Famous Deaths on August 12

Person of interestCleopatra

30 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her

Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt Cleopatra
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
Cleopatra
  • 875 Louis II, king of Italy/emperor of France, dies at about 50
  • 1158 Anselmus van Havelberg, Brandenburg bshp of Havelberg (1129-55), dies
  • 1295 Charles Martel of Anjou, Son of Charles II of Naples, dies at 23
  • 1424 Yongle, Emperor of the Ming Empire (1402-24), dies at 64
  • 1484 Sixtus IV, [Francesco della Rovere], Pope (1471-84), dies
  • 1484 George of Trebizond, Greek philosopher (b. 1395)
  • 1546 Francisco de Vitoria, Spanish theology/lawyer, dies
  • 1577 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (b. 1513)
  • 1588 Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 45
  • 1612 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • 1633 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", dies at 71
  • 1638 Johannes Althusius, [Althaut], German lawyer, dies at about 81
  • 1648 Ibrahim I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1615)
  • 1654 Cornelis Haga, ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39), dies at 76
  • 1660 Gilbertus van Zinnik, Flemish architect, dies at about 33

  • 1674 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, dies at 72
  • 1675 Karl Rabenhaupt, German/Neth baron of Sucha/army leader, dies at 73
  • 1676 King Philip, [Metacomet], leader Wampanoag-indians, shot to death
  • 1689 Innocent XI, [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, Pope (1676-89), dies at 78
  • 1715 Nahum Tate, English poet/playwright/poet laureate, dies
  • 1728 Henricus Zwaardecroon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 61
  • 1750 Rachel Ruysch, royal painter of soverign Johan von de Pfalz, dies
  • 1778 Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, British general and politician (b. 1714)
  • 1797 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1809 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, dies at 71
  • 1810 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist, dies at 84
  • 1811 John FE Acton, cruel premier of Naples, dies at 77
  • 1812 Jean-Joseph Rodolphe, Alsatian composer, dies at 81
  • 1822 Robert Stewart, 2nd marguess of Londonderry, commits suicide, dies

Person of interestWilliam Blake

1827 William Blake, English poet and artist (Songs of Innocence & Experience), dies at 69

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • 1830 Franz de Paula Roser, composer, dies at 50

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

1848 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Guage), dies of pleurisy at 67

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • 1849 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88
  • 1857 William Daniel Conybeare, geologist, dies
  • 1861 Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)
  • 1864 Sakuma Shōzan, Japanese reformer (b. 1811)
  • 1865 William Jackson Hooker, botanist, dies
  • 1877 James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)
  • 1883 Last Quagga, (zebra with less slashes), dies in Amsterdam zoo
  • 1885 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist, dies at 65

  • 1885 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), dies at 54
  • 1891 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies
  • 1896 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1900 James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42
  • 1900 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  • 1901 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  • 1904 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), dies of epileptic convulsions at 43
  • 1911 Jozef Israels, painter, dies
  • 1911 Petrus H Hugenholtz, Dutch reformist vicar (Levenslicht), dies at 79

Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

1914 John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74

  • 1918 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1922 Arthur Griffith, Irish nationalist/president (Sinn Fein), dies
  • 1928 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1934 Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • 1935 Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (Schottky's theorem), dies at 84
  • 1938 Ludwig Borchardt, German Egyptologist, dies at 74
  • 1941 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • 1943 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer, dies at 76
  • 1944 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1952 David Bergelson, Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)

Person of interestThomas Mann

1955 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • 1955 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1959 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • 1964 Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56
  • 1968 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • 1968 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
  • 1969 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • 1973 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • 1973 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1973 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1976 Thomas Edward Driberg, 1st baron Bradwell, journalist, dies
  • 1982 Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestHenry Fonda

1982 Henry Fonda, actor (On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77

  • 1982 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • 1982 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • 1983 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • 1985 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • 1985 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1985 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • 1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat, US musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

1989 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • 1989 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 1990 Dorothy Mackaill, actress (Love Affair), dies of kidney failure at 87
  • 1990 Sara Seegar, [Stone], actor (Mystery of Room 13), dies at 76
  • 1990 B. Kliban, American cartoonist known for his drawings of cats, usually with horrible puns (Love to Eat Them Mousies), dies at 55
  • 1991 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 1991 William Gordon, screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies
  • 1992 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1992 Patricia Harmsworth, Lady Rothermere, [Bubbles], English socialite and actress, dies at 59
  • 1992 Mazoon al-Mashani, 2nd wife of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Queen Mother of Oman, dies at about 72
  • 1993 Jerome Thor, American actor (Riot in Juvenile Prison), dies of cardiac at 69
  • 1994 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1994 Manfred Salzgeber, German film distributor/publicist, dies at about 51
  • 1995 Frank Cvitanovich, filmmaker, dies at 68
  • 1996 Anthony Derrick Parsons, diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1996 Victor Ambartsumian, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50), dies at 87
  • 1997 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • 1999 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • 1999 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75

Person of interestLoretta Young

2000 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), dies of ovarian cancer at 87

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • 2000 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, dies at 71
  • 2002 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2004 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005 John Loder, co-founder of the anarcho-punk band CRASS (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), dies at 73
  • 2007 Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2008 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • 2009 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, dies from injuries following a fall at 85
  • 2010 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), dies from complications of liver cancer at 64
  • 2010 Isaac Bonewits, founder of U.S. Druid organization Ar Ndraiocht Fein (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Robert Robinson, British television presenter (Ask The Family, Call My Bluff) (b. 1927)
  • 2014 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89