Deaths in History on November 12

  • 607 Pope Boniface III, dies after less than a year in office
  • 1035 Cnut (Canute) "The Great", King of Denmark. England, Norway and parts of Sweden. Reigned 1016-1035.
  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Knut VI, king of the Denen/Turn (1182-1202), dies at about 39
  • 1434 King Louis III of Naples
  • 1555 Stephen Gardiner, English bishop of Winchester, dies at about 65
  • 1558 Shalom Shakna ben Joseph, Rabbi (founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva), dies
  • 1567 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, Marshal of France, dies at 74
  • 1595 John Hawkins, English navigator/treasurer of the Navy, dies at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Neth (1598-1600), dies at 42
  • 1606 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 1667 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman (b. 1598)
  • 1671 Thomas, 3rd baron Fairfax of Cameron, English general, dies at 59
  • 1722 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch painter/engraver/architect, dies at 63
  • 1742 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1754 Jacob de Wit, Amsterdam painter/decorater, dies at 58
  • 1802 Charles van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 1806 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, dies at 73
  • 1836 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (b. 1810)
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies
  • 1893 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, premier of Austria (1852-59), dies at 80
  • 1908 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • 1912 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1916 Percival Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • 1921 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1939 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1941 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • 1944 George D Birkhoff, US mathematician (Aesthetic measure), dies at 60
  • 1947 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • 1949 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • 1957 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • 1965 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, dies at 77
  • 1967 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1967 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1976 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 1980 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident, dies at 42
  • 1980 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • 1984 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • 1987 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • 1990 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, murdered
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Christopher Hayes, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, cardinal/archbishop of Montreal, dies at 87
  • 1994 Katherine Elliots, doctor, dies at 75
  • 1994 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Curley Fox, fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, pilot/hostage, dies at 81
  • 1995 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer, dies at 56
  • 1996 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 2000 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 2001 Tony Miles, English chess player (b. 1955)
  • 2003 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (b. 1986)
  • 2005 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)
  • 2006 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Ira Levin, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
  • 2012 Sergio Oliva, American body builder, dies at 71