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 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, historian, dies
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955 Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)

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 Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (Kon Tiki expedition) (b. 1914)

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