On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 16

  • 1240 Saint Edmund of Abingdon, English bishop (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1233-40), dies
  • 1240 Ibn al-'Arabi, Muslim mystic and philosopher (The Meccan Revelations), dies at 75
  • 1272 Henry III, King of England (1216-72, Provisions of Oxford), dies at 65
  • 1328 Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)
  • 1512 Gerbrand Mockema, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • 1512 Jemme Herjuwsma, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • 1548 Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer, dies at 44
  • 1603 Pierre Charron, French philosopher/theologian, dies
  • 1613 Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
  • 1628 Paolo Quagliati, Italian composer
  • 1667 Nathaniel Schnittelbach, German composer and violinist, dies at 34
  • 1668 Antoon Anselmo, South Netherlands lawyer, dies at about 79
  • 1695 Pierre Nicole, French philosopher (b. 1625)
  • 1706 Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest, Dutch admiral and buccaneer, dies at 64
  • 1706 Godfried Schalcken, Dutch painter, etcher and engraver, dies at about 63
  • 1724 Jack Sheppard, English robber, hanged
  • 1745 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier, dies at 80
  • 1766 Dominikus Zimmermann, Bavarian Baroque architect and painter (Liebfrauenkirche), dies at 81
  • 1773 John Hawkesworth, English writer
  • 1775 Marian Paradeiser, Austrian composer, dies at 28
  • 1779 Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1785 Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, dies at 76
  • 1790 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1797 King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97
  • 1802 André Michaux, French botanist, dies at 56
  • 1806 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • 1808 Mustapha IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08), dies at 29
  • 1831 Carl von Clausewitz, Prussian general and strategist (Campaign 1813), dies at 51
  • 1835 Louis Angely, German comedic poet (Paris in Pommern), dies at 48
  • 1836 Christian Hendrik Persoon, Dutch mycologist (b. 1761)
  • 1869 Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason
  • 1884 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (b. 1835)

ExecutionLouis Riel

1885 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

  • 1890 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian man of letters/librarian, dies at 71
  • 1893 George Alexander Osborne, Irish pianist and composer (La Pluie de perles), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 1907 Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma, dies at 59
  • 1908 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), dies at 78
  • 1909 Francis Thome, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1911 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (b. 1842)
  • 1922 Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1924 Edward Everett Rice, composer, dies at 75
  • 1924 Alexander Andreyevich Archangel'sky, Russian composer, dies at 78
  • 1932 Carry van Bruggen [de Haan], Dutch author (Eva), dies at 51
  • 1934 Alice Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland, dies at 82
  • 1934 Joachim Ringelantz, writer, dies
  • 1934 Carl von Linde, German engineer and chemist who invented mechanical refrigeration, dies at 92
  • 1935 Kurt Schindler, composer, dies at 53
  • 1939 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • 1942 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart attack at 38
  • 1943 Marcel Verhamme, Belgian resistance fighter, executed
  • 1944 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 3 x 100s, 52 wickets, 24 catches), dies at 58
  • 1945 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Kohtalon Vaaka), dies at 43
  • 1948 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • 1950 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 1954 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American botanist, dies at 80
  • 1955 Tomasz Arciszewski, 31st Prime Minister of Poland, 3rd Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile in London (1944-47), dies at 88
  • 1958 Warner Fabian [S Adams], American author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • 1958 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), dies at 67

Clark Gable

1960 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59

  • 1961 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79
  • 1964 Albert Hay Malotte, composer, dies at 69
  • 1964 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos, Mademoiselle Fifi), dies at 59
  • 1964 Piet Moeskops, Dutch track cyclist (world sprint champion 1921-24, 26), dies at 71
  • 1965 Alexander King, author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 66
  • 1965 William Thomas Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State, dies at 85
  • 1965 Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, dies at 80

Cluny MacPherson

1966 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • 1968 Greet Hofmans, faith healer of Dutch queen Juliana, dies at 74
  • 1971 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), dies at 90
  • 1971 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Andy Warhol) and socialite, dies of alcohol and barbiturate intoxication at 28
  • 1972 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • 1973 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • 1974 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner Effect), dies at 91
  • 1975 Ernst van Raalte, lawyer/minister-president, dies at 83
  • 1978 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • 1979 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84
  • 1980 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • 1980 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • 1981 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • 1982 Arthur Askey, British actor (Bees in Paradise, Ghost Train), dies at 82
  • 1982 Lenny Murphy, Leader of Belfast's notorious Shankill Butchers (b. 1952)
  • 1982 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian Mathematician (topology), dies at 86
  • 1984 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1984 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), dies at 66
  • 1985 John Sparkman, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama 1946-79, Rep-D-Alabama 1937-46), dies at 85
  • 1985 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • 1986 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 1987 Jim Brewer, American baseball relief pitcher (World Series 1965; MLB All Star 1973; LA Dodgers), dies of injuries suffered in car accident at 50
  • 1987 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • 1988 Lotte Stam-Beese, German/Neth architect, dies at about 85
  • 1989 Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • 1991 Ralph Marrero, American actor (Dawn of the Dead; The Babe; Johnny Suede), dies in car accident at 33
  • 1993 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1993 Achille Zavatta, French clown (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • 1994 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83
  • 1994 Doris Speed, actress (Annie-Coronation Street), dies at 95
  • 1994 Harvey Watkins, gospel Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 John Boylan, American actor (Twin Peaks, Sleepless in Seattle), dies at 82
  • 1994 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • 1995 Gwyn A Williams, historian/socialist, dies at 70
  • 1996 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red), dies at 73
  • 1996 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), dies at 87
  • 1996 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, dies at 88
  • 1997 Headley Keith, South African cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 21.19; Natal), dies at 70
  • 1997 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • 1997 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • 1998 David Lane, British Conservative politician and CEO (Commission for Racial Equality), dies at 76
  • 1999 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), dies at 71
  • 2000 DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2000 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), dies at 26
  • 2001 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Jack Rothstein, British concert violinist (London Czech Trio), conductor (Viennese Orchestra of London), and session player (The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus"; "Within You Without You"; Paul McCartney - “Here Today”), dies at 75
  • 2003 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • 2004 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • 2004 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony), 1952-59, dies at 98
  • 2005 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants 1991-2002), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • 2005 Donald Watson, English founder of the Vegan Society (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Henry Taube, Canadian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), dies at 92
  • 2005 Bob van Toll, Dutch actor and director (Pastorale 1943), dies at 62

Milton Friedman

2006 Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel Prize Economics 1976, dies at 94

  • 2006 Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2006 John Veale, English composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Geoff Griffin, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; first RSA Test hat-trick 1960; throwing controversy), dies at 67
  • 2007 Harold Alfond, American businessman and founder of Dexter Shoe Company, dies at 93
  • 2007 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, dies at 61
  • 2008 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • 2009 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79
  • 2009 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer (5 x Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer; US Champion Trainer by earnings 1993, 2002, 03), dies from leukemia at 68
  • 2010 Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)
  • 2010 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (Olympic gold 5½m Class 1952), dies at 97
  • 2012 Bob Scott, New Zealand rugby union fullback (17 Tests; Auckland RU), dies at 91
  • 2013 Arne Pedersen, Norwegian soccer inside forward (40 caps; Fredrikstad), dies at 82
  • 2013 Chris Argyris, American business theorist and educator, dies at 90
  • 2014 Ian Craig, Australian cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests; NSW), dies from cancer at 79
  • 2015 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • 2015 Bert Olmstead, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens 1953, 56, 57, 58; Toronto Maple Leafs 1962), dies from stroke complications at 89
  • 2015 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, All My Children), dies at 77
  • 2016 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), dies at 94
  • 2016 Jay Forrester, American engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, dies at 98
  • 2017 Ferdie Pacheco, American physician (cornerman for Mohammad Ali) and boxing analyst (NBC, Showtime), dies at 89
  • 2018 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), dies at 87
  • 2019 Terry O'Neill, British fashion and celebrity photographer, dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2020 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87
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