Deaths in History on June 16

  • 956 Hugo, the Great, duke of France, dies
  • 1246 Lutgardis/Ludgardis, Flemish mystic/saint, dies at about 64
  • 1361 John Tauler, German mystic (Gottesfreunde) dies at about 61
  • 1397 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • 1468 Jean Le Fevre, Burgundian chronicler (b. ca. 1395)
  • 1492 Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1575 Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen the Jonghe], medical/historian, dies at 63
  • 1620 Carlo Saraceni, [Carlo Veniziano], Italian painter (Judith), dies
  • 1622 Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1555)
  • 1623 Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
  • 1644 Johannes a Sancto Thoma, [Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
  • 1671 Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
  • 1707 Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)
  • 1722 John Churchill up Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72
  • 1749 Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
  • 1752 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal, dies at 88
  • 1752 Joseph Butler, English philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1777 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • 1779 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1792 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
  • 1793 Louis A count d'Affry, general/French ambassador in Netherland, dies
  • 1812 Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
  • 1815 Frederik Willem, duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle
  • 1824 Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (b. 1739)
  • 1850 William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
  • 1855 John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)
  • 1858 John Snow, English epidemiologist (b. 1813)
  • 1866 Joseph Méry French poet (b. 1798)
  • 1869 Charles Sturt, English explorer (b. 1795)
  • 1872 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • 1878 Crawford Long, American physician (b. 1815)
  • 1881 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
  • 1881 Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • 1885 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • 1892 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
  • 1901 Hermann Grimm, German writer/poet/historian, dies
  • 1902 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (b. 1841)
  • 1905 Hermann von Wissmann, German explorer/governor of E Africa, dies at 51
  • 1925 Chittaranjan Das, Indian patriot and freedom fighter (b. 1870)
  • 1928 Dr. Mark Keppel, County Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928 (b. 1867)
  • 1929 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (b. 1856)
  • 1930 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, US inventor (gyroscope compass), dies
  • 1930 Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)
  • 1932 Frederik W Van Oaths, psychiatrist/writer (Blades of Grass), dies
  • 1936 Leib Malach, Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1940 DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • 1941 Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
  • 1944 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • 1945 Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1946 Ludwig Winder, writer, dies
  • 1947 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86
  • 1952 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • 1953 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1955 Ozias Leduc, Quebec painter (b. 1864)
  • 1958 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)
  • 1961 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 1969 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1969 John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • 1970 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • 1971 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • 1976 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • 1976 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59

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1977 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • 1979 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • 1979 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • 1981 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • 1981 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • 1981 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • 1983 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • 1993 John B Connally, gov of Texas/shot with JFK in 1963, dies at 76
  • 1994 Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic, dies at 82
  • 1996 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician, dies at 69
  • 1997 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • 2000 Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)
  • 2003 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist, (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (b. 1932)
  • 2015 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84

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2017 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl