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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
  • 1608 Joachim III Frederik, ruler (Brandenburg), 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, U.S. first well-known naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight"), dies at 45

Person of interestJane Austen

1817 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

Novelist Jane Austen
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  • 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 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright, executed at 35
  • 1938 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), dies at 62
  • 1944 George A Hartland, English 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 (The Nation), dies at 64

  • 1952 Paul Saintenoy, Belgian architect (b. 1862)
  • 1953 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • 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 H d'Azambuja, Fren astronomer (chromosphere of Sun), 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 (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 John Beck, US producer (Harvey, Singing Nun), dies at 83
  • 1993 Robert Davis, dies of emphysema at 76
  • 1993 Sergei Y Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut, dies in 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 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • 2001 Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, dies at 92

Person of interestWilliam Westmoreland

2005 William Westmoreland, US general during the Vietnam War, dies at 91

  • 2005 Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), dies of cancer at 67
  • 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