The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 26th.

  1. 1278 - King Otakar II of Bohemia
  2. 1346 - Killed in the Battle of Crécy:
  3. Charles II of Alençon (b. 1297)
  4. Louis I of Flanders (b. 1304)
  5. John I, Count of Luxemburg (b. 1296)
  6. Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1320)
  7. 1349 - Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury
  8. 1551 - Margareta Leijonhufvud, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1516)
  9. 1595 - Antonio, Prior of Crato, claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1531)
  10. 1666 - Frans Hals, Dutch painter
  11. 1714 - Edward Fowler, English Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1632)
  12. 1723 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch scientist (b. 1632)
  13. 1785 - George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)
  14. 1850 - Louis-Philippe of France (b. 1773)
  15. 1865 - Johann Franz Encke, German astronomer (b. 1791)
  16. 1915 - John Bunny American comedian (b. 1863)
  17. 1930 - Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (b. 1883)
  18. 1944 - Adam von Trott zu Solz, German anti-Nazi diplomat (executed)
  19. 1945 - Franz Werfel, Austrian writer (b. 1890)
  20. 1946 - Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  21. 1958 - Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (b. 1872)
  22. 1968 - Kay Francis, American actress (b. 1899)
  23. 1974 - Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (b. 1902)
  24. 1976 - Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (b. 1888)
  25. 1978 - Charles Boyer, French actor (b. 1899)
  26. 1978 - José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  27. 1979 - Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  28. 1980 - Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  29. 1980 - Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  30. 1981 - Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (b. 1884)
  31. 1981 - Lee Elhardt Hays, american folksinger (b. 1914)
  32. 1986 - Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
  33. 1987 - Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  34. 1988 - Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer (b. 1957)
  35. 1989 - Irving Stone, American author (b. 1903)
  36. 1990 - Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  37. 1998 - Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  38. 2003 - Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  39. 2004 - Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957)
  40. 2005 - Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (b. 1960)
  41. 2005 - Robert Denning, American interior designer (b. 1927)
  42. 2006 - Rainer Barzel, former President of the German Bundestag (b. 1924)
  43. 2006 - Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricketer (b. 1926)