Deaths in History on February 28

  • 642 Oswald, English King of Northumbria and saint, dies in the Battle of Maserfield at about 38
  • 1261 Hendrik, duke of Brabant (1248-61), dies
  • 1326 Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)
  • 1453 Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine (b. 1400)
  • 1485 Niclas, Graf von Abensberg, German soldier (b. 1441)
  • 1510 Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc (c. 1495-1525)

the last Aztec Emperor (1520 - 1521), tortured and killed by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés

  • 1572 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1573 Jan "Hans" Liefrinck, Flemish engraver/publisher, dies at about 54
  • 1621 Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
  • 1626 Cyril Tourneur, English poet/dramatist, dies at about 51
  • 1638 Claude Gaspard Bachet de Meziriac, French mathematician and poet, dies at 56
  • 1638 Henri duc de Rohan, French soldier and Huguenot leader, dies
  • 1648 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), dies at 70
  • 1665 Lodewijk van Nassau, Dutch governor (Bois-le-Duc), dies
  • 1742 Willem 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, dies at 53
  • 1746 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, dies at 85
  • 1781 Richard Stockton, American attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence, dies at 50
  • 1786 John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • 1788 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
  • 1818 Adriaan Loosjes Pzn, Dutch publisher and writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56
  • 1844 Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • 1844 Thommas W. Gilmer, Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • 1857 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, dies at 48
  • 1882 John Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist, dies at 89
  • 1891 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), dies at 70
  • 1903 Girolamo de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), dies at 88
  • 1905 Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist, dies at 85
  • 1913 Elephant seal, 6.8-m, 4000-kg, shot in Possession Bay, South Georgia
  • 1916 Henry James, American-British writer (Bostonians), dies at 72
  • 1925 Friedrich Ebert, German politician, President of Germany 1919-25), dies at 54
  • 1929 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
  • 1930 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, dies at 40
  • 1932 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1935 Alexander Willem Frederik Idenburg, Dutch politician of the Anti Revolutionary Party and Governor-General of Dutch Indies (1909-16), dies at 73
  • 1936 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1928), dies at 69
  • 1936 Pedro Munoz Seca, La Caraba/La oca, dies at 55
  • 1940 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81

Alfonso XIIIAlfonso XIII (1886-1941)

King of Spain (1886-1931), dies of a heart attack at 54

  • 1945 Rudolf Breslauer, German Jewish photographer (documented Westerbork transit camp), killed at Auschwitz at 41
  • 1951 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, dies at 50
  • 1956 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

Maxwell AndersonMaxwell Anderson (1888-1959)

American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies of a stroke at 70

  • 1960 F S Flint [Frank Stuart Flint], British translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74
  • 1963 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • 1964 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78se
  • 1965 Adolf Scharf, president of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74
  • 1966 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • 1966 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash
  • 1967 Henry Luce, American magazine publisher (Time, Fortune, Life), dies at 68
  • 1974 Mees Toxopeus, Dutch rescue-vessel captain, dies at 89
  • 1978 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • 1979 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • 1979 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), dies at 81

Olof PalmeOlof Palme (1927-1986)

Prime Minister of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86), assassinated at 59 while walking home from the cinema with his wife

  • 1988 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • 1989 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1991 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • 1991 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)
  • 1992 Emilla Sherman, choreographer/rockette, dies
  • 1993 Fer A Olthoff, Dutch WW II resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
  • 1993 Franco Brusati, Italian dir/writer (Bread & Chocolate), dies at 70
  • 1994 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
  • 1994 Buster Holmes, American chef and New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 88
  • 1994 G. O. Sayles, English historian, dies at 92
  • 1994 Leopoldina Poldi Feichtegger Gerhard, dies at 90
  • 1994 Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87
  • 1996 Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
  • 1998 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat eho defe tef to the US (Foreign Ministry, 1958-73; United Nations Under-Secretary, 1973-78), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1999 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • 2003 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)
  • 2004 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • 2004 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • 2004 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85
  • 2007 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • 2007 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), dies at 98
  • 2007 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), dies at 83 [1]
  • 2011 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • 2013 Bruce Reynolds, English criminal, dies at 81
  • 2013 Donald A. Glaser, American physicist (Nobel 1960), dies at 86
  • 2014 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78
  • 2014 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • 2015 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • 2017 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • 2018 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader (69th Shankaracharya Guru), dies at 82
  • 2020 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), dies at 96