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Deaths in History on April 18

  • 1161 Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 71
  • 1504 Filippino Lippi, Italian renaissance painter, dies at ~52
  • 1530 Francois Lambert d'avignon, French church reformer, dies at ~43
  • 1552 John Leland, English poet & antiquarian, dies at 49
  • 1556 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
  • 1558 Roxelana, wife of Otttoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, dies at ~54
  • 1567 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, English historian (Book of Martyrs), dies
  • 1610 Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), dies at 63
  • 1612 Emanuel Van Meteren, Flemish merchant & historian, dies at 76
  • 1636 Julius Caesar, English lawyer & judge, dies at 78
  • 1650 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian, dies at 47
  • 1674 John Graunt, English statistician & founder of science of demography, dies at 53
  • 1679 Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, German poet, dies at 62
  • 1684 Gonzales Coques, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • 1689 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys, Welsh judge, dies at 43

  • 1690 Charles V, Duke of Lorraine & Austrian field marshal, dies at 47
  • 1732 Louis Feuillée, French explorer, dies at 72
  • 1794 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, dies at 80
  • 1796 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, dies at 63
  • 1800 Pieter Fouquet, Dutch art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies at 71
  • 1802 Erasmus Darwin, English physician writer & botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), dies at 70
  • 1803 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43
  • 1818 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist & politician, dies at 59
  • 1845 Nicolas Théodore de Saussure, Swiss chemist, dies at 77
  • 1853 William R. King, American politician (Vice President 1853), dies at 67 one month after his inauguration
  • 1855 Jean-Baptiste Isabey, French painter, dies at 88
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, English architect, dies at 86
  • 1871 Omar Pasha [Michael Lats], Croatian governor, dies at 64
  • 1873 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural & biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, dies at 69
  • 1879 Anthony Pannizi, Italian-born British librarian (British Museum), dies at 81
  • 1882 Henry Cole, English inventor & civil servant, 1st director of the V&A Museum, promoter of 1851 Great Exhibition, dies at 73
  • 1888 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), dies at 58
  • 1898 Gustave Moureau, French illustrator, dies at 72
  • 1906 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, dies at 59
  • 1917 Moritz von Bissing, Prussian general, dies at 73

  • 1917 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist, dies at 59
  • 1935 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist & archaeologist, dies at 90
  • 1935 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer, dies at 50
  • 1940 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian & politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
  • 1941 Alexandros Koryzis, Prime Minister of Greece in 1941, commits suicide at about 65 as German troops closed in on Athens
  • 1942 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor & art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), dies at 67

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

1943 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII Marshall Admiral & Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, killed in action at 59 by a US ambush after the "Magic" code-breaking team intercepted and decoded his flight plan

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1945 John Ambrose Fleming, English electrical engineer & physicist, dies at 95
  • 1945 Ernie Pyle, American journalist and war correspondent during WW II (Pulitzer Prize 1944), dies at 44
  • 1947 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), dies at 59
  • 1949 Leonard Bloomfield, American linguist, dies at 62
  • 1951 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal & 11th President of Portugal, dies at 81
  • 1955 Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher & scholar, dies in Germany at 70

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

1955 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist & Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 76

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1958 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French general (WW1, WW2), dies at 85
  • 1958 Richard B. Goldschmidt, German-American zoologist (butterflies), dies at 80
  • 1958 Maurice Gamelin, French general (unable to stop the German assault on France, May 1940), dies at 85
  • 1963 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician, dies at 83
  • 1964 Ben Hecht, American playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • 1965 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor, dies at 48
  • 1976 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, dies at 65
  • 1981 James H. Schmitz, American sci-fi author (Lion Game), dies at 69
  • 1984 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • 1986 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1993 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka, dies at 75
  • 1993 Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor & printmaker, dies of cancer aged 62
  • 1994 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President of Argentina (1958-62), dies at 86
  • 1996 Kalim Siddiqui, Pakistani-British writer & Islamic activist, dies at 62
  • 1996 Piet Hein, Danish polymath, dies at 80
  • 1997 Edward Barker, English cartoonist, dies at 46
  • 1998 Terry Sanford, American politician, dies at 80
  • 1999 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician & philosopher, dies at 66

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist & explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2003 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, dies at 79
  • 2004 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji & President of Fiji, dies at 83
  • 2007 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki, dies at 61
  • 2011 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89
  • 2015 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • 2019 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, shot by the New IRA in a terrorist attack at 29

Person of interestLorraine Warren

2019 Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), dies in her sleep at 92

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren
  • 2020 Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, dies at 84