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Famous Deaths on October 18

  • 707 John VII, Catholic Pope (705-07), of Greek ancestry, dies
  • 1035 Sancho III King of Pamplona (1004-1035) dies
  • 1101 Hugh "the Great", Count of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (1085-1101), dies of battle wounds at 44
  • 1141 Margrave Leopold IV of Austria
  • 1340 Henry Henricus of Friemar, Augustine philosopher, dies
  • 1382 James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, dies at 51
  • 1417 Pope Gregory XII [Angelo Correr], Pope (1406-15), dies
  • 1459 Jan of Heinsberg, bishop of Luik (1419-56), dies
  • 1503 Pius III [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies
  • 1541 Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scots as wife of James IV of Scotland (1503-13), dies at 51
  • 1545 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1558 Maria, Queen of Hungary as wife of Louis II and Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1531-55), dies at 53
  • 1564 Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)
  • 1570 Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (b. 1517)
  • 1589 Adolf van Nieuwenaar & Meurs, viceroy of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1604 Igram van Achelen, Dutch statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1646 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1607)
  • 1667 Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1669 Abraham Willaerts, Dutch painter (A Spanish three-decker at anchor off Naples), dies
  • 1676 Nathaniel Bacon, rallied against Virginian government, killed at 29
  • 1678 Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, dies at 63
  • 1678 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque painter, dies at 85
  • 1708 Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • 1739 Antônio José da Silva, Brazilian-born dramatist (b. 1705)
  • 1744 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, dies at 84
  • 1767 Joseph Paul Ziegler, Austrian composer, dies at 45
  • 1770 John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • 1771 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, dies at 62
  • 1775 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1788 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • 1830 Peter I Petrovic Njegos, bishop (Montenegro), dies
  • 1832 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer, dies at 73
  • 1839 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter, dies at 68
  • 1845 Jean-Dominique, comte de Cassini, French astronomer, dies at 97
  • 1862 James Creighton, amateur American baseball player, dies of ruptured bladder from hitting home run on Oct 14th
  • 1864 David Bell Birney, US lawyer/Union general-major, dies at 39
  • 1864 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, dies at 68

Charles Babbage

1871 Charles Babbage, English mathematician/inventor (calculator), dies of renal failure at 79

  • 1876 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • 1886 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1889 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • 1893 Charles Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • 1893 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), dies at 75
  • 1909 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), dies at 57
  • 1911 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), dies at 54
  • 1921 King Ludwig III of Bavaria (b. 1845)

Thomas Edison

1931 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), dies at 84

  • 1932 Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1938 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian Marxist/socialist, dies at 83
  • 1940 Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • 1941 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), dies at 83
  • 1941 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal, dies at 81
  • 1942 Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (b. 1862)
  • 1943 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • 1943 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), dies at 55
  • 1943 Benedictus H. Danser, Dutch taxonomist and botanist, dies at 52
  • 1944 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), murdered in gas chamber at Auschwitz at 46
  • 1944 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • 1945 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), dies at 77
  • 1948 Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal, dies at 67
  • 1953 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • 1953 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), dies at 72
  • 1956 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44

Charles Strite

1956 Charles Strite, American inventor who invented the automatic pop-up toaster, dies at 78

  • 1959 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death in a cafe at 61
  • 1961 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter) dies at 69
  • 1963 Cláudio Carneyro, Portuguese violinist, composer, and educator, dies at 68
  • 1965 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91
  • 1966 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1966 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • 1968 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1972 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • 1972 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • 1973 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • 1973 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • 1973 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • 1973 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1973 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • 1975 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1976 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81
  • 1977 Rolph Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain on 1939 England tour), dies at 67

Andreas Baader

1977 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 34

  • 1977 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist and founder of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 37
  • 1977 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • 1977 Kristian Hauger, Norwegian jazz pianist, orchestra leader and songwriter ("Charleston i Grukkedalen"), dies at 71
  • 1978 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies at 91
  • 1978 Jacques Mornard [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64

Bess Truman

1982 Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

  • 1982 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish literary (Sources of Insomnia), dies at 82
  • 1982 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • 1982 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), dies at 89
  • 1982 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1982 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), dies at 74
  • 1983 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • 1983 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • 1983 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1984 Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • 1984 Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (Voyagers!, Cover-up), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • 1985 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 1987 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • 1988 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1991 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 1993 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63
  • 1993 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1993 Smail Yefsah, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 31
  • 1994 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player ("Walkin' With Mr Lee"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1994 Richard A. Garland, artist and photographer, dies at 60
  • 1994 WIlliam Faure, producer, dies at 45
  • 1995 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, lawyer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
  • 1995 John Gardener, boatbuilder/writer, dies at 90
  • 1995 Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56
  • 1996 Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 1997 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1999 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 2000 Julie London, American singer ("Cry Me A River") and actress (Emergency - "Nurse McCall"), dies at 74
  • 2000 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club; Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2001 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • 2002 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Kam Fong Chun, American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 2002 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • 2003 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, dies at 91
  • 2003 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • 2005 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 71
  • 2006 Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • 2007 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, dies at 43
  • 2007 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • 2008 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • 2010 Marion Brown, American jazz alto saxophonist, (Marion Brown Quartet; John Coltrane -"Ascension"; Artie Schepp), avant garde composer, writer, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 2011 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
  • 2012 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2013 Bill Young, American politician, dies from complications from a back injury at 82
  • 2013 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1962-64, 67; NHL All-Star 1960, 61, 66; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 87
  • 2013 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), dies from complications from a stroke at 84
  • 2013 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), dies at 89
  • 2013 Bum Phillips, American football coach (Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 90
  • 2014 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2014 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), dies at 84
  • 2016 Anthony Addabbo, American actor (Jason-Generations), dies at 56
  • 2018 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103
  • 2020 Sid Hartman, American sports journalist (Minneapolis Star Tribune; WCCO 830 AM), dies at 100
  • 2020 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), dies at 83 [1]

Colin Powell

2021 Colin Powell, American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), dies from complications of COVID-19, blood cancer, and Parkinson's disease at 84 [1]

  • 2021 Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (4 Tests; first SL Test captain; 12 ODIs; Bloomfield CC), dies at 68
  • 2021 Edita Gruberová, Slovak operatic soprano, dies at 74
October 18 Highlights