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)

James IIJames II (1633-1701)

King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1685-88), dies at 68

Daniel Gabriel FahrenheitDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736)

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

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

Louis XVIIILouis XVIII (1755-1824)

1st post-revolutionary King of France (1814-24), dies at 68

  • 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
  • 1910 Hormuzd Rassam, Assyrian archaeologist (discovered Epic of Gilgamesh, world's oldest piece of literature), dies at 84
  • 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, American chemist (electro chemistry), dies at 71 [1]
  • 1955 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81

Qi BaishiQi Baishi (1864-1957)

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

  • 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
  • 1984 Richard Brautigan, American novelist and poet (Trout Fishing in America), takes his own life at 49 [exact date estimated based on forensic investigation]
  • 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 Johanna Zandstra-Giezen, Dutch supercentenarian (oldest person in Netherland), dies at 111 years and 9 days
  • 1993 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), dies at 72
  • 1994 Alain Bernardin, French 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, British bar owner (Harry's New York - Paris, France), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1996 McGeorge Bundy, US national security advisor (1961-66), dies at 77
  • 2000 Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)

Gordon GouldGordon Gould (1920-2005)

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

  • 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

Edward AlbeeEdward Albee (1928-2016)

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

  • 2019 Peter Stormonth Darling, Scottish investment banker (Mercury Asset Management Group - largest fund-management in the UK), dies at 86
  • 2021 Clive Sinclair, British consumer electronics inventor (Executive pocket calculator; ZX Spectrum computer), dies of cancer at 81 [1]
  • 2022 Allen Aylett, Australian Rules football midfielder (North Melbourne FC 220 games) and executive (president North Melbourne FC 1971-76, 2001-05; chairman VFL 1977-84), dies at 88
  • 2022 Mahsa Amini, Iranian women whose death sparks nationwide protests, dies at 22 in suspicious circumstances allegedly after being beaten in by Iranian Morality Police [1]