Famous Deaths on 12th May

  • 912 Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45
  • 1003 Gerbert, French scholar, dies in Rome
  • 1003 Pope Sylvester/Silvester II, [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003), dies
  • 1012 Sergius IV, [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12), dies
  • 1382 Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence, dies
  • 1465 Thomas Palaeologus, Despot of the Despotate of Morea
  • 1634 George Chapman, English dramatist/interpreter, dies
  • 1641 Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
  • 1649 Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered
  • 1684 Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest
  • 1699 Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish painter (b. 1626)
  • 1708 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1658)
  • 1737 Cornelis van Alkemade, historian, dies at 83
  • 1748 Thomas Lowndes, English astronomer (b. 1692)
  • 1759 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor (b. 1700)
  • 1784 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (b. 1710)
  • 1792 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist (b. 1710)
  • 1796 Johann P Uz, German poet (Theodicee), dies at 75
  • 1801 Nicholas Repnin, Russian statesman (b. 1734)
  • 1811 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, composer, dies at 52
  • 1814 Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Decl of Ind), dies at 83
  • 1825 Elias Mann, American composer, dies at 75
  • 1825 Stanislao Mattei, composer, dies at 75
  • 1843 Johann Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 74
  • 1845 August Wilhelm Schlegel, German poet/interpreter/critic, dies at 77
  • 1845 János Bacsanyi, Hungarian poet (b. 1763)
  • 1852 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies
  • 1856 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (b. 1786)
  • 1860 Charles Barry, English architect (b. 1795)
  • 1861 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, composer, dies at 50
  • 1864 Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 37

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1864 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General, dies at 31

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1867 Friedrich William Eduard Gerhard, German archaeologist (b. 1795)
  • 1871 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89
  • 1871 John F W Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies
  • 1876 Henri A Esquiros, French poet (Evangile du peuple), dies at 63
  • 1876 Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary, brutally killed by the Turks (b. 1843)
  • 1884 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Czech composer (2 Widows), dies at 60
  • 1896 Juan Morel Campos, composer, dies at 38
  • 1897 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • 1897 Willem Roelofs, painter/lithographer, dies
  • 1907 J K Huysmans, writer, dies at 59
  • 1908 Melesio Morales, composer, dies at 69
  • 1916 James Connolly, Irish socialist (b. 1868)
  • 1921 Emilia Pardo Bazan, Spanish writer (La sirena negra), dies
  • 1924 Charles Henri Marechal, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 Alfred Milner, British governor (Cape Colony)/minister, dies at 71
  • 1925 Amy Lowell, writer, dies at 51
  • 1925 Artur Napoleao dos Santos, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 Amy Lowell, American poet (b. 1874)
  • 1930 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch SDAP leader, dies at 70
  • 1931 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1935 Józef Pilsudski, Polish statesman and Chief Marshall (1918-22), dies at 67
  • 1941 Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48
  • 1943 Albert Stoessel, composer, dies at 48
  • 1944 Arthur T Quiller-Couch [Q], British author/critic, dies at 80
  • 1948 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • 1951 Oscar DePriest, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 80
  • 1956 Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
  • 1956 Louis Calhern, dies at 61
  • 1956 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • 1957 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian/US actor (Grand Illusion), dies at 71
  • 1957 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • 1960 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1962 Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • 1963 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • 1963 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Roger Vailland, French playwright (La Truite), dies at 57
  • 1966 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • 1967 Julius Kalas, composer, dies at 64
  • 1967 John Masefield, British writer and poet (Salt-Water Ballads), Poet Laureate (1930-67), dies at 88

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1970 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78

  • 1970 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • 1971 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • 1971 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1973 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • 1973 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • 1980 Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • 1981 Benjamin Sheares, President of Singapore (1971-81), dies at 73
  • 1982 Humphrey Searle, writer (20th Century counterpoint), dies at 66
  • 1984 Doris May, actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • 1985 Jean Debuffet, French painter/sculptor, dies
  • 1986 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • 1986 Lee Bonnell, dies
  • 1987 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1989 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • 1989 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • 1990 Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)
  • 1992 Joe Burke, president (KC Royals), dies at 68, dies
  • 1992 Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59
  • 1992 Lenny Montana, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1994 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur, dies at 91
  • 1994 David Brooks, psychologist, dies at 91
  • 1994 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • 1994 John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
  • 1994 Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies
  • 1994 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • 1995 Arthur Lubin, film director, dies at 95
  • 1995 Giorgio Belladonna, bridge champion, dies at 71
  • 1995 Reza Abdoh, theatre Director, dies at 32
  • 1996 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman, dies at 35
  • 1999 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2001 Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • 2003 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Gillespie V. Montgomery, former U.S. representative from Mississippi (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • 2007 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • 2009 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2014 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • 2016 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • 2016 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89 ), dies at 96