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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)
  • 1339 Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), dies at 36
  • 1358 Albert II, Duke of Austria, dies at 59
  • 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 Johann the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (1525-32), dies at 64
  • 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), overdoses at 57
  • 1705 Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician known for his contributions to calculus, 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, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, dies at 61
  • 1807 Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, Swedish 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
  • 1893 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist, dies at 77
  • 1894 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70

Robert Bunsen

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

  • 1900 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • 1905 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), dies at 63
  • 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
  • 1938 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and Catholic priest, dies at 1938
  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies

Henri Desgrange

1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, dies at 29
  • 1945 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), dies at 71

Babe Ruth

1948 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Margaret Mitchell

1949 Margaret Mitchell, American author (Gone With The Wind), dies at 48

  • 1951 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1951 Du Yuesheng, Chinese mob boss, dies at 62
  • 1952 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • 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 Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies at 76
  • 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, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 71
  • 1969 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, American composer, dies at 39
  • 1973 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), 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

Elvis Presley

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

  • 1978 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • 1983 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • 1984 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1986 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), dies at 95
  • 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, Scottish actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • 1996 Robert Lynn, Scottish 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 qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • 1997 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 2001 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), dies at 73
  • 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)

Idi 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

  • 2003 Andrew Pryce Jackman, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger and composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 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 (Dissection), dies at 31
  • 2006 Alfredo Stroessner, 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies at 93
  • 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, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 2011 Pete Pihos, American Pro/College Football HOF end (Indiana University; 6 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 87
  • 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

Aretha 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

  • 2018 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2019 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), dies at 79
  • 2019 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 2019 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96
  • 2019 Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), dies at 86
  • 2020 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), dies at 77
  • 2020 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), dies from heart attack complications at 74
August 16 Highlights