Deaths in History on February 16

  • 309 Pamphilus van Caesarea, Palestinian scholar/martyr, beheaded
  • 923 Abu Dja'far Mohammed Djarir al-Tabari, islamic historian, dies at 83
  • 1247 Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia (b. 1204)
  • 1279 Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), dies
  • 1391 Johannes V Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantium (1341-91), dies
  • 1531 Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)
  • 1538 Everhard/Erardus van de Mark, prince-bishop of Liege, dies at 65
  • 1560 Jean du Bellay, French Catholic cardinal and diplomat
  • 1710 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes (b. 1632)
  • 1721 James Craggs the Younger, English politician (b. 1686)
  • 1754 Richard Mead, physician, dies
  • 1791 Richard earl d'Alton, Austria general of S Neth, commits suicide at 58
  • 1799 Charles Theoby, ruler (Palts & Bayern), dies at 74
  • 1820 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (b. 1758).
  • 1823 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, dies at 64
  • 1834 Lionel Lukin, life boat pioneer, dies
  • 1844 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1792)
  • 1851 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • 1857 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77
  • 1857 Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37
  • 1858 Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86
  • 1892 Henry Walter Bates, naturalist/explorer (South America), dies
  • 1898 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • 1899 Francois Félix Faure, president of France (1895-99), dies at 57
  • 1900 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • 1907 Giosuè Carducci, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1912 Edgar Evans, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • 1912 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • 1916 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • 1916 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
  • 1917 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • 1932 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  • 1934 Eduard Bagritsky, [Dzjubin], Russ poet/journalist, dies at 38
  • 1938 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • 1939 Jura Soyfer, Jewish political and cabaret writer, dies at Buchenwald concentration camp at 26
  • 1945 Rudolf Vornlund, Swedish playwright (Upproret), dies at 45
  • 1951 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State), dies at 65
  • 1952 Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
  • 1957 Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Lord Halifax], British min of Transport, dies at 63
  • 1966 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • 1967 Smiley Burnette, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction), dies at 55
  • 1974 John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  • 1978 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • 1980 Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • 1988 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)

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1990 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

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  • 1991 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • 1992 Abbas Musawi, leader of Hezbollah, assassinated
  • 1992 Angela Carter, British novelist (Magic Toyshop), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1992 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • 1992 Janio Quadros, president of Brazil (1961), dies
  • 1992 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge Amster (squaters), dies at 78
  • 1995 John Everett Allen, US businessman, dies at 91
  • 1995 Martin Soames, traveller, dies at 91
  • 1996 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • 1996 Edmund G "Pat" Brown, politician, dies at 90
  • 1996 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
  • 1996 Susan Bosence, textile designer, dies at 82
  • 1997 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1999 Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
  • 2000 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • 2001 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • 2003 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • 2009 Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70
  • 2012 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43
  • 2012 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel and lobbyist, dies from cancer at 82
  • 2014 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
  • 2016 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992- 96), dies at 93
  • 2017 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89