Deaths in History on September 18

  • 31 Sejanus, Roman head of praetorian guard, executed

DomitianDomitian (51-96 AD)

Roman Emperor (81-96), assassinated by court officials at 44

  • 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
  • 1783 Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar, dies at 65

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler (1707-1783)

Swiss mathematician (Euler's Constant), dies of a at 76

  • 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 at 54
  • 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 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • 1939 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1944 Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch army officer and Anti-Revolution Party (ARP) politician (Prime Minister, 1925-26 & 1933-39), dies at 75
  • 1944 Robert Cole, US army Lt, Colonel shot by a sniper in battle at Best, Netherlands at 29
  • 1952 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Dreamy), dies
  • 1956 Adélard Godbout, Canadian politician (15th Premier of Quebec), dies at 63
  • 1959 Harvey Glatman, American rapist and serial killer, executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin State Prison, in Marin County, California at 31

Dag HammarskjöldDag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)

Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in a plane crash in Africa at 56

  • 1962 Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • 1964 Clive Bell, English art critic, dies at 83
  • 1964 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
  • 1964 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (The Plough and the Stars), dies at 84
  • 1967 John Cockcroft, English physicist (development of Radar, Nobel Prize 1951 for 1st particle accelerator, Director of Atomic Energy Research Establishment), 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
  • 1982 Pei Wenzhong, Chinese anthropologist and archaeologist (Peking Man), dies at 78
  • 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 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, dies at 76
  • 2004 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
  • 2018 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78

Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

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