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Famous Deaths on April 18

  • 680 Mu'awijja, kalief of Al-Schaam, dies
  • 1161 Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1504 Filippino Lippi, Italian renaissance painter, dies at about 52
  • 1530 Francois Lambert d'avignon, French church reformer, dies at about 43
  • 1552 John Leland, English poet and antiquarian, dies at 49
  • 1556 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
  • 1558 Roxelana, wife of Otttoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1567 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German military man, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, author (Book of Martyrs), dies
  • 1610 Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), dies at 63
  • 1612 Emanuel Van Meteren, Flemish merchant and historian, dies at 76
  • 1636 Julius Caesar, English judge
  • 1650 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • 1674 John Graunt, English statistician, founder of science of demography, dies at 53
  • 1679 Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
  • 1684 Gonzales Cocx, [Coques], painter, dies

  • 1689 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies
  • 1690 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lorraine and Austrian fieldmarshal, dies at 47
  • 1732 Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)
  • 1794 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1796 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, dies at 63
  • 1800 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer, dies at 84
  • 1800 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies at 71
  • 1802 Erasmus Darwin, English physician writer and botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), dies at 70
  • 1803 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43
  • 1818 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist and politician, dies at 59
  • 1824 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Brazilian classical composer (Master of Music at the Royal Chapel), dies at 63
  • 1845 Nicholas T the Saussure, Swiss chemist/botany, dies at 77
  • 1853 William King, US VP, dies a month after his inauguration
  • 1854 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, composer, dies at 84
  • 1855 Jean-Baptiste Isabey, painter, dies
  • 1861 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, architect, dies
  • 1871 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor, dies at 64
  • 1873 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural and biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, dies at 69

  • 1879 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • 1883 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 36
  • 1888 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), dies at 58
  • 1898 Gustave Moureau, painter, dies
  • 1906 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, dies at 59
  • 1917 Moritz von Bissing, German gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73
  • 1917 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1921 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), dies at 70
  • 1925 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), dies at 65
  • 1928 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish composer, dies at 58
  • 1935 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist and archaeologist, dies at 90
  • 1935 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1936 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Belkis), dies at 56
  • 1936 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1938 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 1939 Theo Mann, actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • 1940 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • 1940 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
  • 1941 Alexandros Koryzis, Prime Minister of Greece in 1941, commits suicide at about 65 as German troops closed in on Athens
  • 1942 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), dies at 67

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

1943 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, killed in action at 59 by a US ambush after the "Magic" code-breaking team intercepted and decoded his flight plan

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1944 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • 1945 Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
  • 1945 John Ambrose Fleming, electrical engineer, dies
  • 1945 Ernie Pyle, American correspondent during WW II (Pulitzer Prize 1944), dies at 44
  • 1947 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • 1947 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), dies at 59
  • 1949 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • 1949 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, dies from a stroke at 60
  • 1951 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 1955 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • 1955 Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

1955 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 76

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1958 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • 1958 Richard B Goldschmidt, German-American zoologist (butterflies), dies at 80
  • 1958 Maurice Gamelin, French Army general (unable to stop the German assault on France (May 1940)), dies at 85
  • 1959 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen actor and director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • 1960 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • 1963 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • 1963 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1964 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1964 Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • 1965 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • 1967 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53
  • 1969 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • 1971 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 1974 Betty Compson, actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • 1974 Marcel Pagnol, French writer/movie (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1974 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • 1975 Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet), chansonnier/director, dies at 38
  • 1976 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, dies at 65
  • 1981 James H. Schmitz, American sci-fi author (Lion Game), dies at 69
  • 1983 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • 1984 John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • 1984 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71

  • 1984 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • 1986 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1988 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1989 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • 1990 Robert D Webb, American director and actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87
  • 1990 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1991 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • 1992 Florence Randall, model and designer (Bill Blass), dies at 54 of cancer
  • 1993 Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76
  • 1993 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)
  • 1993 Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor and printmaker dies of cancer aged 62
  • 1994 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (1958-62), dies
  • 1996 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1996 Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner, dies at 62
  • 1996 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 1996 Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
  • 1996 Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88
  • 1997 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • 1998 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1999 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 66

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, dies at 79
  • 2004 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2005 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • 2011 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • 2011 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89
  • 2011 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76

Person of interestDick Clark

2012 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and TV Personality Dick Clark
Radio and TV Personality
Dick Clark
  • 2013 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), dies of liver failure at 60
  • 2013 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2015 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • 2016 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • 2018 Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman and professional wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2019 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79
  • 2019 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, shot by the New IRA in a terrorist attack at 29

Person of interestLorraine Warren

2019 Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), dies in her sleep at 92

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren