Famous Deaths on February 28

  • 642 Oswald, English King of Northumbria and saint, dies in the Battle of Maserfield at about 38
  • 1261 Hendrik, duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies
  • 1326 Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)
  • 1453 Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine (b. 1400)
  • 1485 Niclas, Graf von Abensberg, German soldier (b. 1441)
  • 1510 Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer

Person of interestCuauhtémoc

1525 Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec Emperor (1520 - 1521), tortured and killed by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés

The Last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc
The Last Aztec Emperor
Cuauhtémoc
  • 1572 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1573 Jan "Hans" Liefrinck, Flemish engraver/publisher, dies at about 54
  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, composer, dies at 39
  • 1621 Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
  • 1626 Cyril Tourneur, English poet/dramatist, dies at about 51
  • 1638 Claude Gaspard Bachet de Meziriac, French mathematician and poet, dies at 56
  • 1638 Henri duc de Rohan, French soldier/Huguenot leader, dies
  • 1648 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), dies at 70
  • 1665 Lodewijk van Nassau, Dutch governor (Bois-le-Duc), dies
  • 1737 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1742 Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist, dies at 53
  • 1746 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian (b. 1660)
  • 1781 Richard Stockton, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
  • 1786 John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • 1788 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
  • 1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 56
  • 1818 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn, Dut publisher/writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56
  • 1844 Abel P Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • 1844 Thommas W Gilmer, Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • 1857 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, dies at 48
  • 1876 Charles Edward Horsley, composer, dies at 53
  • 1882 John Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist, dies at 89
  • 1891 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), dies at 70
  • 1903 Girolamo/Jeromin de Rada, Albanian poet, dies at 88
  • 1905 Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist, dies at 85
  • 1908 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • 1912 Bill Storer, English cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
  • 1913 Elephant seal, 6.8-m, 4000-kg, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia
  • 1916 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, composer, dies at 51
  • 1925 Friedrich Ebert, soc-dem president Germany, dies
  • 1929 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, composer, dies at 65
  • 1932 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1935 Alexander Willem Frederik Idenburg, Dutch politician of the Anti Revolutionary Party and Governor-General of Dutch Indies (1909-16), dies at 73
  • 1935 Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1936 Pedro Munoz Seca, La Caraba/La oca, dies at 55
  • 1936 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1940 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
  • 1941 King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)
  • 1949 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1951 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, dies at 50
  • 1956 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)
  • 1959 Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70

  • 1960 F S Flint [Frank Stuart Flint], British translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74
  • 1960 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-born American actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
  • 1961 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • 1962 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 1963 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • 1963 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • 1964 Dirk HW Filarski, painter/lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78
  • 1965 Adolf Scharf, president of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74
  • 1966 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • 1966 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash
  • 1967 Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
  • 1967 Henry Luce, American magazine publisher (Time, Fortune, Life), dies at 68
  • 1968 Doretta Morrow, American actress (Because You're Mine), dies from cancer at 41
  • 1968 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • 1972 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • 1973 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
  • 1973 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
  • 1974 Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89
  • 1975 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1977 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71
  • 1978 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • 1978 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 1979 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1979 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • 1979 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • 1980 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • 1984 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • 1985 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • 1985 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1985 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1986 Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
  • 1986 Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1986 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • 1987 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1988 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • 1989 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1990 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • 1990 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • 1990 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • 1991 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • 1991 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)
  • 1992 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), dies at 49
  • 1992 Emilla Sherman, choreographer/rockette, dies
  • 1992 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • 1993 Fer A Olthoff, Dutch WW II resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
  • 1993 Franco Brusati, Italian dir/writer (Bread & Chocolate), dies at 70
  • 1993 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), dies at 81
  • 1993 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), dies at 94
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1994 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
  • 1994 Buster Holmes, American chef and New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 88
  • 1994 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1994 George Osborne Sayles, historian, dies at 92
  • 1994 Leopoldina Poldi Feichtegger Gerhard, dies at 90
  • 1994 Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87
  • 1995 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Keith Rigg, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
  • 1995 Max Rudolf, conductor, dies at 92
  • 1996 Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
  • 1998 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1998 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • 1999 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), dies at 80
  • 2002 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • 2002 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)
  • 2004 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • 2004 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • 2004 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), dies at 69
  • 2006 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85
  • 2007 Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2008 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)

Person of interestPaul Harvey

2009 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 2011 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), dies at 79
  • 2011 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), dies at 89
  • 2013 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81
  • 2014 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • 2014 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78
  • 2015 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • 2015 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2015 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • 2016 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77
  • 2017 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • 2018 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 2018 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader (69th Shankaracharya Guru), dies at 82