Deaths in History on October 12

  • 632 Edwin of Deira, King of Northumbria and Bretwalda
  • 638 Honorius I, [dux plebis], Italian Pope, dies
  • 642 Pope John IV, Dalmatian born Pope (640-42), dies
  • 1093 Robrecht de Fries, earl of Flanders (1071-93), dies at about 62
  • 1095 Margrave Leopold II of Austria (b. 1050)
  • 1176 William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician
  • 1320 Michael IX Paleologi, emperor of Byzantine (1295-1320), dies
  • 1343 Reinald II, duke of Gelre, dies
  • 1491 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • 1492 Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
  • 1565 Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1576 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1564-76), dies
  • 1590 Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (b. 1543)
  • 1600 Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1535)
  • 1632 Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • 1646 Francois De Bassompierre, marshal of France, dies
  • 1654 Dirck Graswinckel, Dutch copurt clerk of States-General, dies at 66
  • 1654 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, painter, is injured in the Delft Explosion and later dies of his injuries
  • 1672 Frederik of Nassau, count of Buren, slain in battle
  • 1678 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • 1679 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • 1685 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist/poet/historian, dies at 59
  • 1685 Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1694 Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet, dies
  • 1730 Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730), dies
  • 1758 Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British field marshal (b. 1680)
  • 1791 A L Karschin, writer, dies at 68
  • 1820 Elias Annes Borger, theologist/poet (Ode on the Rhine), dies at 36
  • 1829 Jacobus Blue, Dutch regent/patriot, dies at about 73
  • 1837 Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina, Queen of Netherlands, dies at 62
  • 1844 Claude Tillier, French journalist/writer (My Uncle Benjamin), dies

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1845 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780)

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1858 Ando Hiroshige, Japanese painter, dies at 61
  • 1860 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
  • 1864 Roger Taney, 5th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1836-64), dies at 87

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1870 Robert E. Lee, American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 63

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1875 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1887 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), dies at 61
  • 1896 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1898 Calvin Fairbank, American abolitionist minister (b. 1816)
  • 1915 Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)
  • 1922 Daisy M C Baers, Flemish philosophy/theory, dies at 33
  • 1924 Anatole France, writer, dies at 80
  • 1929 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
  • 1934 Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer dies aged 82
  • 1945 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida
  • 1946 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies
  • 1948 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • 1948 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • 1951 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
  • 1954 George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
  • 1955 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, dies of a urinary tract infection at 87
  • 1958 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter, dies at 59
  • 1959 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • 1964 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • 1967 Ram Manohar Lohia, Indian Socialist politician leader
  • 1969 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • 1970 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • 1971 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • 1978 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • 1983 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • 1984 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • 1987 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • 1987 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77
  • 1988 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • 1990 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • 1991 Arkady Strugatsky, Russian novelist (b. 1925)
  • 1992 Ulysses Guimaraes, Brazilian MP (chairman), dies in accident
  • 1994 Gérald Godin, Québécois poet and politician (b. 1938)
  • 1996 David Gilroy Bevan, politician, dies at 86
  • 1996 Pavel Alexandrovich Solovyov, aero-engine designer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
  • 1998 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 1998 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • 1999 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2005 C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Belva Plain, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, dies at 70
  • 2013 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2015 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97