Famous Deaths on February 13

  • 858 Kenneth I of Scotland [Kenneth MacAlpin], King of the Picts who united Scotland and is considered the 1st Scottish King, dies of a tumor at around 48
  • 1130 Honorius II, [Lamberto], Pope (1124-30), dies
  • 1141 Béla II of Hungary (b. 1110)
  • 1199 Stefanus Nemanja (Symeon), monk, dies
  • 1219 Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1192)
  • 1237 Jordanus of Saxon, 2nd general of Dominicans, drowns
  • 1315 Jean I of Chalon-Arlay, mayor of Neuchôtel, dies
  • 1332 Andronicus II Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1282-1328)/monk, dies
  • 1539 Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (b. 1474)
  • 1542 Catherine Howard, Queen of England (1540-42), 5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at 18 or 19 for adultery
  • 1542 Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of King Henry VIII of England, beheaded in the Tower of London at 36 or 37
  • 1585 Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 69
  • 1592 Jacopo Bassano, Italian painter
  • 1600 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), dies at 61
  • 1602 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
  • 1608 Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)
  • 1608 Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury and builder of country houses, dies at 89
  • 1624 Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
  • 1629 Girolamo Giacobbi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1635 Georg R Weckerlin, German poet, dies at 50
  • 1660 Charles X Gustaaf, king of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
  • 1662 Elisabeth Stuart, of James I of Scotland and England, dies at 65
  • 1693 Johann Kaspar von Kerll, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1724 Francisco Jose Coutinho, composer, dies at 43
  • 1727 William Wotton, English theologian and scholar, dies at 58

Person of interestCotton Mather

1728 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), dies at 65

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 1732 Charles-René d'Hozier, French historian (b. 1640)
  • 1741 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer/music theorist, dies at about 80
  • 1784 Charles Gravier, French earl of Vergennes/min of For affairs, dies
  • 1787 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • 1787 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
  • 1798 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies at 24
  • 1813 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
  • 1814 Augustin Holler, composer, dies at 69
  • 1818 George Rogers Clark, American military leader (b. 1752)
  • 1818 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, dies at 71
  • 1826 Peter Ludwig von der Pahlen, Russian general, dies at 80
  • 1837 Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
  • 1841 Thomas Ainsworth, English/Dutch industrialist, dies at 45
  • 1845 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, dies at 71
  • 1849 Christian Rummel, composer, dies at 61
  • 1858 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, dies at 47
  • 1873 Petrus AS van Limburg Brouwer, [Abraham van Luik], literary, dies
  • 1882 Henry Highland Garnet, diplomat, dies in Monrovia Liberia at 66
  • 1883 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), dies at 64 [OS=Feb 01]

Person of interestRichard Wagner

1883 Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, The Flying Dutchman), dies at 69

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1888 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73
  • 1889 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1891 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, dies at 77
  • 1893 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • 1894 Franjo Racki, Croatian historian/politician, dies at 65

  • 1896 Karl Reinthaler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1905 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (Travellers in Auvergne), dies at 60
  • 1906 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
  • 1907 Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer, dies at 59
  • 1917 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1921 Willem P C Knuttel, Dutch bibliography/librarian, dies at 67
  • 1927 Brooks Adams, US philosopher (New Empire), dies at 78
  • 1935 Violet Paget, British author (Gospels of Anarchy), dies at 78
  • 1937 C A Bernoulli, writer, dies
  • 1942 Epitácio Pessoa, 11th President of Brazil (Minas Gerais Republican: 1919-22), dies at 76
  • 1943 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Neglected Grouser), dies at 55
  • 1945 George Studd, cricketer (4 Tests with brother v Aus 1882-83), dies
  • 1950 Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • 1951 Lloyd C. Douglas, American novelist (The Big Fisherman), dies at 73
  • 1952 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • 1952 Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
  • 1954 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, dies at 63
  • 1958 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • 1958 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • 1959 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • 1960 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • 1963 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • 1964 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • 1964 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • 1965 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • 1965 William H Kilpatrick, American mathematician/philosopher, dies at 93
  • 1966 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • 1968 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • 1968 Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • 1970 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • 1975 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1975 Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • 1976 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1976 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • 1977 Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
  • 1980 David Janssen, American actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 1982 Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1''), dies at 17
  • 1982 Gluyas Williams, American cartoonist (Fellows Citizen), dies at 93
  • 1983 Marian Nixon, actress (Dr Bull, Sweepstakes), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1984 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • 1987 M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies
  • 1989 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 1990 Ken Lynch, actor (Paratroop Command, Legend of Tom Dooley), dies at 79
  • 1991 Bernard Sauer, Yiddish actor, dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1991 Eddie Bartell, actor (Every Night at Eight), dies at 83
  • 1991 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • 1992 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist/writer (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • 1992 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1993 Agatha Hagtingius-Seger, Dutch author (Sparkles Chain), dies at 91
  • 1994 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Abdelhafid Said, Algerian student leader, murdered
  • 1995 Alberto Burri, Ital's physician/sculptor/painter), dies at 79
  • 1995 Azeddine Medjoubi, head Algerian nationally theater, murdered at 49
  • 1995 Joan A C Ramsey nee Hamilton, lady Ramsey of Canterbury, dies at 84
  • 1995 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • 1996 Martin Balsam, American charaacter actor (Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), dies of a stroke at 76
  • 1997 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • 1997 Antonius "Ton" Lensink, Dutch actor (Rituelen), dies at 74
  • 1998 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • 2000 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2003 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), dies at 88
  • 2004 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • 2005 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, dies at 40
  • 2006 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (b. 1974)
  • 2008 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, dies at 90
  • 2009 Gianna Maria Canale, Italian actress (Go For Broke), dies at 81
  • 2010 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • 2010 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), dies at 73
  • 2011 T. P. McKenna [Thomas Patrick McKenna], Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), dies at 81
  • 2012 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2012 Mohamed Lamari, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2012 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter, dies at 94
  • 2014 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), dies at 85
  • 2015 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • 2016 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • 2017 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • 2018 Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, dies at 83