Deaths in History on October 18

  • 707 John VII, Catholic Pope (705-07), of Greek ancestry, dies
  • 1035 Sancho III King of Pamplona (1004-1035), dies
  • 1101 Hugh "the Great", Count of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (1085-1101), dies of battle wounds at 44
  • 1141 Margrave Leopold IV of Austria
  • 1340 Henry Henricus of Friemar, Augustine philosopher, dies
  • 1382 James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, dies at 51
  • 1417 Pope Gregory XII [Angelo Correr], Pope (1406-15), dies
  • 1459 Jan of Heinsberg, bishop of Luik (1419-56), dies
  • 1503 Pius III [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies
  • 1541 Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scots as wife of James IV of Scotland (1503-13), dies at 51
  • 1558 Maria, Queen of Hungary as wife of Louis II and Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1531-55), dies at 53
  • 1564 Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)
  • 1570 Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (b. 1517)
  • 1589 Adolf van Nieuwenaar & Meurs, viceroy of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1604 Igram van Achelen, Dutch statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1646 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1607)
  • 1667 Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1669 Abraham Willaerts, Dutch painter (A Spanish three-decker at anchor off Naples), dies
  • 1676 Nathaniel Bacon, British-born American colonist (leader of 1676 rebellion against Virginian government), dies of dysentery at 29
  • 1678 Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, dies at 63
  • 1678 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque painter, dies at 85
  • 1708 Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • 1739 Antônio José da Silva, Brazilian-born dramatist (b. 1705)
  • 1744 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, dies at 84
  • 1770 John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • 1775 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1830 Peter I Petrovic Njegos, bishop (Montenegro), dies
  • 1839 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter, dies at 68
  • 1845 Jean-Dominique, comte de Cassini, French astronomer, dies at 97
  • 1864 David Bell Birney, American businessman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), dies at 39

Henry John TempleHenry John Temple (1784-1865)

3rd Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister (1855-58 and 1859-65), dies of fever at 80

Charles BabbageCharles Babbage (1791-1871)

British mathematician and inventor (calculating machine) considered the "father of the computer", dies of renal failure at 79

  • 1876 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • 1886 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1889 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • 1893 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), dies at 75
  • 1909 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), dies at 57
  • 1911 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), dies at 54
  • 1921 King Ludwig III, the last king of Bavaria (1913-18), dies at 76

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison (1847-1931)

American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), dies of diabetes complications at 84

  • 1938 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian Marxist/socialist, dies at 83
  • 1940 Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • 1941 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), dies at 83
  • 1941 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal, dies at 81
  • 1942 Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (b. 1862)
  • 1943 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), dies at 55
  • 1943 Benedictus H. Danser, Dutch taxonomist and botanist, dies at 52
  • 1948 Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal, dies at 67
  • 1953 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • 1955 José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), dies at 72

Charles StriteCharles Strite (1878-1956)

American inventor who invented the automatic pop-up toaster, dies at 78

  • 1966 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • 1973 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • 1973 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • 1973 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1976 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81

Andreas BaaderAndreas Baader (1943-1977)

German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 34

  • 1977 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist and founder of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 37
  • 1977 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • 1978 Jacques Mornard [Ramon Mercader], Spanish communist (murdered Trotsky in Mexico with an ice axe), dies at 64
  • 1982 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1982 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish literary (Sources of Insomnia), dies at 82
  • 1982 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), dies at 74
  • 1982 Pierre Mendès-France, French Premier (1954-55), dies at 75
  • 1983 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • 1984 Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • 1985 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • 1987 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • 1988 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1993 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63
  • 1993 Smail Yefsah, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 31
  • 1994 Richard A. Garland, artist and photographer, dies at 60
  • 1995 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, American lawyer and civil rights activist (challenged University of Oklahoma segregation laws in Supreme Court and won), dies at 67
  • 1995 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
  • 1995 John Gardener, boatbuilder/writer, dies at 90
  • 1995 Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56
  • 1996 Guiseppe Panini, industrialist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1999 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • 2002 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • 2002 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • 2003 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, dies at 91
  • 2004 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • 2007 William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • 2013 Bill Young, American politician, dies from complications from a back injury at 82
  • 2013 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D-Washington 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), dies from complications from a stroke at 84
  • 2014 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), dies at 83 [1]
  • 2020 René Felber, Swiss politician (Federal Council, 1987-93; President, 1992), dies at 87
  • 2020 Sid Hartman, American sports journalist (Minneapolis Star Tribune; WCCO 830 AM), dies at 100

Colin PowellColin Powell (1937-2021)

American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), dies from complications of COVID-19, blood cancer, and Parkinson's disease at 84 [1]