Deaths in History on May 13

  • 384 Servatius/Aravatius, bishop of Tongeren, dies at 65+
  • 1162 Géza II, King of Hungary and Croatia (1141-62)
  • 1176 Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1119)
  • 1312 Theobald II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1263)
  • 1381 John of Chatillon, Count of Blois, dies
  • 1573 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord of Kai Province (1541-73) known as the "Tiger of Kai", dies while besieging Noda Castle in Mikawa Province at 51
  • 1619 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch lawyer and statesman, beheaded at 71
  • 1673 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), dies at 73
  • 1704 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, dies at 71
  • 1742 Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (b. 1719)
  • 1776 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), dies at 71
  • 1807 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, dies at 85
  • 1831 Christian Gottfried Körner, German lawyer, dies at 74

Georges CuvierGeorges Cuvier (1769-1832)

French naturalist and zoologist, dies at 62

  • 1835 John Nash, British town planner/architect (Regent's Park), dies
  • 1839 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, founded Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • 1839 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal, diplomat and art collector (Uncle of Napoleon), dies at 76
  • 1860 Christian Gmelin, German chemist, dies at 67
  • 1864 Junius Daniel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • 1866 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, dies at 69
  • 1878 Joseph Henry, American scientist and pioneer of electromagnetism, dies at 80
  • 1882 Jules Nicolas Crevaux, French naval doctor and explorer (French Guiana and the Amazon), murdered at 35

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick (1809-1884)

American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

  • 1885 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75
  • 1885 Juliana Horatia Ewing [Gatty], English children's author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies at 43
  • 1896 Nora Perry, American poet, journalist and children's writer, dies (b. 1831)
  • 1901 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), dies at 49
  • 1903 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • 1916 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1921 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1925 Boris Savinkov, Russian writer and revolutionary, dies in prison under mysterious circumstances at 46
  • 1926 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, dies at 68

Fridtjof NansenFridtjof Nansen (1861-1930)

Norwegian Arctic explorer and advocate for refugees (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • 1930 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), dies at 82
  • 1933 Paul Ernst, German writer, dies at 67
  • 1938 Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist (1920 Nobel Prize for Physics), dies at 77
  • 1951 Marianne Philips, Dutch author (Issue Beukennoot), dies at 65
  • 1956 Aleksandr A. Fadejev, Russian author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • 1962 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • 1962 H. Trendley Dean, American dental surgeon who introduced fluoridation into water, dies from complications of asthma and emphysema at 68
  • 1963 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • 1966 Henk [Hendrik M] Randwijk, Dutch poet and editor in chief (Vrij Nederland), dies at 56
  • 1970 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • 1974 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam (1909-1984)

Polish-American mathematician and nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project, H-bomb), dies at 75

  • 1985 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • 1985 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (one of the founders of Quantum electrochemistry), dies at 53
  • 1990 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies at 51
  • 1992 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • 1992 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994 Arthur Basil Cottle, British academic and medievalist, dies at 77
  • 1996 John "Jack" Baines, British mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • 1997 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1999 Meg Greenfield, American Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer (Washington Post; Newsweek), dies of cancer at 68

R.K. NarayanR.K. Narayan (1906-2001)

Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

  • 2005 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • 2013 Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • 2020 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Der Stellvertreter), dies at 89
  • 2022 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates (2004-2022), dies at 73