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Deaths in History on March 13

  • 624 Abu Sufjan becomes Quraish chief and leader of Mecca after loss at Battle of Badr against Muslim forces
  • 1202 Mieszko III, the Elder, grand duke of Poland (1173-77, 1200-02), dies
  • 1271 Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
  • 1395 John Barbour, Scottish poet
  • 1516 Vladislav II Jagiello, king of Bohemia (1490-1516), dies at 60
  • 1558 Jean Fernel, French physician/physiologist, dies
  • 1569 Louis, Prince of Condé (1530-69), dies in Battle of Jarnac at 39
  • 1573 Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman
  • 1604 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer, dies at 66
  • 1711 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic, dies at 74
  • 1773 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist, dies at 45
  • 1778 Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)
  • 1803 William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
  • 1808 King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)
  • 1837 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 66
  • 1842 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), dies at 80

  • 1877 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, dies at 89

MurderAlexander II

1881 Alexander II, Tsar of Russia (1855-81), assassinated by members of far-left terror group 'People's Will' at 62

Tsar of Russia Alexander II
Tsar of Russia
Alexander II
  • 1884 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
  • 1895 Louise Otto-Peters, German suffragist, women's rights movement activist and author (The Wandering Star), dies at 75

Person of interestBenjamin Harrison

1901 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), dies in Indianapolis at 67

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1903 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

1906 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies of pneumonia at 86

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1911 Jacob Maarten van Bemmelen, Dutch physicist and chemist, dies at 80
  • 1911 John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1915 Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), dies at 65
  • 1930 Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), dies at 77
  • 1938 Clarence Darrow, American defense attorney at Scopes Monkey Trial, dies at 80
  • 1938 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual, dies at 49
  • 1939 Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, French scholar and philosopher, dies at 81
  • 1941 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), dies at 54
  • 1943 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)

  • 1943 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), dies of a stroke at 75
  • 1946 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • 1946 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • 1946 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, dies at 76
  • 1948 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., dies at 77
  • 1949 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • 1951 Alfred Hugenberg, German politician and media magnate, dies at 85
  • 1951 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), dies at 67
  • 1955 Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah, King of Nepal (1911-55), dies under mysterious circumstances at 48
  • 1964 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers
  • 1965 George Călinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • 1965 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Vittorio Jano, Italian automobile designer, dies at 73
  • 1971 Rockwell Kens, American artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • 1972 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1975 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • 1975 Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian novelist (Bridge on Drina, Nobel 1961), dies at 82
  • 1975 Ruth Schaumann, German author, painter and sculptor (Rose, Black King), dies at 75
  • 1977 Fanie Lou Hamer, American women's and civil rights activist (Freedom Democratic Party), dies at 59
  • 1977 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • 1982 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • 1983 Paul Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1986 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • 1987 Bernhard Grzimek, German zoologist (West Germany), dies at 77
  • 1990 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), commits suicide at 86
  • 1992 Hans Redeker, Dutch art critic (Algemeen Handelsblad), dies
  • 1993 Ralph Smith Fults, American gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, German romantic novelist, dies at 59
  • 1994 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, dies at 58
  • 1995 Abdul Ali Mazari, Afghan Shiite leader, shot to death
  • 1995 John Silverlight, British journalist (The Observer), dies at 75
  • 1995 Leo Kaplan, lawyer (ASCAP), dies at 89
  • 1995 P C J van Lierde, Dutch vicar-gen of Vatican (1951-91), dies at 87
  • 1995 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), dies at 82
  • 1996 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner, dies at 85
  • 1998 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Hans von Ohain, German-American aerospace engineer, dies at 86
  • 1999 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), dies at 87
  • 2001 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • 2001 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • 2002 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 2004 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • 2009 James Purdy, American author (Malcolm), dies at 94
  • 2010 He Pingping, Chinese world's shortest man who was able to walk at 74 cm (2 ft 5 in), dies at 21
  • 2014 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), dies at 85
  • 2016 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • 2017 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • 2020 Barbara Harris, 1st American Episcopal female bishop, dies at 89