On This Day

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
  • 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
  • 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 Gaston Calmette, editor (Le Figaro), killed by Mme Caillaux at 55
  • 1914 John Murray, piloted HMS Challenger to Christmas Island, dies
  • 1914 Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 70
  • 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

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

1940 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

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

Person of interestThomas E. Dewey

1971 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1973 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman), author (People that Mutiny), dies at 68
  • 1974 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, dies at 75
  • 1975 Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 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)
  • 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 Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • 1998 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • 1998 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel 1969), dies at 79
  • 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 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 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)
  • 2011 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80