Deaths in History on August 13

  • 587 St. Radegund, Frankish princess, wife of Clotaire I, and founder of the Convent of Our Lady of Poitiers, dies at about 66 [birth date uncertain]
  • 662 Maximus Confessor, Greek theologian and court secretary to the Emperor, dies soon after his conviction for heresy when his hand and tongue were cut off (b. c. 580)
  • 900 Zwentibold, king of Lutherans (895-900), dies in battle at 29
  • 1134 Irene of Hungary [Piroska], Byzantine empress, dies at 46
  • 1191 Philips van Heinsberg, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1278 Daikaku, Zen teacher Rinzai line/head of Kenchoji, dies in Japan at 65
  • 1382 Eleanor of Aragon, wife of John I of Castile (b. 1358)
  • 1523 Gerard David, Flemish painter
  • 1617 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman, dies at 76
  • 1637 Dirck Bas, Dutch merchant, regent, government leader (OIC), dies
  • 1667 Jeremy Taylor, Irish author and bishop (b. 1613)
  • 1674 Lars Johnstown [Lasse Lucidor], Swedish poet, dies at 35
  • 1686 Louis Maimbourg, French-born historian (b. 1610)
  • 1721 Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer, dies at 56
  • 1744 John Cruger, Dutch-born Mayor of New York (b. 1678)
  • 1749 Johann Elias Schlegel, German writer and critic, dies at 30
  • 1762 John Alberti, Dutch theologian, dies at 64
  • 1787 Isaac de Pinto, Dutch merchant (Dutch East India Company), and scholar, dies at 70
  • 1826 René Laënnec, French physician who invented the stethoscope, dies of tuberculosis at 46
  • 1860 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro, dies
  • 1863 Eugène Delacroix, French painter and etcher (Journal), dies at 65
  • 1865 Ignaz Semmelweis, Hungarian physician who discovered the cause of puerperal (childbed) fever and introduced antisepsis into medical practice, dies at 47
  • 1895 Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz, German publisher (T Edition), dies at 79
  • 1896 John Everett Millais, English painter (Order of Release), dies at 67
  • 1897 Antonius von der Linde, Dutch-German librarian and historian (history of chess), dies at 63

Collis P. HuntingtonCollis P. Huntington (1821-1900)

American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 78

Florence NightingaleFlorence Nightingale (1820-1910)

British nurse who revolutionized nursing during the Crimean War, dies at 90

  • 1912 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1913 August Bebel, German politician, leading social-democrat, dies at 73
  • 1927 James Oliver Curwood, American journalist and writer (Valley of Silent Men), dies at 49
  • 1937 Arthur Plunkett, English civil engineer (designed Sydney Harbour Bridge) (b. 1890)

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells (1866-1946)

English sci-fi author (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine), dies at 79

  • 1958 Otto Witte, acrobat and, purportedly, King of Albania (b. 1868)
  • 1964 Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and the United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • 1965 Ikeda Hayato, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-64), dies at 65

W. O. BentleyW. O. Bentley (1888-1971)

English engineer and motoring pioneer who founded Bentley Motors Limited, dies at 82 [1]

  • 1973 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • 1974 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Pray for the Wanderer), dies at 76
  • 1977 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies at 81
  • 1982 Adam Ważyk [Ajzyk Wagman], Polish poet and author (Eyes & Mouth), dies at 76
  • 1985 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), dies at 84
  • 1988 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), dies at 88
  • 1989 Larkin Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Mississippi 1989), dies in a plane crash at 45
  • 1991 Jack Ryan, American toy developer at Mattel (Barbie Doll; Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • 1992 Jan Elburg [Joannes G], Dutch poet (Through the Night), dies at 72
  • 1994 Manfred Wörner, German general and Secretary-General of NATO (1988-94), dies at 59
  • 1995 Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer and 1st woman to climb Mount Everest alone without bottled oxygen (1995), dies in a storm on top of K2 summit, Pakistan at 33
  • 1995 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, dies at 68
  • 1996 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 86
  • 1996 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest, murdered in front of his own vicarage in Liverpool at 32 [1] [2]
  • 1996 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • 1996 W. Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright (Jock), dies at 67
  • 1998 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), dies at 97
  • 2000 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless, dies at 80
  • 2001 Jimmy Knapp, British trade unionist (National Union of Railwaymen), dies at 60

David LangeDavid Lange (1942-2005)

32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (Labour: 1984-89), dies of complications associated with renal failure and diabetes at 63

  • 2007 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist and socialite, dies at 105
  • 2007 Yone Minagawa, Japanese supercentenarian, world's oldest person in 2007, dies at 114
  • 2008 Bill Gwatney, American political figure, assassinated at 48
  • 2008 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2008 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (Rockmount Ranch Wear), dies at 107
  • 2008 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world at 7 feet 7 inches (231 cm), dies at 53
  • 2010 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Helen Gurley Brown, American author and publisher, dies at 90
  • 2016 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), dies at 86
  • 2016 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94