Famous Deaths on May 13

  • 384 Servatius/Aravatius, bishop of Tongeren, dies at 65+
  • 1162 Géza II, King of Hungary and Croatia (1141-62)
  • 1176 Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1119)
  • 1312 Theobald II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1263)
  • 1381 John of Chatillon, governor/viceroy of Holland, dies
  • 1573 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (b. 1521)
  • 1619 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch lawyer and statesman, beheaded at 71
  • 1673 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), dies at 73
  • 1704 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, dies at 71
  • 1732 Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1742 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • 1776 Anton de Haen, medical Ratio medendi, dies at 71
  • 1787 Johann Michael Malzat, composer, dies at 38
  • 1793 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, dies at 72
  • 1807 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, dies at 85
  • 1812 Johann Matthias Sperger, composer, dies at 62

  • 1831 Christian G Korner, German lawyer, dies at 74

Person of interestGeorges Cuvier

1832 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, dies at 62

Naturalist and Zoologist Georges Cuvier
Naturalist and Zoologist
Georges Cuvier
  • 1835 John Nash, British town planner/architect (Regent's Park), dies
  • 1839 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, found Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • 1839 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • 1860 Christian Gmelin, German chemist, dies at 67
  • 1864 Junius Daniel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • 1866 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician (b. 1796)
  • 1873 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • 1882 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer, murdered at 35

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

1884 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 1885 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • 1885 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75
  • 1896 Nora Perry, writer, dies
  • 1901 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), dies at 49
  • 1903 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • 1904 Jan Boissevain, ship owner/politician, dies
  • 1914 R E Foster, only dual England captain at cricket & soccer, dies
  • 1914 Tip Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), dies at 36
  • 1916 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1921 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1925 Boris V Savinkov, Russian writer/terrorist, dies
  • 1926 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, dies at 68

Person of interestFridtjof Nansen

1930 Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer and diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), dies at 68

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1930 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), dies at 82

  • 1931 Josif Marinkovic, composer, dies at 79
  • 1933 Paul Ernst, German writer, dies at 67
  • 1937 Ekaterina Geladze, mother of Joseph Stalin (b. 1858)
  • 1938 Charles Edouard Guillaume, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1942 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • 1945 Tubby Hall, American musician (b. 1895)
  • 1951 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, author (Issue Beukennoot), dies at 65
  • 1956 Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54

Person of interestGary Cooper

1961 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

  • 1962 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1962 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • 1962 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • 1963 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • 1966 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • 1967 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1970 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • 1971 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • 1972 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • 1974 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72

Person of interestDenny Shute

1974 Denny Shute, American golfer, dies at 69

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1975 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • 1978 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies at 68
  • 1981 Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • 1982 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1985 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1985 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1988 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • 1990 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • 1991 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1992 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • 1992 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • 1993 Joaquin Garcia [Vargas] "Borolas", Mexican comedian and actor (Santa Sangre), dies at 71
  • 1993 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 47
  • 1994 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist, dies at 77
  • 1994 Duncan Hamilton, driver, dies at 74
  • 1994 Ruth Gillette, actress (Wild Gold), dies of cancer at 88
  • 1995 Cecil Marley, cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies
  • 1996 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • 1997 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1999 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles), dies of pneumonia at 97
  • 2000 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

2001 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • 2001 Jason Miller, American playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2002 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2002 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • 2005 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • 2009 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 2010 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • 2011 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • 2011 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • 2011 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • 2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70
  • 2013 Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • 2013 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013 Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoer, dies at 56