Deaths in History on July 18

  • 640 Arnulf, bishop of Metz (614-640)/politician, dies at about 58
  • 715 Muhammad bin Qasim (b. 695)
  • 1100 Godfried IV van Bouillon, count of Antwerp, dies
  • 1374 Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet (Italia Mia), dies at 69
  • 1488 Alvise Cadamosto, Italian explorer (b. 1432)
  • 1544 René van Chalon, viceroy of Holland, dies in battle at 25
  • 1566 Bartolomé de las Casas, Spanish friar and social historian, dies at 81
  • 1608 Joachim Frederik, German Prince-Elector of Brandenburg (1598-1608), dies at 61
  • 1610 Caravaggio [Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio], Italian painter, (Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy), dies at 38
  • 1639 Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar, German prince and general (b. 1604)
  • 1642 Willem earl of Nassau-Siegen, gov of Ft Emmerik/Heusden, dies
  • 1650 Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer and physicist, dies at 74
  • 1695 Johannes Camphuys, Governor-General of Dutch-Indies (1684-91), dies at 61
  • 1698 Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian, dies at 65
  • 1721 Jean-Antoine Watteau, French Rococo painter (fêtes galantes), dies at 36
  • 1730 François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (b. 1644)
  • 1792 John Paul Jones, Scottish-American naval captain and the United States first well-known naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight"), dies of kidney failure and pneumonia at 45

Matthew FlindersMatthew Flinders (1774-1814)

English explorer, Navigator and cartographer who was 1st to circumnavigate Australia, dies from kidney disease at 40 [1]

Jane AustenJane Austen (1775-1817)

English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

  • 1833 Joseph Comb, missionary to Moluccas, dies at 63
  • 1854 Abbas Hilmi I, viceroy of Egypt, dies at about 41
  • 1863 William Dorsey Pender, US Confederate Major General, dies of injuries at 29
  • 1872 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • 1884 Ferdinand von Hochstetter, Austrian geologist (b. 1829)
  • 1892 Thomas Cook, British founder and CEO of Thomas Cook & Son travel agency (Cook Travel Bureau), dies at 83
  • 1894 Leconte de Lisle, French poet and writer, dies at 75
  • 1899 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), dies at 67
  • 1916 Benjamin C. Truman, American journalist and author
  • 1918 Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna (b. 1864)
  • 1925 Louis Nazaire Bégin, Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1840)
  • 1931 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • 1937 Julian Bell, British poet (b. 1908)
  • 1938 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), dies at 62
  • 1938 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright, executed at 35
  • 1943 Harry Pace, American music label owner (Black Swan - 1st major label founded by a Black American), dies at 59
  • 1944 George A Hartland, British politician (MP, Norwich, 1931-35), dies at 60
  • 1944 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (Centaurs' Booty), dies at 74
  • 1948 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • 1950 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary figure (The Nation), dies at 64
  • 1952 Paul Saintenoy, Belgian architect (b. 1862)
  • 1953 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)

George George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1895-1954)

American gangster during the Prohibition era, dies at 59

  • 1956 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman), dies at 57
  • 1967 Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Brazilian military leader and 26th President of Brazil (1964-67), dies at 66
  • 1968 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist (Nobel 1938), dies at 76
  • 1970 Lucien d'Azambuja, French astronomer (studied the solar chromosphere), dies at 86
  • 1976 Sally Salminen, Finnish writer (Katrina), dies at 70
  • 1981 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • 1982 Roman Jakobson, Russian-American linguist and Slavic scholar (Fundamentals of Language), dies at 85
  • 1985 Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • 1987 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • 1990 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), dies at 79
  • 1990 Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (Menninger Clinic), dies at 96 of cancer
  • 1990 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1991 André Cools, Belgian Minister of Budget, murdered at 63
  • 1992 Jan Pelleboer, Dutch meteorologist, dies
  • 1992 Mollie Parnis, American fashion designer (Mollie Roberts Collection; Mamie Eisenhower), dies in her 90s (she had long refused to disclose her exact age)
  • 1992 Rudolf Ising, cartoonist (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies), dies at 88
  • 1992 Viktor Louis, Russian journalist, dies
  • 1993 Sergei Vozovikov, Russian Air Force major and cosmonaut, dirowns in water recovery training accident at 35
  • 1993 Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin, Chief designer of Soviet launch pads, dies
  • 1994 Gottfried Reinhardt [Goldmann], German/American director, dies at 83
  • 1996 Hans Fellner, bookseller, dies at 71
  • 1997 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • 2000 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), dies at 71
  • 2001 Fabio Taglioni, Italian motorcycle engineer (Ducati), dies at 80
  • 2001 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • 2002 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, dies at 92
  • 2004 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), dies of cancer at 67

William WestmorelandWilliam Westmoreland (1914-2005)

American general and commander of American forces in the Vietnam War between 1964-68, dies at 91

  • 2007 Charles Jauncey, Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle, Scottish judge and advocate, dies after a stroke at 82
  • 2007 Kenji Miyamoto, Japanese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2009 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • 2016 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), dies at 76
  • 2022 Claes Oldenburg, Swedish-American pop artist (Clothespin; Alphabet; Good Humor), dies at 93 [1]
  • 2022 Ottavio Cinquanta, Italian sports executive (President International Skating Union 1994-2016; IOC Executive Committee 2000-08), dies at 83