On This Day

Deaths in History on August 10

  • 612 BC Sinsharishkun, Assyrian king
  • 258 Saint Lawrence, Christian martyr, burned to death
  • 794 Fastrada, 3rd wife of French King Charles the Great, dies at 30
  • 955 Conrad the Red, Duke of Lotharingen, dies in battle
  • 1002 Al-Mansur, Arabic general strategist/regent of Cordoba, dies
  • 1250 Erik IV Plovpenning, king of Denmark, murdered
  • 1535 Ippolito de' Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)
  • 1589 Maarten Schenck Nideggen, Dutch army leader, drowned at about 49
  • 1628 Hans Jonsson, Swedish fleet commander, drowned
  • 1637 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (b. 1582)
  • 1653 Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1655 Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter, dies at 50
  • 1717 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 76
  • 1723 Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1759 Ferdinand VI, the wise, king of Spain, dies at 46
  • 1784 Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter, dies at 70

  • 1802 Franz Aepinus, German physician and physicist, dies at 77
  • 1839 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector, dies at 81
  • 1842 Captain William Hobson, first British Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1843 Jakob F. Fries, German philosopher, dies at 69
  • 1844 Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter and fourth child of Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia, and his wife, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, dies at 19
  • 1857 John Wilson Croker, politician
  • 1859 George Staunton, English writer and traveller to China, dies at 68
  • 1861 Nathaniel Lyon, American Brigadier-General (Union Army), 1st Union General to die in battle at 43
  • 1862 Hon'inbō Shūsaku, Japanese professional Go player, dies at 33
  • 1875 Karl (Theodor) Andree, German journalist (Globus), dies at 66
  • 1876 Edward William Lane, British lexicographer and translator (One Thousand & One Nights), dies at 74
  • 1896 Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
  • 1904 Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French politician (29th Prime Minister of France), dies at 57
  • 1905 Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, E African prophet/rebel leader, hanged
  • 1915 Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • 1918 Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
  • 1920 Ádám Politzer, Hungarian-Austrian physician, dies at 84
  • 1921 John M Martin, last confederate congress member, dies
  • 1929 Aletta Henriette Jacobs, 1st Dutch female doctor and feminist, dies at 75
  • 1929 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)

  • 1934 John Kane, Scottish-American primitivist painter (Self-Portrait), dies at 73
  • 1943 C Bergsma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1943 J Janzen, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1943 J Posthuma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • 1944 Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, German aristocrat, attempted to assassinate Hitler, executed by Nazi regime at 39

Person of interestRobert H. Goddard

1945 Robert H. Goddard, American rocket pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), dies of throat cancer at 62

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1948 E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • 1948 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • 1948 Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • 1948 Montague Summers, English clergyman and writer (Malleus Maleficarum), dies at 68
  • 1960 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • 1960 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • 1963 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • 1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • 1963 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • 1966 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • 1966 Jacobus C Bloem, poet (Cinders), dies
  • 1969 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • 1969 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • 1970 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist, dies at 63
  • 1979 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90
  • 1987 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • 1988 Adela Rogers St John, journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
  • 1988 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), dies at 86
  • 1990 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • 1991 Josef Lipski, Polish politician, dies
  • 1992 Aribert Heim, Austrian SS physician (served at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Mauthausen, known as Dr. Death), dies at 78
  • 1994 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao, murdered at 58
  • 1995 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), dies of complications from ovarian cancer at 76
  • 1996 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest, dies at 78
  • 1999 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • 2002 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, dies at 75
  • 2007 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • 2007 James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • 2012 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • 2017 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]