Deaths in History on April 16

  • 69 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, dies at 36
  • 744 al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
  • 924 Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy
  • 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, architect, dies
  • 1496 David van Bourgondie, Bishop of Utrecht (1456-96), dies at about 69
  • 1529 Louis de Berquin, French humanist/reformer/heretic, burned at stake
  • 1619 Denijs Calvaert/Caluwaert, [Dionisio Fiamingo], Flemish painter, dies
  • 1687 George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham, dies at 59
  • 1689 Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 1743 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch lawyer (Roman law), 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 astronomer (b. 1719)
  • 1788 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • 1825 John Henry Fuseli, painter/art writer (Tracks in the Snow), dies at 84
  • 1828 Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish painter/cartoonist, dies at 82

Person of interestMadame Tussaud

1850 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, dies at 88

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 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 in battle
  • 1870 Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
  • 1879 Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • 1888 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • 1899 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b 1875)
  • 1904 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • 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
  • 1915 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, dies at 73
  • 1928 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)
  • 1929 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, 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 Wagstaff Mills, circus proprietor, dies
  • 1941 Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st baron/statisician, dies
  • 1941 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, dies at 60
  • 1947 Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • 1949 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • 1951 Emile Erens, Dutch hagiographer (Pastor of Ars), dies at 85
  • 1955 Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded

Person of interestRosalind Franklin

1958 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • 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 2nd chamber member (soc-dem), 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 Lonley 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, writer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Stavros Spyros Niarchos, Greek shipowner, dies at 86
  • 1996 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), dies at 86
  • 1997 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • 1997 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 1997 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • 1998 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 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 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • 2008 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • 2010 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • 2011 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • 2011 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • 2012 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98