Famous Deaths on August 24

  • 1103 Magnus III Berbein, [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
  • 1217 Eustace "the Monk", French buccaneer, dies in battle
  • 1313 Henry VII, Roman Catholic German King/emperor (1308/12-13), dies
  • 1371 Edward, Duke of Guelders (1361-71) and Count of Zutphen, mortally wounded in the battle at 35
  • 1540 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  • 1542 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  • 1572 Gaspard de Châtillon, Count the Coligny, French gen/admiral and Huguenot leader, beheaded
  • 1572 Death of thousands of French Protestants by Roman Catholics in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, beginning in Paris
  • 1572 Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  • 1572 Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier (bc. 1535)
  • 1595 Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies
  • 1617 Saint Rose of Lima [Isabel Flores de Olivia], Peruvian saint, a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, dies at 31
  • 1647 Nicholas Stone "Elder", English sculptor/architect, dies at about 61
  • 1664 Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer (bc. 1610)
  • 1666 Francisco M the Melo, Portuguese author (Obras Morales), dies at 57
  • 1679 Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, French churchman and agitator (b. 1614)
  • 1680 Ferdinand Bulb, Dutch painter/etcher, buried
  • 1680 Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)
  • 1683 John Owen, English non-conformist theologian (b. 1616)
  • 1712 Thomas Bullis, Jr. English composer, dies at 54
  • 1724 Andreas Kneller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1759 Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44
  • 1770 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Revenge), dies
  • 1779 Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  • 1798 Thomas Alcock, English clergyman (b. 1709)
  • 1801 Jacques-Denis Antoine, French builder (La Monnaie Paris), dies at 68
  • 1832 Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (b. 1796)
  • 1833 Adrian H Haworth, English entomologist/botanist, dies at 65
  • 1840 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • 1841 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, composer, dies at 36
  • 1841 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (b. 1788)
  • 1888 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies
  • 1889 Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies
  • 1895 John F Loudon, entrepreneur/colonial director, dies at 74
  • 1906 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, dies
  • 1907 Pieter Louis Tak, writer (Chronicle), dies at 58
  • 1912 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59
  • 1921 Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (b. 1886)
  • 1923 Kate Douglas Wiggin, author (US kindergarten movement), dies at 66
  • 1939 W H Moule, cricketer (Australia v England 1880)/High Court judge, dies
  • 1940 Paul G. Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
  • 1943 Ernst Ottwalt, writer, dies
  • 1943 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1950 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63

Person of interestGetulio Vargas

1954 Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer and dictator, commits suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1956 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • 1957 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), dies at 69
  • 1958 John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • 1958 Kenneth Leighton, composer, dies at 28
  • 1958 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87

  • 1958 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, dies at 82
  • 1962 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • 1967 Amanda Randolph, actress (Danny Thomas, Amos n Andy), dies at 65

Person of interestHenry J. Kaiser

1967 Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), dies at 85

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1968 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • 1972 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1973 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • 1973 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)
  • 1975 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • 1976 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • 1977 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1977 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • 1978 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • 1979 Hanna Reitsch, German aviator and test pilot, dies at 67
  • 1979 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • 1980 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), dies of liver failure at 53
  • 1982 Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1983 Jack Somack, American actor (Ball Four, The Frisco Kid, Stockard Channing Show), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1983 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • 1985 Paul Creston [Giuseppe/Joseph Guttoveggio], US composer, dies at 78

Person of interestBayard Rustin

1987 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • 1987 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1988 Leonard Frey, actor (Tattoo, Magic Christian), dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1988 Max Shulman, author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • 1990 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (b. 1941)
  • 1990 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • 1991 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • 1991 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • 1991 Mike Sokoll, cowboy actor, dies at 97
  • 1992 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74
  • 1992 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1993 Professor D B Deodhar, cricketer (Ind non-Test bat o 30s), dies at 101
  • 1994 Jason McRoy, downhill MTB racer, dies at 23
  • 1994 Wijnanda MC "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Van de Reve Sr, dies at 82
  • 1995 Erich Geiringer, general Practitioner campaigner, dies at 78
  • 1995 Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • 1996 Ahmed Bahauddin, journalist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Emile Noel, international civil servant, dies at 73
  • 1996 John Christopherson, artist/collector, dies at 75
  • 1996 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer, dies at 42
  • 1997 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • 1998 E G Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), dies of lung cancer at 88
  • 1998 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • 1999 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 1999 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (The Lucy Show, Our Miss Brooks), dies of natural causes at 83
  • 2001 Bettejane "Jane" Greer, American actress (Out of the Past, Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), dies at 76
  • 2002 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Kaleth Morales, Colombian Vallenato singer (b. 1984)
  • 2006 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • 2006 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • 2007 Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Aaron Russo, American political activist, movie producer and director (Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2010 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • 2012 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76
  • 2013 Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), heart failure at 87

Person of interestRichard Attenborough

2014 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
  • 2015 Justin Wilson, English Indycar driver, dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • 2016 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • 2016 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • 2016 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • 2017 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83