On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 16

  • 276 Mark Annius Florianus, emperor of Rome (276), murdered
  • 599 Monulphus, bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht (St Servaaskerk), dies
  • 1139 Walram II, duke of Limburg/Neth-Lutherans, dies
  • 1216 Innocent III [Lotario de' Conti di Segni], Italian Pope (1198-1216), dies at 54 or 55
  • 1324 Emperor Go-Uda, 91st Emperor of Japan, dies at 56
  • 1342 King Charles I of Hungary
  • 1482 John van Schaffelaar, Gelders knight, dies
  • 1509 João da Nova, Portuguese Galician explorer (discovered St Helena and Ascension islands), dies at 48 or 49
  • 1546 Anne Askew, English Protestant (burned at the stake) (b. 1521)

Anne of Cleves

1557 Anne of Cleves, Queen of England (1539-40), 4th wife of Henry VIII, dies most likely of cancer at 41

  • 1590 Bartholomaeus of Braga [Fernandez], Dominican theologian and Archbishop Emeritus of Braga, dies at 76

Thomas Kyd

1594 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (The Spanish Tragedy), dies at 35

  • 1647 Masaniello [Tommaso Aniello], Italian fisherman and leader of the 1647 Naples revolt against the rule of Habsburg Spain, assassinated by a group of grain merchants at 27
  • 1664 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47
  • 1686 John Pearson, English theologian (b. 1612)
  • 1691 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), dies at 82
  • 1698 Cristoph Kaldenbach, Prussian poet, dies at 84
  • 1729 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1730 Elijiah Fenton, poet, dies
  • 1736 Thomas Yalden, poet/fable writer, dies
  • 1747 Giuseppe Maria Crespi, painter/etcher, dies
  • 1762 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • 1764 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), murdered at 23
  • 1770 Francis Cotes, English painter (b. 1726)
  • 1782 Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden and wife of Adolf Frederik, dies at 61
  • 1796 George Howard, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1831 Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (b. 1763)
  • 1843 Hubert Matthijs Adriaan Jan van Asch van Wijck, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 68
  • 1857 Pierre-Jean de Baranger, poet, dies
  • 1864 Victor Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 27
  • 1868 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, dies at 87
  • 1871 Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, dies at 18
  • 1879 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)

Mary Todd Lincoln

1882 Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), dies of a stroke at 63

  • 1886 Ned Buntline [Edward Zane Carroll Judson], author, dies
  • 1887 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle at Woeringen), dies at 73
  • 1889 Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education, dies at 83
  • 1890 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss novelist and poet, dies at 70
  • 1896 Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • 1896 William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies
  • 1897 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, dies at 1897
  • 1905 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69

Ellen G. White

1915 ellen white, American co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87

  • 1916 Victor Horsley, English physician and neuroscientist, dies while serving in Iraq in WWI at 59
  • 1917 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 1918 José de Diego, Puerto Rican patriot and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and the U.S., dies at 52
  • 1923 Louis Couperus, Dutch poet and writer (Books of Small Soles), dies at 60
  • 1931 Charles Studd, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Middlesex) and missionary (Cambridge Seven), dies from untreated gallstones at 70
  • 1931 Alice Pike Barney, American painter, dies at 74
  • 1934 Alaska P. Davidson, America's first female FBI agent, dies at 66
  • 1939 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • 1944 Johannes Post, Dutch farmer and resistance fighter (passage fight), executed at 37
  • 1947 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • 1949 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian philosopher, playwright and poet, dies at 83
  • 1953 Hilaire Belloc, Anglo-French author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • 1955 Jean de Merode [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • 1956 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon 1921 runner-up), dies at 56
  • 1960 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), dies at 66

Albert Kesselring

1960 Albert Kesselring, German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), dies of a heart attack at 74

  • 1961 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88
  • 1962 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies at 68
  • 1971 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • 1972 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, dies at 65
  • 1972 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • 1973 Nine van de Schaaf, Dutch author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
  • 1976 Carmelo Soria, Spanish diplomat assassinated in 1976 by the Chilean DINA
  • 1979 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • 1979 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1980 Robert Brackman, American artist, dies at 81
  • 1981 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's In The Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1982 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • 1982 Patrick Dewaere, actor (Catherine & Co), shoots self at 35
  • 1982 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), dies at 88
  • 1984 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • 1985 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), dies at 84
  • 1985 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1989 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1990 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), dies at 62
  • 1990 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and theater organist, dies from an intentional medication overdose at 82
  • 1991 Cornelis Z Forster [Da Kuneisi], Suriname granman/gaanman, dies
  • 1991 Dwight Weist, Radio actor/film narrator (Radio Days), dies at 81
  • 1991 Frank Rizzo, American politician (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1991 Robert Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), dies at 76
  • 1992 "Gorgeous" George [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84
  • 1992 Buck Buchanan, NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), dies at 51
  • 1992 Johnny Martin, cricketer (NSW & Australian chinaman bowler), dies
  • 1992 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), dies at 67
  • 1994 M Vink, surgeon (1st Dutch kidney transplant), dies at 78
  • 1994 Madzy Rollin Couquerque, tennis star/international hockey, dies at 91
  • 1994 Julian Schwinger, American physicist (1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for quantum electrodynamics), dies at 76
  • 1995 Charles Bruck, Hungarian-French-American conductor (Dutch Opera, 1950-54; Strasbourg Philharmonic, 1955–65), and Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF, 1965–70), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1995 Eleanore "May" Sarton, Belgian-American writer (Land of Silence), dies at 83
  • 1995 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), dies of kidney failure at 84
  • 1995 Mordechai Gur, Israeli general, commits suicide at 65
  • 1995 Patsy Ruth Miller, American actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds), dies at 91
  • 1995 Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher, dies at 83
  • 1995 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), dies at 86
  • 1995 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1996 Adolf von Thadden, German politician, (b. 1921)
  • 1996 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • 1997 Dora Maar, French photographer, painter and poet, lover of Picasso, dies at 89
  • 1998 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

John F. Kennedy Jr.

1999 John F. Kennedy Jr, American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, dies in a plane crash at 38

  • 1999 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 2001 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2001 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • 2002 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', dies of cancer at 77
  • 2003 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • 2004 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish baritone pop and schlager singer ("Bonjour les amies" / "Hello Friends"), lyricist, translator ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" / ""Komm, gib mir deine Hand"'; She Loves You" / "Sie liebt dich"), and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2005 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), dies at 91
  • 2006 Bob Orton, Sr., American professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Artie Malvin, American vocalist (Glenn Miller; Jimmy Dorsey), arranger and music director (Julie LaRosa; Pat Boone; Carol Burnett), dies at 83
  • 2007 Tom Brooks, Australian cricket umpire (23 Tests 1970-78), dies at 88
  • 2008 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), dies at 90
  • 2010 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), dies at 70
  • 2011 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • 2012 Jon Lord, English keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • 2012 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2012 Bob Babbitt [Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), dies of brain cancer at 74
  • 2013 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, dies at 85
  • 2013 Barun De, Indian historian, dies at 80
  • 2014 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70

Nate Thurmond

2016 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74

  • 2016 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • 2016 Alan Vega [Bermowitz] American punk rock vocalist (Suicide - "Ghost Rider"; "Dream Baby Dream"; Cubist Blues), and visual artist, dies at 78

George A. Romero

2017 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77

  • 2018 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • 2019 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer and 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), dies from complications of a stroke at 99
  • 2019 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), dies of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2020 Vladimir Obukhov, Russian basketball coach (Soviet Union & Malta men's national teams; MBC Dynamo Moscow), dies at 84
  • 2020 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960²; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), dies from stroke complications at 84
  • 2020 Brigid Berlin, American actress (Andy Warhol films), dies at 80
  • 2020 Jamie Oldaker, American session and touring drummer (Bob Seger; Leon Russell; Eric Clapton; Peter Frampton), dies at 68
  • 2021 Biz Markie [Marcel Hall], American rapper, DJ and record producer ("Just A Friend"), dies at 57 [1]
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