Deaths in History on November 18

  • 942 Odo van Cluny, 2nd abbott of Cluny (924-42), dies
  • 1154 Adélaide de Maurienne, wife of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1170 Albrecht I "Bear", 1st margrave of Brandenburg (1150-70), dies at 70
  • 1305 John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
  • 1559 Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1590 George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1603 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Willem & Juliana van Stolberg, dies at 61
  • 1630 Esaias van der Velde, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1724 Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
  • 1785 Louis Philip I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1797 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1814 Aleijadinho ‘the Cripple’ [Antônio Francisco Lisboa], Brazilian architect and sculptor (São Francisco de Assis), dies at 76
  • 1814 William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1827 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, dies at 24
  • 1851 Ernst August, duke of Cumberland/king of Hanover (1837-51), dies at 80
  • 1854 Edward Forbes, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography, dies of an illness at 39
  • 1883 Wilhelm Siemens, German-British physicist and inventor (open-hearth furnace), dies at 60
  • 1887 Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86
  • 1889 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68
  • 1904 Justus van Maurik, Dutch author and cigar manufacturer, dies at 58
  • 1909 Renee Vivien, British-born poet, wrote in French, dies at 32
  • 1917 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • 1919 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (Riemann–Hurwitz formula), dies at 60
  • 1919 Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Dutch socialist politician (1st Socialist MP in parliament), dies at 72
  • 1922 Marcel Proust, French intellectual and author (Recherche du Temps Perdu), dies at 51
  • 1929 Henricus van de Wetering, Archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929), dies at 78
  • 1941 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (Labour Party), dies at 74
  • 1941 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel Prize, 1920), dies at 77 [1]
  • 1950 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • 1951 Johan van Maarseveen, Dutch Minister of Justice and Internal minister, dies at 57
  • 1952 Paul Éluard, French communist and poet, dies at 56
  • 1959 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1962 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

Niels BohrNiels Bohr (1885-1962)

Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

  • 1965 Henry A Wallace, VP (1941-45)/founder (Progressive Party), dies at 77
  • 1966 Jean-Pierre Peugeot III, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot), dies at 70
  • 1968 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74

Joseph P. KennedyJoseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969)

American businessman, diplomat and father of JFK, RFK and Teddy, dies at 81

  • 1976 Man Ray, American artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • 1977 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (Dictator of the Austrian Federal State), dies at 79

Jim JonesJim Jones (1931-1978)

American pastor and leader of the Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), commits suicide at 47

  • 1978 Leo Ryan, American teacher and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1973-78), assassinated at 53 in Jonestown, Guyana
  • 1982 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), dies at 60
  • 1984 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • 1989 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • 1991 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78
  • 1992 Herman Musaph, Dutch Holocaust survivor, psychiatrist, dermatologist and sexologist, dies at 76
  • 1992 Superman, fictional character, killed by Doomsday at 54
  • 1994 Christopher Joyce, British photographer, dies at 51
  • 1995 Miron Grindea, Romanian-born literary editor (ADAM International Review), dies at 86
  • 1996 David Herbert, publisher, dies at 69
  • 1996 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), dies at 72
  • 2009 Jeanne-Claude [Denat de Guillebon], French artist who worked with Christo (Running Fence, Wrapped Reichstag), dies at 74
  • 2010 Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (Smithsonian's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 1978-2006), dies at 73
  • 2015 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • 2016 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artificial heart transplant), dies at 96
  • 2017 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, dies at 78
  • 2018 Jerry Frankel, American Broadway producer, dies at 88