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Deaths in History on September 13

Person of interestTitus

81 Titus Flavius Vespasianus, emperor of Rome (69-81), dies of a fever at about 42

Roman Emperor Titus
Roman Emperor
  • 1409 Isabella of Valois, former queen consort of Richard II of England, dies in childbirth at 19
  • 1506 Andrea Mantegna, Italian painter
  • 1557 John Cheke, English classical scholar and statesman (b. 1514)
  • 1592 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1596 Pieter D Keyzer/Keyser, astronomer/navigator (Java)
  • 1598 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98), dies at 71
  • 1632 Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, dies at 45
  • 1650 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Luik/archbishop, dies at 72
  • 1657 Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (Amsterdam Townhall), dies at 62

Person of interestJames Wolfe

1759 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, dies in battle at 32

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1766 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, dies at 62
  • 1803 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • 1806 Charles James Fox, English politician (b. 1749)
  • 1808 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, dies at 90
  • 1813 Hezqeyas of Ethiopia, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1847 Nicolas Oudinot, French marshal, dies at 81
  • 1848 María Isabella of Spain, Queen of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), dies at 59
  • 1872 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man what he eats), dies at 68

Person of interestAmbrose Burnside

1881 Ambrose Burnside, American soldier, industrialist and politician (Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69) who popularized sideburns, dies of a heart attack at 57

Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • 1904 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, dies at 25
  • 1905 René Goblet, French politician (41st Prime Minister of France), dies at 76
  • 1912 Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
  • 1915 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • 1921 Italo Svevo, writer, dies at 59
  • 1921 Ludwig-Alexander von Battenberg [Mountbatten], admiral (WWI), dies at 67
  • 1928 Italo Svevo [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (Una Vita), dies at 66

Person of interestLili Elbe

1931 Lili Elbe [born Einar Wegener], Danish transgender woman, former painter, and 1st identifiable recipient of sex reassignment surgery (autobiography: Man into Woman), dies from complications involving a uterus transplant at 48

Painter and 1st Recipient of Gender-Reassignment Surgery Lili Elbe
Painter and 1st Recipient of Gender-Reassignment Surgery
Lili Elbe
  • 1932 Paul Gorguloff, murderer of French President Doumer, beheaded
  • 1937 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), dies at 67
  • 1938 Samuel Alexander, Engl philosopher (Space, time & deity), dies at 79
  • 1939 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • 1944 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, executed at Dachau at 30

BattleAmon Göth

1946 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at 37

SS Officer Amon Göth
SS Officer
Amon Göth
  • 1946 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, dies at 71

Person of interestAugust Krogh

1949 August Krogh, Danish zoophysiologist, dies at 75

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • 1959 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1965 Jean B. Fletcher, American architect (b. 1915)
  • 1967 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), dies in explosion at 39
  • 1967 Varian Fry, American journalist and recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations", dies at 59
  • 1969 Charles Foulkes, Canada gen/honorary citizen of Wageningen, dies at 66
  • 1971 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • 1981 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • 1989 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • 1990 Samuel S. Stratton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 73
  • 1992 Lou Jacobs, US clown (1966 US postage stamp), dies at 89
  • 1995 Francesco Messina, Italian sculptor, dies at 94
  • 1995 Walter Goetz, illustrator cartoonist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, dies at 68
  • 1996 Cesar Mendoza, general of Military junta of Chile (1973-85), dies

Person of interestGeorge Wallace

1998 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1999 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), dies at 89
  • 2003 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana , 1997-2003), dies of a stroke at 73(
  • 2004 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Julio César Turbay Ayala, Colombian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Alberta), dies at 84
  • 2017 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), dies at 85