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 patriot, dies 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 musician (b. 1929)

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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 (b. 1943)
  • 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