Deaths in History on October 16

  • 775 Mansur, kalief of Abbasiden, dies
  • 1323 Amadeus V de Great, Count of Flanders and Savoy, dies at 74
  • 1333 Nicolaas V [Pietro Rainalducci], Italian anti-Pope (1328-30), dies at about 73
  • 1355 Louis, King of Sicily, felled by the Black Death
  • 1473 Reinoud II van Brederode, viscount of Utrecht, dies
  • 1553 Lucas Cranach Sr, German painter, dies at 81
  • 1555 Hugh Latimer, English bishop and royal chaplain, burned at the stake as one of the Oxford Martyrs at 80
  • 1555 Nicholas Ridley, English theologist/bishop of Rochester, burned at the stake as an Oxford martyr
  • 1570 Baron van Montigny, Dutch earl of Horne, murdered
  • 1591 Gregory XIV [Niccolo Sfondrati], Italian Pope, dies at 56
  • 1594 William Allen, English cardinal/founder seminary of Douai, dies at 62
  • 1628 François de Malherbe, French poet and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1649 Isaac van Ostade, Dutch painter, buried at 28
  • 1680 Raimondo Montecuccoli, Italian-Austrian general (b. 1608 or 1609)
  • 1690 Margaretha M Alacoque, French mystic/saint, dies at 43
  • 1694 Samuel Freiherr von Pufendorf, German lawyer, dies at 62
  • 1755 Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint, dies at 29
  • 1774 Robert Fergusson, Scottish poet (Scottish Poems), dies at 24
  • 1781 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (b. 1705)
  • 1791 Grigory Potemkin, Russian military leader, statesman and favorite of Catherine the Great, dies at 52
  • 1793 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon and founder of pathological anatomy in England, dies at 65

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette (1755-1793)

Queen of France (1774-92) who allegedly uttered the phrase "let them eat cake", beheaded at 37

  • 1796 Victor Amadeus III of Savoy (b. 1726)
  • 1810 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, dies at 38
  • 1817 Manuel C Piar, Curacaos/Venezulian freedom writer, dies
  • 1849 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies
  • 1862 George B. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 31
  • 1865 Andrés Bello, Venezuelan poet, lawmaker, philosopher, and sociologist (b. 1781)
  • 1867 Salomon J Rappoport, Czech rabbi (Ereg miliem), dies
  • 1877 John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
  • 1877 Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • 1888 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • 1891 Sarah Winnemucca, indian scout, dies
  • 1893 Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • 1906 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), dies at 80
  • 1909 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, dies at 53
  • 1916 Klaas/old stick Kater, christian worker's union leader, dies at 73
  • 1937 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), dies at 37
  • 1937 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), dies at 61
  • 1942 12, Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter/3 NVV-hostages, executed
  • 1944 John Eigenhuis, Dutch writer (The Dike), dies at 78

Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl (1890-1946)

German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg trials at 56

  • 1946 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • 1946 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s), hanged at 54
  • 1946 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, hanged at 51

Hans FrankHans Frank (1900-1946)

German Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg war trials at 46

Joachim von RibbentropJoachim von Ribbentrop (1893-1946)

Nazi foreign minister and war criminal, hanged at 53

  • 1946 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged

Wilhelm KeitelWilhelm Keitel (1882-1946)

Nazi military leader (head of the German High Command), is hanged at Nuremberg at 64

  • 1951 Liaquat Ali Khan, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (1947-51), assassinated by Said Akbar at 56
  • 1956 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), dies at 83

George MarshallGeorge Marshall (1880-1959)

American general and US Secretary of State (1947-49) who authored the Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), dies at 78

  • 1962 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • 1972 (Thomas) Hale Boggs, American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1947-73), presumed killed in a plane crash at 58
  • 1977 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • 1979 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), dies at 77
  • 1980 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan (1915-1981)

Israeli Military Leader and politician (Minister of Defense 1967-74), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • 1982 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, dies at 75
  • 1986 C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85
  • 1993 John Bowles, American businessman (president of Rexall Drugs), dies at 76
  • 1995 John Walker, museum director, dies at 88
  • 1995 Murdo Alex MacLeod, Free Church of Scotland minister, dies at 60
  • 1995 Thomas Augustine Martin, Irish academic, dies at 59
  • 1996 Anthony Griffin, British Royal Navy admiral (Controller of the Navy, 1971–75; chairman of British Shipbuilders 1977–80). dies at 75
  • 1996 Eric Malpass, English writer (Pentecost family books), dies at 85
  • 1996 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst and artist, dies at 82
  • 1997 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific; Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • 1998 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • 2000 Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • 2001 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, dies at 77
  • 2002 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • 2003 Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking, dies at 96
  • 2009 Robert W. Davis, American politician (Rep-R-MI, 1979-93), dies at 77
  • 2014 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner, dies at 88
  • 2016 Kigeli V, last King of Rwanda (1959-61), dies at 80
  • 2017 Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese journalist (Panama Papers), killed by a car bomb at 53
  • 2018 Berthold Leibinger, German entrepreneur (Trumpf) and philanthropist, dies at 87