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)
  • 1339 Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), dies at 36
  • 1358 Albert II, Duke of Austria, dies at 59
  • 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 Johann the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (1525-32), dies at 64
  • 1603 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal and 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), overdoses at 57
  • 1705 Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician known for his contributions to calculus, dies at 50
  • 1733 Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)
  • 1738 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1791 Charles-François de Broglie, French soldier and diplomat, marquis de Ruffec, dies at 61
  • 1807 Claude C Saunier, French furniture maker, dies at about 72
  • 1836 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (Parseval's theorem), dies at 81
  • 1854 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies
  • 1855 Henry Colburn, British publisher (Pepys's Diary) (b. 1784)
  • 1864 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 31
  • 1864 Victor Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 27
  • 1880 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), dies at 67
  • 1886 Ramakrishna, Indian mystic and yogi, dies at 50

John PembertonJohn Pemberton (1831-1888)

American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 57

  • 1893 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist, dies at 77
  • 1894 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70

Robert BunsenRobert Bunsen (1811-1899)

German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, dies at 88

  • 1900 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • 1907 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • 1920 Sir Norman Lockyer, English physicist, co-founder of helium gas, founder and editor of "Nature" magazinem dies at 84
  • 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies at 77
  • 1938 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and Catholic priest, dies at 1938
  • 1945 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1946 Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), dies at 71

Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchell (1900-1949)

American author (Gone With The Wind), dies at 48

  • 1951 Du Yuesheng, Chinese mob boss, dies at 62
  • 1952 Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
  • 1957 Irving Langmuir, American chemist and engineer (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1932, invented gas-filled incandescent lamp), dies at 76
  • 1959 William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies at 76
  • 1961 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar and father of Modern Urdu, dies at 91
  • 1973 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • 1974 Karl E Mundt, (Rep/Sen), dies
  • 1978 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90

John DiefenbakerJohn Diefenbaker (1895-1979)

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

  • 1986 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), dies at 95
  • 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/American author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • 1994 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994 Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • 1995 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), dies at 62
  • 1996 Robert Lynn, Scottish anarchist, dies at 72
  • 2001 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), dies at 73
  • 2002 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)

Idi AminIdi Amin (c. 1925-2003)

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

  • 2004 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • 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)

Alfredo StroessnerAlfredo Stroessner (1912-2006)

Paraguayan army officer, Dictator and 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 2006 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • 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, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018)

Indian politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (1996, 1998-2004), dies of a kidney infection at 93