The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 23rd.

  1. 93 - Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman Governor of Britain (b. 40)
  2. 634 - Abu Bakr, Arabian caliph
  3. 1176 - Emperor Rokujo of Japan (b. 1164)
  4. 1305 - William Wallace, Scottish patriot (executed)
  5. 1387 - King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
  6. 1507 - Jean Molinet, French writer (b. 1435)
  7. 1519 - Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot
  8. 1540 - Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  9. 1591 - Luis Ponce de León, Spanish poet and mystic (b. 1527)
  10. 1618 - Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero, Dutch writer (b. 1585)
  11. 1628 - George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, English statesman (b. 1592)
  12. 1652 - John Byron, 1st Baron Byron, English royalist politician (b. 1600)
  13. 1723 - Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister (b. 1639)
  14. 1806 - Charles Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist (b. 1736)
  15. 1813 - Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born ornithologist (b. 1766)
  16. 1819 - Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval officer (b. 1785)
  17. 1866 - Auguste Barthelemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  18. 1926 - Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (b. 1895)
  19. 1927 - Nicola Sacco, Italian anarchist (executed) (b. 1891)
  20. 1927 - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (executed) (b. 1888)
  21. 1937 - Albert Roussel, French composer (b. 1869)
  22. 1955 - Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  23. 1960 - Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (b. 1895)
  24. 1962 - Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  25. 1962 - Hoot Gibson, American actor (b. 1892)
  26. 1963 - Glen Gray, Jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  27. 1966 - Francis X. Bushman, American actor (b. 1883)
  28. 1971 - Shamu,Beloved Orca fromSea World
  29. 1974 - Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  30. 1982 - Stanford Moore, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  31. 1990 - David Rose, American composer and orchestra leader (b. 1910)
  32. 1995 - Dwayne Goettel, Canadian musician (b. 1964)
  33. 1997 - John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  34. 1999 - James White, Northern Irish science fiction writer (b. 1928)
  35. 2001 - Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  36. 2002 - Hoyt Wilhelm, baseball player (b. 1922)
  37. 2003 - Imperio Argentina, Argentine singer and actress (b. 1906)
  38. 2003 - Bobby Bonds, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  39. 2003 - Jack Dyer, Australian footballer (b. 1913)
  40. 2003 - John Geoghan, American Catholic priest
  41. 2005 - Brock Peters, American actor (b. 1927)
  42. 2005 - Ninjalicious Canadian Author and Urban Explorer (b. 1973)
  43. 2006 - Maynard Ferguson, jazz trumpet player and band leader (b. 1928)