The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 18th.

  1. 1450 - Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1397)
  2. 1550 - John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (b. 1498)
  3. 1584 - Ikeda Motosuke, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1559)
  4. 1675 - Stanislaw Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)
  5. 1675 - Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (b. 1637)
  6. 1692 - Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian (b. 1617)
  7. 1733 - Georg Böhm, German organist (b. 1761)
  8. 1780 - Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
  9. 1781 - Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler, Túpac Amaru (b. 1742)
  10. 1799 - Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (b. 1732)
  11. 1800 - Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (b. 1729)
  12. 1807 - John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (b. 1721)
  13. 1808 - Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)
  14. 1889 - Isabella Glyn Dallas, British Shakepearean actress (b. 1823)
  15. 1900 - Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
  16. 1909 - George Meredith, English novelist and poet (b. 1828)
  17. 1909 - Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1860)
  18. 1910 - Pauline Garcia-Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (b. 1821)
  19. 1911 - Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (b. 1860)
  20. 1922 - Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)
  21. 1941 - Werner Sombart, German economist and sociologist (b. 1863)
  22. 1955 - Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and activist (b. 1875)
  23. 1956 - Maurice Tate, English cricketer (b. 1895)
  24. 1967 - Andy Clyde, American actor (b. 1892)
  25. 1971 - Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  26. 1973 - Jeannette Rankin, first U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1880)
  27. 1975 - Leroy Anderson, American composer (b. 1908)
  28. 1980 - Ian Curtis, British musician, singer and lyricist (Joy Division) (b. 1956)
  29. 1981 - William Saroyan, American author (b. 1908)
  30. 1988 - Daws Butler, American voice actor (b. 1916)
  31. 1990 - Jill Ireland, British actress (b. 1936)
  32. 1992 - Marshall Thompson, American actor (b. 1925)
  33. 1995 - Elisha Cook Jr., American actor (b. 1903)
  34. 1995 - Alexander Godunov, Russian ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
  35. 1995 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
  36. 1999 - Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  37. 1999 - Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  38. 2000 - Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  39. 2002 - Davey Boy Smith, Wrestler
  40. 2003 - Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  41. 2003 - Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)
  42. 2004 - Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  43. 2006 - Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy" (b. 1973?)