Deaths in History on August 12

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30 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her

Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt Cleopatra
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
Cleopatra
  • 875 Louis II, king of Italy/emperor of France, dies at about 50
  • 1158 Anselmus van Havelberg, Brandenburg bshp of Havelberg (1129-55), dies
  • 1350 Philip VI, king of France, dies
  • 1424 Yongle, Emperor of China (b. 1360)
  • 1484 Sixtus IV, [Francesco della Rovere], Pope (1471-84), dies
  • 1484 George of Trebizond, Greek philosopher (b. 1395)
  • 1546 Francisco de Vitoria, Spanish theology/lawyer, dies
  • 1577 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (b. 1513)
  • 1638 Johannes Althusius, [Althaut], German lawyer, dies at about 81
  • 1648 Ibrahim I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1615)
  • 1654 Cornelis Haga, ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39), dies at 76
  • 1660 Gilbertus van Zinnik, Flemish architect, dies at about 33
  • 1674 Philippe de Champaigne, painter, dies
  • 1675 Karl Rabenhaupt, German/Neth baron of Sucha/army leader, dies at 73
  • 1676 King Philip, [Metacomet], leader Wampanoag-indians, shot to death
  • 1689 Innocent XI, [Benedetto Odescalchi], Pope (1676-89), dies at 78
  • 1715 Nahum Tate, English poet/playwright/poet laureate, dies
  • 1728 Henricus Zwaardecroon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 61
  • 1750 Rachel Ruysch, royal painter of soverign Johan von de Pfalz, dies
  • 1778 Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, British general and politician (b. 1714)
  • 1809 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)
  • 1810 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (b. 1725)
  • 1811 John FE Acton, cruel premier of Naples, dies at 77
  • 1822 Robert Stewart, 2nd marguess of Londonderry, commits suicide, dies

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1827 William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • 1848 George Stephenson, locomotive engineer, dies
  • 1849 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88
  • 1857 William Daniel Conybeare, geologist, dies
  • 1861 Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)
  • 1864 Sakuma Shōzan, Japanese reformer (b. 1811)
  • 1865 William Jackson Hooker, botanist, dies
  • 1877 James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)
  • 1883 Last Quagga, (zebra with less slashes), dies in Amsterdam zoo
  • 1885 Georg Curtius, German classical/linguist/philologist, dies at 65
  • 1891 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies
  • 1896 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1900 James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42
  • 1900 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  • 1901 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  • 1911 Jozef Israels, painter, dies
  • 1911 Petrus H Hugenholtz, Dutch reformist vicar (Levenslicht), dies at 79

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1914 John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74

  • 1922 Arthur Griffith, Irish nationalist/president (Sinn Fein), dies
  • 1934 Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • 1935 Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (b. 1851)
  • 1938 Ludwig Borchardt, German egyptologist, dies at 74
  • 1944 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1952 David Bergelson, Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)

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1955 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • 1955 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1968 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • 1968 Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • 1973 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

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1973 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1976 Thomas Edward Driberg, 1st baron Bradwell, journalist, dies
  • 1982 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)

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1989 William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • 1990 B. Kliban, American cartoonist known for his drawings of cats, usually with horrible puns (Love to Eat Them Mousies), dies at 55
  • 1992 Mazoon al-Mashani, 2nd wife of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Queen Mother of Oman, dies at about 72
  • 1994 Manfred Salzgeber, German film distributor/publicist, dies at about 51
  • 1996 Anthony Derrick Parsons, diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1996 Victor Ambartsumian, astrophysicist, dies at 87
  • 1999 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • 1999 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • 2004 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2005 John Loder, co-founder of the anarcho-punk band CRASS (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Isaac Bonewits, founder of U.S. Druid organization Ar Ndraiocht Fein (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)
  • 2014 Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89