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)

Person of interestWilliam Wallace

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

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 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
  • 1628 George Viliers, 1st duke of Buckingham, assassinated by Felton at 36
  • 1628 George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and English courtier, dies 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, composer, dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1806 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • 1813 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born ornithologist (b. 1766)
  • 1819 Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie),, dies on 34th birthday
  • 1825 Amos Bull, composer, dies at 81
  • 1831 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, 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, 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, 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
  • 1923 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), dies at 90

Person of interestRudolph Valentino

1926 Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol (Sheik), dies in NY at 31

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino
  • 1927 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Massachusetts
  • 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1955 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • 1958 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, dies at 65
  • 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, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 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 Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • 1971 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • 1971 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • 1972 Balis Dvarionas, composer, 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
  • 1982 Alberto Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Herr Puntila), dies at 85
  • 1982 Stanford Moore, American biochemist (Nobel 1977), dies at 68
  • 1986 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1989 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 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, composer (Holiday for Strings, 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, admiral, 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 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician, dies at 31
  • 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
  • 1997 Eric Gairy, first PM 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)
  • 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 outfielder and coach, 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 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78

Person of interestEd Warren

2006 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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