Deaths in History on March 16

  • 455 Valentinian III, Roman Emperor (425-55), assassinated at 35
  • 1021 Heribert of Cologne, Archbishop of Cologne and Chancellor of Emperor Otto III
  • 1037 Robert I, Archbishop of Rouen
  • 1072 Adalbert, archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg, dies
  • 1322 Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1276), dies in battle at Boroughbridge
  • 1410 John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (b. 1373)
  • 1485 Anne Neville, English queen, wife of Richard III of England, dies at 28
  • 1520 Martin Waldseemüller, German cartographer (created 1st known map to name the New World America), dies at 49 or 50
  • 1536 Ibrahim Pasha, grand-visier of Osmaanse Rich, murdered at about 45
  • 1559 Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • 1620 St. John Sarkander, Moravian priest, died of injuries caused by torturing
  • 1629 Emilia van Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange & Anna of Saxon, dies at 59
  • 1649 St. Jean de Brébeuf, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1679 John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • 1721 James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • 1737 Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard University (b. 1670)
  • 1738 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72
  • 1747 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
  • 1804 Francisco marquis Albergati Capacelli, Italian playwright, dies at 75
  • 1835 Charles Farquharson, Scottish-born slave plantation owner in the Bahamas (wrote Farquharson’s Journal - only plantation journal to survive), dies at 74 [1]
  • 1838 Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, astronomer and author (Marine Sextant), dies at 64
  • 1841 Félix Savart, French surgeon and physicist (Law of Biot & Savart), dies at 49
  • 1843 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/Colonies, dies at 65
  • 1864 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), dies at 58
  • 1878 William Banting, English undertaker, dies
  • 1888 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • 1890 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (b. 1864)
  • 1892 Samuel F. Miller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 64
  • 1893 William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer, dies at 48
  • 1898 Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, English illustrator (Salome), dies at 23
  • 1899 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • 1900 Frederic William Burton, Irish painter, dies at 83
  • 1903 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1909 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), dies at 85
  • 1914 Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 70
  • 1914 Gaston Calmette, editor (Le Figaro), killed by Mme Caillaux at 55
  • 1914 John Murray, piloted HMS Challenger to Christmas Island, dies
  • 1926 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • 1930 Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja, Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60
  • 1933 Alfred Haar, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 47
  • 1935 John Macleod, Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
  • 1936 Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
  • 1937 J Austen Chamberlain, English Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nobel), dies at 73

Selma LagerlöfSelma Lagerlöf (1858-1940)

Swedish author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), dies at 81

  • 1941 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • 1945 Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (b. 1874)
  • 1945 Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, French writer/poet, commits suicide at 52
  • 1946 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
  • 1955 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1957 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1957 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • 1959 John B. Salling, reputed second to last Civil War veteran, dies at 111 [birth date, age and military service later disputed]
  • 1961 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • 1970 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), dies at 61

Thomas E. DeweyThomas E. Dewey (1902-1971)

Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • 1974 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, dies at 75
  • 1975 Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 1977 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, assassinated by unknown gunmen at 59
  • 1979 Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • 1980 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1984 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • 1984 Roloff Beny, Canadian painter and photographer (A Time of Gods), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1985 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • 1991 7 members of Reba McIntire's band, killed in a plane crash
  • 1991 Jan H. van Roijen, Dutch ambassador to the U.S. and Netherlands Foreign Minister, dies at 85
  • 1992 Renzhong Weangn, China politician (1934-45), dies
  • 1992 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), dies at 88
  • 1993 Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered
  • 1993 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • 1993 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered
  • 1995 Simon Fraser [Shimi], Lord Lovat, 25th head of Clan Fraser, dies at 83
  • 1996 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's bookshop), dies at 104
  • 1996 Peter Clemoes, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies at 76
  • 1998 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel 1969), dies at 79
  • 1998 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • 1998 Esther Bubley, American photographer, dies at 77
  • 2000 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • 2003 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • 2003 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2005 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • 2005 William Lehman, American politician, dies at 91
  • 2006 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • 2008 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner, bootlegger, and how-to book author (Me and My Likker), takes his own life at 62
  • 2011 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80
  • 2017 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer (The Way of a Serpent), dies at 78