Famous Deaths on August 8

  • 869 Lothair II of Lotharingia (855-869) dies at about 34
  • 1445 Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1506 Sesshu Toyo, Zen monk/painter, dies in Yamaguchi Japan at 86
  • 1553 Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)
  • 1555 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)
  • 1588 Alonso Sánchez Coello, Spanish painter
  • 1604 Horio Tadauji, Japanese warlord (b. 1578)
  • 1616 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet, buried at 68
  • 1631 Konstantinas Sirvydas, Lithuanian lexicographer (b. 1579)
  • 1684 George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer (b. 1622)
  • 1685 Sassoferrato, [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), dies at 75
  • 1694 Antoine Arnauld [le grand Arnauld], French lawyer/theology, dies at 82
  • 1700 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, composer, dies at 40
  • 1705 Willem Roukens, mayor (Nimegen ort Nimeguen), beheaded
  • 1747 Madeleine de Verchères, New France heroine (b. 1678)
  • 1759 Karl Heinrich Graun, German composer, dies at 55

  • 1788 Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92
  • 1816 Blas de Laserna, composer, dies at 65

Person of interestGeorge Canning

1827 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, dies in office at 57

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
  • 1828 Carl Peter Thunberg, Swedish naturalist (b. 1743)
  • 1834 Silvestro Palma, composer, dies at 80
  • 1863 Angus MacAskill known as 'Giant MacAskill', circus performer (b.1825)
  • 1879 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher, dies at 83
  • 1887 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, dies at 79
  • 1888 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer, dies at 79
  • 1897 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • 1898 Eugène Boudin, French painter (beach scenes), dies at 74
  • 1902 James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, dies at 65
  • 1908 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, architect (Wiener Sezession), dies at 40
  • 1909 William Miller, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 89
  • 1911 William P. Frye, American politician (b. 1830)
  • 1918 Gertrude E Durden Rush, US composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • 1921 Juhani Aho, Finnish journalist and writer (Panu, Tuomio), dies at 59
  • 1928 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • 1934 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • 1940 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 1944 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal (July 20th plot), hanged at 62
  • 1947 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • 1950 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, dies at 70
  • 1950 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1950 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), dies at 71

  • 1950 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), dies at 69
  • 1954 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • 1960 Danton Walker, American columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • 1961 Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • 1961 Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • 1961 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1963 Sandor Jemnitz, composer, dies at 72

Person of interestShirley Jackson

1965 Shirley Jackson, American author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45

  • 1965 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), dies at 89
  • 1966 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • 1967 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech/US composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • 1968 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, dies at 74
  • 1969 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, dies at 73
  • 1972 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 1973 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, dies at 74
  • 1974 Baldur von Schirach, German author/nazi politician, dies at 67
  • 1975 Julian "Cannonball" Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46
  • 1976 John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
  • 1979 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1980 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • 1980 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • 1980 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, dies at 70
  • 1982 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • 1982 Hermine Heijermans, author (Snikken en Smartlapjes), dies at 80
  • 1982 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • 1982 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer/producer (De Weerlozen), dies
  • 1982 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, dies at 62
  • 1984 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies of Cardiovascular disease at 62
  • 1984 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • 1985 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1987 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1988 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • 1988 Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • 1988 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), dies at 74
  • 1988 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1991 James B Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), dies at 61
  • 1991 John Brasser, Zaans resistance fighter (White Ko), dies
  • 1991 Magdalena G Schenk, historical (Vorstenhuizen of our time), dies
  • 1991 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1992 Abul Qassim Khoei, Iraqi great-ayatollah, leader of Sjiieten, dies at 92
  • 1992 Alison L Gertz, US aids-activist, Esquire women of year, dies of aids at 26
  • 1992 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • 1992 Eitan Berglas, Israeli banker and advisor, dies at 58
  • 1992 Lou Krugman, American actor (I Want to Live), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1992 Thomas J. McIntyre, American senator and writer (Fear Brokers), dies at 77
  • 1993 Harry Bellaver, American actor (Another World, Naked City), dies at 88
  • 1993 Lou van Raised, impresario, dies at 77
  • 1993 Roy London, US actor and director (Tiger Warsaw), dies of lymphoma at 50
  • 1994 Henriette Santer, clinical psychologist, dies at 62
  • 1994 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • 1994 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, dies at 64
  • 1995 David Begelman, film producer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • 1996 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • 1996 Herbert Huncke, writer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, dies at 91
  • 1996 Nevill Francis Mott, physicist, dies at 90
  • 1997 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 1998 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • 2003 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • 2004 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • 2004 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (Vertigo, Dallas, Caught), dies at 82
  • 2005 Ahmed Deedat, Islamic scholar (b. 1918)
  • 2005 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Monica Sjöö, Swedish artist (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Ilse Werner [Ilse Charlotte Still], Dutch-German actress (Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow), dies at 84
  • 2007 Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • 2008 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • 2009 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)

Person of interestPatricia Neal

2010 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, dies at 84

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 2013 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2013 Karen Black, American actress, dies from ampullary cancer at 74
  • 2014 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2016 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • 2016 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93

Person of interestGlen Campbell

2017 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 2017 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89