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Deaths in History on May 16

  • 583 Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  • 942 Saadiah Gaon, head of Talmudic Academy of Sura, dies
  • 1265 Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)
  • 1434 Pieter Appelmans, Flemish architect/master builder, dies at about 60
  • 1569 Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr
  • 1620 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai, dies at 55
  • 1657 Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1667 Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (b. 1607)
  • 1669 Pietro da Cortona, [Berrettini], painter/architect, dies
  • 1669 Reyer Anslo, writer/poet, dies at about 42
  • 1691 Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason

Person of interestCharles Perrault

1703 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), dies at 75

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1768 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 1777 Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • 1778 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician, dies at 59
  • 1782 Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies

  • 1790 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician, dies at 70
  • 1805 Christiaan Brunings, Dutch hydraulic engineer, dies at 68
  • 1819 Alexander van Bylandt, military, dies at 75
  • 1829 William Congreve, English officer, dies at 56
  • 1830 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies
  • 1862 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • 1862 Joseph L. Hogg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 55
  • 1863 Lloyd Tilghman, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1864 Lean Bear, Cheyenne chief, murdered
  • 1891 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • 1892 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies at 75
  • 1892 Théodore-Joseph Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • 1904 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • 1910 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • 1913 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 63
  • 1918 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, dies at 64
  • 1920 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • 1926 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1928 Edmund Gosse, English poet, author (Father & Son) and critic, dies at 78
  • 1932 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered

  • 1932 William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
  • 1938 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • 1942 Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
  • 1943 Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)
  • 1944 George Ade, US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78
  • 1944 Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • 1944 George Ade, American author (b. 1866)
  • 1944 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, dies at 27
  • 1947 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 85
  • 1949 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • 1952 Frances Benjamin Johnston, American pioneering female photographer
  • 1954 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer (Magnum), dies accidentally in a road accident at 38
  • 1955 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family), dies at 45
  • 1956 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's, dies at 76
  • 1957 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1958 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • 1961 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, dies at 79
  • 1963 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • 1969 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • 1975 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1979 A. Philip Randolph, American labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union) dies at 90
  • 1984 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • 1988 Kay Baxter, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), dies in car crash at 42
  • 1988 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • 1988 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 1989 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1990 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian
  • 1993 Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)), dies at 41
  • 1994 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • 1995 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, dies at 82
  • 1996 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • 1996 Jeremy Boorda, U.S. Navy admiral (25th Chief of Naval Operations), commits suicide at 56
  • 1996 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • 1997 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • 2003 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2004 June Taylor, American choreographer, dies at 86
  • 2011 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • 2013 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79
  • 2013 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88

Person of interestBob Hawke

2019 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke

Person of interestI. M. Pei

2019 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei