Deaths in History on May 18

  • 526 John I, Pope (523-26), dies
  • 1160 Erik IX Helgi, King of Sweden, dies at ~40
  • 1401 Vladislaus II, Duke of Opole, dies at 69
  • 1410 Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), dies at 58
  • 1450 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), dies at 52
  • 1550 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, dies at 52
  • 1551 Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 65
  • 1584 Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander, dies at 48
  • 1587 Felix van Cantalice, Italian saint, dies at 72
  • 1625 Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas, Spanish marquis of Denia, dies at 72
  • 1653 Carel Reyniersz, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, dies at 48
  • 1675 Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary explorer (Chicago), dies at 37
  • 1675 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, dies at 51
  • 1692 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian & collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74
  • 1724 Johann K. Amman, Swiss-Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens),, dies at 54
  • 1780 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland, dies at 66
  • 1781 Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian-Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler Túpac Amaru, dies at 43
  • 1799 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • 1800 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general, dies at 70
  • 1807 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop & man of letters, dies at 86
  • 1808 Elijah Craig, American minister & inventor, dies at 70
  • 1808 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), dies at 49

John BellinghamJohn Bellingham (1769-1812)

English merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, executed by hanging at 42 or 43

  • 1829 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, dies at 35
  • 1839 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57
  • 1844 Richard McCarty, American politician, dies at 64
  • 1848 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, dies at 37
  • 1862 William High Keim, American Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 48
  • 1864 James Byron Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 41
  • 1877 William "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Virginia, 1846-49 and 1864-65; US Representative from Virginia, 1853-61), and oldest General in the Confederate Army, dies at 89
  • 1900 Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1909 George Meredith, English poet & writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • 1910 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
  • 1922 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1907), dies at 76
  • 1926 Lucien Herr, French intellectual and librarian (École Normale Supérieure), dies at 62
  • 1927 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (Bath School disaster), commits suicide at 55 after killing his wife and blowing up a school
  • 1949 James Truslow Adams, American historian (Pulitzer 1921), dies at 70
  • 1955 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (Bethune-Cookman College) and civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • 1965 Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis, Dutch historian of science (biography of Archimedes), dies at 72
  • 1966 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

  • 1980 David A. Johnston, American volcanologist, dies in Mount St. Helens eruption at 30
  • 1980 Harry Truman, American victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 83
  • 1980 Reid Blackburn, American photojournalist for National Geographic & victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 28
  • 1981 William Saroyan, American novelist & stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 1985 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • 1987 Wilbur J. Cohen, American pioneer of social security, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • 1993 Heinrich Albertz, German theologist & mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • 1993 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect & writer, dies at 67
  • 2000 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • 2003 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader, dies at 42
  • 2006 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • 2007 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • 2008 Joseph Pevney, American television director, dies at 96
  • 2009 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • 2014 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer & President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • 2014 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist & astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • 2017 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer & founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101