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

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault (1628-1703)

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

  • 1768 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 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 artillery officer and inventor who designed fire rockets, dies at 56
  • 1830 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, mathematician, dies
  • 1862 Joseph L. Hogg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 55
  • 1862 Lev A Ms, Russian nobleman/poet, dies at 40
  • 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 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, dies at 27
  • 1944 Max Brand [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • 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 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 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
  • 1989 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1990 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by her 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
  • 2005 Andrew J. Goodpaster, American general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe), dies at 90
  • 2011 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2012 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • 2013 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • 2013 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79

Bob HawkeBob Hawke (1929-2019)

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

I. M. PeiI. M. Pei (1917-2019)

Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

  • 2022 Maurice Lindsay, British sports administrator (chairman Preston North End FC, Wigan Warriors RLFC; CEO RFL 1992-99), dies at 81