On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 23

  • 93 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, dies at 53
  • 634 Aboe Bekr Abd Allah [al-Siddik], friend/successor of Mohammed and Caliph, dies
  • 1106 Magnus, Duke of Saxony
  • 1176 Emperor Rokujo of Japan (b. 1164)

ExecutionWilliam Wallace

1305 Scottish patriot William Wallace is hanged, disemboweled and beheaded at Smithfield, London

  • 1328 Nicolaas Zannekin, leader of rebel Flemish farmers, dies in battle
  • 1387 King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
  • 1507 Jean Molinet, Burgundy historian (Chroniques), dies at about 72
  • 1519 Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot
  • 1540 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • 1591 Luis de Leon, Spanish scholar and poet, dies at 64
  • 1618 Gerbrant A Bredero, poet/playwright (Moortje), dies at 33

AssassinationGeorge Villiers

1628 George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and English courtier who was a favorite of King James I, assassinated by army officer John Felton at 35

  • 1652 John Byron, 1st Baron Byron, English royalist politician (b. 1600)
  • 1668 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), dies at 58
  • 1706 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1723 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister, dies at 84
  • 1777 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer (Nitocri), dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Schröter, German singer. and composer, dies at 51
  • 1806 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • 1813 Alexander Wilson, Scottish ornithologist and naturalist, dies at 47
  • 1819 Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie),, dies on 34th birthday
  • 1825 Amos Bull, American hymn composer, dies at 81
  • 1831 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, French violinist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1853 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1867 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  • 1878 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Swedish lieder and classical composer, dies at 77
  • 1884 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), dies at 67
  • 1892 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • 1898 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1903 Paul Gabriël, Dutch water colors painter and etcher, dies at 75
  • 1914 Felix Fivet, Belgian baby, executed by German troops at 3 weeks
  • 1914 George Ambrose Pogson, British consul in Hamburg (1880-1914), dies

Rudolph Valentino

1926 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), dies of a relapse of pleuritis in NY at 31

  • 1927 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Massachusetts
  • 1927 Therese Zamara, Austrian harpist and music teacher, dies at 71
  • 1929 Charles Van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God on Sea), dies
  • 1933 Adolph Loos, Austrian architect, dies at 62
  • 1937 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), dies at 68
  • 1939 Sidney Coe Howard, American playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • 1941 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • 1943 Johann Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1944 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Ukrainian composer, dies at 63
  • 1955 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • 1957 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, dies at 76
  • 1958 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), dies at 65
  • 1961 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), dies at 81
  • 1962 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), dies from cancer at 70
  • 1962 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1962 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, dies at 76
  • 1963 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • 1965 John Bata, Czech shoe manufacturer, dies at 67
  • 1966 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • 1967 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver, dies at 48
  • 1970 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernández [Gonzalo], Cuban composer, and educator dies at 58
  • 1971 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • 1971 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • 1972 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, dies at 68
  • 1974 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  • 1975 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • 1979 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • 1979 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • 1980 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • 1981 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • 1982 Alberto Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Herr Puntila), dies at 85
  • 1982 Stanford Moore, American biochemist (Nobel 1977), dies at 68
  • 1982 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman and heir to the Bloomingdale's department store, dies at 66
  • 1986 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1989 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer and choreographer, dies at 57
  • 1989 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • 1989 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1990 David Rose, American Emmy Award-winning composer ("Holiday for Strings"; "The Stripper"), dies at 80
  • 1991 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • 1992 Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), dies at 85
  • 1992 Virginia Sale-Wren, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 92
  • 1993 Charles Scorsese, actor (Cape Fear, Goodfellas, Wise Guys), dies at 80
  • 1993 Edwina Lewis, actress (Boy Who Cried Bitch), dies of heart attack 42
  • 1993 Victorine Hefting, historian/wife of Bert Baker, dies at 88
  • 1994 Henri Rousselot, French admiral (submarine commander WWII), dies at 82
  • 1994 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • 1994 Rabah Stambouli, Algerian sociologist/politician, murdered at 65
  • 1994 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), dies at 96
  • 1995 Arthur Holt, politician, dies at 81
  • 1995 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, dies at 66
  • 1995 James Pilditch, designer, dies at 66
  • 1995 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, dies at 76
  • 1995 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, dies at 72
  • 1995 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1995 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), dies at 91
  • 1995 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • 1997 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • 1999 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • 1999 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • 2001 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (Beverly Hillbillies, 3 Ring Circus), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2001 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2001 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 2002 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 2003 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2003 John Geoghan, American Catholic priest (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • 2005 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones; To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 78
  • 2005 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)
  • 2005 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), dies in a road accident at 71
  • 2006 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • 2006 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78

Ed Warren

2006 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

  • 2007 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, dies at 80
  • 2007 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), dies at 59
  • 2008 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2011 June Wayne, American artist and lithographer (Tamarind Lithography Workshop), dies at 93
  • 2012 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • 2012 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2013 William Glasser, American psychiatrist, dies from respiratory failure from pneumonia at 88
  • 2013 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer ("Dear Mrs. Applebee"), dies at 67
  • 2015 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • 2015 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • 2016 Reinhard Selten, German economist (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • 2016 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), dies at 94
  • 2017 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 2017 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71
  • 2018 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • 2019 Sheila Steafel, South African British actress (The Frost Report), dies at 84
  • 2019 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), dies at 85
  • 2020 Charlie Persip, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; The Jazz Statesmen; Billy Eckstine), dies at 91
  • 2020 Greg Montgomery, American NFL punter (Baltimore Ravens), dies at 55
  • 2021 José Yudica, Argentine soccer forward (4 caps; Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors) and manager (Newell's Old Boys, Quilmes), dies at 85
August 23 Highlights