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
  • 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

Alexander IIAlexander II (1818-1881)

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

  • 1884 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
  • 1885 Titian Peale, American artist and naturalist (American Ornithology), dies at 85
  • 1895 Louise Otto-Peters, German suffragist, women's rights movement activist and author (The Wandering Star), dies at 75

Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison (1833-1901)

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

  • 1903 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies of pneumonia at 86

  • 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 by Nazi regime at 49
  • 1941 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1941 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), dies at 54
  • 1941 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 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
  • 1943 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • 1946 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • 1946 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, dies at 76
  • 1946 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • 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 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1965 George Călinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • 1965 Vittorio Jano, Italian automobile designer, dies at 73
  • 1971 Rockwell Kent, American artist, painter and illustrator (Canterbury Tales), dies at 88
  • 1972 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1975 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney, minister and 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 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, dies at 58
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, German romantic novelist, dies at 59
  • 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 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), dies at 82
  • 1995 P C J van Lierde, Dutch vicar-gen of Vatican (1951-91), dies at 87
  • 1996 Lucy Faithfull, British 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 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • 2001 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • 2002 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 2004 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 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
  • 2016 Martin Olav Sabo, American politician (Rep-D-MN, 1979-2007), dies at 78
  • 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

Breonna TaylorBreonna Taylor (1993-2020)

African American medical technician, shot and killed by police officers in her home at 26 [1]