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Deaths in History on August 13

  • 586 St. Radegund, Frankish princess, wife of Clotaire I and founder of the Convent of Our Lady of Poitiers.
  • 662 Maximus Confessor, Greek theologist/crusader, dies
  • 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 J 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 J E Schlegel, writer, dies

  • 1762 John Alberti, theologist/philological, dies at 64
  • 1787 Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies
  • 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, Neth/German librarian, dies at 63

Person of interestCollis P. Huntington

1900 Collis P. Huntington, American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 78

Business Tycoon Collis P. Huntington
Business Tycoon
Collis P. Huntington

Person of interestFlorence Nightingale

1910 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), dies at 90

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

Person of interestH. G. Wells

1946 H. G. Wells, English sci-fi author (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine), dies at 79

Author H. G. Wells
Author
H. G. Wells
  • 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 United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • 1965 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-64), dies at 65
  • 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
  • 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, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • 1991 Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • 1992 Jan Elburg, [Joannes G], poet (Geen letterheren), dies
  • 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 Per-Jakez Helias, Writer/teacher, dies at 81
  • 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, priest, dies at 42
  • 1996 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • 1996 W Gordon Smith, playwright, 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

Person of interestDavid Lange

2005 David Lange, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1984-1990), dies of complications associated with renal failure at 63

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • 2007 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 2007 Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • 2008 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • 2008 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • 2008 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2010 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • 2016 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94
  • 2016 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), dies at 86