderer, hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, last US public hanging
  • 1937 Sapper, British soldier, novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), dies at 48
  • 1938 Hugh Trumble, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (32 Tests, 141 wickets; 2 x Test hat-tricks), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1938 Jim Kelly, Australian cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies at 71
  • 1938 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
  • 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • 1941 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • 1941 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), dies at 86
  • 1943 Joe Kelley, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1891-1908 (Baltimore Orioles, and 5 other teams), dies at 71
  • 1949 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • 1949 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

William Randolph Hearst

1951 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

Hugo Eckener

1954 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

  • 1955 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, dies at 66
  • 1955 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, dies at 93
  • 1956 Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • 1956 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1958 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1958 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • 1958 Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, dies at 46
  • 1958 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • 1958 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • 1960 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), dies at 87
  • 1961 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • 1961 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • 1961 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • 1962 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), dies of a heart attack at 47 [1]
  • 1963 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • 1963 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • 1964 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ('Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), drowns in nighttime boating mishap at 30
  • 1965 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet and author (Walk at Dawn), dies at 80
  • 1966 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests 1905-23, 35 wickets), dies at 85
  • 1967 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (b. 1931)
  • 1969 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, dies at 88
  • 1969 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • 1970 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Jules Romains, French novelist, playwright and poet (Men of Good Will), dies at 86
  • 1972 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1974 Raymond Budd, South African trade unionist
  • 1975 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87
  • 1977 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75
  • 1978 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, dies at 71
  • 1980 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • 1981 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • 1981 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • 1982 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor and director (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1982 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), dies at 74
  • 1983 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, dies at 89
  • 1984 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • 1984 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), dies at 55
  • 1984 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • 1985 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • 1988 Enzo Ferrari, Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • 1988 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1988 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1990 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • 1991 Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1991 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1992 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian-Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • 1992 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 91

John Sirica

1992 John Sirica, US federal judge (Watergate hearings), dies at 88

  • 1992 Marion P Ames, American advocate/activist, dies
  • 1992 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "Great Pretender"), dies at 64
  • 1994 Bill Cowley, creator (Lyke Wake Walk), dies at 78
  • 1994 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-British author (Crowds and Power) and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, dies at 89
  • 1994 Joan Harrison, English screenwriter and producer who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, They Won't Believe Me), dies at 83
  • 1994 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 67
  • 1994 Tom Greenshields, English sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1994 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • 1996 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • 1996 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • 1999 Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, American MLB baseball shortstop, 10x All-Star (Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, 1940-58), dies at of cancer 81
  • 1999 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), dies at 81
  • 2000 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2000 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2000 John Milford, American actor (Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Homefront), dies at 72
  • 2001 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), dies at 63
  • 2002 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • 2003 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • 2004 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • 2005 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • 2006 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composer, dies at 94
  • 2008 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • 2010 Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Tahar Wattar, Algerian novelist (b. 1936)
  • 2010 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2010 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), dies at 88
  • 2011 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director known as the "Elvis Presley of India" (Amaran, Brahmachari, Vidhaata), dies of chronic renal failure at 79
  • 2012 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2013 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2013 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, dies at 43
  • 2015 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • 2015 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • 2016 Philip "Fyvush" Finkel, American actor (Boston Public, Picket Fences), dies at 93
  • 2016 Hermann Kant, German writer, dies at 90
  • 2016 Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, dies at 84
  • 2018 Jill Janus, American singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43
  • 2019 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), dies at 84
  • 2019 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), dies at 94
  • 2020 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • 2020 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), dies at 71
  • 2020 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87
  • 2020 James R. Thompson, American politician, (longest serving Governor of Illinois, 1977-91), dies at 84
  • 2020 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), dies at 85
  • 2021 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, dies of complications Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2021 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), dies at 90
August 14 Highlights