Deaths in History on May 11

  • 1304 Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler (b. 1271)
  • 1610 Matteo Ricci, Italian missionary (China), dies
  • 1672 Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, English royalist (b. 1615)
  • 1708 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (b. 1646)
  • 1723 Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
  • 1742 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70
  • 1772 Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
  • 1777 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)

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1778 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', dies at 69

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • 1779 John Heart, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at about 68

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1812 Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • 1849 Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French socialite (b. 1777)
  • 1857 E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
  • 1871 John Herschel, cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
  • 1881 Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • 1887 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
  • 1891 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), dies at 71
  • 1916 Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (s-effect), dies
  • 1920 William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • 1927 Henry Martyn Robert, (Robert's Rules of Order), dies at 90
  • 1927 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • 1929 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
  • 1934 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)
  • 1935 Edward H Thompson, US archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
  • 1938 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • 1939 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
  • 1944 Henk Hos, resistance fighter, executed at 37
  • 1949 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • 1953 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • 1956 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79

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1960 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, dies of pneumonia at 86

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1962 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • 1963 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Ludovicus H "Lode" Baekelmans, Flemish playwright, dies at 86
  • 1965 Roger Vailland, French author, dies at 57
  • 1973 Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
  • 1976 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • 1976 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • 1978 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • 1979 Joan Chandler, dies at 55
  • 1981 Hoyt J Fuller, editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • 1983 Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • 1985 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • 1985 Garmt Stuiveling, literatrary (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1986 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)

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1988 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • 1991 Filip J Field, dies at 67
  • 1991 Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
  • 1992 Carlos Herrera, drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • 1992 Elizabeth McDonald, inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • 1994 Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
  • 1994 Lewis B Puller, US writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • 1994 Timothy Carey, dies of stroke at 64
  • 1995 Arthur Lubin, director (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), dies at 96
  • 1995 David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Joan Thirkettle, journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Malcolm MacEwen, writer, dies at 84
  • 1996 Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies

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2001 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • 2002 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
  • 2002 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64