Famous Deaths on 12th March

  • 417 Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies
  • 604 Gregory I the Great, Pope (590-604), dies at 64
  • 1209 Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
  • 1289 King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
  • 1374 Emperor Go-Kogon of Japan (b. 1336)
  • 1447 Shah Rukh, ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (b. 1377)
  • 1471 Dionysius the Carthusian/van Rijkel, Dutch scholastic theologist, dies
  • 1496 Johannes de Lapide, [Johan Heynlin], German philosopher, dies
  • 1507 Cesare Borgia, cardinal/soldier/politician, killed in battle at 31
  • 1563 John Bull, English composer of national anthem (God Save The King), dies
  • 1570 Jacob van den Eynden, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies
  • 1608 Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1628 John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
  • 1648 Tirso de Molina, Spanish author, dies at about 63
  • 1681 French van Mieris, the Elder, Dutch genre painter, dies at 45
  • 1699 Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (b. 1635)
  • 1734 Antonius Schultingh, [Schultingius], Dutch lawyer, dies at 74
  • 1753 George Berkeley, philosopher/bishop (Cloyne), dies on 68th birthday
  • 1790 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1710)
  • 1824 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer, dies at 48
  • 1831 Johann Franz Volkert, composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Daniel Friedrich Kuhlau, German/Danish opera composer, dies at 45
  • 1834 Karl W Feuerbach, mathematician (circle of Feuerbach), dies at 33
  • 1840 Friedrich Westenholz, composer, dies at 61
  • 1852 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1872 Zeng Guofan, Chinese politician and general (b. 1811)
  • 1877 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
  • 1883 Murrumgunarriman, [Twopenny], cricketer (Aboriginal team 1868), dies
  • 1888 Henry Bergh, founder (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • 1889 Yohannes IV, [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle
  • 1894 Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
  • 1898 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish-Swedish writer (b. 1818)
  • 1902 John Peter Altgeld, German/US governor of Illinois, dies at 54
  • 1905 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter, dies at 92
  • 1908 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • 1909 Johanna "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress/wife of Bruno Gerlach, dies at 34
  • 1909 Joe Petrosino, NYPD lieutenant (b. 1860)
  • 1913 Joseph Bayer, composer, dies at 61

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1914 George Westinghouse, US engineer (Westinghouse Electric), dies at 67

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse
  • 1916 M v Ebner-Eschenbach, writer, dies at 39
  • 1924 Hilaire Comte de Chardonnet, inventor (rayon), dies
  • 1925 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary leader, dies at 58
  • 1929 Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman (b. 1851)
  • 1930 Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)

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1930 William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1932 Ivar Kreuger, "Swedish Match King" industrialist, commits suicide

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1936 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet dies of heart failure at 65 in London, England

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1937 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • 1937 Jeno Hubay, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • 1941 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
  • 1942 Robert Bosch, German industrialist (b. 1861)
  • 1943 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
  • 1944 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer (b. 1861)

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1945 Anne Frank, diarist (Diary of Anne Frank), killed in Belsen Camp aged 15

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1946 Philip Merivale, dies at 59
  • 1947 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1949 Maria "Beppie" Bakker, Dutch actress/wife of Piet Vink Sr, dies at 95
  • 1950 L Heinrich Mann, German/US writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • 1955 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1955 Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • 1957 Harry Dean, cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies
  • 1957 Josephine Hull, actress (Harvey), dies at 71
  • 1958 Ingeborg, Princess of Sweden, dies at 79
  • 1961 Belinda Lee, actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • 1966 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Golden Stallion, Susanna Pass), dies at 37
  • 1973 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
  • 1973 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • 1973 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • 1974 Billy Fox, Protestant Dublin MP, assassinated
  • 1974 George D. Sax, Drive-in bank and instant loan innovator. Owner of the Saxony Hotel. (b. 1904)
  • 1978 John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • 1978 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • 1978 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • 1980 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1982 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • 1983 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • 1984 Arnold Ridley, playwright/actor, dies at 88
  • 1985 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • 1988 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • 1988 William Camp, dies at 74
  • 1989 Maurice Evans, actor (Bewitched, MacBeth), dies at 87
  • 1990 Wallace Breem, British author (b. 1926)
  • 1991 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • 1991 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1992 Barbara Morrison, actress (Proj Moonbase), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1992 Hans G Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (Eric the Viking), dies at 70
  • 1992 Ida Oosterbaan, Dutch founder (Women Action Committee), dies
  • 1992 Karel Poons, father of Paul Deen, dies
  • 1992 Philippe Soupault, writer, dies
  • 1992 Salvo Lima, mayor (Palermo)/MP (chr-dem), murdered
  • 1993 Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
  • 1993 June Valli, singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1993 Michael Kanin, screenwriter (Woman of the Year), dies at 83
  • 1993 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, German/Swiss author (Drums of Winter), dies at 59
  • 1995 Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
  • 1996 Charles Bruce Perry, professor of medicine, dies at 92
  • 1996 Gyula Kallai, PM of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • 1996 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1998 Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
  • 1998 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • 1998 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Yehudi Menuhin, American-born British violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2001 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • 2001 Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
  • 2002 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
  • 2003 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2003 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • 2008 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2012 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • 2013 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56

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2015 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett

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2015 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • 2016 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92