Deaths in History on June 16

  • 956 Hugo the Great, Duke of the Franks and Count of Paris, dies at about 58
  • 1246 Lutgardis [Ludgardis], Flemish mystic and saint, dies at about 64
  • 1361 John Tauler, German mystic (Gottesfreunde), dies at about 61
  • 1397 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • 1468 Jean Le Fevre, Burgundian chronicler (b. ca. 1395)
  • 1492 Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1575 Hadrianus Junius [Adriaen de Jonghe], Dutch physician, historian and humanist, dies at 63
  • 1620 Carlo Saraceni [Carlo Veniziano], Italian painter (Judith), dies
  • 1622 Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1555)
  • 1626 Christian the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader during the Thirty Years' War, dies at 26
  • 1644 John of Saint Thomas [Juan Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
  • 1671 Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
  • 1707 Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)

John ChurchillJohn Churchill (1650-1722)

1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72

  • 1742 Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 32
  • 1749 Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
  • 1752 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish-Italian minister and cardinal, dies at 88
  • 1752 Joseph Butler, English philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1777 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • 1779 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • 1792 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
  • 1812 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
  • 1815 Frederik Willem, Duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle at 43
  • 1824 Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (b. 1739)
  • 1850 William Lawson British-Australian surveyor who explored New South Wales (first route across Blue Mountains), dies at 76
  • 1855 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), dies at 51

John SnowJohn Snow (1813-1858)

English epidemiologist who studied cholera and is considered the 'Father of modern epidemiology', dies of a stroke at 45

  • 1866 Joseph Méry French poet (b. 1798)
  • 1869 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), dies at 74
  • 1872 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • 1878 Crawford Williamson Long, American surgeon and pioneer (use of ether as an anesthetic in surgery), dies at 62
  • 1881 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner, dies at 79
  • 1881 Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • 1885 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • 1892 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer and minister of Justice, dies at 80
  • 1901 Herman Grimm, German writer, poet and historian, dies at 75
  • 1902 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (algebraic logic), dies at 60
  • 1925 Chittaranjan Das, Indian lawyer, politician and activist (founded Swaraj Party), dies at 55
  • 1928 Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928, dies at 61
  • 1929 Bramwell Booth, English 2nd General of The Salvation Army, dies at 73
  • 1929 Vernon Louis Parrington, American author (Romantic Revolution, Pulitzer 1928), dies at 57
  • 1930 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), dies at 69
  • 1930 Ezra Fitch, American businessman (Abercrombie & Fitch founder), dies at 64
  • 1932 Frederik Willem van Eeden, Dutch utopian writer (Walden), dies at 72
  • 1936 Leib Malach, Yiddish writer, dies at 41
  • 1940 DuBose Heyward, American writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies at 54
  • 1941 Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
  • 1944 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), dies at 82
  • 1944 George Stinney, African-American boy wrongfully convicted of murder, is executed by electric chair at 14
  • 1944 Marc Bloch, French historian and member of the French resistance, executed by firing squad by the Gestapo at 57
  • 1945 Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1946 Ludwig Winder, Austrian-Czech writer, dies at 57
  • 1947 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86
  • 1952 Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
  • 1953 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1955 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90

Imre NagyImre Nagy (1896-1958)

Hungarian communist and Prime Minister of Hungary (1953-56), hanged at 62

  • 1961 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 1969 Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Governor General of Canada (1946-52), dies at 78
  • 1969 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • 1970 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • 1971 Garfield Wood, American inventor, motorboat builder and racer (world water speed record x 5; first to travel over 100 mph on water), dies at 90
  • 1976 Francis E. Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed at 59
  • 1976 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59
  • 1979 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian chief of state (1972-78), executed by firing squad during a coup at 47
  • 1979 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, German writer and historian, dies at 77
  • 1981 Humphrey Keervelt, Surinamese official (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • 1981 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
  • 1981 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • 1983 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • 1990 Thomas Cowling, British mathematician and astronomer, dies at 83
  • 1994 Terence de Vere White, Irish novelist (An Affair with the Moon), dies at 82
  • 1996 David Mourao-Ferreira, Portuguese poet and politician, dies at 69
  • 1997 Dal Stivens, Australian author, dies at 85
  • 2000 Empress Kōjun, Empress consort of Japan, dies at 97
  • 2003 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2004 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), dies at 99
  • 2007 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in October; The Poseidon Adventure), dies at 99
  • 2012 Alasdair Fraser, Scottish-born Northern Irish lawyer, director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, dies at 65
  • 2015 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl (1930-2017)

German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

  • 2020 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), dies at 81