Deaths in History on April 13

  • 799 Paul the Deacon [Paulus Diaconus Warnefred], Italian Benedictine monk and chronicler of the Lombards, dies at 70
  • 814 Krum, Khan of Bulgaria (803-814), dies during siege of Constantinople
  • 1093 Vsevolod I, Grand Prince of Kiev, dies at 63
  • 1517 Tuman bay II, last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, dies at 40
  • 1612 Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai, dies at 27
  • 1635 Fakhr-al-Din II, Druze Prince of Lebanon, dies at 62
  • 1641 Richard Montagu, English clergyman, dies at 64
  • 1695 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), dies at 73
  • 1722 Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican priest, dies at 71
  • 1793 Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, French revolutionary, dies at 30
  • 1794 Nicolas Chamfort, French writer, dies at 53
  • 1806 Jean-Jacques Bachelier, French painter, dies at ~82
  • 1807 Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Holy Roman Empire Empress, dies at 34
  • 1827 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, dies at Sokoto, at 38
  • 1853 James Iredell, Jr., American politician, dies at 64
  • 1853 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), dies at 64
  • 1855 Henry De la Beche, English geologist, dies at 59
  • 1868 Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, commits suicide at 50
  • 1880 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist, dies at 67
  • 1882 Bruno Bauer, German theologian, dies at 72
  • 1886 John Humphrey Noyes, American preacher and founder of the Oneida Community (Perfectionists), dies at 74
  • 1890 Samuel J. Randall, American politician (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), dies at 61
  • 1904 Vasily Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies at 61
  • 1909 Whitley Stokes, British lawyer, dies at 79
  • 1910 William Orchardson, British painter, dies at 78
  • 1911 George Washington Glick, American politician, dies at 83
  • 1911 John McLane, American politician, dies at 59
  • 1912 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author, dies at 26
  • 1918 Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian military officer, dies at 47
  • 1919 Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist & suffragist, dies at 76
  • 1925 Elwood Haynes, American automotive pioneer (built one of 1st US autos), dies at 67
  • 1932 Johannes T de Visser, 1st Dutch Min of Education, dies at 75 [or 14th]
  • 1936 Konstantinos Demertzis, Greek premier, dies at 60
  • 1938 Grey Owl [Archibald Belaney], Canadian conservationist, dies at 49

Annie Jump CannonAnnie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)

American astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

  • 1942 Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Communist and resistance leader during WWII, executed by the Nazis at 58
  • 1944 Paul Hazard, French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1945 Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher & educator (Essay on Man), dies at 70
  • 1954 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician, dies at 63
  • 1959 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • 1961 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist, dies at 26
  • 1962 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • 1966 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician & President of Iraq (1963-66), killed in a plane crash at 45
  • 1966 Georges Duhamel, French author (Vie et aventures de Salavin, 5 vol.), dies at 81
  • 1967 Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1956-63), dies at 44
  • 1971 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • 1973 A. A. M. Stols, Dutch publisher (Schoone Book), dies at 73

François TombalbayeFrançois Tombalbaye (1918-1975)

Dictator and 1st President of Chad (1960-75), dies at 56

  • 1978 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • 1981 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan, Japanese military commander, dies at 93
  • 1983 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • 1983 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • 1984 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • 1992 Wallace Stegner, American novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • 1993 Max Tripels, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • 1994 Donald Benjamin Harden, British researcher, dies at 92
  • 1994 P. J. Engels, Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 70
  • 1994 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • 1995 Edward Henderson, British diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1996 Denis Sargan, British econometrician, dies at 71
  • 1996 George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet, dies at 74
  • 1996 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, Irish-American gangster, dies at 64
  • 1996 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), dies at 90
  • 1997 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • 1999 Willi Stoph, German politician (Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic, 1964-73), dies at 84
  • 2000 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • 2001 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • 2005 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) & Communist politician, dies at 89

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark (1918-2006)

Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), dies at 88

  • 2008 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • 2013 Lin Yang-kang, Taiwanese politician, dies at 85
  • 2015 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist & writer, dies at 74

Günter GrassGünter Grass (1927-2015)

German writer, playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

  • 2016 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • 2017 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75