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Famous Deaths on February 19

  • 197 D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
  • 1133 Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)
  • 1260 Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies
  • 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London

Person of interestTamerlane

1405 Timur [Amir Timur, Tamerlane], Turko-Mongol ruler who founded the Timurid Empire, dies at about 68

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror
Tamerlane
  • 1414 Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
  • 1545 Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], calvinist minister, burned to death
  • 1553 Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician (calculated planetary table), dies at 41
  • 1568 Miles Coverdale, translator (1st complete English Bible), dies at 80
  • 1589 Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1596 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, dies at 72
  • 1602 Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier, dies at 43
  • 1605 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1620 Roemer P Visscher, poet, buried in Amsterdam
  • 1622 Sir Henry Savile, English educator (b. 1549)
  • 1653 Luigi Rossi, composer, dies

  • 1663 Adam Adami, German bishop and diplomat (b. 1603)
  • 1672 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), dies at 79
  • 1709 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)
  • 1716 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1785 Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1789 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, dies at 50
  • 1790 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1799 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, dies at 65
  • 1806 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), dies at 88
  • 1815 Leonhard von Call, composer, dies at 47
  • 1822 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 78
  • 1837 Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • 1858 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1864 William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brigadier general, dies
  • 1871 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 1873 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary, dies at 35
  • 1875 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • 1878 Charles F Daubigny, French restaurateur/painter, dies at 61
  • 1880 Constantino Brumidi, Greek-Italian-American historical artist (Myrtle Murdock), dies at 74
  • 1887 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66

  • 1892 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), dies of epilepsy at 26
  • 1894 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1897 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions), dies at 81
  • 1902 Thomas F. Toon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • 1915 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, dies at 48
  • 1916 Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1923 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • 1927 Georg Brandes, [Cohen], Danish literary-historian and critic, dies at 85
  • 1927 Robert Fuchs, composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1936 Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • 1938 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentine poet (Las montañas del oro), dies at 63
  • 1941 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket wicket-keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • 1941 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", dies at 61
  • 1942 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1943 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1944 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1945 Wim Speelman, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1945 John Basilone, American Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), is killed in action at Iwo Jima at 26
  • 1949 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • 1950 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82

Person of interestAndré Gide

1951 Andre Gide, French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • 1952 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • 1952 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
  • 1957 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • 1962 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 1962 James Barton, American actor (Tobacco Road, Iceman Cometh), dies at 71
  • 1965 Forrest Taylor, actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • 1965 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63
  • 1967 Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • 1968 Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • 1968 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • 1969 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1970 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • 1972 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (Drifters), dies at 73
  • 1972 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • 1975 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • 1977 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • 1977 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1980 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1981 Frank Merrick, English composer, dies at 94
  • 1983 Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1984 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 1985 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • 1985 George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • 1986 Adolfo Celi, Italian film actor and director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue), dies at 63
  • 1986 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-78), dies at 81
  • 1986 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 1988 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • 1988 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • 1989 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • 1990 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • 1991 Peggy Mondo, actress (Who's Minding the Store), dies at 50
  • 1992 Chet Leaming, dies after brief illness at 66

  • 1993 Gerhard Gesell, judge (Pentagon Papers), dies of liver cancer at 82
  • 1993 Michael Morrison, actor (Caleb-As the World Turns), dies at 33
  • 1994 Derek Jarman, actor and director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52
  • 1994 Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • 1994 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 1995 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter (End as a Man), dies at 72
  • 1995 Ian Ball, newspaper photographer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Shlomo Averbach, Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1995 John Howard, American actor (The Philadelphia Story, My Three Sons), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1996 Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • 1996 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • 1996 Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • 1996 Madhaviah Krishnan, Indian naturalist and wildlife photographer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • 1996 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71

Person of interestDeng Xiaoping

1997 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies of a lung infection and Parkinson's disease at 92

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1997 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 1997 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • 1998 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 1999 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • 2000 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-born New Zealand artist, dies at 71
  • 2001 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • 2001 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • 2001 Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, dies of liver cancer at 50
  • 2003 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • 2007 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • 2008 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)

  • 2008 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • 2008 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2009 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • 2009 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • 2010 Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • 2011 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2012 John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • 2012 Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • 2013 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), dies at 75
  • 2013 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • 2013 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2014 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • 2014 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • 2014 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • 2016 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Person of interestHarper Lee

2016 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • 2017 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • 2017 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2018 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87
  • 2019 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), dies at 85 (age disputed)
  • 2019 Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), dies at 92