Deaths in History on February 13

  • 858 Kenneth I of Scotland [Kenneth MacAlpin], King of the Picts who united Scotland and is considered the 1st Scottish King, dies of a tumor at around 48
  • 1130 Honorius II [Lamberto], Pope (1124-30), dies
  • 1141 Béla II of Hungary (b. 1110)
  • 1200 Stefan Nemanja [Saint Symeon], Serbian ruler and founder of Serbian state (or died 1199)
  • 1219 Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese 3rd shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate
  • 1237 Jordanus of Saxon, 2nd general of Dominicans, drowns
  • 1315 Jean I of Chalon-Arlay, mayor of Neuchôtel, dies
  • 1332 Andronicus II Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1282-1328)/monk, dies
  • 1539 Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (b. 1474)
  • 1542 Catherine Howard, Queen of England (1540-42), 5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at 18 or 19 for adultery
  • 1542 Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of King Henry VIII of England, beheaded in the Tower of London at 36 or 37
  • 1585 Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 69
  • 1592 Jacopo Bassano, Italian painter
  • 1600 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), dies at 61
  • 1602 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
  • 1608 Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury and builder of country houses, dies at 89
  • 1608 Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)
  • 1624 Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
  • 1635 Georg R Weckerlin, German poet, dies at 50
  • 1660 Charles X Gustav, King of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
  • 1662 Elisabeth Stuart, Electress of the Palatinate, "The Winter Queen" of Bohemia and daughter of James VI and I of England and Scotland, dies at 65
  • 1727 William Wotton, English theologian and scholar, dies at 58

Cotton MatherCotton Mather (1663-1728)

American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), dies at 65

  • 1732 Charles-René d'Hozier, French historian (b. 1640)
  • 1787 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, dies at 67
  • 1787 Roger Boscovich [Ruđer Bošković], Croatian-Italian astronomer. physicist, poet, and priest, dies at 75
  • 1787 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • 1798 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies at 24
  • 1813 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
  • 1818 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, dies at 71
  • 1818 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, dies at 65
  • 1837 Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
  • 1841 Thomas Ainsworth, English/Dutch industrialist, dies at 45
  • 1845 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, dies at 71
  • 1858 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, dies at 47
  • 1873 Petrus Abraham Samuel van Limburg Brouwer, Dutch politician and critic (Akbar), dies at 43
  • 1882 Henry Highland Garnet, American minister, abolitionist and diplomat, dies in Monrovia, Liberia at 66
  • 1888 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73
  • 1889 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1891 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, dies at 77
  • 1893 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • 1894 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 65
  • 1897 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 66
  • 1905 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (Travellers in Auvergne), dies at 60
  • 1906 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
  • 1907 Marcel Bertrand, French geologist and mine engineer (tectonic geology), dies at 59
  • 1914 Alphonse Bertillon, French police officer and anthropologist (devised crime ID system), dies at 60
  • 1919 Matteo Albertone, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies at 78
  • 1921 Willem P C Knuttel, Dutch bibliography/librarian, dies at 67
  • 1925 Floyd Collins, American cave owner and caver, dies a few days before rescuers can reach him trapped in Sand Cave, Kentucky at 37 (estimated) [1]
  • 1927 Brooks Adams, American philosopher (New Empire), dies at 78
  • 1935 Violet Paget, British author (Gospels of Anarchy), dies at 78
  • 1937 Carl Albrecht Bernoulli, Swiss writer, dies at 69
  • 1942 Epitácio Pessoa, 11th President of Brazil (Minas Gerais Republican: 1919-22), dies at 76
  • 1943 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Neglected Grouser), dies at 55
  • 1950 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), dies at 74
  • 1951 Lloyd C. Douglas, American novelist (The Big Fisherman), dies at 73
  • 1952 Josephine Tey, English author (b. 1896)
  • 1954 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, dies at 63
  • 1956 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish logician, philosopher, professor, and author, dies at 77
  • 1958 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • 1958 Georges Rouault, French expressionist painter (Miserere et Guerre), dies at 86
  • 1960 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • 1963 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • 1964 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • 1965 William Heard Kilpatrick, American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 93
  • 1966 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • 1975 Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • 1976 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • 1980 Marian Rejewski, Polish mathematician and cryptologist (1st to break German Enigma code), dies at 74
  • 1982 Zeng Jinlian, Chinese tallest woman ever recorded (2.46 m, 8'1''), dies at 17
  • 1984 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • 1989 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 1992 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • 1992 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1993 Agatha Hagtingius-Seger, Dutch author (Sparkles Chain), dies at 91
  • 1994 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter and set designer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Abdelhafid Said, Algerian student leader, murdered
  • 1995 Alberto Burri, Ital's physician/sculptor/painter), dies at 79
  • 1995 Azeddine Medjoubi, head Algerian nationally theater, murdered at 49
  • 1995 Joan A C Ramsey nee Hamilton, lady Ramsey of Canterbury, dies at 84
  • 1997 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • 1998 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • 2000 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), dies at 93
  • 2003 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • 2005 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, dies at 40
  • 2005 Lúcia Santos, Portuguese Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary, dies at 97
  • 2006 Peter Strawson, British philosopher (Oxford University), dies at 86
  • 2006 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, dies at 66
  • 2007 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • 2007 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), dies at 92
  • 2010 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • 2012 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), dies at 94
  • 2012 Mohamed Lamari, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2016 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • 2018 Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, dies at 83
  • 2021 Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), dies at 84
  • 2021 Olle Nygren, Swedish speedway rider (World Team Cup 1960; World C'ship 1954 3rd; World Longtrack C'ship 1961 runner-up), dies at 91