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Deaths in History on February 22

  • 606 Sabinian, Italian Pope (604-06), dies
  • 965 Odo, Duke of Burgundy (b. 944)
  • 1071 Arnulf III, earl of Flanders/Hainault (Arnulf I), dies in battle
  • 1078 Johannes van Fecamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
  • 1111 Roger Borsa, King of Sicily
  • 1213 Wibert of Gembloers, benediction/writer/abbot of Gembloers, dies
  • 1371 David II Bruce, King of Scots (1331..71), dies at 46
  • 1478 Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies

Person of interestAmerigo Vespucci

1512 Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60

  • 1627 Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)
  • 1636 Santorio Sanctorius, Venetian physiologist and physician (invented thermometer), dies at 74
  • 1674 Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle), dies at 78
  • 1680 Catherine Monvoisin, French sorceress (b. c.1640)
  • 1690 Charles Le Brun, French classical painter who helped establish the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, dies at 70
  • 1731 Frederik Ruysch, Dutch anatomist, dies at 92
  • 1732 Francis Atterbury, English bishop and man of letters (b. 1663)

  • 1742 Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • 1770 Christopher Snider, 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution
  • 1780 Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena & Reggio, dies at 81
  • 1797 Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German officer and adventurer (b. 1720)
  • 1799 Heshen, infamous Qing Dynasty Chinese official at court (b. 1750)
  • 1816 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and historian, dies at 92
  • 1827 Charles Willson Peale, American painter remembered for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution (George Washington), dies at 85
  • 1829 Adam A earl von Neipperg, Austrian general and Napoleon's wife Marie lover, dies at 53
  • 1846 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [OS]

Person of interestCharles Lyell

1875 Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77

Geologist Charles Lyell
Geologist
Charles Lyell
  • 1875 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter, dies at 78
  • 1890 John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (Astor Estate holdings), dies at 67
  • 1890 Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (b. 1834)
  • 1892 Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate (b. 1828)
  • 1897 Charles Blondin, French acrobat and tight rope walker, dies at 72
  • 1903 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies
  • 1904 Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832)
  • 1911 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), dies at 85
  • 1912 Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree's Handatlas), dies at 76
  • 1913 Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure, Swiss linguist, dies at 55

  • 1913 Francisco I. Madero, Mexican revolutionary and 33rd President of Mexico (1911-13), assassinated in military coup at 39
  • 1913 Suarez, Mexican vice pres, assassinated in a military coup
  • 1913 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes), dies at 55
  • 1914 Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
  • 1921 Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864)
  • 1925 Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, dies at 72
  • 1925 Nina David, [Mrs Radcliffe N Salomon], poet/author, dies
  • 1925 Thomas Allbutt, English physiologist (Diseases of the Heart), dies at 88
  • 1930 Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh, dies at 66
  • 1936 Johan Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes Digte), dies at 74
  • 1939 Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (Campos de Castilla), dies at 63
  • 1943 Christoph Probst, German resistance fighter (That Weisse Rose), dies
  • 1943 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (White Rose), beheaded at 24
  • 1943 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), beheaded by guillotine at 21
  • 1944 Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mohandas Gandhi, dies at 74
  • 1945 Osip Brik, Russian writer (b. 1888)
  • 1949 Russell W. Porter, American artist and explorer (Alaska), dies at 77
  • 1958 Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
  • 1958 Abul Kalam Azad, 1st Minister of Education in the Indian government, dies at 69
  • 1960 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • 1961 George de Cuevas, Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer (Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas), dies at 75 or 76
  • 1965 Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
  • 1966 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist and folklorist, dies at 74
  • 1967 Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP), dies at 53
  • 1968 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • 1973 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Cat Jumps), dies at 73
  • 1973 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • 1973 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 21st Premier of Quebec (1968-70), dies at 56
  • 1974 Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930)
  • 1976 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1978 Phyllis McGinley, American poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • 1980 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • 1980 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter and graphic artist, dies at 93
  • 1982 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, dies at 83
  • 1984 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • 1984 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1985 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • 1987 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • 1989 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, dies at 50
  • 1993 Jean Lecanuet, French UDF-presidential candidate, dies at 72
  • 1993 Pieter A H Bos, Dutch lawyer/procureur-general (Aruba), dies at 63
  • 1995 Elfi Althoff-Jacobi, Austrian circus director, dies at 80
  • 1995 Lembarek Boumaarafi, Algerian murderer of President Boudiaf, dies
  • 1995 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), dies at 80
  • 1996 Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician, dies at 79
  • 1997 Austin Andrew Wright, British sculptor, dies at 85
  • 1997 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Albert Shanker, American labor leader (Amer Fed of Teachers), dies at 68
  • 1998 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • 1998 Sandy Hume, American correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • 1998 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
  • 2002 Poncke Princen, Dutch anti-Nazi fighter, colonial soldier and human rights activist, dies at 76
  • 2002 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), dies of congestive heart failure at 89
  • 2002 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), dies at 85
  • 2002 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • 2005 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2007 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • 2007 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • 2007 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran, dies at 88
  • 2014 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, dies at 98
  • 2016 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • 2017 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • 2017 Eni Faleomavaega, American-Samoan politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa), dies at 73