Deaths in History on December 18

  • 468 Huna Mari bar Mar Zutra, rabbi, executed in Pumpedita
  • 821 Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  • 1133 Hildebert, French writer and bishop
  • 1290 King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
  • 1442 Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)
  • 1495 Alphonso II, King of Naples (1494-95), dies at 47
  • 1505 John IX van Horne, prince-bishop of Lieges, executed
  • 1565 Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist and historian (L'Ercolano), dies at 62
  • 1577 Anna, Duchess of Saxony, German born 2nd wife of Prince William of Orange (divorced and imprisoned for adultery), dies at 32
  • 1597 Barbara Blomberg, German mistress of Emperor Charles V, mother of John of Austria, dies at 67
  • 1633 Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, buried at 62
  • 1638 Le Pere Joseph, French mystic, dies
  • 1651 Francisco the Melo, Portuguese-Spanish earl of Assumar, dies at 54
  • 1692 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)
  • 1710 Petrus Codde, Dutch Roman Catholic apostole vicar (1688-1704), dies at 62
  • 1751 Kilian Ignaz von Dientzenhofer, Bohemian Baroque architect (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62
  • 1787 Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  • 1799 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, dies at 74
  • 1803 Johann G. von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, dies at 59

Jean-Baptiste LamarckJean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829)

French naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), dies at 85

  • 1831 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet and literature (My Relief), dies at 75
  • 1832 Philip Freneau, poet of the American Revolution (The American Village), dies at 80
  • 1843 Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)
  • 1848 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • 1855 Samuel Rogers, English poet (Italy, a poem), dies at 92
  • 1862 Johnson Kelly Duncan, American architect and Confederate brig-general, dies at 35 of malarial fever
  • 1879 Charley Parkhurst, American stagecoach driver who disguised herself as a women for 30 years, dies at 67
  • 1881 George Edmund Street, English architect, dies at 57
  • 1892 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), dies at 88
  • 1894 Erastus Flaval Beadle, American publisher (Beadle's Dime Novels), dies at 73
  • 1915 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English chemist (vanadium and photochemistry), dies at 82
  • 1915 Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st American female professional architect (Buffalo Meter Company Building), dies at 59
  • 1919 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop flight across Atlantic Ocean), dies in crash at 27
  • 1931 Jack "Legs" Diamond, American gangster and bootlegger, murdered at 34
  • 1932 Eduard Bernstein, German Marxist and revisionist, dies at 82
  • 1935 Juan Vicente Gomez, Venezuelan general and dictator of Venezuela (1908-35), dies at 78
  • 1936 Andrija Mohorovičić, Austro-Hungarian-born Yugoslav seismologist (b. 1857)
  • 1939 Heywood Broun, American journalist (1st President of American Newspaper Guild), dies of pneumonia at 51
  • 1948 Janet Fay, American murder victim of the Lonely Hearts Killers (later filmed as "The Honeymoon Killers"), hammered to death at 66
  • 1971 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61
  • 1972 Neilia Biden, Joe Biden's first wife and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi, are killed in an automobile accident a few days before he takes office as the newly elected Senator for Delaware
  • 1973 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1975 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), dies at 75
  • 1977 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), dies at 92
  • 1977 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), dies at 76
  • 1980 Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76
  • 1981 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • 1982 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, dies at 66
  • 1985 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Charles Leatherland, Baron Leatherland, British journalist and Labour Party politician, dies at 94
  • 1992 Mother Clare Hale, cared for NYC AIDS babies (Hale House), dies at 87
  • 1994 Peter Hebblethwaite, English editor-in-chief (The Month), dies at 64
  • 1994 Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 1995 Chaim Pearl, rabbi, dies at 76
  • 1995 Georgio Fini, restaurateur, dies at 70
  • 1995 Konrad Zuse, German engineer and computing pioneer (b. 1910)
  • 1995 Ross Thomas, author, dies at 69
  • 1998 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • 2002 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, dies at 94
  • 2004 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)

Joseph BarberaJoseph Barbera (1911-2006)

American animator and cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry, Flintstones), dies at 95

  • 2006 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • 2006 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • 2010 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2010 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, dies at 85
  • 2010 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)

Václav HavelVáclav Havel (1936-2011)

Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), dies at 75

  • 2012 Marcus Worsley, British Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, dies at 87
  • 2018 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), dies at 92
  • 2020 Tim Severin, British author and explorer who replicated historic voyages, dies at 80
  • 2021 Richard Rogers, British architect (European Court of Human Rights building; The Pompidou Centre; Millennium Dome), dies at 88