Famous Deaths on November 25

  • 311 Peter of Alexandria, Christian martyr
  • 992 Mieszko I, Polish advisor to Pope John XV, dies
  • 1120 William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England (b. 1104) dies in White Ship tragedy trying to save his illegitimate half-sister Countess of Perche while crossing the English Channel
  • 1326 Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun (b. 1264)
  • 1374 Philip II of Taranto, Titular emperor of Costantinople (b. 1329)
  • 1456 Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle
  • 1560 Andrea Doria, Italian naval leader (b. 1466)
  • 1626 Edward Alleyn, English actor (b. 1566)
  • 1640 Giles Farnaby, composer, dies
  • 1686 Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist (b. 1638)
  • 1694 Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (b. 1605)
  • 1700 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (b. 1643)
  • 1748 Isaac Watts, British hymnwriter (b. 1674)
  • 1750 Francesco Feroci, composer, dies at 77
  • 1755 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violist/composer, dies at 76
  • 1773 Carl Hockh, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1785 Richard Glover, British poet (b. 1712)
  • 1803 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • 1815 Johann Peter Saloman, composer, dies at 70
  • 1830 Pierre Rode, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1854 John G Lockhart, [scorpion], English biographer, dies at 60
  • 1865 Heinrich Barth, German historian/geographer (Central Africa), dies
  • 1881 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (b. 1794)
  • 1883 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, dies at 76
  • 1885 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • 1885 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • 1887 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • 1895 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1899 Robert Lowry, composer, dies at 73
  • 1901 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • 1903 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54
  • 1913 Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer (Ball Screw), dies
  • 1914 Davorin Jenko, composer, dies at 79
  • 1920 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • 1923 Ernst Debes, German cartographer (Moon Atlas), dies at 83
  • 1923 Syd Callaway, cricket all-round (3 Tests for Australia 1891-95), dies
  • 1935 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (After 30 Years), dies at 72
  • 1939 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • 1941 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, president Chili (People's Front), dies
  • 1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commisioner, dies at 78
  • 1947 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • 1948 Charles D Brown, actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61
  • 1948 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • 1949 Luther "Bill" Robinson, "Bojangles" famed tap dancer, dies at 71
  • 1950 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • 1951 Raden Mas Noto Suroto, Indonesian poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1952 Antonio Guarnieri, composer, dies at 72
  • 1952 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 Charles F Kettering, invented auto self-starter, dies at 82
  • 1961 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • 1964 Clarence Kolb, American actor (Mr Honeywell-My Little Margie), dies at 90
  • 1965 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ sculptor (Destroyed City), dies at 77
  • 1968 Marcel Labey, composer, dies at 93
  • 1968 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89

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1968 Upton Beall Sinclair, US author (Jungle), dies at 90

  • 1968 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)
  • 1970 Yukio Mishima, Japanese author/nationalist (Harakiri), dies at 45
  • 1971 Hank Mann, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 84
  • 1972 Hans H B Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • 1972 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer (b. 1886)
  • 1973 Albert DeSalvo, Boston strangler, stabbed to death in prison
  • 1973 Laurence Harvey, [Larushka Skine], Lithuanian-born South African actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1974 Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1974 Rosemary Lane, actress (Chatterbox, 4 Wives), dies at 61
  • 1974 U Thant, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65
  • 1975 Moyna MacGill, actress (Strange Affair of Uncle Harry), dies
  • 1977 Richard Carlson, actor (Col MacKenzie-MacKenzie's Raiders), dies at 65
  • 1978 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • 1981 Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
  • 1982 Robert Coote, actor (MacBeth), dies in NYC of a heart attack at 73
  • 1985 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 1985 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • 1985 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1987 Anton F Pieck, illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • 1987 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1989 Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies
  • 1989 Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Fiji cricketer/Gov-General, dies
  • 1989 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • 1991 Eleanor Audley, voice (Wicked Stepmother-Cinderella), dies at 86

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1993 Anthony Burgess, British novelist (A Clockwork Orange), dies of cancer at 76

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Anthony Burgess
  • 1993 Claudia McNeil, actress (Raisin in the Sun), dies of diabetes at 77
  • 1994 Arthur Ballard, artist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Gerard John Toorenaar, Amsterdam police commissar, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist, dies at 92
  • 1996 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Michael Economides, restaurateur, dies at 86
  • 1996 Richard Stubbs, publicity adviser, dies at 87
  • 1997 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter), dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1997 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • 1997 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • 1997 Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
  • 1998 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • 1998 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
  • 2000 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2001 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • 2005 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • 2005 Richard Burns, English WRC champion (b. 1971)
  • 2006 Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)
  • 2006 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Phyllis Fraser, American actress and children's book publisher (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Bernard Matthews, British poultry industry figure (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • 2012 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81
  • 2012 Dinah Sheridan, English actress, dies at 92
  • 2013 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81

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2016 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2016 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), dies at 71