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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

Louis XI

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 at 71
  • 1745 Jean-Baptiste-Maurice Quinault, French 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)
  • 1856 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 1883 Ángela Peralta, Mexican operatic soprano, harpist, pianist, and composer, dies of yellow fever at 38
  • 1886 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American military officer and politician (US Representative from New York 1881-83), dies at 50
  • 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 Alexander Samsonov, Russian general, commits suicide after Russian defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg at 54
  • 1917 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • 1919 Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), dies at 39
  • 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 novelist (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1938 Max Factor, Polish-American make-up artist, inventor and founder of cosmetics manufacturer Max Factor & Company, dies at 60

J. J. Thomson

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

  • 1941 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, dies at 67
  • 1943 A[braham] Merritt, American sci-fi author (The Moon Pool, Burn Witch Bun), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1943 Eustáquio van Lieshout, Dutch priest and missionary in Brazil, dies at 52
  • 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
  • 1950 Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center), dies at 57
  • 1952 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), drowns whilst fishing at 40
  • 1953 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • 1956 Anita Donostia [Jose Antonio de Donostia], Spanish composer, musicologist and priest, dies at 70
  • 1961 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 84
  • 1963 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1963 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • 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

Vera-Ellen

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

  • 1982 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, dies at 86
  • 1984 Wesley Lau, American actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 63
  • 1985 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • 1985 "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1986 Ellis Achong, West Indian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 8 wickets; Trinidad; 1st of Chinese descent to play a Test match), dies at 82
  • 1986 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1988 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology, dies at 87
  • 1989 Joe De Santis, American actor, 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
  • 1989 Joe Collins, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1949–53, 56; New York Yankees), dies at 66
  • 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 at 66
  • 1993 Richard Jordan, American 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, French actress and director (Smile, Elsa), commits suicide at 43
  • 1996 José Toribio Merino, Chilean admiral (one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état), dies at 80
  • 1999 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Willie Maddren, English soccer defender (Middlesborough 293 games) and manager (Middlesborough 1984-86), dies from motor neurone disease at 49
  • 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)

Charles Bronson

2003 Charles Bronson, American actor (The Dirty Dozen, Death Wish), dies at 81 [1]

  • 2003 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • 2004 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2005 James H. Scheuer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- 93), dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
  • 2005 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), dies at 90
  • 2006 Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 2007 Roef Ragas, Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch), dies at 42
  • 2008 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • 2008 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), dies at 92
  • 2010 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2012 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44

Seamus Heaney

2013 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74 [1] [2]

  • 2013 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2019 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Rhoda), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2019 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), dies at 78
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