On This Day

Famous Deaths on February 26

  • 1076 Godfrey IV "the Hunchback", Duke of Lower Lorraine murdered (or Feb 27)
  • 1154 Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
  • 1266 Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies at the Battle of Benevento
  • 1324 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller, poet and chronicler, dies
  • 1360 Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)
  • 1538 Worp van Thabor, Frisian abbott of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), dies
  • 1552 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1561 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1577 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of arsenic poisoning at 43
  • 1608 John Still, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, dies at about 64
  • 1630 William Brade, English composer and violinist (1st Englishman to write a canzona), dies at 70
  • 1686 Godefroi L Comte d'Estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright (b. 1653)
  • 1726 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1691-1714), dies at 63
  • 1733 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, dies at 46
  • 1766 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, dies at 30
  • 1770 Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1770 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), dies at 77
  • 1802 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, dies at 83
  • 1810 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1814 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1815 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1821 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1823 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66
  • 1827 David Moritz Michael, German composer who worked in America, dies at 75
  • 1839 Sybil Ludington, American revolutionary heroine (rode to alert militia), dies at 77
  • 1857 Ole Andreas Lindeman, Norwegian composer and musician, dies at 88
  • 1859 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • 1864 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (Prime Minister of the Province of Canada), dies at 56
  • 1870 Wyatt Outlaw, African American Town Councillor and Constable, leader of Union League in NC, lynched by the Ku Klux Klan at about 50
  • 1871 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1871 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, dies at 61
  • 1883 Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1889 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1891 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 in tour match vs Australia 1878), dies from consumption at 46
  • 1896 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, dies at 80
  • 1901 Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
  • 1901 Hsu Cheng-yu, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded

Richard Jordan Gatling

1903 Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor famous for the Gatling Gun, the 1st hand-cranked machine gun, dies at 84

  • 1906 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1913 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), dies from a stroke at 77
  • 1918 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1920 Ludwig Rubiner, German poet and essayist, dies at 38
  • 1921 Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • 1926 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar and church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
  • 1926 Peter Lange-Muller, Danish composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • 1930 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 64
  • 1931 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • 1933 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1933 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1941 Jan Keizer, Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • 1943 Theodor Eicke, German Nazi official who developed the concentration camps, killed at 50 when his plane shot down
  • 1947 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • 1947 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • 1950 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • 1953 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1954 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93
  • 1956 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron and painter, dies at 72
  • 1959 Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, granddaughter of King Edward VII and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 67
  • 1960 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • 1961 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • 1961 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • 1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1963 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1966 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • 1967 Harry McNaughton, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
  • 1968 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • 1969 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1969 Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • 1970 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1971 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • 1971 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 1971 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1971 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), dies at 76
  • 1972 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • 1973 Mary Finney, American actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • 1973 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), dies in an auto accident at 67
  • 1977 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1977 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1977 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1981 FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch lawyer and writer (Turkish War), dies at 79

Howard Hanson

1981 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

  • 1981 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1982 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell; A Page of Madness; Jujiro; Jigoku-mon), dies at 86
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1989 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1990 Cornell Gunther, American musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • 1990 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • 1990 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectations), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1991 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1992 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), dies at 76
  • 1992 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1993 Constance Ford, American model and actress (Burden Hunt, Another World), dies from cancer at 69
  • 1993 Fletcher Knebel, American author (Seven Days in May), commits suicide following long bout with cancer at 81
  • 1993 Mark Kolthoff, Dutch painter and photographer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
  • 1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
  • 1994 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
  • 1995 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • 1996 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • 1997 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1997 Nuccio Bertone, Italian automobile designer, dies at 82
  • 1998 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • 2000 George L. Street III, American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 86
  • 2001 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2002 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2003 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • 2004 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • 2004 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, dies at 94
  • 2005 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), dies at 80
  • 2008 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2008 Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist, dies at 65
  • 2008 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2009 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2009 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2010 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2010 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), dies at 83
  • 2010 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, dies at 87
  • 2011 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 James A. McClure, American politician (Senator - Idaho), dies at 86
  • 2011 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • 2012 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, dies at 90
  • 2014 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), dies at 59
  • 2015 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42
  • 2015 Theodore Hesburgh, president (University of Notre Dame), dies at 97
  • 2016 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83
  • 2016 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, dies at 80
  • 2016 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2017 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • 2017 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • 2017 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 2017 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • 2017 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
  • 2019 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 88
  • 2020 Nexhmije Hoxha, Albanian wife of dictator Enver Hoxha 'Lady Macbeth of Albania', dies at 99
  • 2021 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), dies at 70
  • 2021 Hannu Mikkola, Finnish rally driver (World Rally champion 1983), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2021 John Mallard, English medical physicist (developed MRI and PET scans), dies at 94
February 26 Highlights