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Deaths in History on February 19

  • 197 D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
  • 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

Person of interestTamerlane

1405 Timur [Amir Timur, Tamerlane], Turko-Mongol ruler who founded the Timurid Empire, dies at about 68

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror
Tamerlane
  • 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 (calculated planetary table), 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, dies at 43
  • 1620 Roemer P Visscher, poet, buried in Amsterdam
  • 1622 Sir Henry Savile, English scholar and educator, translated the New Testament into English, dies at 72
  • 1663 Adam Adami, German bishop and diplomat (b. 1603)
  • 1672 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), dies at 79

  • 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-François Daubigny, French painter of the Barbizon school, 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
  • 1902 Thomas F. Toon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • 1915 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, dies at 48
  • 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)
  • 1938 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentine poet (Las montañas del oro), dies at 63
  • 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 in Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • 1962 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63
  • 1967 Wilmer King, 1st causality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • 1970 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • 1977 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • 1985 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • 1986 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-78), dies at 81
  • 1988 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • 1988 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • 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, newspaper 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, Indian naturalist and wildlife photographer, dies at 83

Person of interestDeng Xiaoping

1997 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies of a lung infection and Parkinson's disease 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-born New Zealand artist, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 2019 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), dies at 85 (age disputed)
  • 2020 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), dies at 70
  • 2020 Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, dies at 78