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Deaths in History on June 18

  • 741 Leo III de Isaurier, Byzantine Emperor (717-41), dies
  • 1234 Emperor Chūkyō, 85th emperor of Japan, dies at 15
  • 1291 Alfonso III, King of Aragon (1285-91), dies
  • 1464 Rogier van der Weyden, Flemish painter, dies at 65
  • 1580 Juliana van Stolberg, Engraver of Nassau, dies
  • 1588 Anna van Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and his second wife, Anna of Saxony and wife of William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies at 24
  • 1588 Robert Crowley, English printer and poet

Person of interestPiet Heyn

1629 Piet Heyn, Dutch privateer who captured a Spanish silver fleet and admiral who became a folk hero, shot by cannonball during a skirmish with privateers at 51

Dutch Admiral and Privateer Piet Heyn
Dutch Admiral and Privateer
Piet Heyn
  • 1667 Louise Henriette, daughter of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, dies at 39
  • 1669 Abraham Crijnssen, Swiss admiral, conquered Suriname, dies

Person of interestJeanne Mance

1673 Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), dies at 66

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1704 Thomas "Tom" Brown, English translator and writer of satire (Amusements Serious and Comical, calculated for the Meridian of London), dies at 41
  • 1742 John Aislabie, English politician (Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 71
  • 1749 Ambrose Philips, English poet (b. 1674)
  • 1772 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-Austrian physician (Austrian Empress Maria Theresa's personal physician), dies at 72
  • 1772 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher, dies at 65

  • 1788 Adam Gib, Scottish religious leader, dies at 74
  • 1794 James Murray, British military officer and administrator (b. 1721)
  • 1815 Thomas Picton, British general (killed in battle) (b. 1758)
  • 1815 Guillaume Philibert Duhesme, French general (b. 1766)
  • 1817 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), dies
  • 1824 Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1790-1801), dies at 55
  • 1835 William Cobbett, English journalist and author, dies at 72
  • 1853 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising), dies
  • 1858 Lakshmi Bai, Indian Queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India and leader of the Indian Mutiny (1857-58), dies at 23
  • 1866 Jacob Abels, Dutch painter, dies at 62
  • 1871 George Grote, British historian (History of Greece), dies at 76
  • 1880 John Sutter, German-Swiss-American colonist who established Sutter's Fort in what is now Sacramento and where gold was first discovered in California, dies at 77
  • 1884 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentine political theorist and writer (Crime of War), dies at 74
  • 1886 Joannes Paredis, Belgian Bishop of Roermond, dies at 90
  • 1902 Samuel Butler, English author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh), dies at 66
  • 1915 Eufemio Zapata, brother to Mexican revolutionist Emiliano Zapata, killed by Sidronio Comancho
  • 1916 Helmuth von Moltke, German chief general of staff, dies at 67
  • 1916 Max Immelmann, German pilot (1st flying ace of WWI), shot down over Northern France at 25
  • 1921 Eduardo Acevedo Díaz, Uruguayan writer (Nativa, Lanza y Sable), dies at 70
  • 1921 Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Kantkennis), dies at 37

  • 1922 John Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer (studied the Milky Way), dies at 71
  • 1925 Robert M. La Follette, American lawyer and presidential candidate (Progressive), dies at 70
  • 1926 Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen consort of the Hellenes as the wife of King George I, dies at 74

Person of interestRoald Amundsen

1928 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, dies in a plane crash while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic at 55

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen

Person of interestMaxim Gorky

1936 Maxim Gorky [Alexei M Peshkov], Russian writer (Mother), dies at 68

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
  • 1937 Gaston Doumergue, 60th Prime Minister of France (1913-14 and 1934) and 1st protestant French President (1924-31), dies at 73
  • 1942 Adolf Opalka, Czech resistance fighter, shot down
  • 1942 John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter, killed Heydrich, dies at 28
  • 1945 Harold C. Roberts, American commandant 22nd regiment marines (3 Navy Crosses), dies in battle during Okinawa campaign at 46
  • 1945 Simon Bolivar Buckner, American Lieutenant General of 10th Army, dies in action during Battle of Okinawa at 58
  • 1945 Florence Bascom, American geologist and 1st woman hired by the US Geological Survey, dies at 82
  • 1947 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral, hanged for war crimes at 48
  • 1954 Albert Patterson, American politician and attorney, asassinated in Phenix City, Alabama, shortly after his designation as the Democratic candidate for Alabama Attorney General, at 60
  • 1971 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), dies at 82
  • 1973 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84

Person of interestGeorgy Zhukov

1974 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, dies at 77

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1974 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), dies at 79
  • 1975 Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz, Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king
  • 1978 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • 1982 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), dies at 80

  • 1982 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker and director (Banco Ambrosiano), hangs himself at 62
  • 1982 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • 1984 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host, dies after being shot by White Nationalists at 50
  • 1985 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92
  • 1986 Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer, dies at 87
  • 1989 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • 1992 Peter Allen, entertainer (Legs Diamond), dies of aids at 48
  • 1992 Mordecai Ardon, one of Israel's greatest painters (b. 1896)
  • 1994 Jack Harkness, British rose grower (R. Harkness & Co. Ltd), dies at 75
  • 1995 Charles Martin, cartoonist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Manuel Sadosky, Argentine mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 J.J. Pickle, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1963-95), dies at 91
  • 2008 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92

Person of interestJosé Saramago

2010 José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel laureate, dies of leukemia at 87

Novelist José Saramago
José Saramago
  • 2011 Frederick Chiluba, 2nd President of Zambia (1991-2001), dies at 68
  • 2011 Yelena Bonner, Soviet dissident and wife of Andre Sakharov, dies of heart failure at 88 [1]
  • 2015 Ralph J Roberts, American businessman and founder of Comcast, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2016 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • 2017 Hope Ryden, American wildlife activist and photographer, dies at 87
  • 2017 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85