Famous Deaths on August 19

Person of interestAugustus Caesar

14 Augustus Caesar [Gaius Octavius], First Roman Emperor (27BC-14AD), dies at 75

Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
  • 472 Ricimer, Barbaars general, dies
  • 1186 Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1158)
  • 1245 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence (b. 1195)
  • 1284 Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England (b. 1273)
  • 1297 Saint Louis of Toulouse, French Catholic bishop (b. 1274)
  • 1493 Frederick III of Innsbruck, German Emperor (1440-1493), dies at 77
  • 1580 Andrea Palladio, architect/writer (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, ruler of Turkey, dies
  • 1646 Alexander Henderson, Scottish theologian
  • 1650 Abraham de Verwer, painter, buried at about 55
  • 1654 Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, rabbi/author (Tosefot Yom Tov), dies

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

1662 laise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), dies of a stomach tumor at 39

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1680 Jean Eudes, French catholic priest, founder of the Eudists (b. 1601)
  • 1691 Mustafa Koprulu, Turkish grand vizer, dies in battle
  • 1699 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, dies at 69

  • 1719 Karl H Freiherr von Canstein, German lawyer, dies at 52
  • 1744 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1753 [Johann] Balthasar Neumann, German architect, dies at 66
  • 1765 Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Swedish Chemist who discovered nickel and tungsten, dies at 42
  • 1780 Bernhard Haltenberger, composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Vincenzo Righini, composer, dies at 56
  • 1813 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer, dies at 54
  • 1813 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer, dies at 61
  • 1822 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer, dies at 62

Person of interestJean Baptiste Joseph Delambre

1822 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer, dies at 72

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • 1838 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • 1851 Gioseffo Catrufo, composer, dies at 80
  • 1856 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist, dies at 39
  • 1872 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1876 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • 1881 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, dies at 79
  • 1883 Jeremiah S. Black, American statesman (b. 1810)
  • 1887 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
  • 1888 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • 1889 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (Contes cruels), dies at 60
  • 1892 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1895 John Wesley Hardin, American gunfighter (b. 1853)
  • 1896 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist, dies at 76
  • 1900 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67

  • 1909 Rembt THPLA of Boneval Faure, lawyer/1st-Member of parliament, dies
  • 1912 Alfonse Hasselmans, composer, dies at 67
  • 1914 Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1844)
  • 1922 Felipe Pedrell, composer, dies at 81
  • 1923 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • 1929 Sergei P Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
  • 1931 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • 1936 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet/composer, murdered at 37 or 38
  • 1939 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 70
  • 1944 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing, My Life of Music), dies following an illness at 75
  • 1944 Gunther von Kluge, German field marshal, commits suicide, dies at 62
  • 1945 Tomas Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (founder of Villa Lo Burgos), dies at 69
  • 1947 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • 1950 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • 1954 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), dies at 73
  • 1957 David Bomberg, English painter (b. 1890)
  • 1957 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • 1959 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
  • 1960 Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1962 Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • 1963 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, dies at 84
  • 1967 Isaac Deutscher, Polish-English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography), dies at 60
  • 1967 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), dies at 83
  • 1968 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • 1968 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • 1970 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, dies at 60
  • 1971 Walther Victor, writer, dies
  • 1974 Rodger Davies, United States ambassador to Cyprus, murdered at 53 by Greek Cypriot gunmen during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia
  • 1975 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1975 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1976 Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75
  • 1976 Jeno Kenessey, composer, dies at 70
  • 1976 Ken Wadsworth, cricketer (Exciting NZ keeper), dies of cancer at 29

Person of interestGroucho Marx

1977 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), dies at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1979 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • 1980 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • 1981 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • 1982 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude), dies at 79
  • 1986 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), dies at 81
  • 1986 Lorenzo Tucker, actor (Black King), dies
  • 1987 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • 1990 Ben Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, children's book writer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • 1992 Feliks Arons, Dutch director/actor (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 48
  • 1992 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron, dies of a brain tumor at 80
  • 1993 Jean King, actress (Night Hasa a Thousand Eyes), dies at 76
  • 1993 Lucinda Ballard, US costume designer/wife of Howard Dietz, dies at 90
  • 1993 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), dies at 64
  • 1994 John George Hughes, British academic and 9th bishop of Kensington (1987-1994), dies at 59

Person of interestLinus Pauling

1994 Linus Pauling, Nobel prize scientist (Vitamin C advocate), dies at 93

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 1994 Nancy Keene Lancaster, US/British architect (Binnen House), dies at 96
  • 1994 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • 1994 Walter Bartley, biochemist, dies at 78
  • 1994 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70
  • 1995 Danny Arnold, British TV producer, dies at 70
  • 1995 Pierre Schaeffer, composer/radio innovator, dies at 85
  • 2000 Antonio Pugliese, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1941)
  • 2000 Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (birth date unknown)
  • 2001 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • 2001 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), dies at 55
  • 2008 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59
  • 2008 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • 2009 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (Three Sad Tigers), dies at 70
  • 2012 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
  • 2013 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), dies of adrenal cancer at 90
  • 2016 Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 80
  • 2016 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • 2016 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • 2017 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 2017 Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • 2017 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100