Famous Deaths on August 25

  • 79 Gaius Plinius Secundus, [Pliny the Elder], Roman admiral/writer, dies during eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • 383 Gratian (Flavius Gratianus), Emperor of Rome (375-383), murdered at 25
  • 471 Gennadius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 458)
  • 882 Louis III, King of France (879-82), dies at 19
  • 1192 Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1142)
  • 1270 Louis IX (Saint Louis), King of France (1226-70), dies from plague at 56
  • 1282 Thomas Cantilupe, English saint (b. ca 1218)
  • 1330 Sir James Douglas, Scottish soldier (b. 1286)
  • 1346 Louis of Nevers, Count of Flanders, dies in battle

Person of interestMargaret of Anjou

1482 Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England, dies at 52

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
  • 1554 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies
  • 1556 David Jorisz, Flemish glass blower/sect leader, dies at about 54
  • 1580 Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg, last archbishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1632 Thomas Dekker, English dramatist (b. ca. 1572)
  • 1649 Richard Crashaw, English clergyman/poet, dies at about 36

Person of interestHenry Morgan

1688 Henry Morgan, Welsh pirate and privateer who raided Spanish settlements and shipping, dies at 53

Pirate Henry Morgan
Pirate
Henry Morgan

  • 1699 King Christian V of Denmark (b. 1646)
  • 1711 Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey, English politician
  • 1742 José António Carlos de Seixas, Portuguese composer, dies at 38
  • 1773 Franz Nikolaus Novotny, composer, dies at 29
  • 1774 Nicolo Jommelli, composer, dies at 59

Person of interestDavid Hume

1776 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65

Philosopher David Hume
Philosopher
David Hume
  • 1789 Mary Ball Washington, mother of George, dies
  • 1791 Pietro Domenico Paradisi, composer, dies
  • 1792 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)

Person of interestJames Watt

1819 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), dies at 83

Inventor, Engineer and Chemist James Watt
Inventor, Engineer and Chemist
James Watt

Person of interestWilliam Herschel

1822 William Herschel, German-British astronomer (discovered Uranus), dies at 83

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • 1835 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, dies at 22
  • 1840 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, dies at 44
  • 1842 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, composer, dies at 80
  • 1846 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller and naturalist, dies at 73
  • 1867 Michael Faraday, English scientist who discovered principle of electric motor, dies at 75
  • 1868 Costache Negruzzi, Romanian author/poet, dies at about 60
  • 1868 Henry P Scholte, Dutch/US vicar (Iowa), dies at 62
  • 1868 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch 2nd member of parliament, dies at 66
  • 1885 Reuben Fenton, American merchant and politician (22nd Governor of New York), dies at 66
  • 1900 Kuroda Kiyotaka, 2nd Prime Minister of Japan (1894-1899), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 59

Person of interestFriedrich Nietzsche

1900 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and philologist (Übermensch and the doctrine of eternal return), dies at 55

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 1901 Clara Maass, army nurse sacrificied her life at 25 to prove that the mosquito carries yellow fever
  • 1904 William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)

Person of interestHenri Becquerel

1908 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), dies at 55

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel

  • 1908 Eyre Massey Shaw, British first chief of London Fire Brigade, dies at 78
  • 1924 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)
  • 1925 Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austro-Hungarian field marshal (b. 1852)
  • 1929 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63
  • 1936 Grigory Zinoviev [Hirsch Apfelbaum], Russian revolutionary, dies at 52
  • 1938 Aleksandr Kuprin, Russian author (Jama), dies at 67
  • 1939 Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • 1942 George EAE, English prince/earl of St Andrews, dies in battle at 39
  • 1942 Panayot Pipkov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1942 W van Daalen, opposition leader on Celebes, beheaded
  • 1942 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent (b. 1902)
  • 1943 Johan Petter Johansson, Swedish inventor and industrialist (modern adjustable spanner), dies at 86
  • 1944 Krijn van den Helm, resistance fighter (KP Leeuwarden), shot to death
  • 1944 Mussa Dshalil, writer, dies
  • 1945 John Birch, American intelligence officer and missionary (b. 1918)
  • 1947 Clark Wissler, American anthropologist (American Indian), dies at 76
  • 1950 Earl Caddock, professional wrestler (b. 1888)
  • 1956 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), dies from a heart ailment and pneumonia at 62
  • 1957 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, dies at 74
  • 1965 Moonlight Graham, American baseball player
  • 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, head of American Nazi Party, assassinated

Person of interestPaul Muni

1967 Paul Muni, actor (Good Earth), dies after lengthy illness at 71

Actor Paul Muni
Actor
Paul Muni
  • 1967 Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1883)
  • 1968 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies from emphysema at 70
  • 1968 Stan McCabe, Australian cricketer (39 Tests for Australia 1930-38), dies at 58
  • 1971 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • 1972 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • 1972 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Frans van Amelsvoort, choir conductor, dies at 75
  • 1975 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • 1976 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author (Nobel-1974), dies at 76
  • 1976 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricketer (6 Tests 1928-30, 17 wickets), dies at 77
  • 1979 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • 1980 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • 1982 John AM "Hans" van Tongeren, actor (Hunk), commits suicide at 27

Person of interestTruman Capote

1984 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • 1984 Waite Hoyte, knuckleball pitcher, dies at 84
  • 1984 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • 1985 Samantha Smith, actress (Elizabeth-Lime Street), dies in plane at 13
  • 1986 Allen Case, actor (Deputy, Legend of Jesse James), dies at 51
  • 1988 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), dies at 77
  • 1989 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • 1990 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Don Nute, American actor, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1991 Niven Busch, American writer (Duel in the Sun), dies
  • 1991 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • 1992 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • 1992 Frederick O'Neal, American actor, theatre producer and television director (Pinky, Car 54 Where Are You), dies from natural causes at 86
  • 1992 Jan G Toonder, writer (Castle in Ireland), dies at 78
  • 1993 Amy Biehl, US activist in South-Africa, murdered at 26
  • 1994 Ramdas Nayak, Indies hindu leader/politician, murdered at about 52
  • 1995 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • 1995 R B Hudmon, R&B/Soul Singer, dies at 41
  • 1996 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh, actor/lawyer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • 1996 Erskine Childers, UN official/civil servant, dies at 67
  • 1996 Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • 1997 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 1997 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • 1998 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), dies at 90
  • 1999 Rob Fisher, English musician (b. 1956)
  • 2000 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), dies at 99
  • 2000 Jack Nitzsche, American record producer (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Nils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • 2001 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • 2001 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • 2001 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • 2002 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • 2005 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2007 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 2008 John Thoday, British geneticist, dies at 91
  • 2008 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • 2008 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • 2009 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)

Person of interestNeil Armstrong

2012 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 2013 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • 2015 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, dies at 90
  • 2016 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86
  • 2016 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), dies at 84
  • 2016 Marvin Kaplan, American actor (Top Cat, Henry-Alice), dies at 89
  • 2016 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), dies at 91

Person of interestJohn McCain

2018 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), dies of brain cancer at 81

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain