Famous Deaths on November 18

  • 942 Odo van Cluny, 2nd abbott of Cluny (924-42), dies
  • 1154 Adélaide de Maurienne, wife of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1170 Albrecht I "Bear", 1st margrave of Brandenburg (1150-70), dies at 70
  • 1305 John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
  • 1559 Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1590 George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1603 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Juliana, dies at 61
  • 1630 Esaias van der Velde, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1678 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer, dies at 36
  • 1724 Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
  • 1771 Giuseppe de Majo, composer, dies at 73
  • 1785 Louis Philip I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1797 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1814 William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1822 Anton Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • 1822 George Knowil Jackson, composer, dies at 65
  • 1827 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, dies at 24
  • 1841 Georg Chistoph Grosheim, composer, dies at 77
  • 1851 Ernst August, duke of Cumberland/king of Hanover (1837-51), dies at 80
  • 1852 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer, dies at 60
  • 1854 Edward Forbes, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography, dies of an illness at 39
  • 1883 Wilhelm Siemens, German/British physicist (steam engine), dies

Person of interestChester A. Arthur

1886 Chester A. Arthur, 21st US President (1881-85), dies at 56

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1887 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1887 Gustav T Fechner, German psychologist/physicist, dies at 86
  • 1887 Heinrich Panofka, German violist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1889 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68
  • 1904 Justus van Maurik, Dutch author and cigar manufacturer, dies at 58
  • 1909 Renee Vivien, British-born poet, wrote in French, dies at 32
  • 1911 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), dies at 54
  • 1917 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • 1918 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies at 43
  • 1919 Ferdinand Domela Newenhouse, anarchist (free socialist), dies
  • 1919 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (Riemann–Hurwitz formula), dies at 60
  • 1922 Marcel Proust, French intellectual and author (Recherche du Temps Perdu), dies at 51
  • 1929 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop Utrecht (1895-1929), dies at 78
  • 1941 Walter H Nernst, German chemist (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 77
  • 1941 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (Labour Party), dies at 74
  • 1941 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel 1920), dies at 77
  • 1946 Donald Meek, Scottish actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • 1946 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • 1946 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), dies at 61
  • 1950 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • 1951 Johan van Maarseveen, Dutch Minister of Justice and Internal minister, dies at 57
  • 1951 Vaclav Kalik, composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Will Vodery, African-American composer, dies at 66
  • 1952 Paul Eluard, French communist/poet, dies at 56
  • 1958 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • 1959 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1959 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin, Russian mathematician, dies at 65

  • 1962 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

Person of interestNiels Bohr

1962 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1965 Henry A Wallace, VP (1941-45)/founder (Progressive Party), dies at 77
  • 1966 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1966 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer, dies
  • 1968 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74

Person of interestJoseph P. Kennedy

1969 Joseph P Kennedy, JFK/RFK/TMK father, dies in Hyannis Port Mass, at 81

Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy
  • 1969 Leon Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1970 Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • 1971 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain operation at 39
  • 1972 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • 1972 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • 1976 Man Ray, US artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • 1977 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1977 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (b. 1897)

Person of interestJim Jones

1978 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • 1978 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • 1978 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1979 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1980 Conn Smythe, NHL coach 1927-1931 (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Donald Dillaway, actor (Min & Bill, Platinum Blonde), dies at 78
  • 1982 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), dies at 60
  • 1984 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • 1986 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1987 Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (5x Tour de France), dies at 53
  • 1989 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • 1990 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78
  • 1992 Dorothy Kirsten, US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
  • 1992 Herman Musaph, psychiatrist/sexologist/co-founder (NVSH), dies
  • 1992 Superman, fictional character, killed by Doomsday at 54
  • 1993 Fritz Feld, German actor (Jack Benny Show, At the Circus, Errand Boy, Promises Promises), dies at 93
  • 1994 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • 1994 Christopher Joyce, British photographer, dies at 51
  • 1994 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • 1995 Miron Grindea, literary editor, dies at 86
  • 1995 Ted Sannella, square dance caller, dies of cancer
  • 1996 David Herbert, publisher, dies at 69
  • 1996 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), dies at 72
  • 1998 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), dies at 71
  • 1999 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, dies at 88
  • 1999 Paul Bowles, American novelist (The Sheltering Sky ), dies at 88
  • 1999 Doug Sahm, American country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), dies at 58
  • 2002 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), dies at 74
  • 2003 Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Ken Brett, American baseball player, dies at 55
  • 2004 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Harold J Stone, American actor (Spartacus, The Wrong Man), dies at 92
  • 2009 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Russian Woman Grandmaster of chess, dies from brain cancer at 55

Person of interestJonah Lomu

2015 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 2015 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • 2015 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • 2016 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), dies at 96
  • 2016 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2017 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • 2017 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, dies at 78