Deaths in History on February 26

  • 1076 Godfrey IV "the Hunchback", Duke of Lower Lorraine murdered (or Feb 27)
  • 1154 Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
  • 1200 Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint
  • 1266 Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies at the Battle of Benevento
  • 1324 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/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 lethal arsenic poisoning at 43
  • 1608 John Still, English bishop
  • 1686 Godefroi L Comte d'Estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1726 Maximilian II Emanuel, elector of Bavaria, dies at 63
  • 1726 Maximilian II M Emanuel, elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • 1802 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, dies at 83

Person of interestRobert R. Livingston

1813 Robert R. Livingston, US diplomat (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66

American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston
American Founding Father
Robert R. Livingston

  • 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 leader of Union League in NC, lynched
  • 1871 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1871 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustator, 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
  • 1903 Richard J Gatling, US inventor (Gatling 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, Dut vicar/church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
  • 1930 Raffaele Merry del Val, Spanish Cardinal, dies at 64
  • 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, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • 1947 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • 1954 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93
  • 1956 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72

  • 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 A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74

Person of interestJimmie Lee Jackson

1965 Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, dies from gunshot wounds at 26

Civil Rights Activist Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Activist
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 1966 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • 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], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • 1981 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • 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 Audrey Angers, charity pioneer
  • 1996 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Nuccio Bertone, Italian automobile designer, dies at 82
  • 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 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • 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.
  • 2011 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2015 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42
  • 2017 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • 2017 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86