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

  1. 583 - Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  2. 1691 - Jacob Leisler, American colonist (b. 1640)
  3. 1703 - Charles Perrault, French author (b. 1628)
  4. 1926 - Mehmed VI, last Ottoman Sultan (b. 1861)
  5. 1944 - George Ade, American author (b. 1866)
  6. 1947 - Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1861)
  7. 1957 - Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)
  8. 1969 - Robert R., first confirmed death from AIDS in North America (b. 1954)
  9. 1984 - Andy Kaufman, American comedian (b. 1949)
  10. 1984 - Irwin Shaw, American author (b. 1913)
  11. 1990 - Sammy Davis, Jr., American entertainer (b. 1925)
  12. 1990 - Jim Henson, American puppeteer (b. 1936)
  13. 2002 - Big Dick Dudley, professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  14. 2003 - Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  15. 2006 - Dan Ross, American football player (b. 1957)
  16. 2007 - Yolanda King, eldest child of Dr. Martin Luther King