Famous Deaths on 12th February

  • 1128 Toghtekin, slave/atabek of Damascus, dies
  • 1242 Hendrik VII, Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
  • 1538 Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter, dies at about 57
  • 1554 Jane Grey, queen of England for 9 days, beheaded at 17
  • 1554 Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey's husband, beheaded
  • 1571 Nicholas Throckmorton, English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)
  • 1590 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer/diplomat, dies at 65
  • 1595 Archduke Ernest of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1553)
  • 1616 John Drusius, of Driesschen, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65
  • 1624 George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  • 1630 Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1684 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer, dies at 67
  • 1700 Aleksei Shein, Russian general and statesman (b. 1662)
  • 1724 Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1728 Agostino Steffani, Italian/German diplomat/composer, dies at 73
  • 1738 James Sherard, composer, dies at 71
  • 1762 Laurent Belissen, composer, dies at 68
  • 1763 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1771 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • 1787 Ruggiero Boscovich, Ital physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75

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1789 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1799 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer, dies at 67
  • 1799 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)
  • 1804 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79
  • 1820 Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer, dies at 71
  • 1834 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1837 Ludwig Borne, writer, dies at 50
  • 1861 Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer, dies at 72
  • 1889 Andrew Greenwood, cricketer (batted in Eng's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies
  • 1894 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1896 Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas, French composer (Mignon), dies at 84
  • 1896 Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • 1901 Ramon de Campoamor bon Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Colon), dies at 83
  • 1903 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • 1905 Marcel Schwob, French writer/journalist (Coeur double), dies
  • 1915 Charles Emile Waldteufel, composer, dies at 77
  • 1916 J W Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, dies
  • 1920 Emile Sauret, composer, dies at 67
  • 1920 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • 1920 Ottalee Baker, Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31
  • 1921 Charles Leslie, cricketer (4 Tests England v Australia 1882-83), dies
  • 1929 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, Ger para-psychologist, dies at 66
  • 1929 Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1931 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)
  • 1933 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1935 Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  • 1942 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49
  • 1945 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah), dies
  • 1945 Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
  • 1945 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1947 Sidney Toler, actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72
  • 1949 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  • 1951 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  • 1954 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • 1955 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • 1957 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • 1957 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • 1958 Marcel Cachin, 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
  • 1960 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
  • 1965 Henry Kulky, actor (Otto-Life of Riley), dies at 53
  • 1969 Johanna EFG Tourniaire, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • 1970 Andre Souris, composer, dies at 79
  • 1971 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86

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1971 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 1973 Benjamin Frankel, composer, dies at 67
  • 1976 James Clifton Williams, composer (Sinfonians), dies at 52
  • 1976 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • 1979 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • 1980 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • 1980 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 1981 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • 1982 Cornelis Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • 1982 Hal Hooker, cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
  • 1982 Victor Jory, actor (Adv of Tom Sawyer, 1st Lady, Jigsaw), dies at 79
  • 1983 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • 1984 Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • 1984 Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • 1985 Nicholas Colssanto, actor (Coach-Cheers), dies at 61
  • 1986 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • 1986 Sid Stone, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
  • 1987 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • 1989 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • 1989 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • 1991 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • 1991 Robert Wagner, mayor (NYC-D-1954-65), dies
  • 1991 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1992 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1928), dies
  • 1992 Dorothy Tree, actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies
  • 1992 Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies at 74
  • 1993 James Bulger, English child beaten to death at 2, by 10 yr old boys
  • 1994 Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
  • 1994 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (b. 1950)
  • 1995 Earring George Mayweather, blues harmonica player, dies at 66
  • 1995 L Jansma, Fries publisher (Friese stamp), dies
  • 1995 Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author (L'Honneur de la Tribu), dies at 49
  • 1995 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher, dies at 82
  • 1995 Tony Secunda, rock band manager, dies at 54
  • 1996 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • 1996 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1997 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1997 Walter Ritchie, sculptor, dies at 77
  • 2000 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70

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2000 Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys), dies at 75

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2000 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)

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2000 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, dies at 77

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 2000 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • 2005 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night) , dies at 61
  • 2007 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2008 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2010 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • 2011 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • 2012 David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • 2012 John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90
  • 2013 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukranian politician and diplomat, dies at 81
  • 2014 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • 2015 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2015 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2015 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • 2016 Johnny Lattner, American football player, dies at 83