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Deaths in History on July 16

  • 276 Mark Annius Florianus, emperor of Rome (276), murdered
  • 599 Monulphus, bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht (St Servaaskerk), dies
  • 1139 Walram II, duke of Limburg/Neth-Lutherans, dies
  • 1216 Innocent III [Lotario de' Conti di Segni], Italian Pope (1198-1216), dies at 54 or 55
  • 1324 Emperor Go-Uda, 91st Emperor of Japan, dies at 56
  • 1342 King Charles I of Hungary
  • 1482 John van Schaffelaar, Gelders knight, dies
  • 1546 Anne Askew, English Protestant (burned at the stake) (b. 1521)

Person of interestAnne of Cleves

1557 Anne of Cleves, Queen of England (1539-40), 4th wife of Henry VIII, dies at 41

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
  • 1590 Bartholomaeus of Braga [Fernandez], Dominican theologian and Archbishop Emeritus of Braga, dies at 76

Person of interestThomas Kyd

1594 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (The Spanish Tragedy), dies at 35

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1647 Masaniello, [Tommaso Aniello] Neapolitan rebel (b. 1622)
  • 1664 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47
  • 1686 John Pearson, English theologian (b. 1612)
  • 1691 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), dies at 82
  • 1730 Elijiah Fenton, poet, dies

  • 1736 Thomas Yalden, poet/fable writer, dies
  • 1747 Giuseppe Maria Crespi, painter/etcher, dies
  • 1764 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), murdered at 23
  • 1770 Francis Cotes, English painter (b. 1726)
  • 1782 Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden and wife of Adolf Frederik, dies at 61
  • 1796 George Howard, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1831 Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (b. 1763)
  • 1843 Hubert Matthijs Adriaan Jan van Asch van Wijck, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 68
  • 1857 Pierre-Jean de Baranger, poet, dies
  • 1864 Victor Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 27
  • 1871 Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, dies at 18
  • 1879 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)

Person of interestMary Todd Lincoln

1882 Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), dies at 63

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • 1886 Ned Buntline, [Edward Zane Carroll Judson], author, dies
  • 1887 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle at Woeringen), dies at 73
  • 1889 Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education, dies at 83
  • 1890 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss novelist and poet, dies at 70
  • 1896 Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • 1896 William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies
  • 1897 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, dies at 1897

  • 1905 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69

Person of interestEllen G. White

1915 ellen white, American co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • 1916 Victor Horsley, English physician and neuroscientist, dies while serving in Iraq in WWI at 59
  • 1918 José de Diego, Puerto Rican patriot and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and the U.S., dies at 52
  • 1923 Louis Couperus, Dutch poet and writer (Books of Small Soles), dies at 60
  • 1931 Alice Pike Barney, American painter, dies at 74
  • 1934 Alaska P. Davidson, America's first female FBI agent, dies at 66
  • 1939 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • 1944 Johannes Post, Dutch farmer and resistance fighter (passage fight), executed at 37
  • 1947 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • 1949 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian philosopher, playwright and poet, dies at 83
  • 1953 Hilaire Belloc, Anglo-French author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • 1955 Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • 1960 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), dies at 66

Person of interestAlbert Kesselring

1960 Albert Kesselring, German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), dies of a heart attack at 74

German General Albert Kesselring
German General
Albert Kesselring
  • 1962 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies at 68
  • 1971 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • 1973 Nine van de Schaaf, Dutch author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
  • 1976 Carmelo Soria, Spanish diplomat assassinated in 1976 by the Chilean DINA
  • 1979 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • 1980 Robert Brackman, American artist, dies at 81
  • 1982 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • 1982 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), dies at 88
  • 1985 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), dies at 62
  • 1991 Cornelis Z Forster, [Da Kuneisi], Suriname granman/gaanman, dies
  • 1991 Frank Rizzo, (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1991 Robert Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), dies at 76
  • 1992 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), dies at 67
  • 1994 M Vink, surgeon (1st Dutch kidney transplant), dies at 78
  • 1995 Eleanore "May" Sarton, Belgian-American writer (Land of Silence), dies at 83
  • 1995 Mordechai Gur, Israeli general, commits suicide at 65
  • 1995 Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher, dies at 83
  • 1995 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), dies at 86
  • 1996 Adolf von Thadden, German politician, (b. 1921)
  • 1997 Dora Maar, French photographer, painter and poet, lover of Picasso, dies at 89
  • 1998 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy Jr.

1999 John F. Kennedy Jr, American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, dies in a plane crash at 38

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 2001 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2002 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • 2004 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • 2013 Barun De, Indian historian, dies at 80
  • 2019 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer and 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), dies from complications of a stroke at 99