Deaths in History on August 7

  • 461 Majorian, Roman Emperor of the Western Empire (assassinated) (b. 420)
  • 479 Emperor Yūryaku of Japan
  • 833 Al-Ma'mun, 7th Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate (813-833), dies after drinking contaminated water at 47 (b. 786)
  • 1033 Frederick II, duke of Upper Lorraine

Henry IVHenry IV (1050-1106)

Holy Roman Emperor (1084–1105), dies at 54

  • 1385 Joan Plantagenet 'the fair maid of Kent', famous English beauty, wife of Edward the Black Prince, mother of Richard II, buried next to her first husband Thomas Holland at about 58
  • 1485 Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince
  • 1547 Cajetanus van Thiene, Italian saint, dies
  • 1613 Thomas Fleming, English judge (b. 1544)
  • 1616 Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (Procurazie Nuove, Venice), dies
  • 1635 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (b. 1591)
  • 1639 Martin van den Hove, Dutch scientist (b. 1605)
  • 1657 Robert Blake, English admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57
  • 1661 Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
  • 1799 John Bacon, English sculptor - most successful public sculptor of his time, dies at 58
  • 1816 Dionysius Godefridus van der Keessel, Dutch jurist (Theses Selectae, Select Theses on the Laws of Holland and Zeeland), dies at 77
  • 1817 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (b. 1739)
  • 1820 Élisa Bonaparte, Corsican sister of Napoleon who appointed her Princess of Lucca and Piombino and Grand Duchess of Tuscany, dies at 43
  • 1821 Caroline of Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV (1820-21), dies at 53
  • 1834 Joseph Marie Jacquard, French weaver and merchant who invented the programmable loom (Jacquard loom), forerunner to today's computers, dies at 82
  • 1848 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, dies at 68
  • 1855 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), dies at 53
  • 1864 Li Xiucheng, late Taiping's Field Marshal and soul person.(b. 1823)
  • 1885 Anthony Modderman, Dutch politician (Minister of Justice, 1879-83), dies at 46
  • 1902 Rudolf von Bennigsen, German lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • 1912 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
  • 1916 Charles E Manning, Australian judge/major, dies in battle at 36
  • 1917 Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
  • 1921 Alexander Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), dies at 40
  • 1923 Hendrik Pierson, Dutch theologist (H Pierson Foundation), dies at 89
  • 1938 Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian director and actor (Stanislavski Method for acting), dies at 75

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), dies at 80

  • 1942 Janusz Korczak [Henryk Goldszmit], Polish-Jewish educator and pedagogue (ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto), is gassed at Treblinka extermination camp along with the residents of his orphanage at 64
  • 1942 Richard Gott, British gen/commandant of 8th Army, dies in battle at 43
  • 1943 Gustav Schmidt, German lt-general, dies in battle
  • 1960 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian luxury shoe designer (Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.), dies at 62
  • 1961 Frank Buchman, American theologist (Moral Re-Armament), dies at 83
  • 1970 Harold Haley, American judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • 1970 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • 1970 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • 1970 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • 1974 Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (Balún Canán), dies in an electrical accident at 49
  • 1987 Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon (1952-58), dies at 87
  • 1987 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • 1989 Mickey Leland, American politician (Rep-D-Texas 1979-89), dies with 15 others in plane crash in Ethiopia at 44
  • 1991 Shapur Bahktiar, Iranian politician, Prime Minister of Iran (1979), assassinated at 77
  • 1993 Kelly Ahrendt, 1st NYer to die of rabies in 40 years, dies at 14
  • 1995 Brigid Brophy, British novelist (Hackenfeller's Ape) and campaigner, dies at 66
  • 1995 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), dies at 77
  • 1996 Peter Winter, naval commander, dies at 78
  • 1997 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, dies at 74
  • 1997 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • 2004 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
  • 2006 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • 2008 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), dies at 92
  • 2011 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • 2015 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • 2020 Lê Khả Phiêu, Vietnamese leader, General Secretary (1997-2001), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2021 Douglas Applegate, American politician (US Representative from Ohio, 1977-95), dies at 93
  • 2022 David McCullough, American author (Truman; John Adams), popular historian, TV documentary host and narrator (Seabiscuit; The Civil War), dies at 89 [1]