On This Day

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)
  • 1200 Stefan Nemanja [Saint Symeon], Serbian ruler and founder of Serbian state (or died 1199)
  • 1219 Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese 3rd shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate
  • 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 Gustav, King of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
  • 1662 Elisabeth Stuart, Electress of the Palatinate, "The Winter Queen" of Bohemia and daughter of James VI and I of England and Scotland, 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

Cotton Mather

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

  • 1732 Charles-René d'Hozier, French historian (b. 1640)
  • 1741 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer/music theorist, dies at about 80
  • 1787 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • 1787 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, dies at 67
  • 1798 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies at 24
  • 1813 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
  • 1814 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1818 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, dies at 65
  • 1818 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, dies at 71
  • 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, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1858 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, dies at 47
  • 1873 Petrus Abraham Samuel van Limburg Brouwer, Dutch politician and critic (Akbar), dies at 43
  • 1882 Henry Highland Garnet, diplomat, dies in Monrovia Liberia at 66

Richard Wagner

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

  • 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 Rački, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 65
  • 1896 Carl Martin Reinthaler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1897 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 66
  • 1905 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (Travellers in Auvergne), dies at 60
  • 1906 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
  • 1907 Marcel Bertrand, French geologist and mine engineer (tectonic geology), dies at 59
  • 1914 Alphonse Bertillon, French police officer and anthropologist (devised crime ID system), dies at 60
  • 1917 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1919 Matteo Albertone, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies at 78
  • 1921 Willem P C Knuttel, Dutch bibliography/librarian, dies at 67
  • 1927 Brooks Adams, American 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, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), dies at 85
  • 1950 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), dies at 74
  • 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 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • 1958 Georges Rouault, French expressionist painter (Miserere et Guerre), dies at 86
  • 1959 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), 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 Heard Kilpatrick, American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 93
  • 1966 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • 1966 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), dies at 91
  • 1967 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 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 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 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, Chinese tallest woman ever recorded (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
  • 1988 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • 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 Dorothy Tree [Triebitz], American actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Confessions Of A Nazi Spy; The Asphalt Jungle), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 1992 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and 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 Womack, American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player, 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 ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2002 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), dies at 93
  • 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, Portuguese Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary, dies at 97
  • 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
  • 2005 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 2006 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Peter Strawson, British philosopher (Oxford University), dies at 86
  • 2006 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, dies at 66
  • 2007 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • 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 pop singer, guitarist, and cabaret, dies of an aneurysm at 90
  • 2008 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), dies at 92
  • 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
  • 2010 Jamil Nasser [George Joyner], American jazz double and electric bassist, and tuba player (Ahmad Jamal), dies at 77
  • 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 (Harper's Bazaar), 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
  • 2018 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54
  • 2021 Olle Nygren, Swedish speedway rider (World Team Cup 1960; World C'ship 1954 3rd; World Longtrack C'ship 1961 runner-up), dies at 91
  • 2021 Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), dies at 84
February 13 Highlights