Deaths in History on August 30

  • 524 Chlodomer, Frankish King of Orléans dies at about 29
  • 526 Theodoric the Great, King of Ostrogoths (471-526) (b. 454)
  • 1181 Alexander III [Orlando Bandinelli], Italian Pope (1159-81), dies
  • 1428 Emperor Shōkō, 101st Emperor of Japan (1412-1428) (b. 1401)
  • 1482 Louis van Bourbon, prince-Bishop of Luik (Cluppelslagers), dies

Louis XILouis XI (1423-1483)

King of France (1461-83), dies at 60

  • 1580 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • 1619 Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord, dies at 84
  • 1666 Benedictus Carpzovius [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer, dies at 71
  • 1751 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)
  • 1809 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies
  • 1844 Francis Baily, English astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse, dies at 70
  • 1855 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, dies at 61
  • 1856 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)
  • 1856 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, dies at 79
  • 1862 Charles Bernard Desormes, French Physicist and Chemist (carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide compositions), dies at 91
  • 1877 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), dies at 67
  • 1879 John Bell Hood, American Confederate general during the American Civil War (Army of Tennessee), dies of yellow fever at 48
  • 1886 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American military officer and politician (US Representative from New York 1881-83), dies at 50
  • 1896 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)
  • 1903 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • 1906 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, dies at 59
  • 1908 Alexander P. Stewart, American Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), dies at 86
  • 1910 Albert Vandal, French earl and historian (Napoleon), dies at 57
  • 1914 Adrian H. Stewart, British lieutenant, dies in battle in Cameroon at 26
  • 1914 Alexander Samsonov, Russian general, commits suicide after Russian defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg at 54
  • 1914 Lucy Lloyd, English-born creator (with Wilhelm Bleek) of archive of Bushman ǀxam and !kun texts, dies at 79 [1]
  • 1917 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • 1919 Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), dies at 39
  • 1928 Wilhelm Wien, German physicist (laws of motion, Nobel Prize for Physics 1911), dies at 64
  • 1932 Willem Marinus van Rossum, Dutch cardinal and prefect of Propaganda Fide, dies at 77
  • 1934 Earnest L. Wolzogen, German writer (That tolle Komtess), dies at 79
  • 1935 Henri Barbusse, French novelist (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1938 Max Factor, Polish-American make-up artist, inventor and founder of cosmetics manufacturer Max Factor & Company, dies at 60

J. J. ThomsonJ. J. Thomson (1856-1940)

English physicist who discovered the electron (Nobel 1906), dies at 83

  • 1941 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, dies at 67
  • 1943 Eustáquio van Lieshout, Dutch priest and missionary in Brazil, dies at 52
  • 1944 Morten Nielsen, Danish resistance fighter, dies
  • 1946 Grigory Semyonov, Russian counter-revolutionary (executed) (b. 1890)
  • 1950 Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center), dies at 57
  • 1963 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • 1970 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • 1974 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Leeuwenhoek), dies at 87
  • 1981 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48
  • 1985 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • 1988 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology, dies at 87
  • 1989 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), dies at 86
  • 1989 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1990 Edmund G. Love, American historian and author (A Small Bequest, Subways Are for Sleeping), dies at 78
  • 1991 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies at 61
  • 1991 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies at 66
  • 1995 Fischer S. Black Jr, American financial Theorist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Pattie Menzies, Australian wife of PM Robert Menzies, dies at 96
  • 1996 José Toribio Merino, Chilean admiral (one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état), dies at 80
  • 1999 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, dies at 94
  • 2003 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • 2004 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2005 James H. Scheuer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- 93), dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
  • 2006 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough, dies at 89
  • 2007 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney (1939-2013)

Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74 [1] [2]

  • 2015 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • 2015 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • 2016 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022)

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), dies after an unspecified long and grave illness at 91 [1]