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Deaths in History on September 18

  • 31 Sejanus, Roman head of praetorian guard, executed
  • 887 Pietro I Candiano, Doge of Venice (killed in battle)
  • 993 Arnulf vanf Gent, Westfries earl (988-93), dies in battle
  • 1137 Erik II Eimune [Onvergetelijke], King of Denmark (1134-37), murdered
  • 1180 Louis VII, King of France (1137-1180), dies at 59 or 60
  • 1261 Conrad van Hochstaden, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1426 Hubert [Huybrecht] van Eyck, Flemish painter, brother of Jan van Eyck (The Ghent Altarpiece), dies
  • 1524 Charlotte of Valois, Princess of France as second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude, dies at 7
  • 1598 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1536)
  • 1630 Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (b. 1552)
  • 1663 Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint, dies at 60
  • 1675 Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine (1624-75), dies at 71
  • 1684 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Ystroom), dies at 37
  • 1721 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, dies at 57
  • 1722 André Dacier, French classical scholar (b. 1651)

  • 1735 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator), dies at 51
  • 1775 Andrew Foulis, Scottish bookseller and printer, dies at about 63

Person of interestLeonhard Euler

1783 Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 76

Mathematician Leonhard Euler
Mathematician
Leonhard Euler
  • 1783 Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar, dies at 65
  • 1792 Gottlieb August Spangenberg, founder (Moravian Church in Amer), dies
  • 1797 Louis-Lazare Hoche, French revolutionary general, dies
  • 1818 Olof Swartz, Swedish botanist (work on pteridophytes), dies at 57
  • 1827 Robert Pollok, Scottish poet (The Course of Time), dies of TB at 28
  • 1830 William Hazlitt, English critic and essayist, dies at 52
  • 1860 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Meus oito anos), novelist and playwright (Camoes e o jau), dies at 21
  • 1860 Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer, dies at 55
  • 1872 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), dies at 46
  • 1891 William Ferrel, American mathematician (b. 1817)
  • 1896 Armand-Hippolyte-Louis Fizeau, French physicist, dies at 75
  • 1904 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto, dies
  • 1905 George MacDonald, Scottish poet and sci-fi author (Princess & Curdie), dies at 80
  • 1911 Peter Stolypin, 3rd Prime Minister of Russia (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49
  • 1924 Francis H. Bradley, British idealist philosopher (Appearance and Reality), dies at 78
  • 1931 Hazrat Babajan, a Baloch Muslim saint (b. c. 1806)
  • 1939 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)

  • 1939 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • 1944 Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch premier (1933-39), dies at 75
  • 1944 Robert Cole, US lt-colonel, dies in battle at Best
  • 1952 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Dreamy), dies
  • 1956 Adélard Godbout, Canadian politician (15th Premier of Quebec), dies at 63

Person of interestDag Hammarskjöld

1961 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56

Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld
  • 1962 Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • 1964 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (The Plough and the Stars), dies at 84
  • 1964 Clive Bell, English art critic, dies at 83
  • 1964 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
  • 1967 John Cockcroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951), dies at 70
  • 1968 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 65
  • 1975 Fairfield Porter, American painter, dies at 68
  • 1977 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)
  • 1980 Katherine Anne Porter, American writer (Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • 1985 Gerald Holtom, British artist and graphic designer (Nuclear Disarmament (ND) logo, which later became an international peace symbol), dies at 71
  • 1987 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician (13th President of Portugal 1958-74), dies at 92
  • 1994 Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, dies from AIDS complications at 44
  • 1995 Donald Davie, English poet and critic, dies at 73
  • 1995 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London), dies at 64
  • 1997 Harry Boyne, British parliamentary journalist, dies at 87
  • 2001 Ernie Coombs, American-Canadian children's entertainer (Mr. Dressup), dies at 73
  • 2002 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • 2003 Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, dies at 76
  • 2006 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
  • 2018 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78

Person of interestRuth Bader Ginsburg

2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993-2020), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg