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Famous Deaths on May 18

  • 526 John I, Pope (523-26), dies
  • 1160 Erik IX Helgi, King of Sweden, dies at ~40
  • 1401 Vladislaus II, Duke of Opole, dies at 69
  • 1410 Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), dies at 58
  • 1450 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), dies at 52
  • 1550 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, dies at 52
  • 1551 Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 65
  • 1584 Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander, dies at 48
  • 1587 Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies at 72
  • 1625 Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies at 72
  • 1653 Carel Reyniersz, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, dies at 48
  • 1675 Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary explorer (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1675 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, dies at 51
  • 1692 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian & collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74
  • 1697 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1724 Johann K Amman, Swiss-Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54

  • 1733 Georg Bohm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, German composer, dies at 28
  • 1780 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland, dies at 66
  • 1781 Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian-Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler Túpac Amaru, dies at 43
  • 1799 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • 1800 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general, dies at 70
  • 1807 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop & man of letters, dies at 86
  • 1808 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), dies at 49
  • 1808 Elijah Craig, American minister & inventor, dies at 70

Person of interestJohn Bellingham

1812 John Bellingham, English merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, executed by hanging at 42 or 43

Assassin of Spencer Perceval John Bellingham
Assassin of Spencer Perceval
John Bellingham
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1829 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 35
  • 1832 Bonafacio Asioli, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1839 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57
  • 1844 Richard McCarty, American politician, dies at 64
  • 1848 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, dies at 37
  • 1862 William High Keim, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 48
  • 1864 James Byron Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 41
  • 1889 Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress, dies at 65
  • 1900 Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher, dies at 86

  • 1909 George Meredith, English poet & writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • 1909 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist & composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • 1910 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1910 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
  • 1910 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano & composer, dies at 88
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer & conductor (Children's Death Songs), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1913 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 70
  • 1918 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • 1922 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), dies at 76
  • 1927 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (Bath School disaster), commits suicide at 55
  • 1930 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Alexander "Alick" Maclean, British composer and conductor (Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 1912-35), dies at 63
  • 1949 James Truslow Adams, American historian (Pulitzer 1921), dies at 70
  • 1952 Rossetter Gleason Cole, American composer, dies at 86
  • 1953 Tom Killick, English cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies at 69
  • 1955 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (Bethune-Cookman College) and civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • 1956 Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), dies at 60
  • 1961 Henry O'Neill, American actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • 1963 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • 1965 Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis, Dutch historian of science (biography of Archimedes), dies at 72
  • 1966 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • 1967 Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), dies from natural causes at 75
  • 1967 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), dies from barbiturate poisoning at 56
  • 1969 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1972 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1972 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician & songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29

Person of interestJeannette Rankin

1973 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • 1974 Dan Topping, American baseball team owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1975 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • 1980 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1980 Reid Blackburn, American photojournalist for National Geographic & victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 28
  • 1980 Harry Truman, American victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 83
  • 1980 David A. Johnston, American volcanologist, dies in Mount St. Helens eruption at 30
  • 1981 Arthur O'Connell, American actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 1981 William Saroyan, American novelist & stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 1985 Tex Terry, American actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • 1985 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • 1985 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), dies at 78
  • 1986 John Bubbles Sublett, American tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1987 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • 1988 Daws Butler, American animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1988 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • 1990 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1991 Edwina Booth, American actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, American actor (Bog), dies of congestive heart failure at 65
  • 1992 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1993 Heinrich Albertz, German theologist & mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • 1993 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect & writer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), dies at 91
  • 1995 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Harris, British actor (Big Caper, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Laughing Anne), dies at 95
  • 1995 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • 1996 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44

  • 1997 Bridgette Andersen, American actress, dies at 21
  • 1999 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • 1999 Betty Robinson, American runner, dies at 87
  • 1999 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 2000 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician & arranger, dies at 54
  • 2000 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • 2000 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • 2002 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 2003 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • 2003 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader, dies at 42
  • 2004 Elvin Jones, Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2004 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader, dies at 58
  • 2004 Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • 2006 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • 2007 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • 2008 Joseph Pevney, American television director, dies at 96
  • 2009 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • 2009 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • 2009 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor, dies at 62
  • 2012 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • 2013 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87
  • 2014 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist & astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • 2014 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • 2014 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer & President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • 2017 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • 2017 Roger Ailes, American TV executive & CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • 2017 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • 2017 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer & founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101
  • 2017 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), dies at 74
  • 2018 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (November 1992), kills herself and her child at 47
  • 2020 Marko Elsner, Slovenian soccer defender (14 caps Yugoslavia, 2 Slovenia; Red Star Belgrade), dies at 60
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