Deaths in History on December 14

  • 872 Adrian II, Italian Pope (867-72) the last married pope, dies at about 80
  • 1077 Agnes of Poitou, German empress/wife of emperor Henry III, dies
  • 1136 Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered
  • 1417 John Oldcastle, Lord Cobham, English nobleman, hanged & burned
  • 1460 Guarino da Verona (b. 1370)

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1476 vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, killed in battle at 45

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1510 Friedrich of Saxony (b. 1473)
  • 1542 James V, King of Scots (1513-42), dies at 30
  • 1553 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer (b. 1485)
  • 1591 Juan de la Cruz, [de Yepes], Spanish Carmelet/poet/saint, dies
  • 1624 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman (b. 1536)
  • 1651 Pierre Dupuy, French scholar (b. 1582)
  • 1713 Thomas Rymer, English historian (b. 1641)
  • 1715 Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1636)
  • 1734 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter/cartoonist, dies at 44
  • 1735 Thomas Tanner, English bishop and antiquarian (b. 1674)
  • 1741 Charles Rollin, French historian (b. 1661)
  • 1754 Mahmud I, sultan of Turkey, dies at 58
  • 1760 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies
  • 1788 Carlos III, King of Naples/Spain (1759-88), dies at 72

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1799 George Washington, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1823 Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naple revolution 1799), dies at 53
  • 1838 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (b. 1806)
  • 1861 Albert, Prince consort of England and husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42

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1861 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, dies at 76

British Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister
George Hamilton-Gordon
  • 1862 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • 1865 Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1873 J Louis R Agassiz, Swiss geologist/paleo-biologist), dies
  • 1893 Karolina Pawlowa, writer, dies at 86
  • 1900 Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
  • 1903 William Ennis, 1st cop to die in electric chair
  • 1906 John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Leopold II, king of Belgium, dies
  • 1912 Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant (b. 1887)
  • 1918 Sidonio Pais, prince of Portugal, murdered
  • 1926 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • 1927 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (b. 1842)
  • 1935 Stanley G Weinbaum, American sci-fi writer (Martian Odyssey), dies
  • 1942 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch trade union leader, dies at 61
  • 1945 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer/judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • 1945 Josef Kramer, known as "The Beast of Belsen," & 10 others, hanged
  • 1947 Franz Zorell, German RC lexicographer, dies at 84

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1947 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1947 Edward Higgins, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
  • 1950 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • 1956 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, president of Finland (b. 1870)
  • 1959 Maria EG "Lizzy" Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • 1963 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD), dies at 62
  • 1970 Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician (b. 1876)

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1974 Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1978 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • 1984 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Stanley G[rauman] Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Red Peri), dies at 85
  • 1985 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89

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1989 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist/dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1990 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer, dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1990 Johannes von Thurn und Taxis, prince in Germany, dies at 64
  • 1994 Petrus HJ van Doorne, bus manufacturer/owner (BOVA), dies at 58
  • 1994 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)
  • 1996 Alan Hargreaves, climber, dies at 92
  • 1997 Owen Barfield, philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • 1997 Robert Sutton, electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • 1998 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • 1998 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)
  • 2001 W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Blas Ople, foreign minister of the Philippines (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Trevanian, American author (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman and co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • 2010 Timothy Davlin, American politician (b. 1957)
  • 2011 Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2015 Lillian Vernon, founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88