Died On August 23rd

Discover the most famous people who died on August 23. The list includes people like William Wallace, R. D. Laing, William Glasser, John Kendrew, Stanford Moore. Famous personalities featured on this list, include physicists, artists, playwrights and military leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Scotland, Canada & France and many more countries.
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William Wallace
(Scottish Knight Who Became One of the Main Leaders During the First War of Scottish Independence)
William Wallace
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 3, 1270
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: 1305

William Wallace was a Scottish knight who played an important role in the First War of Scottish Independence. Since his death, Wallace has been viewed as an iconic figure whose story of bravery and valor has inspired several works of art, including the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart. Wallace has also inspired video games and brewery companies, such is his popularity.

 2 
Rudolph Valentino
(Italian Actor)
Rudolph Valentino
4
Birthdate: May 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castellaneta, Italy
Died: 1926

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor who appeared in many silent films, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Sheik.  He began his career as part of an operetta company and later joined movies. He was known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover and was considered a major male sex symbol in the 1920s. 

 3 
Caesarion
(Pharaoh)
Caesarion
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Birthdate: June 23, 0047
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0030

Caesarion reigned as the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt from September 44 BC to August 30 BC. He was Julius Caesar's only known biological son and his mother Cleopatra ruled over ancient Egypt along with him. Caesarion's death at the age of 17 marked the beginning of the famous Roman Empire and the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.

 4 
Terry Funk
(Retired American Professional Wrestler, Disc Jockey, and Actor)
Terry Funk
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, United States
Died: 2023
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 5 
William Herschel
(Astronomer Known for His Discovery of 'Uranus' and 'Infrared Radiation')
William Herschel
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 15, 1738
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: 1822

William Herschel was a German-born British astronomer and composer. He pioneered the use of astronomical spectrophotometry and discovered infrared radiation. Impressed by his work, King George III appointed him the Court Astronomer. Herschel often collaborated with his sister, Caroline Lucretia Herschel, a fellow astronomer. In 1816, he was made a Knight of the Royal Guelphic Order. 

 6 
Oscar Hammerstein II
5
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1960
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 7 
Kathleen Freeman
8
Birthdate: February 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2001
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 8 
Brock Peters
(Best Known for His Portrayal of 'Tom Robinson' in the Movie 'To Kill a Mockingbird')
Brock Peters
6
Birthdate: July 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2005

Brock Peters was an American singer and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Tom Robinson in the American drama film To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1990, Peters was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for his career and humanitarian contributions.

 9 
Steven Hill
(Actor)
Steven Hill
6
Birthdate: February 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
R. D. Laing
(Psychiatrist)
R. D. Laing
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Govanhill
Died: 1989

Psychiatrist R. D. Laing was known for his different perspective on mental illnesses, particularly psychosis. Known as anti-psychiatry, his theory of resolving mental ailments opposed the age-old shock therapy. His written works include The Divided Self. He was also a talented poet and had fathered 10 children by four women.

 11 
Charles Augustin De Coulomb
(French Physicist Best Known as the Discoverer of Coulomb's Law)
Charles Augustin De Coulomb
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 14, 1736
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: 1806

French physicist Charles Augustin De Coulomb, remembered for laying down the Coulomb’s law, had previously been a military engineer in the West Indies. At the onset of the French Revolution, Coulomb, struggling with failing health, devoted himself to research. The unit of electric charge, coulomb, was named after him.

 12 
Bobby Lee Bonds
(Baseball player)
Bobby Lee Bonds
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riverside, California, US
Died: 2003
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
(Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia)
Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
1
Birthdate: May 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1945

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium became the Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia after her marriage to Crown Prince Rudolf, the son of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. Following the death of her husband and his mistress in a suicide-murder pact, she married a Hungarian nobleman.

 14 
Oliver Hazard Perry
(Former U.S. naval officer who became a national hero when he defeated a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812)
Oliver Hazard Perry
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1785
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 1819
 15 
Abu Bakr
(1st Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate (632-634))
Abu Bakr
10
Birthdate: October 27, 0573
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0634

Abu Bakr was a companion and father-in-law of the founder of Islam, Muhammad. After Muhammad's death, Bakr played an important role in leading the Muslims as the first Rashidun Caliph. Under Abu Bakr’s leadership, the Muslim state expanded over the entire Arabian peninsula. Abu Bakr's work during his reign eventually led to the Muslim conquests of the Levant and Persia.

 16 
Adolf Loos
(Architect)
Adolf Loos
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 10, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brno
Died: 1933

Austrian architect Adolf Loos is often compared to American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of his contribution. Loos believed architecture shouldn’t contain the extra elements and ornaments promoted by Art Nouveau. Mostly known for his residential projects, he built modern buildings such as the Goldman and Salatsch Building.

 17 
Hoyt Wilhelm
(Baseball player)
Hoyt Wilhelm
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntersville, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2002
 18 
Steve Van Buren
(Football Player)
Steve Van Buren
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Ceiba, Honduras
Died: 2012
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody
(Anesthesiologist)
Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody
4
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Shooshtar, Iran
Died: 2009
 20 
Maynard Ferguson
(Former jazz trumpeter and bandleader known for his remarkable ability to hit high notes)
Maynard Ferguson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Verdun, Montreal, Canada
Died: 2006
 21 
Eugène Schueller
(Founder of L'Oréal)
Eugène Schueller
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 20, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1957
 22 
John Kendrew
(English Biochemist, Crystallographer and One of the Winners of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
John Kendrew
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Died: 1997

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist John Kendrew revolutionized science with his 3-D model of the muscle protein myoglobin. The Cambridge alumnus later co-founded the European Molecular Biology Organization and had been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Molecular Biology. He had also worked on operational research for the Royal Air Force.

 23 
William Glasser
(Developer of reality therapy and choice theory)
William Glasser
2
Birthdate: May 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: 2013
 24 
Benny Chan
(Film director and producer)
Benny Chan
1
Birthdate: October 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Died: 2020
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
George David Weiss
(Songwriter)
George David Weiss
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 2010
 26 
Increase Mather
(British Clergyman)
Increase Mather
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1639
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: 1723

Puritan clergyman Increase Mather was educated at Harvard and Trinity and preached his first sermon the day he turned 18. The son of Puritan minister Richard Mather, he penned An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences, which is said to have influenced the Salem witch trials.

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Gnaeus Julius Agricola
(General)
Gnaeus Julius Agricola
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 13, 0040
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fréjus, France
Died: 0093
 28 
Saad Zaghloul
(Prime Minister)
Saad Zaghloul
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1859
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, Egypt
Died: 1927

Egyptian statesman Saad Zaghloul, who once led the Wafd Party and the 1918-19 nationalist movement, had also served as the prime minister of Egypt for less than a year. Initially an advocate, he had also worked as a journalist. He had headed the Egyptian ministries of justice and education, too.

 29 
Peter Maas
(Journalist)
Peter Maas
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Birthdate: June 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2001
 30 
Sidney Howard
(Playwright)
Sidney Howard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1939
 31 
Vernon Howard
(Author, Writer)
Vernon Howard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Died: 1992
 32 
Jack Dyer
(Australian Rules Footballer)
Jack Dyer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakleigh, Australia
Died: 2003
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 33 
Abdülmecid II
(Was the last Caliph of the Ottoman Dynasty, the only Caliph of the Republic of Turkey)
Abdülmecid II
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Birthdate: May 29, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beşiktaş, Turkey
Died: 1944

Abdülmecid II is remembered as the last caliph of the Ottoman dynasty of Turkey. Son of Sultan Abdulaziz, he received his education at the palace. After the deposition of his cousin and the abolition of the Sultanate, he was declared the caliph by the Turkish National Assembly.

 34 
Félicien Rops
(Belgian Artist, Painter and Illustrator)
Félicien Rops
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Birthdate: July 7, 1833
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Namur, Belgium
Died: 1898

Belgian painter and graphic artist Félicien Rops is best remembered for his association with symbolism and Fin-de Siecle, and for his prints. Part of the Les Vingt group of artists, he created masterpieces such as Absinthe Drinker and Lady with the Puppet. He also experimented with erotic themes.

 35 
Kuroda Kiyotaka
(Former Prime Minister of Japan)
Kuroda Kiyotaka
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 9, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shinyashikicho, Kagoshima, Japan
Died: 1900

Kuroda Kiyotaka, also known as Kuroda Ryōsuke, played a significant role in the Meiji Restoration. Apart from being president of the Privy Council, he had been the prime minister of Japan, too. He introduced Western agricultural methods in Hokkaido but reigned in the wake of controversies related to unequal treaties.

 36 
Henryk Siemiradzki
(Painter)
Henryk Siemiradzki
1
Birthdate: October 24, 1843
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pecheniz'kyi district, Ukraine
Died: 1902
 37 
August, Count Neidhardt von Gneisenau
(Military officer)
August, Count Neidhardt von Gneisenau
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schildau, Belgern-Schildau, Germany
Died: 1831
 38 
Rosita Quintana
(Actress, Singer, and Songwriter)
Rosita Quintana
0
Birthdate: July 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2021
 39 
Gregory Gaye
(Actor)
Gregory Gaye
0
Birthdate: October 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 40 
Wasim Raja
(Pakistani Match Referee, Cricket Coach and Cricketer)
Wasim Raja
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Multān, Pakistan
Died: 2006

The older brother of Pakistani cricketer Rameez Raja, Wasim Raja was a fine cricketer in his own right. He later became a coach and a referee and also taught subjects such as math and geography at a school in England. He died of a heart attack while playing a match in England.

 41 
Florence B. Seibert
(American Biochemist Known for Isolating a Pure Form of 'Tuberculin')
Florence B. Seibert
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1991

Florence B. Seibert is remembered for developing the tuberculin test, which became the standard test for detecting TB. Defeating polio at age 3, she went on to win scholarships and made it to Yale. One of the greatest women biochemists of the U.S., she also contributed to intravenous drug therapy.

 42 
Naum Gabo
(Russian Sculptor)
Naum Gabo
1
Birthdate: August 5, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bryansk, Russia
Died: 1977

Naum Gabo was a Russian sculptor and theorist who played an important role in the development of 20th-century sculpture in Russia. An influential figure, Gabo was a prominent part of many popular avant-garde movements like Cubism, Futurism, the Staatliches Bauhaus, Constructivism, Neoplasticism, and the Abstraction-Création group. Naum Gabo traveled extensively and worked in places like the UK and Netherlands.

 43 
Stanford Moore
(Biochemist)
Stanford Moore
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, US
Died: 1982

Nobel Prize-winning American biochemist Stanford Moore is best remembered for is pathbreaking research on the molecular structure of ribonuclease, also known as RNase. The University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus spent most of his professional life working at the Rockefeller Institute, now The Rockefeller University. He remained single throughout his life.

 44 
William Thompson
(Boxer)
William Thompson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trinity Walk, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 1880
 45 
Deodoro da Fonseca
(Brazilian Military Leader Who Became the Country's 1st President)
Deodoro da Fonseca
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marechal Deodoro, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: 1892

The 1st president of Brazil, Deodoro da Fonseca led a coup that ousted Emperor Pedro II. Born to an army officer, he grew up to be an army officer and fought valiantly in campaigns such as the Paraguayan War. However, as a president, he proved to be ineffective and was later forced to resign.

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Gilbert Taylor
(British Cinematographer)
Gilbert Taylor
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Birthdate: April 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
Died: 2013

Gilbert Taylor was a British cinematographer best remembered for his work on popular and critically acclaimed films like Dr. Strangelove, The Omen, and Star Wars. Over the course of his illustrious career, Gilbert Taylor worked with celebrated directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski. He was honored by the British Society of Cinematographers with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 47 
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
(Painter)
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
1
Birthdate: January 15, 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1865

One of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller is best known for his landscape paintings, which he drew from close observation, highlighting not only his unique sense of color, but also his deep knowledge of nature. Equally known are his portraits, genre scenes, and still lifes, which are appreciated for their detailed descriptions and accurate characterizations.  

 48 
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
(Queen)
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
3
Birthdate: October 2, 1470
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dueñas, Palencia, Spain
Died: 1498
 49 
Marigold Churchill
(Daughter of British Politician and Army Officer, Sir Winston Churchill)
Marigold Churchill
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: 1921
 50 
Luis de León
(linguist, poet, writer, translator)
Luis de León
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1527 AD
Birthplace: Belmonte de Campos
Died: 1591

Spanish monk and lyric poet Luis de León became one of the greatest figures of the Spanish Renaissance literature. He was charged with heresy and of criticizing the Vulgate, and sent to prison, where he continued to write, before being released. The Names of Christ remains one his notable prose works.