Deaths in History on October 13

ClaudiusClaudius (10 BC - 54 AD)

Roman Emperor (41-54), dies of poison mushrooms at 63

  • 1093 Robrecht I, the Fries, Count of Flanders, dies
  • 1282 Nichiren Japanese founder of Nichiren Buddhism (b. 1222)
  • 1311 Gwijde van Names, Flemish marshal (Golden Track), dies at 35
  • 1415 Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (b. 1381)
  • 1508 Edmund de Ros, 11th Baron de Ros, English politician (b. 1446)
  • 1605 Theodore Beza, French Reformed Protestant theologian, dies at 86
  • 1643 Sweder van Haersolte, mister of Swaluwenborch/diplomat, dies at 61
  • 1652 Abraham Verhoeven, Flemish printer/newspaper publisher, dies
  • 1673 Kristoffer Gabel, Danish statesman (b. 1617)
  • 1680 Daniel Elsevier, Dutch book publisher, dies at 54
  • 1687 Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (b. 1633)
  • 1706 Iyasu I, the Great, Emperor of Ethiopia (1682-1706) (b. 1654)
  • 1708 Henry van Nassau, mister of Ouwerkerk and fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • 1715 Nicolas Malebranche, French rationalist philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1759 John Henley, English clergyman, dies at 64
  • 1774 Willem Bentinck, Dutch politician and Orangist, dies at 69
  • 1788 Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent, Irish politician and poet (b. 1702)
  • 1795 William Prescott, American Revolutionary soldier ("Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes"), dies at 69

Isaac BrockIsaac Brock (1769-1812)

British army officer who successfully defended Upper Canada in War of 1812, dies in battle at 43

  • 1815 Joachim Murat, French soldier, Marshal of France and King of Naples (1808-15), executed by firing squad at 48
  • 1822 Antonio Canova, Italian Neoclassical sculptor (The Three Graces), dies at 64
  • 1825 Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria, dies at 69
  • 1852 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), dies at 46
  • 1869 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French writer (Tableau Historique), dies at 64
  • 1879 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), dies at 85
  • 1882 Arthur de Gobineau, French philosopher (b. 1816)
  • 1890 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 74
  • 1904 Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (b. 1870)
  • 1909 Francisco Ferrer, Spanish anarchist and teacher, executed by firing squad at 50
  • 1918 Gerrit Engelke, German writer (Briefer der Liebe), dies fighting in WWI at 27
  • 1919 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1920 Isaac Capadose, Dutch clergyman in the Catholic Apostolic Church, dies at 86
  • 1926 Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian philological and writer (Driftekaren), dies at 61
  • 1928 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, dies at 80
  • 1931 Ernst Didring, Swedish author (b. 1868)
  • 1938 E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye), dies at 43
  • 1941 GJ Berenschot, Dutch Army General and Supreme Commander of Dutch East Indies army, dies

Milton S. HersheyMilton S. Hershey (1857-1945)

American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company) and philanthropist, dies at 86

  • 1947 Sydney Webb, English socialist and economist (founded London School of Economics) and husband of Beatrice Webb, dies at 88
  • 1950 Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • 1955 Manuel Ávila Camacho, 45th President of Mexico (1940-46), dies at 58
  • 1965 Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist (1948 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering effects of DDT), dies at 66
  • 1984 Alice Neel, American painter dies ages 84

Walter Houser BrattainWalter Houser Brattain (1902-1987)

American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • 1990 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), dies at 78
  • 1991 Daniel Oduber Quiros, president of Costa Rica (1974-1978), dies at 70
  • 1992 James Marshall, American illustrator and author (George and Martha, The Stupids), dies of a brain tumor at 50
  • 1995 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter, dies at 71
  • 1995 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), dies at 89
  • 1996 Albert Hughes Williams, Welsh teacher and historian, dies at 89
  • 1996 Henri Nannen, German journalist (Der Stern), dies at 82
  • 1997 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • 1997 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • 2000 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, dies at 90

Stephen E. AmbroseStephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002)

American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • 2003 Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • 2005 Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Bob Lassiter 'Mad Dog', American radio personality, dies at 61
  • 2006 Wang Guangmei, Chinese first lady (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Matthew J. Rinaldo, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1973-93), dies at 77
  • 2009 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Khoisan X [Benny Alexander], South African activist (Secretary-General for the Pan-Africanist Movement), dies of a stroke at 55
  • 2010 Vernon Biever, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2012 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer, dies at 51
  • 2015 Michael Walsh, British Army officer (Operation Musketeer), dies at 88

Bhumibol AdulyadejBhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016)

King of Thailand (1946-2016), was world's longest reigning monarch, dies at 88

  • 2016 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), dies at 90
  • 2016 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician, Premier of Alberta (2014-15), dies in a plane crash at 60
  • 2016 John Gilmore, American true crime author (Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder), dies at 81
  • 2018 Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English Labour politician, dies at 77
  • 2021 Dale Kildee, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977-2013), dies at 92
  • 2022 James "Jim" McDivitt, American Air Force Brigadier General and NASA astronaut (Gemini 4, Apollo 9), dies at 93