Deaths in History on August 28

  • 388 Magnus Maximus, Spanish West Roman Emperor (383-88), executed
  • 430 Augustine of Hippo, North African saint and theologian (Belijdenissen), dies at 75
  • 683 K'inich Janaab' Pakal [Sun Shield], Ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque, dies at 80
  • 876 Louis the German, 1st King of East Francia (843-76), dies at around 70
  • 1065 Frederik van Luxembourg, duke of Neth-Lutherans (1046-65)
  • 1341 King Leo V of Armenia (b. 1309)
  • 1481 Afonso V, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1528 Pedro Navarro, Navarrese general and engineer (invented the land mine), dies (b. c. 1460)
  • 1539 Lieven Pain, Flemish, beheaded at about 75
  • 1544 Alardus Aemstelredamus, Dutch priest and humanist, dies at about 53
  • 1550 Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, French adviser to Emperor Charles V's, dies

Albert FrederickAlbert Frederick (1553-1618)

Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), dies at 65

Hugo GrotiusHugo Grotius (1583-1645)

Dutch jurist, father of international law, dies at 62

  • 1646 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Poesie liriche), dies at 53
  • 1654 Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent, dies at 71
  • 1677 Wallerant Vaillant, French painter and engraver, dies at 54
  • 1678 John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, English soldier (b. 1602)
  • 1689 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer, dies at 67
  • 1757 David Hartley, English philosopher and Founder of the Associationist School of Psychology, dies at 51
  • 1778 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/shipminister, dies

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra (1713-1784)

Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, dies at 70

  • 1793 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/parliament member, dies
  • 1798 James Wilson, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, dies at 55
  • 1803 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer and painter, dies
  • 1805 Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader (Moderator of the General Assembly 1770), dies at 83
  • 1818 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, dies
  • 1820 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)
  • 1839 William Smith, British geologist who is credited with creating the first nationwide geological map (Strata Identified by Organized Fossils), dies at 70
  • 1861 William Lyon Mackenzie, Canadian-American newspaper publisher, politician, and failed rebel leader, dies at 66
  • 1880 Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist, dies at 75
  • 1884 Juan de la Cruz Ignacio Moreno y Maisonave, Guatemalan-Spanish Cardinal (Archbishop of Toledo, first Cardinal born in America and of Creole parents), dies at 66
  • 1900 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Women on University), dies at 62

Frederick Law OlmstedFrederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)

American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), dies at 81

  • 1910 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist and anthropologist, dies at 78
  • 1915 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), dies at 76
  • 1916 Francis Warre-Cornish, English writer and scholar, dies at 77
  • 1922 Gaston of Orleans, Count of Eu, dies at 80
  • 1927 Li Dazhao [Ta-chao], Chinese intellectual, revolutionary and co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party with Chen Duxiu, executed as a political prisoner at 37
  • 1930 Alvar Gullstrand, Swedish optician (Nobel 1911), dies
  • 1931 Hugh Mahon, Irish-born Australian politician, dies at 74
  • 1934 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, dies aged 52

Boris IIIBoris III (1894-1943)

Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43), dies of heart failure at 49; likely caused by poisoning but by whom remains a mystery

  • 1944 Ernst Thälmann, German communist presidential candidate, dies at 58
  • 1947 Manolete [Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez], Spanish bullfighter, dies at 30

Emmett TillEmmett Till (1941-1955)

American lynching victim, kidnapped and lynched at 14, in Money, Mississippi

  • 1965 Giulio Racah, Israeli physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Charles Darrow, American businessman who modified and popularized Monopoly game, dies at 78
  • 1968 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • 1968 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • 1971 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper and murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies at 66
  • 1972 William, English Prince of Gloucester and grandson of George V, dies in accident at 30
  • 1975 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1978 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • 1978 F. Van Wyck Mason, American historian and author (Three Harbours), dies at 76
  • 1979 Konstantin Simonov, Soviet journalist and poet (Wait Foe Me), dies at 73
  • 1989 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), dies at 78
  • 1990 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, dies at 83
  • 1990 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • 1993 William Stafford, American poet (b. 1914)
  • 1994 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994 Jean-Marie Vincent, Haitian pater, murdered
  • 1995 Carl Ronald Giles, British cartoonist (Daily Express), dies at 78
  • 1995 Earl Bascom, American rodeo pioneer (b. 1906)
  • 1995 Michael Ende, German writer (The Neverending Story), dies at 65
  • 1995 Michael VerMeulen, American journalist and magazine editor (British GQ), dies at 38
  • 1996 Lynda Carr, educationist, dies at 50
  • 1996 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • 2003 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (failed) (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Esther Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1910)
  • 2005 George Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • 2006 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • 2007 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Paul MacCready, American aeronautical engineer and inventor (1st man-powered aircraft), dies at 81
  • 2012 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • 2018 Tatyana Kuznetsova, Soviet cosmonaut (youngest person selected for space training at 20 but never flew), dies at 77