Deaths in History on February 19

  • 197 D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
  • 440 Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian monk, theologian and linguist (b. 361/362)
  • 1133 Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)
  • 1260 Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies
  • 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
  • 1414 Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
  • 1545 Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], calvinist minister, burned to death
  • 1553 Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician, dies at 41
  • 1568 Miles Coverdale, translator (1st complete English Bible), dies at 80
  • 1589 Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1596 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, dies at 72
  • 1602 Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)
  • 1620 Roemer P Visscher, poet, buried in Amsterdam
  • 1622 Sir Henry Savile, English educator (b. 1549)
  • 1663 Adam Adami, German bishop and diplomat (b. 1603)
  • 1672 Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)
  • 1709 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)
  • 1716 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1789 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, dies at 50
  • 1799 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, dies at 65
  • 1806 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), dies at 88
  • 1837 Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • 1864 William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate brigadier general, dies
  • 1871 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 1873 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary, dies at 35
  • 1878 Charles F Daubigny, French restaurateur/painter, dies at 61
  • 1880 Constantino Brumidi, Greek-Italian-American historical artist (Myrtle Murdock), dies at 74
  • 1887 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • 1897 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions), dies at 81
  • 1915 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, India's social reformer/politician, dies
  • 1916 Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist/philosopher/psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1927 Georg Brandes, [Cohen], Danish literary-historian and critic, dies at 85
  • 1936 Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
  • 1942 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • 1945 Wim Speelman, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1945 John Basilone, American Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), is killed in action at Iwo Jima at 26

Person of interestAndré Gide

1951 Andre Gide, French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), dies of pneumonia at 81

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • 1952 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 92
  • 1962 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Gheorge Gheorghiu Dej, Romanian president, dies at 63
  • 1967 Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • 1970 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • 1972 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • 1977 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1985 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • 1986 James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • 1988 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • 1990 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • 1992 Chet Leaming, dies after brief illness at 66
  • 1993 Gerhard Gesell, judge (Pentagon Papers), dies of liver cancer at 82
  • 1994 Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • 1995 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter (End as a Man), dies at 72
  • 1995 Ian Ball, photographer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Shlomo Averbach, Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1996 Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
  • 1996 Madhaviah Krishnan, naturalist, dies at 83

Person of interestDeng Xiaoping

1997 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies at 92

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1999 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • 2000 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • 2002 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, dies of liver cancer at 50
  • 2010 Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • 2012 John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • 2012 Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • 2013 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), dies at 75
  • 2014 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • 2014 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • 2016 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Person of interestHarper Lee

2016 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • 2017 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93