Deaths in History on May 25

  • 615 Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies
  • 709 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 946 Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
  • 967 Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)
  • 992 Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)
  • 1085 Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies
  • 1125 Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies
  • 1261 Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies
  • 1452 John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1510 Georges d'Amboise, French Roman Catholic cardinal, minister of state and viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49
  • 1555 Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46
  • 1555 Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)
  • 1595 Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1632 Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)
  • 1667 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (b. 1620)
  • 1681 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1693 Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1741 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (b. 1660)
  • 1786 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, dies at 68
  • 1789 Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
  • 1797 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)
  • 1805 William Paley, English philosopher and theologian (Natural Theology), dies at 61
  • 1848 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1849 Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52
  • 1849 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • 1895 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73
  • 1899 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French painter, dies at 68
  • 1912 Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1917 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)

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1919 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), dies of kidney failure complications at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1924 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (b. 1889)
  • 1926 Symon Petlyura, leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated at 47
  • 1927 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1930 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • 1935 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)
  • 1937 Henry O Tanner, artist, dies
  • 1943 Nils von Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter (b. 1888)
  • 1945 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, dies at 62

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1948 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), executed by communist secret police after a show trial at age 47

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • 1949 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1951 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, dies at 63

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1954 Robert Capa, Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist, dies of injuries from a landmine explosion at 40

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 1968 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • 1977 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • 1979 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • 1981 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • 1985 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1986 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • 1988 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1991 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72
  • 1992 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1993 Louise Tazewell, entertainer, dies at 93
  • 1996 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83
  • 1996 Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • 1996 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • 1996 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist, dies at 86
  • 1996 John Morrison, politician/landowner, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • 1997 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • 2004 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 40
  • 2008 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • 2009 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • 2012 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • 2016 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104