Famous Deaths on 25th May

  • 615 Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies
  • 709 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 946 Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
  • 967 Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)
  • 992 Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)
  • 1085 Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies
  • 1125 Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies
  • 1261 Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies
  • 1452 John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1510 Georges d'Amboise, French Roman Catholic cardinal, minister of state and viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49
  • 1555 Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46
  • 1555 Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)
  • 1595 Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1632 Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)
  • 1667 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (b. 1620)
  • 1681 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1693 Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1741 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1765 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, dies at 53
  • 1789 Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
  • 1797 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • 1805 William Paley, English philosopher (b. 1743)
  • 1826 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1849 Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52
  • 1849 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • 1862 Johann N Nestroy, Aust actor (Einmal Keine Sorgen Haben), dies at 60
  • 1895 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73
  • 1899 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French painter, dies at 68
  • 1912 Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1914 Paolo Giorza, composer, dies at 81
  • 1916 Jack Marsh, cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for NSW 1900-03), dies
  • 1917 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • 1917 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)

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1919 Madame C. J. Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madame C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madame C. J. Walker
  • 1924 Theodore Morse, composer, dies at 51
  • 1924 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (b. 1889)
  • 1926 Symon Petlyura, leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated at 47
  • 1927 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1930 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • 1934 Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
  • 1935 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)
  • 1936 Jan Levoslav Bella, composer, dies at 92
  • 1937 Henry O Tanner, artist, dies
  • 1940 Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1943 Nils von Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter (b. 1888)
  • 1949 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1951 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)

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1954 Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 1958 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1964 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • 1965 Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 1968 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • 1971 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • 1971 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • 1974 Donald Crisp, actor/director (Beloved Brat, Dawn Patrol), dies at 91
  • 1974 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • 1974 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 1977 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • 1979 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • 1981 Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • 1981 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1981 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 1982 Larry J Blake, actor (Earth vs the Flying Saucers), dies at 68
  • 1983 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • 1983 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1983 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1984 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1985 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • 1985 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1986 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • 1988 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1990 Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1991 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • 1992 Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66
  • 1992 Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72
  • 1992 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1993 Dan Seymour, actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), dies at 78
  • 1993 Louise Tazewell, entertainer, dies at 93
  • 1994 Eric Gale, guitarist, dies at 55
  • 1995 Dany Robin, actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), dies at 68
  • 1995 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • 1995 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 1996 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1996 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83
  • 1996 Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • 1996 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • 1996 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist, dies at 86
  • 1996 John Morrison, politician/landowner, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • 1997 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • 2000 Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • 2002 Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • 2004 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (b. 1965)
  • 2006 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)
  • 2008 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • 2009 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • 2012 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • 2013 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 2014 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90