On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 22

ExecutionStilicho

408 Flavius Stilicho, West Roman field leader (395-408), executed at 48

  • 634 Abd Allah Abu Bekr, Arabic merchant/1st kalief of Islam, dies
  • 1155 Konoe, Emperor of Japan (b. 1139)
  • 1188 Ferdinand II, King of León and Galicia (1157-1188), dies at 51
  • 1241 Gregory IX [Ugolino di Segni], Italian Pope, dies
  • 1280 Nicholas III [Giovanni Gaetano Orsini], Italian Pope (1277-80), dies
  • 1286 Erik V Klipping, king of Denmark, murdered
  • 1304 John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1350 Philip VI, of Valois, King of France (1328-50), dies at about 57
  • 1358 Isabella, Queen of England (b. circa 1295)
  • 1367 Egidius AC Albornor, Spanish archbishop of Toledo, dies at about 57

Richard III

1485 Richard III, King of England (1483-85), killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field at 32

  • 1532 William Warham, English archbishop of Canterbury (1502-32), dies at 82
  • 1553 John Dudley, English Lord Admiral/premier (1551-53), beheaded
  • 1572 Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
  • 1584 Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 1599 Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c. 1553)
  • 1607 Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • 1609 Maharal of Prague, Jewish mystic and philosopher (b. 1525)
  • 1652 Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (1st Governor-General of Swedish Livonia), dies at 69
  • 1680 Johann Georg II, Elector of Saxony (1656-80), dies at 67
  • 1701 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman, dies at 72
  • 1711 Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French marshal (b. 1644)
  • 1752 William Whiston, English Anglican priest and mathematician, dies at 84
  • 1755 Caspar Burman, Dutch historian and Mayor of Utrecht, dies at 59
  • 1773 George Lyttelton, English writer and politician (b. 1709)
  • 1793 Louis de Noailles, Marshal of France, dies at 80
  • 1797 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, dies at 73
  • 1801 Pieter G van Overstraten, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 46
  • 1806 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), dies at 74
  • 1807 Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, dies at 71
  • 1818 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), dies at 85
  • 1828 Franz Joseph Gall, German-French physician (phrenology), dies at 70
  • 1831 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1850 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), dies at 48
  • 1861 Xianfeng, Emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, dies at 30
  • 1862 Henry Bohlen, German/US brigadier general (Union), dies in battle at 51
  • 1866 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies
  • 1874 Sydney Thompson Dobell, English poet, dies at 50
  • 1878 Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain (1829-33), dies at 72
  • 1879 Friedrich August Kummer, German cellist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • 1886 Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
  • 1889 John Sanger, British circus entrepreneur, dies (b. 1816)
  • 1890 Vasile Alecsandri, Romanian foreign minister, diplomat and poet, dies at 69
  • 1891 Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)
  • 1893 Ernst II, Duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, dies at 75
  • 1901 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, dies at 83

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil

1903 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), dies at 73

  • 1904 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, American writer, dies at 54
  • 1910 [Joey] George Palmer, Australian cricketer (17 Tests for Aust 1880-86, 78 wickets), dies
  • 1914 Léon Amédée François Raffenel, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies during Battle of Rossignol at 58
  • 1914 Rondony, French general (3rd Colonial Div, WWI), dies during Battle of Rossignol at 58
  • 1914 Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi Italian religious figure
  • 1918 Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
  • 1920 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60

Michael Collins

1922 Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary leader and leading figure in the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century, killed in ambush by anti-treaty forces during the Irish Civil War at 31

  • 1926 Charles William Eliot, American University president (Harvard, 1869-1909), dies at 92
  • 1929 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WWI), dies at 74
  • 1933 Adolf Loos, Austria architect (building of houses), dies at 62
  • 1936 Juliette Adam, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue) and feminist, dies at 99
  • 1937 David C Salas, Antillian writer (Josephina), dies
  • 1940 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, dies at 89
  • 1942 Henry Eichheim, American violinist, composer, organologist, and ethno-musicologist dies at 72
  • 1942 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • 1944 Raymond Aimos, actor (Golem, Mayerling, La Bandera), dies at 55
  • 1945 Ida Henrietta Hyde, American physiologist who invented the micro-electrode and the first woman allowed to do research at Harvard Medical School and to be elected to the American Physiology Society, dies at 87
  • 1950 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • 1951 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • 1952 Hiranuma Kiichirō, 24th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 84
  • 1953 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1958 Roger Martin du Gard, French novelist (Nobel Prize for Literature 1937), dies at 77
  • 1960 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1963 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies
  • 1965 Henriette de Vreker-Verschuur, Dtch Flemish actress (Revolt in Mental Home), dies
  • 1965 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), dies in a horse riding accident at 60
  • 1966 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1967 Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American endocrinologist (b. 1903)
  • 1970 Richard Frank Donovan, American organist, teacher, and composer (Smoek and Steel; Wood-Notes), dies at 78
  • 1970 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • 1973 Louise Huff, American actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
  • 1974 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1976 Juscelino Kubitschek, President of Brazil (1955-60), dies at 73
  • 1976 Oskar Brusewitz, East German vicar, sets himself on fire in protest of repression of religion at 47
  • 1976 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63
  • 1977 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet; Family Affair - "Mr. French", Time Machine), dies at 59
  • 1978 Ignazio Silone, Italian novelist (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Jomo Kenyatta

1978 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

  • 1979 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • 1979 James T. Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • 1979 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1980 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81
  • 1980 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), dies at 89
  • 1984 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1985 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71
  • 1985 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • 1985 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • 1989 Huey P. Newton, African-American activist, revolutionary and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, shot and murdered by Tyrone Robinson in the streets of Lower Bottoms, Oakland, California at 47
  • 1989 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 1989 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • 1989 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 1990 Merlin Marston, American actor (Blue Sky), dies of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 46
  • 1990 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • 1991 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • 1991 Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian-American actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1992 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), dies at 78
  • 1993 Don Getz, American filmmaker (Playpoint), dies at 50
  • 1993 Kasdi Merbah, Prime Minister of Algeria (1988-89), assassinated
  • 1994 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), dies at 80
  • 1994 Tom Quirke, journalist, dies at 42
  • 1995 Jose Antonio Giron, Spanish politician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • 1996 David Donaldson, Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, dies at 80
  • 1996 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), dies at 77
  • 1996 William James Millar Mackenzie, Scottish political scientist, dies at 87
  • 1997 Mary Louise Smith, American political organizer, 1st female chair of the Republican party, dies at 82
  • 2001 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • 2003 Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Imperio Argentina [María Magdalena Nile], Argentinian-Spanish singer and actress, dies at 92
  • 2004 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2004 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • 2004 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • 2006 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"') dies of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 55
  • 2008 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • 2009 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85
  • 2010 Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Jack Layton, Canadian politician, dies at 61
  • 2011 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "Jailhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), dies at 78
  • 2011 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • 2011 Vicco von Bülow [Loriot], German comedian, cartoonist and film director (Unsere Besten), dies at 87
  • 2012 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • 2013 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, dies at 62
  • 2015 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • 2015 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • 2015 Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C'ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), dies at 52
  • 2016 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player, guitarist, whistler, and composer, dies at 94
  • 2016 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92
  • 2016 Roberto Cassan, Italian-American jazz and folk accordionist, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2017 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • 2017 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2018 Ed King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock; Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2019 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), dies of dementia at 89
  • 2020 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), dies from a stroke at 81
  • 2021 Rod Gilbert, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right-wing, 1960-78 (NY Rangers; first NYR to have # retired), dies at 80
  • 2021 Alberto Bica, Uruguayan soccer right winger (9 caps; Racing, River Plate, Nacional Montevideo), dies from leukemia at 63
  • 2021 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2021 Micki Grant [Minnie Perkins], American theater singer, actress, and composer (Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God), dies at 92
August 22 Highlights