On This Day

Deaths in History on August 23

  • 93 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, dies at 53
  • 634 Aboe Bekr Abd Allah, [al-Siddik], friend/successor of Mohammed and Caliph, dies
  • 1106 Magnus, Duke of Saxony
  • 1176 Emperor Rokujo of Japan (b. 1164)

BattleWilliam Wallace

1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, hanged, disemboweled & beheaded at Smithfield London

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 1328 Nicolaas Zannekin, leader of rebel Flemish farmers, dies in battle
  • 1387 King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
  • 1507 Jean Molinet, Burgundy historian (Chroniques), dies at about 72
  • 1519 Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot
  • 1540 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • 1591 Luis de Leon, Spanish scholar and poet, dies at 64
  • 1618 Gerbrant A Bredero, poet/playwright (Moortje), dies at 33

MurderGeorge Villiers

1628 George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and English courtier who was a favorite of King James I, assassinated by army officer John Felton at 35

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers
  • 1652 John Byron, 1st Baron Byron, English royalist politician (b. 1600)
  • 1668 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), dies at 58
  • 1706 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)

  • 1723 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister, dies at 84
  • 1806 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • 1813 Alexander Wilson, Scottish ornithologist and naturalist, dies at 47
  • 1819 Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie),, dies on 34th birthday
  • 1831 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70
  • 1853 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1867 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  • 1884 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), dies at 67
  • 1892 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • 1903 Paul Gabriël, Dutch water colors painter and etcher, dies at 75
  • 1914 Felix Fivet, Belgian baby, executed by German troops at 3 weeks
  • 1914 George Ambrose Pogson, British consul in Hamburg (1880-1914), dies
  • 1927 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Massachusetts
  • 1929 Charles Van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God on Sea), dies
  • 1933 Adolph Loos, Austrian architect, dies at 62
  • 1939 Sidney Coe Howard, American playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • 1957 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, dies at 76
  • 1958 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • 1962 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, dies at 76
  • 1965 John Bata, Czech shoe manufacturer, dies at 67

  • 1971 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • 1974 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  • 1982 Alberto Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Herr Puntila), dies at 85
  • 1982 Stanford Moore, American biochemist (Nobel 1977), dies at 68
  • 1982 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman and heir to the Bloomingdale's department store, dies at 66
  • 1989 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • 1989 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1991 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • 1992 Virginia Sale-Wren, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 92
  • 1993 Victorine Hefting, historian/wife of Bert Baker, dies at 88
  • 1994 Henri Rousselot, admiral, dies at 82
  • 1994 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • 1994 Rabah Stambouli, Algerian sociologist/politician, murdered at 65
  • 1994 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), dies at 96
  • 1995 Arthur Holt, politician, dies at 81
  • 1995 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, dies at 66
  • 1995 James Pilditch, designer, dies at 66
  • 1995 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, dies at 72
  • 1995 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), dies at 91
  • 1997 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • 1999 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • 2001 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2003 John Geoghan, American Catholic priest (b. 1935)
  • 2005 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)

Person of interestEd Warren

2006 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • 2007 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), dies at 59
  • 2008 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2012 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • 2013 William Glasser, American psychiatrist, dies from respiratory failure from pneumonia at 88
  • 2016 Reinhard Selten, German economist (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • 2017 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 2017 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71