Famous Deaths on August 30

  • 524 Chlodomer, Frankish King of Orléans dies at about 29
  • 526 Theodorik the Great, King of Ostrogoten (b. 454)
  • 1181 Alexander III, [Orlando Bandinelli], Italian Pope (1159-81), dies
  • 1428 Emperor Shōkō (b. 1401)
  • 1482 Louis van Bourbon, prince-Bishop of Luik (Cluppelslagers), dies
  • 1483 Louis XI, King of France (1461-83), dies at 60
  • 1529 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, dies at 61
  • 1580 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • 1619 Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord, dies at 84
  • 1666 Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer, dies
  • 1745 Jean-Baptiste Maurice Quinault, composer, dies at 57
  • 1751 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)
  • 1808 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer, dies at 83
  • 1809 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies
  • 1826 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1844 Francis Baily, English astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse, dies at 70

  • 1855 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, dies at 61
  • 1856 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)
  • 1862 Charles Bernard Desormes, French Physicist and Chemist (carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide compositions), dies at 91
  • 1877 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), dies at 67
  • 1879 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • 1886 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)
  • 1896 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)
  • 1903 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • 1904 Kate Fanny Loder, English composer and pianist, dies at 79
  • 1906 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, dies at 59
  • 1908 Alexander P. Stewart, American Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), dies at 86
  • 1910 Albert Vandal, French earl/historian (Napoleon), dies at 57
  • 1914 Adrian H Stewart, British lieutenant, dies in battle in Cameroon at 26
  • 1914 Aleksandr Samsonov, Russian general, commits suicide
  • 1917 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • 1919 Johann Sigurjonsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), dies
  • 1928 Wilhelm Wien, German physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64
  • 1932 Willem Marinus van Rossum, Dutch cardinal and prefect of Propaganda Fide, dies at 77
  • 1934 Earnest L Wolzogen, German writer (That tolle Komtess), dies at 79
  • 1935 Henri Barbusse, French writer (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1938 Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)

Person of interestJ. J. Thomson

1940 J. J. Thomson, English physicist who discovered the electron (Nobel 1906), dies at 83

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson
  • 1941 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
  • 1943 A[braham] Merritt, American sci-fi author (The Moon Pool, Burn Witch Bun ), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1944 Morten Nielsen, Danish resistance fighter, dies

  • 1946 Grigory Semyonov, Russian counter-revolutionary (executed) (b. 1890)
  • 1949 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies at 72
  • 1952 Arky Vaughn, infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
  • 1953 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • 1956 Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 84
  • 1963 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • 1963 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • 1964 Wesley Lau, actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
  • 1968 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • 1970 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • 1970 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
  • 1974 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Leeuwenhoek), dies at 87
  • 1979 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • 1981 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1981 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1982 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, dies at 86
  • 1985 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • 1985 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1986 Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss Botanist, dies at 87
  • 1989 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • 1989 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1989 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), dies at 86
  • 1991 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • 1991 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies at 61
  • 1991 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies
  • 1993 Richard Jordan, US actor (Hunt for Red October, Posse), dies at 55
  • 1994 Lindsay Anderson, British director (If ...), dies at 71
  • 1994 Michael Gribble, film animator (Mike & Spike Festival), dies at 42
  • 1995 Dame Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian, dies at 96
  • 1995 Fischer S Black Jr, American financial Theorist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), dies at 53
  • 1995 Thomas Chalmers, British broadcaster, dies at 82
  • 1996 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Elsa), dies at 43
  • 1996 Jose Toribio Merino, admiral/milt junta of Chile (1973-80), dies at 80
  • 1999 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, dies at 94
  • 2001 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2002 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

2003 Charles Bronson, American actor (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), dies at 81

  • 2003 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2004 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough, dies at 89
  • 2008 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • 2010 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2012 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

2013 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74

  • 2015 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • 2015 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • 2015 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • 2016 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2016 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95