Deaths in History on February 18

  • 806 Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 730)
  • 814 Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne
  • 901 Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician (b. 826)
  • 999 Gregory V, [Bruno] 1st German Pope, dies
  • 1139 Prince Yaropolk II of Kiev (b. 1082)
  • 1217 Alexander Neckum de Sancto Albano, Engl encyclopedist, dies at 59

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1294 Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor (1260-94) and founder of the Yuan dynasty in China (1271-94), dies at 78

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • 1379 Albert II of Mecklenburg (b. 1318)
  • 1397 Enguerrand VII, French master of Coucy/count of Soissons, dies at 56
  • 1455 Fra Angelico, Italian monk/painter, dies
  • 1478 Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine
  • 1535 Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, German royal astrologer, physician and theologian dies at 48

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1546 Martin Luther, German theologian and key figure in the Protestant Reformation, dies at 62

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

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1564 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), dies at 88

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 1583 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • 1654 Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
  • 1660 Judith Jansdochter Leyster, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1683 Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem, Dutch landscape painter/etcher, dies at 62
  • 1712 Duke of Bourgondie, French King Louis XIV's grandson and heir, dies. B. 1682
  • 1718 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (b. 1663)
  • 1743 Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)
  • 1748 Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)
  • 1772 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
  • 1778 Joseph Marie Terray, French statesman (b. 1715)
  • 1780 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1714)
  • 1788 John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (b. 1713)
  • 1803 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • 1807 August G Meissner, German estheticus/literary, dies at 53
  • 1807 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), dies at 75
  • 1817 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
  • 1830 Charles G G, Earl of Merode, mayor (Brussels), dies at 67
  • 1842 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
  • 1851 Carl Gustav Jakob Jacobi, German mathematician (b. 1804)
  • 1861 Louis C Luzac, Dutch minister of Internal affairs, dies at 74
  • 1878 Peter D Regout, industrialist (Sphinx, Maastricht), dies at 76
  • 1890 Gyula Andrássy Sr, Prime Minister of Hungary (1867-71), dies at 66
  • 1893 Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician (b. 1814)
  • 1895 Albrecht FR, arch duke of Austrian (Battle at Custozza), dies at 77
  • 1898 Frances Willard, founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58
  • 1899 M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • 1900 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
  • 1900 Eugenio Beltrami, Italian Mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 64
  • 1902 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American founder of Tiffany & Co. (b. 1812)
  • 1905 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
  • 1906 Willem Doorenbos, literary/critic, dies at 85
  • 1906 John Batterson Stetson, American manufacturer (b. 1830)

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1915 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), dies at 72

Outlaw Frank James
Outlaw
Frank James
  • 1917 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • 1925 James Lane Allen, American writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
  • 1931 Milan Šufflay, Croatian politician (b. 1879)
  • 1932 Frederik Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18), dies at 66

  • 1938 Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
  • 1938 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • 1942 Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Henri Polak, Dutch union leader/politician (soc-dem), dies at 74
  • 1949 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • 1950 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • 1951 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85
  • 1955 Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • 1957 Henry N Russell, co-author (temperature-luminosity graph), dies
  • 1957 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36

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1957 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • 1963 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • 1964 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • 1966 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • 1966 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31

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1967 Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), dies of throat cancer at 62

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1968 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • 1969 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • 1970 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94

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1973 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • 1975 Chivu Stoica, [Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • 1975 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • 1976 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • 1977 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • 1981 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ detective writer/producer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Edward S "Ted" Haworth, US set designer (Sayonara, Marty), dies at 76
  • 1993 Jacqueline Hill, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1994 Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76
  • 1996 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master, dies at 89
  • 1996 Richard Leslie Hill, historian, dies at 94
  • 1997 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), dies at 88
  • 1998 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • 2000 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • 2001 Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • 2009 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • 2010 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • 2017 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69