Famous Deaths on January 18

  • 52 BC Publius Clodius Pulcher (murdered) (b. 93 BC)
  • 474 Leo I, Byzantine Emperor (b. 401)
  • 1367 Pedro I, King of Portugal (also called "the Just" or "the Cruel"), King of Portugal and of the Algarves (1357-67), dies at 46
  • 1425 Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician, dies at 33
  • 1471 Emperor Go-Hanazono, 102nd Emperor of Japan, dies at 51
  • 1479 Louis IX, the Rich, duke of Bayern (U of Ingolstadt), dies at 61
  • 1580 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 1586 Margaret of Austria, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)
  • 1659 Benedikt Lechler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1664 Moses Amyraut, French theologian (b. 1596)
  • 1666 Adriaen A Bloemaert, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 56
  • 1677 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), dies at 57
  • 1760 Claudio Casciolini, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1769 Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan
  • 1803 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • 1854 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies
  • 1859 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51

Person of interestJohn Tyler

1862 John Tyler, 10th US President (1841-45), dies in Richmond Va at 71

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • 1873 Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803)
  • 1875 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer, dies at 55
  • 1878 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist who pioneered the study of electric and luminescent phenomena, dies at 89
  • 1886 Michal Czajchovski, [Sadik Pasja], writer, dies
  • 1886 Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)
  • 1890 Amadeus I FM, king of Spain (1870-73), dies at 44
  • 1892 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • 1896 Charles Floquet, French statesman (b. 1828)
  • 1902 Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70
  • 1913 Edmond R H Regout, Dutch industrialist/politician, dies at 49
  • 1918 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • 1919 Prince John of the United Kingdom, youngest son of English king George V, dies at 13
  • 1921 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1923 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), dies from morphine addiction at 31

Person of interestRudyard Kipling

1936 Rudyard Kipling, English author (Gunga Din, Nobel 1907), dies at 70

  • 1940 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • 1949 Charles Ponzi [Carlo], Italian con-man (Ponzi scheme in the US), dies at 66
  • 1951 Robert Mark, US chairman (Caste World Congress), dies at 41
  • 1951 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1952 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), dies from a stroke at 48
  • 1954 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • 1962 Raymond Moulaert, composer, dies at 86
  • 1963 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • 1963 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • 1966 Kathleen Norris, US author, dies at 85
  • 1967 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), dies at 79
  • 1967 Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57
  • 1967 Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), dies of heart attack at 82
  • 1967 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1967 Simon FHJ Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, vicar/theologist, dies at 84
  • 1968 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • 1968 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • 1969 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 81

  • 1970 David O. McKay, 9th President of Mormon church, dies at 96
  • 1971 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • 1972 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1975 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • 1976 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • 1977 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • 1977 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • 1977 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1978 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1978 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • 1978 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • 1978 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • 1979 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • 1980 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, US composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • 1982 Trent Lehman, actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), dies at 20
  • 1984 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • 1984 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1985 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • 1985 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), dies from cancer at 72
  • 1986 Claire James, actress (Jack Armstrong), dies
  • 1989 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • 1990 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • 1990 Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 1991 Hamilton Fish, congressman (NY), dies at 102
  • 1991 Lillian Bond, actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • 1991 Nita Krebs, actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1992 John Remme, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1992 Tom Elios, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor, dies at 85
  • 1993 Mia Meijer, Dutch playwright/director (Machine Child), dies
  • 1993 Mike Templeton, 2nd person to receive a heart pump, dies at 34
  • 1993 Eleanor Hibbert, British author (b. 1906)
  • 1994 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
  • 1995 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 91
  • 1995 Charles Baskerville, vocalist, dies at 54
  • 1995 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman (Gannex raincoats), dies at 79
  • 1995 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1996 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • 1996 N T Rama Rao, PM of Andhra Pradesh India (1983-84, 84-89, 94-95), dies
  • 1996 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • 1996 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • 1997 Myfanwy Piper, British librettist and art critic, dies at 85
  • 1997 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • 2000 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • 2000 Jester Hairston, American actor (That's My Mama, Amen), dies at 98
  • 2000 Frances Drake [Dean], American actress (Mad Love, The Invisible Ray), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2001 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2001 Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 2001 Reg Prentice, British government minister, dies at 77
  • 2003 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2005 Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2006 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • 2008 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • 2009 Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), dies of breast cancer at 88
  • 2010 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • 2011 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), dies at 95
  • 2014 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • 2015 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • 2016 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67
  • 2016 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • 2016 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, dies at 91
  • 2017 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • 2017 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • 2018 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies at 89