Deaths in History on August 19

Augustus CaesarAugustus Caesar (63 BC - 14 AD)

First Roman Emperor (27 BC-14 AD), dies at 75

  • 472 Ricimer, Germanic Roman general (kingmaker in the Western Roman Empire), dies
  • 1186 Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1158)
  • 1245 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence (b. 1195)
  • 1284 Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England (b. 1273)
  • 1297 Saint Louis of Toulouse, French Catholic bishop (b. 1274)
  • 1493 Frederick III of Innsbruck, German Emperor (1440-1493), dies at 77
  • 1580 Andrea Palladio [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia and Moldovia (Romanian national hero), assassinated at 42 or 43
  • 1646 Alexander Henderson, Scottish theologian
  • 1650 Abraham de Verwer, Dutch painter, buried at about 55
  • 1654 Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, Bohemian rabbi and scholar (Tosefot Yom Tov), dies (b. c. 1579)
  • 1657 Frans Snyders, Flemish painter of animals, dies at 77

Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal (1623-1662)

French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), dies of a stomach tumor at 39

  • 1680 Jean Eudes, French catholic priest, founder of the Eudists, dies at 78
  • 1691 Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Turkish grand vizer, dies in the Battle of Slankamen (b. 1637)
  • 1699 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, dies at 69
  • 1719 Karl H. Freiherr von Canstein, German lawyer, dies at 52
  • 1753 Balthasar Neumann, German Baroque architect (Würzburg Residence), dies at 66
  • 1765 Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Swedish Chemist who discovered nickel and tungsten, dies at 42

Jean Baptiste Joseph DelambreJean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749-1822)

French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), dies at 72

  • 1838 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • 1856 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist, dies at 39
  • 1876 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • 1883 Jeremiah S. Black, American statesman (US Attorney General 1857-60, US Secretary of State 1860-61), dies at 73
  • 1887 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
  • 1888 Spencer F. Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • 1889 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (Contes cruels), dies at 60
  • 1895 John Wesley Hardin, American outlaw and gunfighter (claimed to have killed 27 men), shot dead in a saloon at 42
  • 1896 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him), dies at 76
  • 1909 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander of Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and Member of parliament, dies at 83
  • 1914 Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus, dies at 69
  • 1923 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • 1931 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • 1939 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 70

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge (1882-1944)

German field marshal during World War II (Invasion of Poland, Battle of France, Operation Barbarossa), commits suicide at 61

  • 1945 Tomas Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (founder of Villa Lo Burgos), dies at 69
  • 1947 Ernst Laqueur, Dutch chemist and psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • 1950 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist and electrical engineer (Giorgi system of measurement), dies at 78
  • 1954 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), dies at 73
  • 1957 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • 1957 David Bomberg, English painter, dies at 66

Claude Grahame-WhiteClaude Grahame-White (1879-1959)

English aviation pioneer who was the 1st to make a night flight, dies at 79

  • 1959 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
  • 1960 Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1962 Kerstin Hesselgren, Swedish politician, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • 1967 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, dies at 84
  • 1967 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), dies at 83
  • 1967 Isaac Deutscher, Polish-English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography), dies at 60
  • 1970 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, dies at 60
  • 1971 Walther Victor, German writer, dies at 76
  • 1974 Rodger Davies, United States ambassador to Cyprus, murdered at 53 by Greek Cypriot gunmen during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia
  • 1980 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • 1983 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), dies at 73
  • 1986 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), dies at 81
  • 1990 Anna Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, Dutch children's book writer, dies at 80
  • 1992 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), dies of a brain tumor at 80
  • 1993 Lucinda Ballard, US costume designer, wife of Howard Dietz, dies at 90
  • 1994 John George Hughes, British academic and 9th bishop of Kensington (1987-1994), dies at 59
  • 1994 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70

Linus PaulingLinus Pauling (1901-1994)

American chemist, engineer and peace activist (1954 Nobel prize for Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), dies at 93

  • 1994 Nancy Lancaster, American British decorator (Colefax and Fowler), dies at 96
  • 1994 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • 1994 Walter Bartley, English biochemist, dies at 78
  • 1998 Vasily Arkhipov, Soviet-Russian naval officer who saved the world by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo from submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, dies of kidney cancer at 72
  • 2000 Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (birth date unknown)
  • 2001 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • 2003 Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), dies at 55
  • 2008 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59
  • 2011 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • 2013 José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), dies of adrenal cancer at 90
  • 2016 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • 2017 Charles R. Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • 2020 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), dies at 92