Deaths in History on August 29

  • 29 John the Baptist, beheaded
  • 886 Basilius I, the Macedonier, Byzantine emperor (867-886), dies
  • 1093 Hugh I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1057)
  • 1123 Eystein I, King of Norway (1103-23) portrayed as the "peace king" who ruled alongside his brothers Sigurd the Crusader and Olaf Magnusson, dies of an illness at around 34 or 35
  • 1395 Albert III, Duke of Austria (1365-95), dies at 45
  • 1442 John VI, Duke of Brittany (b. 1389)
  • 1523 Ulrich von Hutten, German scholar and poet, dies at 35
  • 1526 Louis II, King of Hungary and Bohemia, dies in accident at 20
  • 1542 Cristovão da Gama, Portuguese soldier (born c. 1516)
  • 1653 Gillesz de Hondecoeter, painter/Hostage rights, buried at about 49
  • 1657 John Lilburne, English dissenter
  • 1712 Gregory King, English statistician (law of King), dies at 63
  • 1758 Gerard Van Wage, historian, dies at 75
  • 1758 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal, dies at 56
  • 1769 Edmond Hoyle, games expert, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1780 Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect (b. 1713)
  • 1782 Richard Kempenfelt, Royal Navy Admiral drowns (b. 1718)

Pius VIPius VI (1717-1799)

Italian Pope (1775-99), dies at 71

  • 1844 Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (b. 1762)

Charles NapierCharles Napier (1782-1853)

British soldier and Major General of the Bombay Army who conquered Sindh and became its Governor (1843-47), dies at 71

  • 1856 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, dies at 77
  • 1865 John Brough, US publisher/(gov-R-Ohio), dies at about 54

Brigham YoungBrigham Young (1801-1877)

American religious leader (Latter-day Saints), dies of peritonitis at 76

  • 1880 Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, Bvt Major General (Union Army), dies at 47
  • 1880 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, dies at 61
  • 1889 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (b. 1815)
  • 1893 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52 [OS=8/17]
  • 1903 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 71
  • 1904 Murad V, 33rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876), dies at 63
  • 1909 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies at 67
  • 1910 Johan Eilerts de Haan, Dutch naval officer and explorer (Lucie River, Suriname), dies, likely due to malaria, at 44
  • 1916 Johann Oskar Backlund, Swedish-Russian astronomer (planets/asteroids), dies at 64
  • 1918 Max Dauthendey, German painter and author (Raubmenschen), dies at 51)
  • 1921 Joel Asaph Allen, American zoologist (Allen's rule) and first curator of birds and mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, dies at 83
  • 1928 Richard Haldane, British viscount and lord-chancellor (Life of A Smith), dies at 72
  • 1930 William Archibald Spooner, English writer (b. 1844)
  • 1931 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder, dies at 64
  • 1935 Astrid of Sweden, Queen of the Belgians, first wife of King Leopold III (1934-35), dies in a car accident at 29
  • 1941 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • 1941 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, executed at 36
  • 1946 J E Feenstra, Nazi military police commandant, executed
  • 1946 John Steuart Curry, American painter and lithographer ( (Baptism in Kansas), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1960 Hazza el-Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan is assassinated
  • 1960 Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (Grand Hotel), dies at 72
  • 1966 Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theoretician (b. 1906)
  • 1968 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, dies at 87

Éamon de ValeraÉamon de Valera (1882-1975)

Irish republican politician and President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59), dies at 92

  • 1979 Samuel I. Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), dies at 84
  • 1980 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, French politician and Nazi collaborator (anti-Semite minister in WWII Vichy government), dies at 92
  • 1982 Nahum Goldmann, American president of Zionist World Organization, dies at 87
  • 1983 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68
  • 1984 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer, dies at 79
  • 1990 Sandy, dog in the play Annie, dies at 16
  • 1991 Kathryn Cravens, American early news correspondent, dies at 92
  • 1991 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • 1992 Mary Norton, English children book author (Borrowers), dies at 88
  • 1993 Henry J "Harry" Smeets, dealer of Volkskrant, dies at 56
  • 1994 Arthur Ernest Mourant, British hematologist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Jean-Marie Vincent, Haitian Catholic priest, shot dead
  • 1994 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor, dies at 93
  • 1995 Harry Broadhurst, British Royal Air Force commander and flying ace of the Second World War, dies at 89
  • 1995 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist, dies at 70
  • 1995 Thomas Strittmatter, German writer, dies at 33
  • 2003 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Patrick Procktor, English artist, dies at 67
  • 2007 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian 4th Chief Minister of Haryana (1975-77), dies at 89
  • 2007 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • 2015 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • 2018 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, English jurist and Labour politician who was Minister of State for Northern Ireland (1976-79), dies at 70 [1]
  • 2020 Jürgen Schadeberg, German-born South African photographer who photographed apartheid struggle, dies at 89