The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 24th

  1. 79 - Pliny the Elder, Roman writer and naturalist (b. 23)
  2. 1042 - Michael V, Byzantine Emperor) (b. 1015)
  3. 1103 - King Magnus III of Norway (b. 1073)
  4. 1217 - Eustace the Monk, French mercenary and pirate (bc. 1170)
  5. 1540 - Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  6. 1542 - Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  7. 1572 - Victims of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre:
  8. 1572 - Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (b. 1519)
  9. 1572 - Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  10. 1572 - Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier (bc. 1535)
  11. 1595 - Thomas Digges, English astronomer (b. 1546)
  12. 1647 - Nicholas Stone, English sculptor and architect (b. 1586)
  13. 1664 - Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer (bc. 1610)
  14. 1679 - Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, French churchman and agitator (b. 1614)
  15. 1680 - Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)
  16. 1683 - John Owen, English non-conformist theologian (b. 1616)
  17. 1759 - Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (b. 1715)
  18. 1779 - Kosmas Aitolos, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  19. 1831 - August von Gneisenau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1760)
  20. 1832 - Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (b. 1796)
  21. 1841 - Theodore Edward Hook, English author (b. 1788)
  22. 1888 - Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (b. 1822)
  23. 1921 - Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (b. 1886)
  24. 1940 - Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, German television pioneer (b. 1860)
  25. 1946 - James Clark McReynolds, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  26. 1954 - Getúlio Vargas, President of Brazil (b. 1882)
  27. 1956 - Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  28. 1958 - Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
  29. 1967 - Henry J. Kaiser, American industrialist (b. 1882)
  30. 1967 - Lam Bun, Hong Kong radio commentator (murdered) (b. 1930)
  31. 1974 - Alexander de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer (b. 1894)
  32. 1978 - Louis Prima, American band leader (b. 1910)
  33. 1979 - Hanna Reitsch, German pilot (b. 1912)
  34. 1980 - Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  35. 1985 - Paul Creston, American composer (b. 1906)
  36. 1987 - Malcolm Kirk, wrestler (b. 1936)
  37. 1990 - Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (b. 1941)
  38. 1991 - Bernard Castro, Italian inventor (b. 1904)
  39. 1995 - Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born photographer (b. 1898)
  40. 1998 - E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
  41. 2003 - Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  42. 2004 - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  43. 2006 - Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)