Deaths in History on February 26

  • 1076 Godfrey IV "the Hunchback", Duke of Lower Lorraine murdered (or Feb 27)

Roger IIRoger II (1095-1154)

Count of Sicily (1105-30) and later King of Sicily (1130-54), dies at 60

  • 1266 Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies at the Battle of Benevento
  • 1324 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller, poet and chronicler, dies
  • 1360 Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)
  • 1538 Worp van Thabor, Frisian abbott of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), dies
  • 1561 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1577 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of arsenic poisoning at 43
  • 1608 John Still, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, dies at about 64
  • 1650 Claude Favre de Vaugelas, Savoyard grammarian and man of letters, dies at 65
  • 1686 Godefroi L Comte d'Estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
  • 1726 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1691-1714), dies at 63
  • 1802 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, dies at 83

Robert R. LivingstonRobert R. Livingston (1746-1813)

US Founding Father who delivered the oath of office to George Washington, dies at 66

  • 1814 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1815 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1821 Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1839 Sybil Ludington, American revolutionary heroine (rode to alert militia), dies at 77
  • 1864 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (Prime Minister of the Province of Canada), dies at 56
  • 1870 Wyatt Outlaw, African American Town Councillor and Constable, leader of Union League in NC, lynched by the Ku Klux Klan at about 50
  • 1871 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1871 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, dies at 61
  • 1883 Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1896 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, dies at 80
  • 1901 Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
  • 1901 Hsu Cheng-yu, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded

Richard Jordan GatlingRichard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903)

American inventor famous for the Gatling Gun, the 1st hand-cranked machine gun, dies at 84

  • 1920 Ludwig Rubiner, German poet and essayist, dies at 38
  • 1921 Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • 1926 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar and church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
  • 1930 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 64
  • 1931 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • 1933 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1941 Jan Keizer, Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • 1943 Theodor Eicke, German Nazi official who developed the concentration camps, killed at 50 when his plane shot down
  • 1947 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • 1947 Kálmán Tihanyi, Hungarian physicist and engineer (invented cathode ray tube for television), dies at 49
  • 1954 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93
  • 1956 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron and painter, dies at 72
  • 1959 Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, granddaughter of King Edward VII and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 67
  • 1960 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • 1961 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • 1961 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • 1963 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74

Jimmie Lee JacksonJimmie Lee Jackson (1938-1965)

American civil rights protester and church deacon, shot and killed at 26 by an Alabama State Trooper

  • 1966 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • 1969 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1969 Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • 1972 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • 1981 FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch lawyer and writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • 1981 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), dies at 66
  • 1990 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • 1993 Fletcher Knebel, American author (Seven Days in May), commits suicide following long bout with cancer at 81
  • 1993 Mark Kolthoff, Dutch painter and photographer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
  • 1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
  • 1996 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Nuccio Bertone, Italian automobile designer, dies at 82
  • 1998 Theodore Schultz, American agricultural economist (1979 Nobel Prize for Economics for development economics), dies at 95 [1]
  • 2000 George L. Street III, American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 86
  • 2001 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2004 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • 2004 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist, dies at 65
  • 2008 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2010 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2010 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, dies at 87
  • 2011 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 James A. McClure, American politician (Senator - Idaho), dies at 86
  • 2015 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42
  • 2015 Theodore Hesburgh, president (University of Notre Dame), dies at 97
  • 2017 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • 2017 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • 2019 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 88
  • 2020 Nexhmije Hoxha, Albanian wife of dictator Enver Hoxha 'Lady Macbeth of Albania', dies at 99
  • 2021 John Mallard, English medical physicist (developed MRI and PET scans), dies at 94