Deaths in History on April 18

  • 680 Mu'awijja, kalief of Al-Schaam, dies
  • 1161 Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1504 Filippino Lippi, Italian renaissance painter, dies at about 52
  • 1530 Francois Lambert d'avignon, French church reformer, dies at about 43
  • 1552 John Leland, antiquary, dies
  • 1556 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
  • 1558 Roxelana, wife of Otttoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1567 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German military man, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, author (Book of Martyrs), dies
  • 1610 Robert Parsons, English jesuit leader/plotter, dies at 63
  • 1612 Emanuel Van Meteren, merchant/historian, dies
  • 1636 Julius Caesar, English judge
  • 1650 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • 1674 John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1679 Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
  • 1684 Gonzales Cocx, [Coques], painter, dies
  • 1689 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies
  • 1690 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lotharingen/Austrian fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1732 Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)
  • 1794 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1796 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1800 Pieter Fouquet, art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies
  • 1807 Erasmus Darwin, physician writer and botanist (Influence), dies (b. 1731)
  • 1818 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch lawyer, dies at 59
  • 1845 Nicholas T the Saussure, Swiss chemist/botany, dies at 77
  • 1853 William King, US VP, dies a month after his inauguration
  • 1855 Jean-Baptiste Isabey, painter, dies
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, architect, dies
  • 1871 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor, dies at 64
  • 1873 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist, dies at 69
  • 1879 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • 1898 Gustave Moureau, painter, dies
  • 1906 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • 1917 Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73
  • 1917 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1935 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist/archaeologist, dies at 90
  • 1935 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1940 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • 1940 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
  • 1941 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • 1942 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1943 I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • 1945 John Ambrose Fleming, electrical engineer, dies
  • 1945 Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)
  • 1949 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • 1951 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 1955 Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70

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1955 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 76

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1958 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • 1958 Richard B Goldschmidt, German zoologist (butterflies), dies
  • 1960 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • 1963 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • 1963 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1964 Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • 1965 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • 1974 Marcel Pagnol, French writer/movie (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1976 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1993 Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76
  • 1993 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)
  • 1993 Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor and printmaker dies of cancer aged 62
  • 1994 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (1958-62), dies
  • 1996 Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner, dies at 62
  • 1996 Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
  • 1996 Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88
  • 1997 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • 1998 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)

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2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2003 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • 2013 Storm Thorgerson, English graphic designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2015 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • 2016 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97