Famous Deaths on August 28

  • 388 Magnus Maximus, Spanish West Roman Emperor (383-88), executed
  • 430 Augustine of Hippo, North African saint and theologian (Belijdenissen), dies at 75
  • 683 K'inich Janaab' Pakal [Sun Shield], Ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque, dies at 80
  • 876 Louis the German, King of East France Empire (833-76), dies
  • 1065 Frederik van Luxembourg, duke of Neth-Lutherans (1046-65)
  • 1341 King Leo V of Armenia (b. 1309)
  • 1481 Afonso V, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1484 Diogo, duke of Viseu, murdered
  • 1539 Lieven Pain, Flemish, beheaded at about 75
  • 1544 Alardus Aemstelredamus, priest/humanist, dies at about 53
  • 1550 Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, Charles V's asst sec of state, dies

Person of interestAlbert Frederick

1618 Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), dies at 65

Duke of Prussia Albert Frederick
Duke of Prussia
Albert Frederick
  • 1645 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, dies at 62
  • 1646 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Poesie liriche), dies at 53
  • 1647 Johann Dilliger, composer, dies at 53
  • 1654 Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent, dies at 71
  • 1676 Joan Cererols, Catalan musician, composer and monk, dies at 57
  • 1677 Wallerand Vaillant, painter/engraver/etcher/cartoonist, dies at 54
  • 1678 John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, English soldier (b. 1602)
  • 1757 David Hartley, English philosopher and Founder of the Associationist School of Psychology, dies at 51
  • 1767 Johann Schobert, composer, dies
  • 1778 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/shipminister, dies

Person of interestJunípero Serra

1784 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, dies at 70

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1793 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/parliament member, dies
  • 1798 James Wilson, Scot/US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • 1803 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter, dies
  • 1805 Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader (Moderator of the General Assembly 1770), dies at 83
  • 1818 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, dies
  • 1820 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)
  • 1839 William Smith, English geologist (b. 1769)
  • 1885 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • 1900 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Women on University), dies
  • 1903 August Labitzky, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestFrederick Law Olmsted

1903 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), dies at 81

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • 1910 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist and anthropologist, dies at 78
  • 1914 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, composer (Baba Yaga), dies at 59 [NS]
  • 1914 Anatoli Liadov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1915 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), dies at 76
  • 1916 Francis Warre-Cornish, English writer and scholar, dies at 77
  • 1922 Gaston of Orleans, Count of Eu, dies at 80
  • 1930 Alvar Gullstrand, Swedish optician (Nobel 1911), dies
  • 1933 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1934 Doris Ulmann, American photographer dies aged 52
  • 1943 Boris III, Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43), dies at 49
  • 1944 Ernst Thälmann, German communist presidential candidate, dies at 58
  • 1947 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1917)
  • 1951 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), dies from an adverse reaction to prescription drugs at 32

Person of interestEmmett Till

1955 Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money, Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • 1958 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer, dies at 67
  • 1959 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • 1960 Anton Lajovic, composer, dies at 81

  • 1961 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • 1964 Lumsden Hare, Irish actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox, Young Bess), dies at 89
  • 1965 Giulio Racah, Israeli physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Charles Darrow, US inventor of Monopoly, dies
  • 1968 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • 1968 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • 1969 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • 1971 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper/murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies
  • 1972 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • 1975 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1978 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • 1979 Simonow, writer, dies
  • 1981 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • 1982 G W A Chubb, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, 21 wickets), dies
  • 1982 Nini de Boel, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • 1983 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • 1985 Ruth Gordon, actress (Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • 1987 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81
  • 1988 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • 1988 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • 1990 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • 1991 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • 1991 Eleanor Berry, actress (Death Valley Days), dies
  • 1993 René Ray, English countess/actress (Farewell again), dies at 80
  • 1993 William Stafford, American poet (b. 1914)
  • 1994 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994 Jean-Marie Vincent, Haitian pater, murdered
  • 1994 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • 1995 Michael Ende, German writer (The Neverending Story), dies at 65
  • 1995 Michael VerMeulen, journalist, dies at 38
  • 1995 Earl Bascom, American rodeo pioneer (b. 1906)
  • 1996 Lynda Carr, educationist, dies at 50
  • 1996 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2003 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (failed) (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Jacques Dufilho, French actor (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Esther Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1910)
  • 2005 George Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • 2006 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • 2007 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Paul B. MacCready, Jr., American aeronautical engineer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • 2007 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 78
  • 2007 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Adam Goldstein, American DJ also known as DJ AM (b. 1973)
  • 2009 DJ AM [ Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • 2010 William P. Foster, notable band director and founder of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University
  • 2011 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • 2012 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • 2013 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 2014 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2015 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 82
  • 2016 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, dies at 66