On This Day

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 Böhm, 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

AssassinationJohn Bellingham

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

  • 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 pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), dies at 88
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"), and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1909-11), 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, 1907), dies at 76
  • 1926 Lucien Herr, French intellectual and librarian (École Normale Supérieure), dies at 62
  • 1927 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (Bath School disaster), commits suicide at 55 after killing his wife and blowing up a school
  • 1930 João Marcelino Arroio, Portuguese composer (Amor de Perdiçâo), 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

Jeannette Rankin

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

  • 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
  • 1996 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (Toy Matinee; Tuesday Night Music Club), dies of accidental asphyxiation at 29
  • 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 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, 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 David "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, 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 [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), 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
  • 2021 Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), dies at 76
  • 2021 Charles Grodin, American stage and screen actor (Heartbreak Kid; Midnight Run; Ishtar: Beethoven series), writer, and talk show host, dies of bone marrow cancer at 86 [1]
  • 2021 Arthur Hills, American golf course designer (designed and renovated more than 200 new courses), dies at 91
  • 2021 Rennie Stennett, Panamanian baseball infielder (World Series 1979; SF Giants; one of 3 players to collect 7 hits in a MLB game), dies from cancer at 70
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