Deaths in History on September 13

TitusTitus (39-81 AD)

Emperor of Rome (79-81) who captured Jerusalem and completed the Colosseum, dies of a fever at about 42

  • 1409 Isabella of Valois, former queen consort of Richard II of England, dies in childbirth at 19
  • 1506 Andrea Mantegna, Italian Renaissance painter (painting in ducal palace in Mantua) (b. 1431)
  • 1557 John Cheke, English classical scholar and statesman (b. 1514)
  • 1592 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1596 Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser, Dutch astronomer and navigator (Java)

Philip II of SpainPhilip II of Spain (1527-1598)

King of Spain (1556-98) and Portugal (1580-98), dies of cancer 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, Dutch painter and architect (Amsterdam Townhall), dies at 62

James WolfeJames Wolfe (1727-1759)

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

  • 1766 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, dies at 62
  • 1803 John Barry, 1st American commodore of the US Navy, dies at 58
  • 1806 Charles James Fox, English politician (b. 1749)
  • 1808 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, dies at 90
  • 1813 Hezqeyas, Emperor of Ethiopia (1789-94), dies
  • 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 Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man what he eats), dies at 68

Ambrose BurnsideAmbrose Burnside (1824-1881)

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

  • 1904 Kartini, Indonesian activist for women's rights and 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 Louis of Battenberg [Mountbatten], Austrian-born British admiral (WWI), dies at 67
  • 1928 Italo Svevo [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (La Coscienza di Zeno), dies at 66

Lili ElbeLili Elbe (1882-1931)

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

  • 1932 Paul Gorguloff, Russian murderer of French President Paul Doumer, beheaded at 37
  • 1937 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), dies at 67
  • 1938 Samuel Alexander, English 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

Amon GöthAmon Göth (1908-1946)

Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at after being convicted of war crimes at 37

  • 1946 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, dies at 71

August KroghAugust Krogh (1874-1949)

Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), dies at 75

  • 1959 Gilbert Adrian, American costume designer (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1965 Jean B. Fletcher, American architect (TAC, the Architects' Collaborative), dies of cancer at 50
  • 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 general and honorary citizen of Wageningen (accepted WWII German surrender in the Netherlands), 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, German-British illustrator, cartoonist and painter (Colonel Up and Mr. Down), 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 at 78

George WallaceGeorge Wallace (1919-1998)

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

  • 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, American politician (46th Governor of Texas 1991-95), dies at 73
  • 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

Ken StarrKen Starr (1946-2022)

American lawyer who investigated sitting US President Bill Clinton (Starr Report), dies from complications after surgery at 76