Deaths in History on February 19

  • 197 Clodius Albinus, Roman General serving in England who proclaimed himself Emperor, dies in the Battle of Lugdunum [Lyon] fighting Septimius Severus
  • 1133 Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)
  • 1260 Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop and saint, dies
  • 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London

TamerlaneTamerlane (1336-1405)

Turko-Mongol conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire, dies at about 68

  • 1414 Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
  • 1545 Pierre Brully [Peter Brulius], Calvinist minister, burned to death for teaching Protestant doctrine in Tournai
  • 1553 Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician (calculated planetary table), dies at 41
  • 1568 Miles Coverdale, English Bishop and co-translator of the 1st complete Bible in English (Coverdale 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 Pieterszoon Visscher, Dutch poet, buried in Amsterdam at about 73
  • 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 in a horse accident at 36
  • 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 and 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 (Murder, Inc.), executed for murder at 31
  • 1945 John Basilone, American Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), is killed in action at Iwo Jima at 26
  • 1945 Wim Speelman, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 26

André GideAndré Gide (1869-1951)

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

  • 1952 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • 1962 Georgios Papanicolaou, Greek-American doctor, cytopathologist, and inventor of the Pap smear, dies at 78
  • 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 Flanders, American politician (Senator-Vermont), 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

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping (1904-1997)

Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies of a lung infection and Parkinson's disease at 92

  • 1999 Mohammad al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader who called for government reform, assassinated in an ambush in Najaf, Iraq at 55 [1]
  • 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
  • 2008 Richard D'Aeth, British educationist (Hughes Hall Cambridge), dies at 96
  • 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

Harper LeeHarper Lee (1926-2016)

American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

  • 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 toy designer (Lego mini-figure), dies at 78