Deaths in History on August 14

  • 582 Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor (578-582)
  • 1040 King Duncan I of Scotland, killed in battle at ca. 39 years
  • 1167 Raynald van Dassel, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1204 Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shogun, dies at 21
  • 1390 John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier, dies at 26

John I of PortugalJohn I of Portugal (1357-1433)

king of Portugal (1383-1433), dies at 76

  • 1573 Saitō Tatsuoki, Japanese warlord (b. 1548)
  • 1587 Gugliemo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (1550-87), dies at 49
  • 1652 Abraham Elsevier, Dutch book publisher, dies at 60
  • 1691 Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)
  • 1704 Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)
  • 1754 Maria Anna of Austria, Archduchess of Austria and Queen consort of Portugal, dies at 70
  • 1774 Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician (b. 1716)
  • 1784 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, dies at 66
  • 1785 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • 1794 George Colman the Elder, English playwright, dies at 62
  • 1833 Luigi Cagnola, architect, dies
  • 1844 Henry Francis Cary, translator (Dante), dies
  • 1852 Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), dies at 63
  • 1856 Constant Prévost, French geologist, dies at 69
  • 1856 William Buckland, dean (Westminster)/geologist, dies
  • 1858 George Combe, phrenologist, dies
  • 1860 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Colin Campbell, British officer (Cawnpore), dies at 70

David FarragutDavid Farragut (1801-1870)

American Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), dies at 69

  • 1874 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, dies at 52
  • 1884 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1887 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38

Charles CrockerCharles Crocker (1822-1888)

American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

  • 1890 Fr. Michael J. McGivney, Irish-American Catholic priest, and founder the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization, dies of pneumonia at 38
  • 1891 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), dies at 87
  • 1905 Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • 1905 Simeon Solomon, English Pre-Raphaelite painter, dies at 64
  • 1913 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1922 Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1923 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, dies at 76
  • 1926 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1928 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk, Rasputin), dies at 37
  • 1936 Rainey Bethea, American murderer, hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, last US public hanging
  • 1937 Sapper, British soldier, novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), dies at 48
  • 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • 1941 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), dies at 86
  • 1941 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • 1949 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • 1949 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)

American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

  • 1952 C. Howard Crane, American architect (Fox Theatres; Detroit Olympia Stadium; Detroit Opera House; LeVeque Tower (Columbus, Ohio); Earls Court Exhibition Centre (London, England)), dies at 67

Hugo EckenerHugo Eckener (1868-1954)

German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

  • 1955 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, dies at 66
  • 1955 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, dies at 93

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies of a heart attack at 58

  • 1956 Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • 1958 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • 1958 Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, dies at 46
  • 1958 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • 1958 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • 1961 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • 1961 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • 1963 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • 1965 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet and author (Walk at Dawn), dies at 80
  • 1969 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, dies at 88
  • 1971 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Jules Romains, French novelist, playwright and poet (Men of Good Will), dies at 86
  • 1974 Raymond Budd, South African trade unionist
  • 1975 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87
  • 1977 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75
  • 1978 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, dies at 71
  • 1982 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), dies at 74
  • 1983 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, dies at 89
  • 1984 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • 1984 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1992 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian-Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • 1992 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 91

John SiricaJohn Sirica (1904-1992)

American federal judge (Watergate hearings), dies at 88

  • 1992 Marion P Ames, American advocate/activist, dies
  • 1994 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1994 Bill Cowley, creator (Lyke Wake Walk), dies at 78
  • 1994 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-British author (Crowds and Power) and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, dies at 89
  • 1994 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 67
  • 1994 Tom Greenshields, English sculptor, dies at 79
  • 1995 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • 1996 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • 2000 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2001 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), dies at 63
  • 2004 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • 2004 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004 William David Ford, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965-95), dies at 77
  • 2010 Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Tahar Wattar, Algerian novelist (b. 1936)
  • 2010 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), dies at 88
  • 2016 Hermann Kant, German writer, dies at 90
  • 2016 Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, dies at 84
  • 2020 James R. Thompson, American politician, (longest serving Governor of Illinois, 1977-91), dies at 84