On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 16

  • 455 Valentinian III, Roman Emperor (425-55), assassinated at 35
  • 1021 Heribert of Cologne, Archbishop of Cologne and Chancellor of Emperor Otto III
  • 1037 Robert I, Archbishop of Rouen
  • 1072 Adalbert, archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg, dies
  • 1322 Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1276) dies in battle at Boroughbridge
  • 1410 John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (b. 1373)
  • 1485 Anne Neville, English queen, wife of Richard III of England, dies at 28
  • 1536 Ibrahim Pasha, grand-visier of Osmaanse Rich, murdered at about 45
  • 1559 Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • 1620 St. John Sarkander, Moravian priest, died of injuries caused by torturing
  • 1629 Emilia van Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange & Anna of Saxon, dies at 59
  • 1649 St. Jean de Brébeuf, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1679 John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • 1721 James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • 1736 Giovanni B Pergolesi, Italian composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 26
  • 1737 Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard University (b. 1670)
  • 1738 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72
  • 1747 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
  • 1804 Francisco marquis Albergati Capacelli, Italian playwright, dies at 75
  • 1806 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1819 Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73
  • 1838 Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, astronomer and author (Marine Sextant), dies at 64
  • 1841 Félix Savart, French surgeon and physicist (Law of Biot & Savart), dies at 49
  • 1843 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/Colonies, dies at 65
  • 1864 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), dies at 58
  • 1867 Benjamin Hanby, composer, dies at 33
  • 1878 William Banting, English undertaker, dies
  • 1887 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • 1888 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • 1890 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (b. 1864)
  • 1892 Samuel F. Miller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 64
  • 1893 William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer, dies at 48
  • 1898 Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, English illustrator (Salome), dies at 23
  • 1899 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • 1900 Frederic William Burton, Irish painter, dies at 83
  • 1903 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1909 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), dies at 85
  • 1914 Gaston Calmette, editor (Le Figaro), killed by Mme Caillaux at 55
  • 1914 John Murray, piloted HMS Challenger to Christmas Island, dies
  • 1914 Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 70
  • 1919 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 39
  • 1926 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • 1930 Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja, Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60
  • 1933 Alfred Haar, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 47
  • 1935 John Macleod, Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
  • 1935 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian-born chess player (b. 1886)
  • 1936 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • 1937 J Austen Chamberlain, English Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nobel), dies at 73
  • 1941 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • 1945 Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, French writer/poet, commits suicide at 52
  • 1945 Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (b. 1874)
  • 1946 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
  • 1955 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • 1955 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1956 Joseph John Richards, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1957 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • 1957 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1958 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), dies at 65
  • 1959 John B. Salling, second to last documented Civil War veteran, dies at 111
  • 1961 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • 1962 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • 1964 Nicholas Joy, French actor (Gentleman's Agreement; Desk Set; Boss Lady), dies at 80
  • 1967 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1968 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • 1968 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1970 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), dies at 61
  • 1970 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • 1970 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • 1971 Bebe Daniels, actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
  • 1971 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Australian cricket wrist-spin bowler (10 Tests), dies from cancer at 62

Thomas E. Dewey

1971 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • 1972 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • 1973 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • 1974 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, dies at 75
  • 1975 Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 1979 Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • 1980 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)

Arthur Godfrey

1983 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), dies at 79

  • 1983 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1984 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • 1984 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1985 Roger Huntington Sessions, American composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • 1985 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • 1987 Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies of kidney failuyre at 71
  • 1988 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • 1990 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1991 7 members of Reba McIntire's band, killed in a plane crash
  • 1991 Jan H. van Roijen, Dutch ambassador to the U.S. and Netherlands Foreign Minister, dies at 85
  • 1992 Renzhong Weangn, China politician (1934-45), dies
  • 1992 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), dies at 88
  • 1993 Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
  • 1993 Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered
  • 1993 Don Randolph, actor (Harem Girl), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 1993 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • 1993 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered
  • 1994 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), dies at 71
  • 1995 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1995 Simon Fraser [Shimi], Lord Lovat, 25th head of Clan Fraser, dies at 83
  • 1995 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • 1996 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • 1996 Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • 1996 Charlie Barnett, American actor and comedian, dies of AIDS at 41
  • 1998 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • 1998 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • 1998 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel 1969), dies at 79
  • 1999 Eric Norman Stokes, American composer, dies in an auto accident at 68
  • 1999 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • 2000 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • 2001 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • 2001 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • 2003 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2004 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, dies at 93
  • 2005 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • 2005 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Anthony George, American actor (Untouchables, Checkmate), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2005 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005 William Lehman, American politician, dies at 91
  • 2005 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), dies after falling down a flight of stairs at 67
  • 2006 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricketer, dies at 22
  • 2008 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • 2008 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 2008 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • 2008 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • 2008 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), dies of renal failure at 76
  • 2008 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • 2009 Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner, bootlegger, and how-to book author (Me and My Likker), takes his own life at 62
  • 2011 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80
  • 2012 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), dies at 85
  • 2013 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2013 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners), dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2014 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 2015 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • 2016 Frank Sinatra, Jr. , American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • 2017 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • 2018 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2019 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81
  • 2021 Erhan Önal, Turkish soccer central defender (12 caps; FC Bayern Munich, Standard Liège, Galatasaray), dies at 63
  • 2021 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), dies of cancer at 51
March 16 Highlights