Famous Deaths on August 16

  • 1027 Giorgi I, King of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1297 John II of Trebizond (b. 1262)
  • 1327 Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1358 Duke Albert II of Austria (b. 1298)
  • 1419 Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443 Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
  • 1445 Margaret of Scotland (Dauphine of France), wife of the future King Louis XI (b. 1424)
  • 1508 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, German viceroy of Friesland, dies at 41
  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1532 John the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
  • 1603 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri), dies at 62
  • 1661 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), dies of typhus fever at 53
  • 1675 Bogdan Chmilnicki, cosack leader/murderer of 300,000 Jews, dies
  • 1678 Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • 1705 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1733 Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)

  • 1738 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • 1791 Charles-François de Broglie, French soldier and diplomat, marquis de Ruffec, dies at 61
  • 1799 Vincenzo Manfredini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1807 Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • 1836 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (Parseval's theorem), dies at 81
  • 1854 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies
  • 1855 Henry Colburn, British publisher ( Pepys's Diary) (b. 1784)
  • 1864 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 31
  • 1870 Edmund Passy, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1880 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), dies at 67
  • 1886 Ramakrishna, Indian mystic and yogi, dies at 50

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

1888 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 55

Pharmacist John Pemberton
Pharmacist
John Pemberton
  • 1893 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
  • 1894 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70

Person of interestRobert Bunsen

1899 Robert Bunsen, German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, dies at 88

Chemist Robert Bunsen
Chemist
Robert Bunsen
  • 1900 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • 1907 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • 1910 Charles Lenepveu, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1920 Sir Norman Lockyer, English physicist, co-founder of helium gas, founder and editor of "Nature" magazinem dies at 84
  • 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies at 77
  • 1929 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian composer, dies at 70

Person of interestRobert Johnson

1938 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1938 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and Catholic priest, dies at 1938
  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • 1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • 1945 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), dies at 71

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, dies of Esophageal cancer 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Person of interestMargaret Mitchell

1949 Margaret Mitchell, American writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • 1951 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1952 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)

Person of interestBela Lugosi

1956 Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • 1957 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1958 Paul Panzer, German-American silent film actor (The Perils of Pauline, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin), dies at 85
  • 1959 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1959 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 1960 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • 1961 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, Father of Modern Urdu, dies at 91
  • 1964 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • 1965 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1966 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • 1968 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1969 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • 1971 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • 1971 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • 1972 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • 1973 Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • 1973 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1974 Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies

Person of interestElvis Presley

1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1978 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90

Person of interestJohn Diefenbaker

1979 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 1983 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • 1984 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1986 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1988 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1989 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • 1990 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1991 Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • 1991 Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • 1991 Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • 1992 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • 1993 Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • 1993 Stewart Granger, English actor (Prisoner of Zenda, King Solomon's Mines), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 Tom Fuccella, actor (Paul-One Life to Live), dies of AIDs at 56
  • 1994 Earnest Pawel, Polish/American author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • 1994 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994 Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • 1994 John Doucette, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Lock Up, Big Town), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1995 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), dies at 89
  • 1995 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), dies at 62
  • 1995 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1996 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • 1996 Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • 1997 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 1999 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 2002 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), dies at 88
  • 2002 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 2002 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)

Person of interestIdi Amin

2003 Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (1971-79) who killed an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 people, dies of kidney failure aged between 75-80

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 2004 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2004 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83

  • 2005 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45
  • 2005 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2005 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • 2007 The Missing Link, professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2012 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2015 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2016 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • 2016 John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89

Person of interestAretha Franklin

2018 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin