Deaths in History on August 16

  • 1027 Giorgi I, King of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1297 John II of Trebizond (b. 1262)
  • 1327 Roch, French saint (b. 1295)
  • 1358 Duke Albert II of Austria (b. 1298)
  • 1419 Wenceslaus, King of the Romans, King of Bohemia (b. 1361)
  • 1443 Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1434)
  • 1445 Margaret of Scotland (Dauphine of France), wife of the future King Louis XI (b. 1424)
  • 1508 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, German viceroy of Friesland, dies at 41
  • 1532 John the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (b. 1468)
  • 1603 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri), dies at 62
  • 1661 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), dies of typhus fever at 53
  • 1675 Bogdan Chmilnicki, cosack leader/murderer of 300,000 Jews, dies
  • 1678 Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • 1705 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1733 Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)
  • 1738 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1791 Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1719)
  • 1807 Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1836 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1854 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies
  • 1855 Henry Colburn, British publisher ( Pepys's Diary) (b. 1784)
  • 1864 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, planter/Confederate, dies in battle at 31
  • 1886 Ramakrishna, Indian mystic and yogi, dies at 50

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1888 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 55

Pharmacist John Pemberton
Pharmacist
John Pemberton
  • 1893 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
  • 1894 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70

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1899 Robert Bunsen, German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, dies at 88

Chemist Robert Bunsen
Chemist
Robert Bunsen
  • 1900 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • 1907 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • 1920 J Norman Lockyer, English physicist (discovered helium in Sun), dies
  • 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, king of Serbia/Yugoslavia, dies [or 8/26]
  • 1938 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • 1945 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 Herman Harrell Horne, philosopher (idealism)

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1949 Margaret Mitchell, American writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • 1952 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • 1957 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1959 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1961 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
  • 1973 Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • 1974 Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies
  • 1978 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90

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1979 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 1986 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1991 Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • 1991 Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • 1993 Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • 1993 Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • 1994 Earnest Pawel, Polish/US author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • 1994 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994 Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • 1995 John Priestly McCartjy, detroit DJ, dies at 62
  • 1996 Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • 2002 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)

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2003 Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (1971-79) who killed an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 people, dies of kidney failure aged between 75-80

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 2004 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Joe Ranft, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2005 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • 2005 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2006 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • 2015 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2016 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • 2016 John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89