Deaths in History on September 12

  • 352 Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies
  • 413 Marcellinus of Carthage, Christian saint
  • 1012 Guido van Anderlecht, Flemish pilgrim/saint, dies
  • 1015 Lambert I with the Beard, Count of Leuven, dies in battle at about 65
  • 1185 Andronicus I Comnenus, Byzantine emperor (1183-85), lynched
  • 1213 Pedro II, [el Catolico], king of Aragon, dies in battle
  • 1362 Innocent VI, [Etienne Aubert], Pope (1352-62), dies
  • 1369 Blanche of Lancaster, wife of John of Gaunt (b. 1345)
  • 1500 Albrecht III van Saxon-Meisen, duke of Saxon, dies at 57
  • 1591 Richard Grenville, vice-admiral (Roanoke) dies in battle at 49
  • 1604 Louis Gunther, earl of Nassau, dies in battle at about 29
  • 1612 Tsar Vasili IV of Russia (b. 1552)
  • 1642 Cinq Mars, French plotter, executed
  • 1647 Joos Banckert, Swiss admiral (Spanish silver fleet), dies at 48
  • 1660 Jacob Cats, [Father Cats], pension advisor of Holland, dies at 82
  • 1661 Jacobus de la Torra, RC apostole vicar of Holland, dies at about 53
  • 1665 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (b. 1596)
  • 1672 Tanneguy Lefebvre, French classical scholar (b. 1615)
  • 1674 Claes P "Nicolas" Tulip, mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 80
  • 1683 Afonso VI, mentally ill king of Portugal (1656-67), dies at 40
  • 1691 Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony (1680-91), dies at 44
  • 1695 Jacob Abendana, Spanish scholar (b. 1630)
  • 1732 Eugene JP earl the Merode, Belgian marquis of Westerloo, dies at 58
  • 1779 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (b. 1711)
  • 1812 Pyotr I Bagration, Georgian/Russian ruler/general, dies in battle
  • 1819 Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prussian general (b. 1742)
  • 1824 Louis AG baron de Bacler d'Albe, French cartographer, dies at 62
  • 1836 Grabbe, writer, dies at 34
  • 1870 Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (b. 1836)
  • 1874 François Guizot, French historian and statesman (b. 1787)
  • 1878 Friedrich August von Alberti, geologist (Triasic Age), dies at 83
  • 1912 Pierre-Hector Cardinal Coullie, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon
  • 1918 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
  • 1919 Leonid N Andrejev, Russ journalist/writer (Seven Hangs), dies at 48
  • 1923 Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor (b. 1841)
  • 1927 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, dies at 61
  • 1927 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1847)
  • 1929 Rainis, Latvian poet and playwright (b. 1865)
  • 1934 Catherine Breshkovsky, Babushka/Grandmother of Russian revolution, dies at 90
  • 1936 Hermann Hirt, German linguist (Indo-European Grammar), dies at 70
  • 1953 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • 1955 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • 1956 Hans Carossa, German writer, dies at 77
  • 1956 Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (b. 1882)
  • 1961 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • 1963 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63
  • 1972 William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • 1973 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • 1977 Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • 1977 Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
  • 1981 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1986 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer, dies at 92
  • 1988 Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • 1988 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass, dies at 71
  • 1989 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • 1991 Jacques Benoit, [JJM Bayer], poet, dies
  • 1994 Boris B Yegorov, Russian doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I), dies at 56
  • 1994 Douglas MacKenzie Davey, psychometrist, dies at 72
  • 1995 John Stuart-Jervis, balloonist, dies
  • 1996 Ernesto Geisel, milt president of Brazil (1974-79), dies at 89
  • 1996 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, moral theologian, dies at 87
  • 1996 George Patrick Reid, schoolkeeper, dies at 59
  • 1996 James Gulliver, businessman, dies at 66
  • 1996 Lloyd Turner, journalist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist, dies at 36
  • 1996 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born American stalker of Björk, commits suicide aged 21
  • 1997 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • 1997 Judith Merril [Grossman], science fiction writer, dies at 74
  • 2008 Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2008 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2013 Ray Dolby, American audio engineer and inventor, dies from leukaemia at 80
  • 2014 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90
  • 2015 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Voodoo Chief priest, dies at 79