Famous Deaths on March 18

  • 235 Marcus Aurelius Alexander, Syrian emperor of Rome (222-235), murdered
  • 978 Edward, the Martyr, King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78)/st, murdered at 15
  • 1227 Honorius III, [Cencio Savelli], Pope (1216-27), dies
  • 1314 Jacques de Molay, French last Grand Master of The Knights Templar dies burned at the stake aged 70 or 71
  • 1493 John of Lannoy, Flemish governor/viceroy of Neth/Zealand, dies at 82
  • 1582 Jean Jaurequi, Basque attacker of William of Orange, killed by William's guards
  • 1583 King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)

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1584 Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 1675 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1689 John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • 1690 Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
  • 1696 Robert Charnock, English conspirator

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1745 Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister (Whig: 1721-42), dies at 68

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • 1746 Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
  • 1768 Lawrence Sterne, writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
  • 1781 Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
  • 1799 John Randall, British composer, dies at 82
  • 1816 Johann Paul Schulthesius, composer, dies at 67
  • 1817 Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67
  • 1823 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, composer, dies at 69
  • 1835 Christian Gunther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat (b. 1769)
  • 1845 John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], American pioneer agronomist dies in Allen County Indiana
  • 1870 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • 1871 Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
  • 1875 Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
  • 1876 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, dies at 65
  • 1886 Leopold Zunz, German intellect (Synagogue Poetry), dies at 91
  • 1889 William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
  • 1898 Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • 1899 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • 1899 Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • 1900 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (So [Lonely]), dies at 32
  • 1907 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1913 George I, king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
  • 1917 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • 1918 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 John Frederick Bridge, composer, dies at 79
  • 1928 Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
  • 1933 Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60
  • 1936 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist (Kleine Portratgalerie), dies at 58
  • 1936 Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece
  • 1938 Cyril Rootham, composer, dies at 62
  • 1939 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • 1944 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director/actor, dies at 79
  • 1945 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • 1947 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • 1954 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • 1956 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • 1956 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • 1962 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • 1963 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1964 Norbert Wiener, US mathematician (cybernetics), dies at 69
  • 1964 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1965 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • 1967 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • 1968 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • 1971 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • 1973 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • 1974 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • 1975 Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
  • 1976 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • 1976 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • 1976 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • 1977 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • 1977 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1978 Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • 1978 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • 1980 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • 1980 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • 1982 Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy), dies at 60
  • 1983 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • 1983 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • 1984 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1985 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 1986 Bernard Malamud, US writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • 1987 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • 1989 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 1989 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • 1990 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • 1991 Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
  • 1991 Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
  • 1992 Cornelis B Vaandrager, [C Vaan], poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • 1995 Charles Drain, American soul singer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author, dies at 80
  • 1995 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • 1996 Alepoude Odysseus Elytis llis, poet, dies at 84
  • 1996 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Willem de Kooning (abstract artist), dead Alzheimer's at 92
  • 1999 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • 2000 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2001 John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2002 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2008 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • 2008 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

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2009 Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

  • 2010 Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2012 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • 2013 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • 2016 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • 2016 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79