Deaths in History on August 18

  • 353 Decentius, Roman usurper against Western Emperor Constantius II
  • 849 Walafrid Strabo, German monk and theologian

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1227 Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror, dies

Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
  • 1236 Theodorus Van Celles, monastery founder (Kruisheren), dies
  • 1258 Theodore II Lascaris, Emperor of the Empire of Nicaea
  • 1276 Adrian V, [Ottobono Fieschi], Italian Pope (7/11-8/18/1276), dies
  • 1318 Clare of Montefalco, Italian Abbess and religious leader (born c. 1268)
  • 1430 Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (drowned) (b. 1406)
  • 1503 Alexander VI, [Rodrigo de Borja], Spanish Pope (1492-1503), dies
  • 1559 Paul IV, [Giampietro Caraffa], Pope (1555-59), dies at 83
  • 1563 √Čtienne de La Bo√©tie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)
  • 1620 Wanli, Emperor of China (b. 1563)
  • 1634 Urbain Grandier, French priest (b. 1590)
  • 1642 Guido Reni, Italian painter (b. 1575)
  • 1645 Eudoxia Streshneva, Tsarina of Mikhail I of Russia (b. 1608)
  • 1652 Benjamin G Cuyp, historical painter, dies at about 40
  • 1707 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1712 Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers, English soldier
  • 1765 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-65) dies at 56
  • 1803 James Beattie, Scottish poet/philosopher (Essay on Truth), dies at 67
  • 1809 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • 1815 Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • 1840 Antony CW Staring, Dutch patriot/poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
  • 1842 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1850 H de Balzac, writer, dies at 51
  • 1863 Thomas Welsh, US Union brig-general (Antietam), dies at 39
  • 1870 Felix Salm-Salm, Prussian/US prince/brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1907 John Kerr, physicist (magneto-optic Kerr-effect), dies at 82
  • 1916 Edward D Pain, English journalist (NY World), dies in battle at 36
  • 1919 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
  • 1934 Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 61

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1940 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1943 Hans Jeschonnek, German air force general/chief-staff, commits suicide
  • 1943 Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (b. 1865)
  • 1944 Ernst "Teddy" Thalmann, leader of German KPD, dies
  • 1950 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • 1952 Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Chilean Jesuit saint (b. 1901)
  • 1961 Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
  • 1961 Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • 1966 Isaac Keesing, Dutch founder (System Keesing), dies at 80
  • 1966 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Struggle & Blessing), dies at 75
  • 1969 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • 1981 Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • 1983 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • 1988 Alexandr V Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut, dies in SU-26 crash at 42

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1988 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • 1989 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • 1990 B F Skinner, psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • 1991 Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
  • 1992 Gerard Sonder, Dutch radio host (AVRO), dies
  • 1992 John Stuges, director (Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of emphysema at 82
  • 1992 Christopher McCandless, subject of the book Into the Wild (b. 1968)
  • 1993 Alf Bold, German festival programmer, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1994 John Beavan, newspaper Editor, dies at 84
  • 1994 Judy Ann Scott-Fox, agent, dies at 56
  • 1994 Richard Lawrence Millington Synge, chromatographer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Sylvester Louis Adams, murderer, dies at 39
  • 1996 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • 1996 Hugo Gabriel Gryn, rabbi, dies at 66
  • 2001 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Hiram Fong, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Scott Davis, American Announcer of Track and Field (b.1943)
  • 2010 Benjamin Kaplan, American copyright scholar, dies at 99
  • 2015 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99 ), dies at 90