Deaths in History on March 13

  • 624 Abu Sufjan becomes Quraish chief and leader of Mecca after loss at Battle of Badr against Muslim forces
  • 1202 Mieszko III, the Elder, grand duke of Poland (1173-77, 1200-02), dies
  • 1271 Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
  • 1395 John Barbour, Scottish poet
  • 1516 Vladislav II Jagiello, king of Bohemia (1490-1516), dies at 60
  • 1558 Jean Fernel, French physician/physiologist, dies
  • 1569 Louis Condé, French prince/co-leader of Hugenots, dies in Battle of Jarnac
  • 1573 Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman
  • 1604 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (b. 1537)
  • 1711 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic (b. 1636)
  • 1773 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer (b. 1727)
  • 1778 Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)
  • 1803 William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
  • 1808 King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)
  • 1837 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat/min of Foreign affairs, dies at 66
  • 1842 Henry Shrapnel, British soldier and inventor (b. 1761)
  • 1842 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), dies at 80
  • 1879 Adolf Anderssen, German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60
  • 1881 Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, assassinated at 62
  • 1884 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)

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1901 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1903 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88

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1906 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies of pneumonia at 86

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1911 Jacob M van Bemmelen, Dutch physicist/chemist, dies at 80
  • 1911 John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1915 Sergei J Witte, Dutch count/premier of Russia, dies at 65
  • 1930 Mary E W Freeman, American writer (Pembroke), dies at 77
  • 1938 Clarence S Darrow, Scopes Monkey Trial attorney, dies in Chicago at 80
  • 1938 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual, dies at 49
  • 1941 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
  • 1943 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • 1943 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), dies of a stroke at 75
  • 1946 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • 1946 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • 1949 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • 1951 Alfred Hugenberg, German RC pres-dir of Krupp/media magnate, dies
  • 1951 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), dies at 67
  • 1955 Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • 1955 Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • 1964 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers
  • 1965 George Calinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • 1965 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891)
  • 1971 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • 1972 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1975 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71

  • 1975 Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian novelist (Bridge on Drina, Nobel 1961), dies at 82
  • 1975 Ruth Schaumann, German author, painter and sculptor (Rose, Black King), dies at 75
  • 1977 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • 1977 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • 1982 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • 1983 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1986 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • 1987 Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • 1990 Bruno Bettelhelm, Austrian/US psychoanalyst, commits suicide at 86
  • 1990 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), dies at 86
  • 1992 Hans Redeker, Dutch art critic (Algemeen Handelsblad), dies
  • 1993 Ralph Smith Fults, US gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • 1994 Edward James "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, romantic novelist, dies at 59
  • 1995 Abdul Ali Mazari, Afghan Shiite leader, shot to death
  • 1995 John Silverlight, journalist, dies at 75
  • 1995 Leo Kaplan, lawyer (ASCAP), dies at 89
  • 1995 P C J van Lierde, Dutch vicar-gen of Vatican (1951-91), dies at 87
  • 1996 Brian Hulls, television news cameraman, dies at 48
  • 1996 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • 1998 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1999 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 1999 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • 2001 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • 2002 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 2004 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • 2009 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • 2010 He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)
  • 2016 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • 2017 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89