Deaths in History on February 18

  • 806 Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 730)
  • 814 Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne
  • 901 Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician, founder of Statics (b. 826)
  • 999 Gregory V [Bruno], 1st German Pope, dies
  • 1139 Prince Yaropolk II of Kiev (b. 1082)
  • 1217 Alexander Neckam, English theologist and encyclopedist, dies at 59

Kublai KhanKublai Khan (1215-1294)

Mongol Emperor (1260-94) and founder of the Yuan dynasty in China (1271-94), dies at 78

  • 1379 Albert II of Mecklenburg (b. 1318)
  • 1397 Enguerrand VII, French master of Coucy/count of Soissons, dies at 56
  • 1455 Fra Angelico, Italian monk and early Renaissance painter (San Marco friary), dies at about 59
  • 1478 Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine
  • 1535 Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, German royal astrologer, physician and theologian, dies at 48

Martin LutherMartin Luther (1483-1546)

German theologian and key figure in the Protestant Reformation, dies at 62

MichelangeloMichelangelo (1475-1564)

Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), dies at 88

  • 1583 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • 1654 Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
  • 1660 Judith Leyster, Dutch painter, buried at 50
  • 1683 Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, dies at 62
  • 1712 Louis, Duke of Burgundy, heir-apparent to the French throne, dies at 29
  • 1718 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (b. 1663)
  • 1743 Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, last of the Medicis (b. 1667)
  • 1748 Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 70
  • 1772 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
  • 1778 Joseph Marie Terray, French statesman (b. 1715)
  • 1780 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (The Seas) and Lutheran pastor, dies at 66
  • 1788 John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist, dies at 75
  • 1803 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • 1807 August Gottlieb Meißner, German Enlightenment author who helped develop the detective story genre in German literature, dies at 53
  • 1807 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), dies at 75
  • 1817 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
  • 1830 Charles de Merode, Earl of Merode, Mayor of Brussels and French Senator, dies at 67
  • 1840 Jeffry Wyatville, English architect and garden designer (alterations and extensions to Chatsworth House and Windsor Castle), dies at 73
  • 1842 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (b. 1779)
  • 1851 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician, dies at 46
  • 1861 Louis C Luzac, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs, dies at 74
  • 1874 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), dies at 57
  • 1878 Peter D Regout, industrialist (Sphinx, Maastricht), dies at 76
  • 1890 Gyula Andrássy Sr, Prime Minister of Hungary (1867-71), dies at 66
  • 1893 Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician and lawyer (3rd Attorney General of California), dies at 78
  • 1895 Archduke Albrecht of Austria, Duke of Teschen (Battle at Custozza), dies at 77
  • 1898 Frances Willard, American educator and founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58
  • 1899 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continuous symmetry), dies at 56
  • 1900 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
  • 1900 Eugenio Beltrami, Italian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 64
  • 1902 Albert Bierstadt, German-American painter (landscapes of the American West), dies at 72

Charles Lewis TiffanyCharles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)

American jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Co, dies at 90

  • 1905 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
  • 1906 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, dies at 75
  • 1906 Willem Doorenbos, Dutch literary and critic, dies at 85
  • 1913 George Washington Custis Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 80

Frank JamesFrank James (1843-1915)

American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), dies at 72

  • 1917 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • 1925 James Lane Allen, American writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
  • 1931 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 51
  • 1932 Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony (1904-18), dies at 66
  • 1937 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, dies at 50
  • 1938 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • 1938 Edward Anseele, Belgian socialist politician, dies at 81

George DaytonGeorge Dayton (1857-1938)

American businessman (founder of Target Corporation), dies of cancer at 80

  • 1942 Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Henri Polak, Dutch union leader/politician (soc-dem), dies at 74
  • 1945 Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (youngest ever Soviet general of the army), dies at 38
  • 1949 Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, 1st Prime Minister of the Second Spanish Republic and President of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • 1950 Voranc Prezikov [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • 1951 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85
  • 1955 Sadako Sasaki,Japanese child hibakusha (victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb), dies at 12
  • 1957 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36
  • 1957 Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79

Joseph Gilbert HamiltonJoseph Gilbert Hamilton (1907-1957)

American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • 1959 Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho, Portuguese cartographer and aviator (1st flight across the south Atlantic), dies at 90
  • 1963 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • 1964 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • 1966 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • 1966 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31

Robert OppenheimerRobert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)

American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), dies of throat cancer at 62

  • 1968 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • 1969 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian politician (Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia 1939-41), dies at 76
  • 1970 Desideer Stracke, Flemish jesuit and literature historian, dies at 94

Frank CostelloFrank Costello (1891-1973)

Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

  • 1975 Chivu Stoica [Stoica Chivu], premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • 1975 Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • 1976 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • 1977 Maria Realino [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • 1981 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), dies at 85
  • 1982 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Edward S "Ted" Haworth, US set designer (Sayonara, Marty), dies at 76
  • 1993 Jacqueline Hill, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1994 Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76
  • 1996 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master, dies at 89
  • 1996 Richard Leslie Hill, historian, dies at 94
  • 1997 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), dies at 88
  • 1998 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • 2000 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • 2001 Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter, dies at 92
  • 2003 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • 2009 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • 2009 Ronald Dearing, British civil servant and chairman (British Post Office), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2010 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • 2011 Marshall Stoneham, British physicist,, dies at 70
  • 2017 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • 2022 Héctor Pulido, Mexican football midfielder (43 caps; Cruz Azul, Club Jalisco AC), dies at 79