Deaths in History on December 18

  • 468 Huna Mari bar Mar Zutra, rabbi, executed in Pumpedita
  • 821 Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  • 1133 Hildebert, French writer and bishop
  • 1290 King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
  • 1442 Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)
  • 1495 King Alphonso II of Naples (b. 1448)
  • 1505 John IX van Horne, prince-bishop of Lieges, executed
  • 1565 Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist/historian (L'Ercolano), dies at 62
  • 1577 Anna, duchess of Saxon/wife of prince Willem of Orange, dies at 32
  • 1597 Barbara Blomberg, German mistress of emperor Karel, dies at 67
  • 1633 Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, buried at 62
  • 1638 Le Pere Joseph, French mystic, dies
  • 1651 Francisco the Melo, Portuguese/Spanish earl of Assumar, dies at 54
  • 1692 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)
  • 1710 Peter Codde, apostile vicar (1688-1704), dies at 62
  • 1737 Antonio Stradivari, renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93
  • 1751 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, builder (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62
  • 1787 Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  • 1799 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician (b. 1725)
  • 1803 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher/theologist/poet, dies at 59

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1829 Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, French naturalist, dies at 85

French Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
French Naturalist
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
  • 1831 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet/literary (My Relief), dies at 75
  • 1843 Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)
  • 1848 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • 1862 Johnson Kelly Duncan, architect/Confederate brig-generaal, dies at 35 of malarial fever
  • 1892 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosaurus), dies at 88
  • 1897 Carlo A Alfieri, Italian Member of parliament, dies at 70
  • 1915 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist, dies at 82
  • 1919 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop over Atlantic), dies in crash at 27
  • 1931 John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
  • 1932 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist/revisionist, dies at 82
  • 1935 Juan V Gomez, general/dictator of Venezuela (1908-35), dies
  • 1936 Andrija Mohorovičić, Austro-Hungarian-born Yugoslav seismologist (b. 1857)
  • 1939 Matthew Brown, Journalist, dies at 51
  • 1948 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • 1959 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • 1971 Aleksandr T Tvardovski, Russ editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61
  • 1973 Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 1975 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist (b. 1900)
  • 1977 Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What's My Line), dies at 92
  • 1980 Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76
  • 1981 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • 1982 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1985 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Mark Goodson, TV game show producer (Goodson-Toddman), dies at 77
  • 1992 Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87
  • 1994 Peter Hebblethwaite, English editor-in-chief (The Month), dies at 64
  • 1994 Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 1995 Chaim Pearl, rabbi, dies at 76
  • 1995 Georgio Fini, restaurateur, dies at 70
  • 1995 Ross Thomas, author, dies at 69
  • 1995 Konrad Zuse, German engineer and computing pioneer (b. 1910)
  • 1998 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • 2002 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • 2006 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • 2010 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2010 James Pickles, English jurist and columnist (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Marcus Worsley, British Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, dies at 87