The following is a list of notable world figures who died on February 16.

  1. 1247 - Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia (b. 1204)
  2. 1279 - King Afonso III of Portugal (b. 1210)
  3. 1391 - John V Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1332)
  4. 1531 - Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)
  5. 1560 - Jean du Bellay, French Catholic cardinal and diplomat
  6. 1710 - Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes (b. 1632)
  7. 1721 - James Craggs the Younger, English politician (b. 1686)
  8. 1754 - Richard Mead, English physician (b. 1673)
  9. 1866 - Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, 19th Century Philosopher (b. 1802)
  10. 1898 - Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  11. 1899 - Félix Faure, President of France (b. 1841)
  12. 1907 - Giosuè Carducci, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1835)
  13. 1912 - St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  14. 1917 - Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  15. 1919 - Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  16. 1928 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)
  17. 1932 - Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1841)
  18. 1967 - Antonio Moreno, Spanish-born actor (b. 1887)
  19. 1974 - John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)
  20. 1975 - Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  21. 1977 - Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (b. 1897)
  22. 1978 - E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  23. 1980 - Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  24. 1990 - Keith Haring, American artist (b. 1958)
  25. 1992 - Angela Carter, English writer (b. 1940)
  26. 1992 - Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (b. 1917)
  27. 1992 - Herman Wold, Swedish statistician (b. 1908)
  28. 1996 - Roger Bowen, American actor (b. 1932)
  29. 1996 - Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)
  30. 1996 - Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)
  31. 1997 - Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American Physicist (b. 1912)
  32. 1999 - Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant
  33. 2000 - Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)
  34. 2000 - Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  35. 2001 - Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  36. 2001 - William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  37. 2002 - Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  38. 2003 - Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (b. 1907)
  39. 2004 - Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  40. 2004 - Doris Troy, American singer (b. 1937)
  41. 2005 - Nicole DeHuff, American actress (pneumonia) (b. 1975)
  42. 2006 - Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  43. 2006 - Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)