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Famous Deaths on March 18

  • 235 Marcus Aurelius Alexander, Syrian emperor of Rome (222-235), murdered
  • 978 Edward, the Martyr, King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78)/st, murdered at 15
  • 1227 Honorius III [Cencio Savelli], Pope (1216-27), dies
  • 1314 Jacques de Molay, French last Grand Master of The Knights Templar, dies burned at the stake aged 70 or 71
  • 1493 John of Lannoy, Flemish governor/viceroy of Neth/Zealand, dies at 82
  • 1582 Jean Jaurequi, Basque attacker of William of Orange, killed by William's guards
  • 1583 King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
  • 1675 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1689 John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • 1690 Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
  • 1696 Robert Charnock, English conspirator

Person of interestRobert Walpole

1745 Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister (Whig: 1721-42), dies at 68

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • 1746 Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
  • 1768 Lawrence Sterne, writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
  • 1781 Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
  • 1799 John Randall, British composer, dies at 82

  • 1816 Johann Paul Schulthesius, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1817 Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67
  • 1823 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1835 Christian Gunther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat, dies at 65
  • 1845 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 1870 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • 1871 Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
  • 1875 Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
  • 1876 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, dies at 65
  • 1886 Leopold Zunz, German Jewish scholar (Science of Judaism), dies at 91
  • 1889 William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
  • 1898 Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • 1899 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • 1899 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • 1900 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só), dies at 32
  • 1907 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (Thomsen–Berthelot principle of thermochemistry), dies at 79
  • 1913 George I, king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
  • 1917 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • 1918 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, dies at 79

  • 1928 Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
  • 1933 Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60
  • 1936 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58

Person of interestEleftherios Venizelos

1936 Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (1910-15, 1917-20, 1924, 1928-32, 1933), dies of a stroke at 71

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • 1937 Charles Haslewood Shannon, English lithographer and painter, dies at 73
  • 1938 Cyril Rootham, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1939 Henry Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader, dies at 79
  • 1944 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
  • 1945 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • 1947 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • 1954 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • 1956 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • 1956 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • 1958 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
  • 1962 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • 1963 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1964 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), dies at 69
  • 1964 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official and 4th President of the International Olympic Committee, dies at 93
  • 1965 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • 1967 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • 1968 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), commits suicide at 43
  • 1971 George Wood, England cricket wicket-keeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • 1972 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), dies at 58
  • 1973 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • 1974 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • 1975 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), dies at 74
  • 1976 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • 1976 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • 1976 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • 1977 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • 1977 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1978 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • 1978 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • 1980 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • 1980 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86
  • 1980 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), dies at 47
  • 1982 George Lampe, Dutch painter and director (Free Academy), dies at 60
  • 1983 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • 1983 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • 1983 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • 1983 Robert F. Bradford, American politician (57th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • 1984 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • 1984 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1985 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 1986 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), dies at 71
  • 1987 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • 1989 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 1989 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • 1989 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, dies at 97
  • 1990 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1991 Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
  • 1991 Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
  • 1992 Cornelis B Vaandrager [C Vaan], poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert A. Rushworth, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 68

  • 1995 Charles Drain, American soul singer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author, dies at 80
  • 1995 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • 1996 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • 1996 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • 1999 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, dies at 93
  • 2000 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2001 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65
  • 2002 R. A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • 2002 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, dies at 58
  • 2003 Karl Kling, German race car driver, dies at 92
  • 2003 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 2006 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Bob Woolmer, England cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), dies of diabetes at 58
  • 2007 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2008 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • 2008 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

2009 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • 2010 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), dies at 85
  • 2011 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2011 Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), dies at 85
  • 2012 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • 2013 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • 2014 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66
  • 2016 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • 2016 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79

Person of interestChuck Berry

2017 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 2017 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • 2017 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88
  • 2020 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), dies of a stroke at 88
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