On This Day

Deaths in History on March 18

  • 235 Marcus Aurelius Alexander, Syrian emperor of Rome (222-235), murdered
  • 978 Edward, the Martyr, King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78)/st, murdered at 15
  • 1227 Honorius III, [Cencio Savelli], Pope (1216-27), dies
  • 1314 Jacques de Molay, French last Grand Master of The Knights Templar, dies burned at the stake aged 70 or 71
  • 1493 John of Lannoy, Flemish governor/viceroy of Neth/Zealand, dies at 82
  • 1582 Jean Jaurequi, Basque attacker of William of Orange, killed by William's guards
  • 1583 King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
  • 1675 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1689 John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • 1690 Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
  • 1696 Robert Charnock, English conspirator

Person of interestRobert Walpole

1745 Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister (Whig: 1721-42), dies at 68

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • 1746 Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
  • 1768 Lawrence Sterne, writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
  • 1781 Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
  • 1835 Christian Gunther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat, dies at 65

  • 1845 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 1871 Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
  • 1876 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, dies at 65
  • 1886 Leopold Zunz, German Jewish scholar (Science of Judaism), dies at 91
  • 1898 Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • 1899 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • 1899 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • 1900 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só), dies at 32
  • 1907 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (Thomsen–Berthelot principle of thermochemistry), dies at 79
  • 1913 George I, king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
  • 1928 Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
  • 1933 Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60

Person of interestEleftherios Venizelos

1936 Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (1910-15, 1917-20, 1924, 1928-32, 1933), dies of a stroke at 71

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • 1937 Charles Haslewood Shannon, English lithographer and painter, dies at 73
  • 1939 Henry Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader, dies at 79
  • 1947 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • 1956 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • 1956 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • 1962 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • 1964 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), dies at 69

  • 1965 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • 1975 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), dies at 74
  • 1976 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • 1976 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • 1977 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • 1978 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • 1980 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • 1983 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • 1983 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • 1983 Robert F. Bradford, American politician (57th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • 1986 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), dies at 71
  • 1987 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • 1989 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, dies at 97
  • 1992 Cornelis B Vaandrager, [C Vaan], poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert A. Rushworth, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 68
  • 1995 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author, dies at 80
  • 1996 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • 1996 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • 1999 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, dies at 93
  • 2000 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2002 R. A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • 2003 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 2006 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)
  • 2011 Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), dies at 85
  • 2012 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • 2013 Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Pakistani general and fighter ace, dies at 77
  • 2020 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), dies of a stroke at 88