Famous Deaths on January 16

  • 308 Marcellus I, Catholic Pope (-308), dies
  • 429 Honoratius of Arles, bishop/saint, dies [or 430]
  • 960 Polyeuctus, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1343 Robert of Anjou, king (Naples), dies
  • 1400 John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter, English politician (executed) (b. 1352)
  • 1545 George Spalatin, German reformer (b. 1484)
  • 1547 Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)
  • 1554 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)
  • 1585 Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
  • 1595 Murad III, sultan of Turkey (1574-95), dies at 48
  • 1659 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer (b. 1580)
  • 1703 Matteo Coferati, composer, dies at 64
  • 1710 Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
  • 1711 Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon (b. 1651)
  • 1747 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • 1748 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (b. 1684)

  • 1750 Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshall (b. 1667)
  • 1752 Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46

Person of interestEdward Gibbon

1794 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), dies in London at 56

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1809 Sir John Moore, British General, at the Battle of Corunna (b. 1761)
  • 1817 Antonin Josef Alois Volanek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1817 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
  • 1834 Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (b. 1769)
  • 1838 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS]
  • 1842 Thomas Freanby, Norwegian landscape painter, dies
  • 1849 Wilhelm M L de Wette, German theologist, dies at 69
  • 1856 Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • 1864 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • 1865 Edmond François Valentin About, French writer (Le Roi des montagnes), dies at 56
  • 1879 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, dies at 51
  • 1886 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • 1886 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1891 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit ,Lakmé), dies at 54
  • 1892 Imakita Kosen, Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies
  • 1893 Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74
  • 1898 Charles Pelham Villiers, longest-serving MP in the British House of Commons (b. 1802)
  • 1899 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, dies at 89

Person of interestHiram R. Revels

1901 Hiram R. Revels, American politician, 1st African American Senator, dies at 73

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • 1901 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1901 Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)
  • 1906 Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, dies at 71

  • 1907 Alfred Shaw, cricketer (seven Tests for England 1877-82), dies at 64
  • 1912 Georg Heym, German writer, dies in an ice skating accident at 24
  • 1913 Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, American aeronaut and inventor, dies at 80
  • 1916 Arnold Aletrino, Dut physician-criminologist (From Death), dies at 57

Person of interestGeorge Dewey

1917 George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1919 Jaroslav Jeremias, composer, dies at 19
  • 1919 Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, President of Brazil (b. 1848)
  • 1920 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • 1924 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (b. 1859)
  • 1924 Maurice de Plessys, French poet (Palace Occidental), dies at 59
  • 1934 Annie Patterson, Irish composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Richard Wetz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1935 Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)
  • 1936 Albert Fish, American serial killer, executed at 65
  • 1942 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1943 Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Sunny Lane), dies at 88
  • 1945 Dennis Donnini, British rifleman (Victoria Cross), dies in battle at 19
  • 1946 Johanna HC Albregt, actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71
  • 1954 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • 1957 Alexander Cambridge, gov-gen (South African 1923-31/Canada 1940-5), dies at 82
  • 1957 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1961 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54
  • 1962 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • 1962 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
  • 1962 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1963 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • 1963 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1966 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Sage of Kai-Roi), dies at 72
  • 1967 Robert J Van De Graaff, US nuclear physicist, dies at 65
  • 1968 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • 1969 Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • 1969 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1970 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • 1971 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • 1971 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • 1972 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
  • 1972 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • 1974 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1978 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), dies at 92
  • 1979 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71

Person of interestTed Cassidy

1979 Ted Cassidy, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • 1979 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)
  • 1980 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), dies at 94
  • 1981 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • 1985 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • 1986 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • 1987 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
  • 1987 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • 1987 Joyce Jameson, American comedienne and actress (Spike Jones Show, The Outlaw Josey Wales), commits suicide at 59
  • 1987 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • 1987 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • 1988 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), dies at 83
  • 1988 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • 1989 Pierre Boileau, screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • 1989 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • 1989 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • 1992 Roselle Novelle, silent film actress, dies at 95
  • 1993 Florence Desmond, [Dawson], actress (Sally in Our Alley), dies at 87
  • 1993 Glenn Corbett, US actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), dies at 63
  • 1993 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • 1993 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (b. 1960)
  • 1994 Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1994 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), dies at 89
  • 1994 Stephen Kritsick, veterinarian (Good Morning America), dies at 42
  • 1995 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • 1996 Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81
  • 1996 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49

  • 1997 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • 1997 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 1997 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • 1998 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • 1998 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • 1998 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1999 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2002 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • 2002 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 2003 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • 2003 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • 2004 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
  • 2007 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2009 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2009 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), dies at 91
  • 2012 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • 2013 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 81
  • 2013 Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 94
  • 2014 Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
  • 2014 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
  • 2017 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • 2018 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • 2018 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87
  • 2018 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69