Famous Deaths on March 13

  • 624 Abu Sufjan becomes Quraish chief and leader of Mecca after loss at Battle of Badr against Muslim forces
  • 1202 Mieszko III, the Elder, grand duke of Poland (1173-77, 1200-02), dies
  • 1271 Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
  • 1395 John Barbour, Scottish poet
  • 1516 Vladislav II Jagiello, king of Bohemia (1490-1516), dies at 60
  • 1558 Jean Fernel, French physician/physiologist, dies
  • 1569 Louis, Prince of Condé (1530-69), dies in Battle of Jarnac at 39
  • 1573 Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman
  • 1604 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (b. 1537)
  • 1619 Richard Burbage, English Shakespearean actor and painter, dies at approximately 52
  • 1711 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic (b. 1636)
  • 1716 Georg Gabriel Schutz, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1756 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer, dies at 81
  • 1773 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer (b. 1727)
  • 1778 Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)
  • 1803 William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
  • 1808 King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)
  • 1817 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, dies at 77
  • 1837 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 66
  • 1839 Robert Gallenberg, composer, dies at 55
  • 1842 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), dies at 80
  • 1879 Adolf Anderssen, German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60
  • 1881 Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, assassinated at 62
  • 1884 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
  • 1890 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1895 Louise Otto-Peters, German suffragist, women's rights movement activist and author (The Wandering Star), dies at 75

Person of interestBenjamin Harrison

1901 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1903 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

1906 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies of pneumonia at 86

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1911 Jacob M van Bemmelen, Dutch physicist/chemist, dies at 80
  • 1911 John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1915 Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), dies at 65
  • 1918 Karel Stecker, composer, dies at 57
  • 1925 Lucille Ricksen [Ingeborg Ericksen], American silent-film actress, dies of tuberculosis 14
  • 1930 Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), dies at 77
  • 1934 Fritz Cortolezis, composer, dies at 56
  • 1938 Clarence S Darrow, Scopes Monkey Trial attorney, dies in Chicago at 80
  • 1938 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual, dies at 49
  • 1941 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
  • 1943 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • 1943 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), dies of a stroke at 75
  • 1945 Herbert Bedford, composer, dies at 78
  • 1946 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • 1946 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • 1946 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • 1948 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., dies at 77
  • 1949 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)

  • 1951 Alfred Hugenberg, German RC pres-dir of Krupp/media magnate, dies
  • 1951 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), dies at 67
  • 1955 Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • 1955 Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • 1957 Lena Ashwell, British actress and theatrical manager who was the 1st to organize large-scale entertainment for WWI troops at the front, dies at 84
  • 1963 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1964 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers
  • 1965 George Calinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • 1965 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891)
  • 1967 Frank Worrell, West indian cricketer, dies
  • 1969 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • 1970 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • 1971 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 82
  • 1971 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • 1972 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1973 Stacy Harris, actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
  • 1974 Howard St John, American actor (Investigator, Dr Lewis-Hank), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 1974 Janos Prohaska, actor (Andy Williams Show), dies at 52
  • 1975 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • 1975 Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian novelist (Bridge on Drina, Nobel 1961), dies at 82
  • 1975 Jean Del Val, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces), dies at 83
  • 1975 Ruth Schaumann, German author, painter and sculptor (Rose, Black King), dies at 75
  • 1976 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • 1977 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • 1977 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • 1978 David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • 1978 Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • 1980 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • 1982 Albert Weisser, composer, dies at 64
  • 1982 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • 1983 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1984 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF batsman), dies
  • 1985 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • 1986 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • 1987 Bernhard Grzimek, German zoologist (West Germany), dies at 77
  • 1987 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • 1988 Olive Carey, actress (Affairs With a Stranger), dies at 92
  • 1990 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), commits suicide at 86
  • 1990 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)
  • 1991 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), dies at 65
  • 1992 Clarence Wright, singer, dies at 84
  • 1992 Hans Redeker, Dutch art critic (Algemeen Handelsblad), dies
  • 1993 Ralph Smith Fults, US gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • 1994 Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • 1994 Edward James "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, romantic novelist, dies at 59
  • 1994 James Cecil Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, dies at 58
  • 1995 Abdul Ali Mazari, Afghan Shiite leader, shot to death
  • 1995 John Silverlight, journalist, dies at 75
  • 1995 Leo Kaplan, lawyer (ASCAP), dies at 89
  • 1995 Leon Day, pitcher (Negro Leagues), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1995 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65
  • 1995 P C J van Lierde, Dutch vicar-gen of Vatican (1951-91), dies at 87
  • 1996 Brian Hulls, television news cameraman, dies at 48
  • 1996 Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (The Double Life of Veronique), dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1996 Lucio Fulci, Italian film director "Godfather of Gore", dies at 68
  • 1996 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • 1998 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1999 Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 1999 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 1999 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • 2001 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • 2001 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • 2001 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • 2002 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 2004 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • 2005 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), dies of heart failure at 83
  • 2005 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), dies from cardiac arrhythmia at 56
  • 2006 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), dies at 80
  • 2006 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Andrew Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
  • 2009 Betsy Blair [Elizabeth Boger], American actress (Marty, A Double Life), dies at 85
  • 2009 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • 2010 He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)
  • 2011 Owsley Stanley, Sound Engineer for The Grateful Dead and renowned LSD manufacturer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • 2013 Ducky Detweiler, American MLB player, dies at 94
  • 2013 Malachi Throne, American actor, dies at 84
  • 2015 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, dies at 91
  • 2015 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2016 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • 2016 Adrienne Corri, British actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 85
  • 2017 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • 2017 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • 2018 Dr. T Berry Brazelton, American child development paediatrician, author, TV host (What Every Baby Knows), who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), dies at 99