Famous Deaths on August 16

  • 1027 Giorgi I, King of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1297 John II of Trebizond (b. 1262)
  • 1327 Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1358 Duke Albert II of Austria (b. 1298)
  • 1419 Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443 Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
  • 1445 Margaret of Scotland (Dauphine of France), wife of the future King Louis XI (b. 1424)
  • 1508 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, Ger viceroy of Friesland, dies at 41
  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1532 John the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
  • 1603 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri), dies at 62
  • 1661 Thomas Fuller, English prime minister, dies at 53
  • 1675 Bogdan Chmilnicki, cosack leader/murderer of 300,000 Jews, dies
  • 1678 Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • 1705 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1733 Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)
  • 1738 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1791 Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1719)
  • 1799 Vincenzo Manfredini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1807 Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • 1836 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1854 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies
  • 1855 Henry Colburn, British publisher ( Pepys's Diary) (b. 1784)
  • 1864 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, planter/Confederate, dies in battle at 31
  • 1870 Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy, composer, dies at 80
  • 1886 Swami Ramakrishna, Indies philosopher, dies at 50
  • 1888 John Pemberton, American pharmacist and inventor of Coca-Cola, dies of stomach cancer at 55, poor and addicted to morphine
  • 1893 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
  • 1894 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70
  • 1899 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)
  • 1900 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • 1907 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • 1910 Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1920 J Norman Lockyer, English physicist (discovered helium in Sun), dies
  • 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, king of Serbia/Yugoslavia, dies [or 8/26]
  • 1929 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer, dies at 70

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1938 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1938 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • 1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • 1945 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 Herman Harrell Horne, philosopher (idealism)

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1948 Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1949 Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • 1951 Louis Jouvet, actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies at 63
  • 1952 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)

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1956 Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • 1957 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1958 Paul Panzer, actor (Cat's Paw, Mildred Pierce), dies at 85
  • 1959 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1959 Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • 1960 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • 1961 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
  • 1964 Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • 1965 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1966 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • 1968 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1969 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • 1971 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • 1972 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • 1973 Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • 1973 Veda Ann Borg, actress (Kid Galahad), dies at 54
  • 1974 Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies
  • 1976 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 83

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1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1978 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90

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1979 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 1983 Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1984 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1986 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1988 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1989 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • 1990 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1991 Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • 1991 Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • 1991 Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • 1992 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • 1993 Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • 1993 Stewart Granger, actor (Scaramouche), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994 Earnest Pawel, Polish/US author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • 1994 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994 Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • 1994 John Doucette, actor (Fighting Mad, Gang War), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1995 John Cameron Swayze, news anchor (NBC), dies at 89
  • 1995 John Priestly McCartjy, detroit DJ, dies at 62
  • 1995 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1996 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • 1996 Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • 1997 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82
  • 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 1999 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 2002 Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2002 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Joe Ranft, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2005 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2005 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • 2007 The Missing Link, professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Bobby Thomson, American baseball player
  • 2012 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2015 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2016 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • 2016 John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89