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Deaths in History on September 16

  • 655 Martinus I, bannished Pope (649-53), dies
  • 1087 Victor III [Dauferio/Desiderius], Italian Pope (1086-87), dies
  • 1100 Bernold of Constance, German chronicler (b. 1054)
  • 1345 John IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1295)
  • 1380 Charles V, the Wise, King of France (1364-80), dies
  • 1394 Clement VII [Robert de Geneve], Pope (1378-94), dies
  • 1406 Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow (b. 1336)
  • 1498 Tomas de Torquemada, Castilian Grand Inquisitor during Spanish Inquisition, who burned 10,000 people, dies at 77
  • 1542 Diego de Almagro, Spanish captain-general of Peru, beheaded
  • 1583 Catherine Jagellion, Polish princess and queen of Sweden as the wife of John III of Sweden, dies at 56
  • 1589 Michael Baius, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • 1643 Lucas Franchoys the Elder, Belgian painter, dies at 69
  • 1670 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, dies at 49
  • 1672 Anne Bradstreet, New England's first published poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1701 James II of England and James VII of Scotland [Stuart], King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1685-88), dies at 68

Person of interestDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

1736 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Dutch-German-Polish physicist, inventor and scientific instrument maker, who invented the thermometer and the Fahrenheit scale, dies at 50

Inventor and Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Inventor and Physicist
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

  • 1775 Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst, English privy councillor (b. 1684)
  • 1803 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (b. 1754)

Person of interestLouis XVIII

1824 Louis XVIII SX, earl of Province/king of France (1814-24), dies

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
  • 1829 Nikolay Raevsky, Russian general and statesman, dies at 58
  • 1834 Antoine-Vincent Arnault, French writer (Guillaume the Nassau), dies
  • 1845 John Kinker, Dutch philosopher poet, dies at 81
  • 1865 Christian Julius De Meza, Danish general (b. 1792)
  • 1890 Louis Le Prince, French artist and original inventor of the motion picture camera sometimes called "the father of cinematography," vanishes under suspicious circumstances at 49
  • 1898 Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat, dies at 71
  • 1911 Edward Whymper, English mountaineer 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865), dies at 71
  • 1914 James Edward Sullivan, American sports official and founder (Amateur Athletic Union), dies at 51
  • 1916 Basil W. Duke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 78
  • 1920 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Polar History), dies at 32
  • 1925 Alexander Alexandrovich Friedman, Russian physicist (b. 1888)
  • 1926 Rudolf C Eucken, German philosopher (Nobel 1908), dies at 80
  • 1932 Ronald Ross, British pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, dies at 75
  • 1936 Karl Buresch, Austrian lawyer and politician, dies at 57
  • 1944 Gustav Bauer, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (1919-1920), dies at 74
  • 1945 Johannes "Pa" van der Steur, Dutch missionary and philanthropist (Java), dies at 80
  • 1946 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), dies at 69

  • 1948 Ferdinand I MKLM, prince of Saxony-Coburg/tsar of Bulgaria, dies
  • 1953 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • 1955 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81

Person of interestQi Baishi

1957 Qi Baishi, Chinese painter famous for whimsical and playful watercolor paintings, dies at 93

Painter Qi Baishi
Painter
Qi Baishi
  • 1961 Yme Schuitmaker, Dutch potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • 1962 Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • 1964 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
  • 1971 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, dies at 77
  • 1973 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74
  • 1975 Irene Hayes, Ziegfeld girl and businesswoman (b. 1896)
  • 1979 Nur Mohammed Taraki, Communist president of Afghanistan (1978-79), murdered by order from his successor, Hafizullah Amin, at 62
  • 1984 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), dies at 87
  • 1987 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • 1990 Loretta Tupper, radio/TV entertainer, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992 Duke Robbins, entertainer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 1992 Lee Tully, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Millicent Fenwick, American politician (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82), dies at 82
  • 1993 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), dies at 72
  • 1993 Johanna Zandstra-Giezen, Dutch supercentenarian (oldest person in Netherland), dies at 111 years and 9 days
  • 1994 Alain Bernardin, impresario of the Crazy Horse Saloon, dies at 78
  • 1994 Albert de Courtray, French archbishop of Lyon/cardinal, dies at 71
  • 1995 Michael Balfour, historian, dies at 86
  • 1996 Andrew MacElhone, bar owner, dies at 73
  • 1996 McGeorge Bundy, US national security advisor (1961-66), dies at 77
  • 2000 Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)

Person of interestGordon Gould

2005 Gordon Gould, American physicist (inventor of the laser) dies at 85

Physicist Gordon Gould
Physicist
Gordon Gould
  • 2006 Rob Levin, creator of Freenode (b. 1955)
  • 2007 Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, dies of cancer at 82
  • 2016 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), dies at 95

Person of interestEdward Albee

2016 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), dies at 88

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee