Famous Deaths on June 16

  • 956 Hugo the Great, duke of the Franks, count of Paris, (b. about 1598)
  • 1246 Lutgardis/Ludgardis, Flemish mystic/saint, dies at about 64
  • 1361 John Tauler, German mystic (Gottesfreunde) dies at about 61
  • 1397 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • 1468 Jean Le Fevre, Burgundian chronicler (b. ca. 1395)
  • 1492 Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1575 Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen the Jonghe], medical/historian, dies at 63
  • 1620 Carlo Saraceni, [Carlo Veniziano], Italian painter (Judith), dies
  • 1622 Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1555)
  • 1623 Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
  • 1626 Christian the Younger, German Protestant military leader, dies at 26
  • 1644 John of Saint Thomas [Juan Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
  • 1651 Marsilio Casentini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1671 Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
  • 1707 Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)
  • 1722 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72
  • 1749 Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
  • 1752 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal, dies at 88
  • 1752 Joseph Butler, English philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1777 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • 1778 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, dies at 57
  • 1779 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1792 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
  • 1793 Louis A count d'Affry, general/French ambassador in Netherland, dies
  • 1804 Johann Adam Hiller, composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
  • 1812 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
  • 1815 Frederik Willem, Duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle at 43
  • 1824 Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (b. 1739)
  • 1831 Josef Schnabel, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1837 Valentino Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1850 William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
  • 1855 John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)
  • 1858 John Snow, English epidemiologist (b. 1813)
  • 1866 Joseph Méry French poet (b. 1798)
  • 1869 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), dies at 74
  • 1872 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • 1878 Crawford Long, American physician (b. 1815)
  • 1880 James Southerton, cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies
  • 1881 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
  • 1881 Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • 1885 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • 1892 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
  • 1901 Herman Grimm, German writer, poet and historian, dies at 75
  • 1902 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (b. 1841)
  • 1910 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Chittaranjan Das, Indian lawyer, politician and activist (founded Swaraj Party), dies at 55
  • 1925 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, dies at 22
  • 1928 Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928, dies at 61
  • 1929 Bramwell Booth, 2nd General of The Salvation Army, dies at 73
  • 1929 Vernon Louis Parrington, American author (Romantic Revolution, Pulitzer 1928), dies at 57

  • 1930 Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)
  • 1930 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), dies at 69
  • 1932 Frederik W Van Oaths, psychiatrist/writer (Blades of Grass), dies
  • 1932 Frederik Willem van Eeden, Dutch utopian writer (Walden), dies at 72
  • 1936 Leib Malach, Yiddish writer, dies
  • 1939 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1940 DuBose Heyward, American novelist (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • 1940 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • 1941 Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
  • 1944 George Stinney, African-American boy wrongfully convicted of murder, is executed by electric chair at 14
  • 1944 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • 1944 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), dies at 82
  • 1945 Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1946 Ludwig Winder, writer, dies
  • 1946 Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86
  • 1952 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • 1953 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1955 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90
  • 1958 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), dies at 45
  • 1958 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (1953-56), dies at 62

Person of interestGeorge Reeves

1959 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • 1961 O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 1961 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 1969 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1969 John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • 1969 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • 1970 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • 1970 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1971 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • 1974 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), dies from heart disease at 65
  • 1975 Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • 1976 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • 1976 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59

Person of interestWerner von Braun

1977 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • 1979 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • 1979 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • 1979 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • 1979 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • 1981 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • 1981 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
  • 1981 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • 1982 James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
  • 1983 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • 1984 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1986 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • 1987 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • 1988 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1990 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • 1991 Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • 1992 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), dies at 89
  • 1993 Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricketer (3073 runs in Tests), dies at 79
  • 1994 Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
  • 1994 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88
  • 1994 Eileen Way, British actress (Les Miserables, Rainbow, Vikings, Assassin), dies at 82
  • 1994 Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic, dies at 82
  • 1996 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician, dies at 69
  • 1996 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • 1997 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • 1999 David Edward Sutch, British musician (b. 1940)
  • 2000 Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)
  • 2003 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), dies at 88
  • 2007 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Mikhail Kononov, Soviet actor (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • 2008 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure), dies at 99
  • 2010 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2013 Hans Hass, Austrian diving pioneer, dies at 94
  • 2014 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), dies of salivary gland cancer at 54
  • 2015 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84

Person of interestHelmut Kohl

2017 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • 2017 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere) dies from diabetes complications at 63
  • 2017 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2018 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, dies of health complications at 73