Famous Deaths on March 16

  • 455 Valentinian III, Roman Emperor (b. 419)
  • 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, queen of Richard III of England (b. 1456)
  • 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 of Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange, dies at 59
  • 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, 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/physicist, dies at 49
  • 1843 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/Colonies, dies at 65
  • 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 (b. 1827)
  • 1898 Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, English illustrator (Salome), dies at 23
  • 1899 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • 1903 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1909 George Thorndike Angell, lawyer (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, 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

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

1940 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • 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, composer, dies at 77
  • 1957 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • 1957 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1958 Leon J Cadore, pitched the 26 inning game, dies at 65
  • 1959 John Sailling, 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, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies

Person of interestThomas E. Dewey

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

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1972 Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • 1973 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • 1973 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman), author (People that Mutiny), dies at 68

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1975 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 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)
  • 1983 Arthur Godfrey, TV host (Arthur Godrey Show), dies at 79
  • 1983 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1984 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • 1984 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, dies at 68
  • 1985 Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

Person of interestEddie Shore

1985 Eddie Shore, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a lung infection at 82

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 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 (b. 1903)
  • 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
  • 1995 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1995 Clan Fraser of Lovat, soldier/Landowner, dies at 83
  • 1995 Lord Lovat, [Shimi], Scottish landowner, 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 (b. 1954)
  • 1998 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • 1998 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • 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 and composer (b. 1910)
  • 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 Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2006 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player, dies at 22
  • 2008 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • 2008 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • 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
  • 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, dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2013 Bobby Smith, American singer (Spinners), dies 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/bandleader, dies at 72
  • 2017 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81