Famous Deaths on October 12

  • 632 Edwin of Deira, King of Northumbria and Bretwalda
  • 638 Honorius I, [dux plebis], Italian Pope, dies
  • 642 Pope John IV, Dalmatian born Pope (640-42), dies
  • 1093 Robrecht de Fries, earl of Flanders (1071-93), dies at about 62
  • 1095 Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1176 William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician
  • 1320 Michael IX Paleologi, emperor of Byzantine (1295-1320), dies
  • 1343 Reinald II, duke of Gelre, dies
  • 1491 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • 1492 Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
  • 1565 Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1576 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1564-76), dies
  • 1590 Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (b. 1543)
  • 1600 Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1632 Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1646 Francois De Bassompierre, marshal of France, dies
  • 1654 Dirck Graswinckel, Dutch copurt clerk of States-General, dies at 66
  • 1654 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, painter, is injured in the Delft Explosion and later dies of his injuries
  • 1672 Frederik of Nassau, count of Buren, slain in battle
  • 1678 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1679 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • 1685 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist/poet/historian, dies at 59
  • 1685 Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1692 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer, dies at 60
  • 1694 Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet, dies
  • 1730 Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730), dies
  • 1758 Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British field marshal (b. 1680)
  • 1791 A L Karschin, writer, dies at 68
  • 1794 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84
  • 1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1820 Elias Annes Borger, theologist/poet (Ode on the Rhine), dies at 36
  • 1829 Jacobus Blue, Dutch regent/patriot, dies at about 73
  • 1837 Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina, Queen of Netherlands, dies at 62
  • 1844 Claude Tillier, French journalist/writer (My Uncle Benjamin), dies

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1845 Elizabeth Fry, English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister who is depicted on the British £5 note, dies of a stroke at 65

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1858 Ando Hiroshige, Japanese painter, dies at 61
  • 1860 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
  • 1864 Roger Taney, 5th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1836-64), dies at 87
  • 1865 William Vincent Wallace, composer, dies at 53

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1870 Robert E. Lee, American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 63

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1875 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1887 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), dies at 61
  • 1896 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1898 Calvin Fairbank, American abolitionist minister (b. 1816)
  • 1915 Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)
  • 1922 Daisy M C Baers, Flemish philosophy/theory, dies at 33
  • 1923 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • 1924 Anatole France, writer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
  • 1929 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
  • 1934 Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer dies aged 82
  • 1936 B L T Bosanquet, cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies
  • 1940 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • 1945 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida
  • 1946 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies
  • 1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • 1948 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • 1948 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • 1951 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
  • 1954 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, dies in a plane crash of his experiential F-100 Super Sabre at 36
  • 1955 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, dies of a urinary tract infection at 87
  • 1958 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • 1958 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter, dies at 59
  • 1958 Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1959 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • 1964 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • 1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless), dies at 72
  • 1967 Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician leader
  • 1969 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • 1970 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • 1971 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • 1971 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • 1977 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • 1978 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • 1979 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • 1983 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • 1984 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • 1985 Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1985 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1987 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • 1987 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77
  • 1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 1988 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 1989 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • 1990 Max Tailleur, adjunct prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist, dies
  • 1990 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • 1991 Aline MacMahon, US actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
  • 1991 Regis Toomey, actor (Dive Bomber, Cry Danger, Magic Town), dies at 89
  • 1991 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1991 Arkady Strugatsky, Russian novelist (b. 1925)
  • 1992 Alexander Pola, [Abraham Polak], actor/writer (Farce Major), dies
  • 1992 John Hancock, American actor (LA Law, Love & War), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1992 Ulysses Guimaraes, Brazilian MP (chairman), dies in accident
  • 1993 Leon Ames, actor (Father of the Bride), dies at 91 of stroke
  • 1993 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1994 Gérald Godin, Québécois poet and politician (b. 1938)
  • 1995 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Gary Bond, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days), dies at 55
  • 1996 David Gilroy Bevan, politician, dies at 86
  • 1996 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • 1996 Pavel Alexandrovich Solovyov, aero-engine designer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84

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1997 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1998 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 1998 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)

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1999 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA basketball player (5 time MVP), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1999 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  • 2002 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2003 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 2005 C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • 2009 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
  • 2009 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Belva Plain, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Heinz Bennent, German actor (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, dies at 70
  • 2013 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2015 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • 2015 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97