On This Day

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

Cuauhtémoc

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

  • 1572 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1573 Jan "Hans" Liefrinck, Flemish engraver/publisher, dies at about 54
  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, German 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 and 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 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, dies at 53
  • 1746 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, dies at 85
  • 1781 Richard Stockton, American attorney and signer of 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, German violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1818 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn, Dutch publisher and 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, English 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 de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), 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 wicket-keeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
  • 1913 Elephant seal, 6.8-m, 4000-kg, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia
  • 1916 Henry James, American-British writer (Bostonians), dies at 72
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, Spanish composer (La corte de Faraón), dies at 51
  • 1925 Friedrich Ebert, German politician, President of Germany 1919-25), dies at 54
  • 1929 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1930 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, dies at 40
  • 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 (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1928), dies at 69
  • 1940 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
  • 1940 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • 1941 Alfonso XIII, King of Spain (1886-1931), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 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)

Maxwell Anderson

1959 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies of a stroke 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 and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • 1963 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1964 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78se
  • 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 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 (Pfeiferstube), dies at 81
  • 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 Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minister (1969-76, 1982-86), assassinated at 59 while walking home from the cinema with his wife
  • 1986 Laura Z. Hobson, American TV writer and panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1988 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • 1989 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1990 Colin Milburn, English cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 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 G. O. Sayles, English 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
  • 2000 George Siravo, American big band and session saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor (Columbia Records), dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2005 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), dies at 63
  • 2006 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85
  • 2006 Irv Kluger, American big band jazz and session drummer (Artie Shaw; Gramercy Five), dies at 84
  • 2007 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), dies at 83 [1]
  • 2007 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), dies at 98
  • 2007 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2008 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five), dies at 64

Paul Harvey

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

  • 2010 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 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
  • 2013 Donald A. Glaser, American physicist (Nobel 1960), dies at 86
  • 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 Johnson, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2015 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2015 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • 2015 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • 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
  • 2017 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), dies at 86 [1] [2]
  • 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
  • 2019 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89
  • 2020 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • 2020 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), dies at 94
  • 2020 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), dies at 96
  • 2021 Johnny Briggs, English actor (Mike Baldwin on Coronation Street), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2021 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), dies from ischemic cardiomyopathy at 81
  • 2021 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), dies from a brain tumour at 65
February 28 Highlights