Deaths in History on April 16

  • 69 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, dies at 36
  • 744 al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph (743-744), killed at 35
  • 924 Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy, Holy Roman Emperor (915-924) (b c. 845)
  • 1090 Sikelgaita, Lombard princess, wife of Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia and Calabria, who often went into battle, armed, dies at about 50
  • 1113 Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1118 Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1198 Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian Renaissance architect (dome of Florence cathedral), dies at 68 or 69
  • 1496 David van Bourgondie, Bishop of Utrecht (1456-96), dies at about 69
  • 1529 Louis de Berquin, French humanist, reformer and heretic, burned at stake
  • 1619 Denijs Calvaert/Caluwaert [Dionisio Fiamingo], Flemish painter, dies
  • 1687 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, dies at 59
  • 1689 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48
  • 1743 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, dies at 69
  • 1756 Jacques Cassini, French astronomer, dies at 79
  • 1760 Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
  • 1783 Christian Mayer, Czech Catholic priest and astronomer, dies at 63
  • 1788 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • 1825 Henry Fuseli, Swiss-born painter and art writer (Tracks in the Snow), dies at 84
  • 1828 Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish painter and printmaker (The Third of May 1808), dies at 82

Madame TussaudMadame Tussaud (1761-1850)

French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, dies at 88

  • 1859 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • 1860 Carolina, duchess of Berry/daughter of crown prince of Naples, dies
  • 1865 Robert C. Tyler, US Confederate brigadier general, dies during the Battle of West Point, at 32
  • 1870 Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
  • 1879 Bernadette of Lourdes [Bernadette Soubirous], French saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies from tuberculosis at 35 in Nevers, France
  • 1888 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist and chemist, dies at 42
  • 1899 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, dies at 23
  • 1904 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet, dies at 16
  • 1904 Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • 1914 George William Hill, American astronomer (moon orbit), considered to be the greatest master of celestial mechanics of his time, dies at 76
  • 1914 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), dies at 54
  • 1915 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, dies at 73
  • 1928 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • 1929 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, Dutch art collector, dies at 57
  • 1930 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1931 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1938 Bertram Mills, British circus proprietor (Bertram Mills Circus), dies at 70
  • 1941 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, dies at 60
  • 1947 Rudolf Höss, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, dies at 45
  • 1955 Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded

Rosalind FranklinRosalind Franklin (1920-1958)

English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

  • 1967 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, dies at 86
  • 1968 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • 1970 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 1972 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • 1978 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • 1988 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • 1988 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • 1988 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • 1989 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 1992 Frank Killmond, dies at 58
  • 1993 John P W Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77
  • 1994 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • 1994 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), dies at 70
  • 1995 Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon, commits suicide
  • 1995 Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 1996 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), dies at 86
  • 1997 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • 1997 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa), dies at 66
  • 1997 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 1998 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77
  • 1999 Laurence Kirwan, British archaeologist (Sudan and Egyptian Nubia), dies at 91
  • 2002 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (Ruth's Chris Steak House in Louisiana), dies at 75
  • 2003 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2006 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983-99), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2007 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 2007 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 2008 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • 2008 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • 2010 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • 2010 Marion Ladewig, American ten-pin bowler (9 time woman bowler of year 1950-63), dies at 95
  • 2010 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • 2011 Bijan, Iranian men's apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • 2011 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • 2011 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, dies at 87
  • 2012 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • 2020 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), dies at 95
  • 2020 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2021 Charles Geschke, American computer scientist, inventor and businessman (co-founder of Adobe Systems), dies of cancer at 81