Famous People Who Died on April 16 in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1521 – Martin Luther’s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire

1818 – The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada

1863 – American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest spree killing in modern American history. Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide


1746-1828 – Francisco Goya, Spanish painter

1761-1850 – Marie Tussaud, founder of the Madame Tussauds wax museum

1838-1914 – George William Hill, American astronomer, The Hill sphere, which approximates the gravitational sphere of influence of one astronomical body in the face of perturbations from another heavier body around which it orbits, was described by hill

1840-1928 – Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons

1884-1946 – Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer and automobile manufacturer, brother of Louis Chevrolet who was the founder of the Chevrolet Car Company

1900-1947 – Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp

1897-1978 – Lucius D. Clay was an American officer and military governor of the United States Army known for his administration of Germany immediately after World War II. Clay was deputy to General Dwight D. Eisenhower

1982-1995 – Iqbal Masih was a young Pakistan Catholic boy who was forced into bonded labour in a carpet factory at the age of four, became an international figurehead for the Bonded Labour Liberation Front at the age of 10 when he escaped and was brutally murdered in 1995 at the age of 12 by being shot in the back with a twelve gauge shotgun

1951-1997 – Doris Angleton was a Texas socialite and murder victim. Doris Angleton’s husband, Robert Angleton, had been accused of planning the crime. Roger Nicholas Angleton, Robert Angleton’s brother, admitted to directly killing her, before committing suicide himself.

1946-1999 – Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane)

1946-2002 – Robert Urich, American actor

1976-2005 – Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist

1949-2010 – Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing