Deaths in History on March 19

  • 1238 Henry the Bearded, High Duke of Poland (1232-38), dies
  • 1263 Hugo of St-Cher/a S Caro, French cardinal, dies
  • 1279 Emperor Bing of Song China (b. 1271)
  • 1286 Alexander III, King of Scotland, dies at 44
  • 1330 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, son of Edward I, beheaded for plotting against the king at 28

Ibn KhaldūnIbn Khaldūn (1332-1406)

North African Islamic scholar, philosopher and historian (Muqaddimah), dies at 73

  • 1556 Lieven van der Maude [Ammonius], South Netherlands poet, dies at 70
  • 1623 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1556)
  • 1635 Pieter Christiaensz Bor, Dutch historian, dies
  • 1637 Péter Pázmány, Hungarian cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1638 Paul Moreelse, Dutch painter/master builder, dies at about 66
  • 1649 Gerhard Johann Vossius, German classical scholar and theologian (b. 1577)
  • 1683 Thomas Killigrew, English dramatist (b. 1612)
  • 1687 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), killed by his men at 43
  • 1717 John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
  • 1721 Clement XI [Giovanni F Albani], Italian pope (ruled 1700-21), dies at 71
  • 1796 Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
  • 1816 Philip Mazzei, Italian physician (b. 1730)
  • 1862 Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, German painter (Modern Vasari), dies at 73
  • 1869 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), dies at 64
  • 1871 Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (b. 1795)
  • 1897 Antoine T. d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
  • 1898 João da Cruz, Brazilian poet, dies at 26
  • 1900 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Thomas Bailey Aldrich, American editor and writer (The Story of a Bad Boy), dies at 70
  • 1914 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (b. 1850)
  • 1915 Antonio Agliardi, Italian diplomat and Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 82
  • 1916 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • 1918 Willem H de Beaufort, Dutch historian/liberal politician, dies at 73

Arthur BalfourArthur Balfour (1848-1930)

British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1902-05) and Foreign Secretary (Balfour Declaration), dies of unremitting circulatory trouble at 81

  • 1934 Anthony J Block, lawyer (Dutch strafproces), dies at 66
  • 1937 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), commits suicide at 58
  • 1939 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • 1940 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • 1942 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist and ornithologist, dies at 86
  • 1943 Frank Nitti, American gangster (b. 1883)
  • 1944 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
  • 1945 Fritz Fromm, German supreme commander of Reserve army, executed
  • 1946 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • 1950 Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • 1950 Sir Walter Norman Haworth, British chemist (Nobel Prize, 1937), dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday [1]
  • 1962 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, dies at 89
  • 1967 Alfred Judson Force Moody, US Army Brigadier General, WWII veteran dies of a heart attack at 49; 1st US Army General to die in Vietnam
  • 1971 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • 1971 Mary Dorna [Mary Jeanette Tenkink-Stoppelman], Dutch author, dies at 79
  • 1974 Anne Klein, American fashion designer (Anne Klein II), dies at 50
  • 1974 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist/daughter of Otto K, dies at 70
  • 1975 John A DeMott, dies at 63
  • 1978 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • 1984 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, dies of cancer at 56
  • 1987 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), dies at 77
  • 1987 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1929), dies at 94
  • 1987 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • 1991 Ron Pagano, dies after lengthy illness at 37
  • 1993 Barend P Tammeling, journalist (Trouw, Peek on the North), dies at 58
  • 1994 Giuseppe Diana, Italian anti-mafia priest, murdered
  • 1994 Jose Coronel Urtecho, poet, dies at 87
  • 1995 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (Literature), dies at 85
  • 1995 Gerard Tebroke, 5/10 km-dasher, dies at 45
  • 1996 William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and author, dies at 83
  • 1997 Willem De Kooning, Dutch artist (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • 1999 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 1999 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • 2003 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator, dies at 76
  • 2004 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
  • 2005 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)

Arthur C. ClarkeArthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies of post-polio syndrome at 90

  • 2008 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78
  • 2012 William Charette, American navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • 2017 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • 2017 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85