Famous Deaths on May 16

  • 583 Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  • 942 Saadiah Gaon, head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies
  • 1265 Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)
  • 1434 Pieter Appelmans, Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60
  • 1569 Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr
  • 1620 William Adams, English navigator (b. 1564)
  • 1657 Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1667 Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (b. 1607)
  • 1669 Pietro da Cortona, [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
  • 1669 Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • 1691 Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason

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1703 Charles Perrault, French author/fairy tale writer, dies at 75

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1754 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, composer, dies at 76
  • 1762 Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer, dies at 86
  • 1768 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 1777 Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • 1778 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)
  • 1782 Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies
  • 1790 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician (b. 1720)
  • 1805 Christian Brunings, hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • 1819 Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75
  • 1829 William Congreve, English officer, dies at 56
  • 1830 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies
  • 1835 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, poet/hymn writer, dies
  • 1847 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1862 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • 1863 Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1864 Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • 1880 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • 1891 Ion Br─âtianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • 1892 John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies
  • 1892 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • 1903 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1904 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • 1910 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • 1913 Louis Perrier, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1849)
  • 1918 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, dies at 64
  • 1920 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • 1924 William "Candy" Cummings, American baseball player credited with creating the curveball, dies at 75
  • 1926 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1928 Edmund William Grosse, poet/author, dies
  • 1929 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1932 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1932 William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • 1938 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • 1942 Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
  • 1943 Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)
  • 1944 George Ade, US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78
  • 1944 Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75
  • 1944 Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • 1944 George Ade, American author (b. 1866)

  • 1947 Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1947 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 85
  • 1949 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • 1952 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1952 Frances Benjamin Johnston, early American female photgrapher

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1953 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1954 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1954 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • 1955 James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • 1956 H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • 1957 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1958 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • 1959 Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • 1959 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1961 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (b. 1881)
  • 1966 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • 1969 Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • 1972 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1975 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1978 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1979 Asa Philip Randolph, American labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
  • 1981 Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • 1983 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • 1984 Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1984 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71

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1985 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

  • 1988 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • 1988 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • 1988 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 1989 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1990 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian

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1990 Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • 1990 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • 1991 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • 1992 Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1992 Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (b, 1960)
  • 1993 Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • 1994 Alain Cuny, French actor (Lovers, Emanuelle, Camille Claudel), dies at 85
  • 1994 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • 1994 Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • 1994 Vasek Simek, Czech/US actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • 1995 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 1995 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, dies at 82
  • 1996 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • 1996 Mike Jeremy Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) commits suicide at 57
  • 1996 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • 1997 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • 2001 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • 2002 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • 2002 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • 2003 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter, and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2011 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Edward Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2012 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • 2013 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 79
  • 2013 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • 2013 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • 2015 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • 2015 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • 2016 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90