Deaths in History on January 12

  • 689 Benedict Biscop, English saint, dies
  • 888 Charles the Fat, Carolingian emperor (King of West Francia and Acquitaine, 884-887), dies at 48
  • 1049 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic, dies at 81
  • 1167 Aelred of Hexham/Rievaulx, English abbot/saint, dies at about 56
  • 1321 Maria of Brabant, wife of Philip III of France (b. 1256)
  • 1390 Peter van Herenthals, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1519 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1459)
  • 1537 Lorenzo di Credi, Italian painter, dies
  • 1665 Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician (Fermat therorem), dies at 63

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1700 Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Quebec, dies at 79

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 1705 Luca Giordano, Italian artist (b. 1634)
  • 1732 John Horsley, British archaeologist (b. 1685)
  • 1759 Anne of Hannover, English princess, dies at 49
  • 1777 Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
  • 1781 Richard Challoner, English Catholic prelate (b. 1691)
  • 1807 Adriaan Kluit, Dutch historian, dies at 71
  • 1807 Joan Lucaz, Dutch scholar/journalist/patriot, dies at 60
  • 1817 Juan Andres, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1740)
  • 1829 Friedrich von Schlegel, German cultural philosopher/poet, dies at 56
  • 1833 Marie-Antoine Carême, French chef (b. 1784)

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1834 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), dies at 74

British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • 1839 Joseph A Koch, Aust painter/cartoonist/etcher/illustrator, dies at 70
  • 1851 Johan Herman Koekkoek, painter, dies at 72
  • 1856 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language, (b. 1815)
  • 1860 Martinus J Niewindt, bishop on Curacao (christened slaves), dies at 63
  • 1867 Victor Cousin, French philosopher/minister of Education, dies at 74
  • 1897 Isaac Pitman, British inventor (Pitman Shorthand) (b. 1813)
  • 1899 Hiram Walker, American distiller (b. 1816)
  • 1909 Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (b. 1864)
  • 1925 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist, dies at 85
  • 1926 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1928 Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair
  • 1940 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • 1943 Jan R T Campert, Dutch resistance fighter/poet (18 Dead), dies at 40
  • 1943 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea dies at 75
  • 1944 Lance C. Wade, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1947 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • 1956 John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (WW II Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 1958 Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • 1960 Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • 1962 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist (b. 1869)
  • 1965 Lorraine Hansberry, US playwright, dies in NYC, dies at 34
  • 1965 Porcupine, in Washington, D.C. zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent
  • 1970 Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84
  • 1972 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
  • 1975 Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo

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1976 Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie
  • 1977 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69
  • 1983 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (b. 1944)
  • 1986 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • 1988 Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
  • 1990 Laurence J Peter, author (Peter Princible), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1991 Vasco Pratolini, Italy, writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • 1992 Harry van Doorn, Dutch MP (KVP/KRO-chairman/PPR/CRM), dies at 76
  • 1992 Walt Morey, US children's book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84
  • 1993 Carles Mira, Spanish director (Que Nos Quiten Lo Bailao), dies at 45
  • 1994 Bob Horen, dies of cancer at 67
  • 1994 Samuel Bronston, Romanian/US producer (El Cid), dies at 85
  • 1995 George Price, cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 93
  • 1995 Marion Herbst, German/Dutch jewelry designer, dies at 50
  • 1996 Edmund Happold, engineer, dies at 65
  • 1996 John Howard Purnell, scientist, dies at 70
  • 1996 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, dies at 76
  • 1996 Joachim Nitsche, German mathematician (b. 1926)
  • 1997 Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher, dies at 95
  • 1997 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • 2000 Marc Davis, American animator (b. 1913)
  • 2001 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80), dies at 84
  • 2003 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • 2004 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Alessia di Matteo, first survivor of eight transplants in one operation (b. 2003)
  • 2005 Edmund S. Valtman, Estonian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2010 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, dies of cancer caused by the side effects of drugs used to treat AIDS at 63
  • 2012 Bill Janklow, American politician and four-term Governor of South Dakota (Republican: 1979-87, 1995-2003), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • 2012 Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • 2012 Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • 2015 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89