Deaths in History on December 11

  • 711 Justitianus II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at about 42
  • 1121 Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)
  • 1226 Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1282 Michael VIII, Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1259-82), dies
  • 1524 Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
  • 1532 Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1455)
  • 1573 Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
  • 1582 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, marquis of Soria, dies at about 75
  • 1595 Philip III van Croij, prince of Chimay/general, dies at 69
  • 1610 Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, buried at 32
  • 1610 Forges Dimitri 2, Tsar of Russia, murdered
  • 1686 Louis II Condé, duke of Bourbon, dies at 65
  • 1694 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)
  • 1718 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
  • 1737 John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1747 Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)
  • 1748 Ewald G von Kleist, German lawyer/inventor of condensator, dies at 55
  • 1756 Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer and King of Corsica, dies at 62
  • 1797 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • 1817 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • 1840 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
  • 1847 Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • 1872 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • 1880 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • 1891 Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • 1892 William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • 1899 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • 1902 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
  • 1909 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • 1918 Ivan Cankar, Slavic author (Hlapec Jernej), dies at 42
  • 1928 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulb), dies at 80
  • 1930 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • 1933 Emile C Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • 1941 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1941 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician, died at 85
  • 1942 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1945 Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1950 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57
  • 1955 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • 1968 Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • 1971 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1972 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1978 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1979 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 1983 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • 1984 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1987 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • 1989 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1990 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • 1991 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • 1991 Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • 1991 Robert Q Lewis, US comic/TV panel member (RQL Show), dies at 70
  • 1993 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1994 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WWII), dies at 102
  • 1994 Yao Yilin, Vice PM of China (1979), dies
  • 1994 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1995 Robert Shelton (Shapiro), journalist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1997 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • 1998 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2003 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116
  • 2007 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2013 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • 2013 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84