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Famous Deaths on August 19

Person of interestAugustus Caesar

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

Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
  • 472 Ricimer, Germanic Roman general (kingmaker in the Western Roman Empire), 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 [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia and Moldovia (Romanian national hero), assassinated at 42 or 43
  • 1646 Alexander Henderson, Scottish theologian
  • 1650 Abraham de Verwer, Dutch painter, buried at about 55
  • 1654 Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, Bohemian rabbi and scholar (Tosefot Yom Tov), dies (b. c. 1579)
  • 1657 Frans Snyders, Flemish painter of animals, dies at 77

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

1662 Blaise 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, dies at 78
  • 1691 Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Turkish grand vizer, dies in the Battle of Slankamen (b. 1637)
  • 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 Balthasar Neumann, German Baroque architect (Würzburg Residence), dies at 66
  • 1765 Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Swedish Chemist who discovered nickel and tungsten, dies at 42
  • 1780 Bernhard Haltenberger, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Vincenzo Righini, Italian composer and singer, dies at 56
  • 1813 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1813 Josef Blazej Smrcek, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1822 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, Spanish composer (Santiago de Compostela cathedral), dies at 62
  • 1838 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • 1851 Gioseffo Catrufo, Italian 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 (US Attorney General 1857-60, US Secretary of State 1860-61), dies at 73
  • 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 outlaw and gunfighter (claimed to have killed 27 men), shot dead in a saloon at 42
  • 1896 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist, dies at 76
  • 1900 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1909 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander of Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and Member of parliament, dies at 83
  • 1912 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67
  • 1914 Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus, dies at 69
  • 1922 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, 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 and 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, Dutch chemist and psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • 1950 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), dies at 78
  • 1954 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), dies at 73
  • 1957 David Bomberg, English painter, dies at 66
  • 1957 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • 1959 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78

Person of interestClaude Grahame-White

1959 Claude Grahame-White, English aviation pioneer who was the 1st to make a night flight, dies at 79

Aviation Pioneer Claude Grahame-White
Aviation Pioneer
Claude Grahame-White
  • 1960 Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1962 Kerstin Hesselgren, Swedish politician, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • 1963 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • 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 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), dies at 80
  • 1971 Walther Victor, German writer, dies at 76
  • 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, Greek-American wrestler, dies at 81
  • 1975 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1975 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), dies from injuries suffered in a crash during a practice run in Graz, Austria at 38
  • 1976 Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75
  • 1976 Jeno Kenessey, Hungarian conductor and composer, dies at 70
  • 1976 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, 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), and songwriter ("It's Late"), dies of a heart attack 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)
  • 1983 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), dies at 73
  • 1986 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck; Maude), dies at 79
  • 1986 Lorenzo Tucker 'the Black Valentino', American actor (Black King), dies at 79
  • 1987 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • 1990 Anna Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, Dutch children's book writer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader ("(Themes from) The Man with the Golden Arm"; Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • 1992 Feliks Arons, Dutch director and 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
  • 1992 Norvel Lee, American boxer (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • 1993 Jean King, American actress (Night Has 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, American chemist, engineer and peace activist (1954 Nobel prize for Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), dies at 93

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 1994 Nancy Lancaster, American British decorator (Colefax and Fowler), dies at 96
  • 1994 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • 1994 Walter Bartley, English biochemist, dies at 78
  • 1994 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70
  • 1995 Danny Arnold, British TV producer, dies at 70
  • 1995 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), dies at 70
  • 1997 Petr Novák, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • 1998 Vasili Arkhipov, Soviet Russian Navy submarine officer credited with successfully arguing against a Soviet nuclear strike during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, dies at 72
  • 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 southern soul singer and pianist ("Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)"), dies at 61
  • 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 - "Too Much"), dies from injuries sustained in a farm vehicle accident at 46
  • 2008 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76
  • 2009 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Michael Been, American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter (The Call - "Let the Day Begin"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 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
  • 2013 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), dies at 79
  • 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 pop singer ("Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, dies at 100
  • 2019 Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), dies at 83
  • 2019 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2020 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), dies at 92
  • 2021 Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), dies from dementia at 79
August 19 Highlights