Famous People Who Died in 1912

  • Jan 3 Felix Dahn, German historian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, English physician and feminist, dies at 71
  • Jan 14 Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Georg Heym, German writer, dies in an ice skating accident at 24
  • Jan 24 James Allen, English writer (As a Man Thinketh), dies at 47
  • Jan 28 Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
  • Jan 29 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, dies at 54
  • Feb 10 Joseph Lister, British surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic surgery), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (1st to identify leprosy as bacteria), dies at 70 [1]
  • Feb 16 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • Feb 17 Alois Lexa von Aehrenthal, Austrian diplomat (Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary 1906-12), dies at 57
  • Feb 17 Edgar Evans, Welsh explorer (part of Robert Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica), dies attempting to return from the Pole at 35
  • Feb 22 Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree's Handatlas), dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1905-12), dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Bill Storer, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
  • Mar 1 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Danish politician (Council President of Denmark), dies at 72
  • Mar 6 August Toepler, German physicist, dies at 75
  • Mar 15 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • Mar 17 Lawrence "Titus" Oates, British explorer (Antarctica), sacrifices himself during the Terra Nova Expedition at 32
  • Mar 22 Henry Harrison Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 79

Robert Falcon ScottRobert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)

Mar 29 British explorer and leader of the ill-fated south pole expedition, dies in Antarctica at 43

  • Mar 30 Karl May, German writer (Winnetou/Kara Ben Nemsi), dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Charles Brantley Aycock, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901-05), dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Isaac Kauffman Funk, American publisher (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 72

Clara BartonClara Barton (1821-1912)

Apr 12 American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, dies of tuberculosis at 90

  • Apr 13 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author, dies at 26
  • Apr 14 Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)

Edward SmithEdward Smith (1850-1912)

Apr 15 English naval captain of the RMS Titanic, dies when the ship sinks in the Atlantic Ocean aged 62

  • Apr 15 John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman & soldier (richest passenger aboard the Titanic), dies aboard the Titanic at 47
  • Apr 15 William T. Stead, British newspaper editor (The Pall Mall Gazette), dies in the sinking of the Titanic at 62

Bram StokerBram Stoker (1847-1912)

Apr 20 Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), dies at 64

  • Apr 20 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, dies at 64
  • Apr 24 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 63
  • May 14 August Strindberg, Swedish writer (Deaddans), dies at 63
  • May 14 Frederik VIII C W K, King of Denmark (1906-12), dies at 68
  • May 19 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (The Outpost), dies at 64
  • May 19 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiosperms), dies at 68
  • May 25 Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (Governor of Maryland, 1908-12), dies at 52
  • May 26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • May 28 Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist, dies at 74

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright (1867-1912)

May 30 American aviator (Wright Brothers), dies at 45

  • Jun 1 Daniel Burnham, American architect and urban designer (built skyscrapers), dies at 65
  • Jun 3 Julius A. De Lagnel, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 84
  • Jun 9 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), dies at 60
  • Jun 10 Anton Aškerc, Slovenian poet (b. 1856)
  • Jun 11 Leon Dierx, French poet (Amants), dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901), dies
  • Jun 25 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch-British painter, dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Louis Antoine, Belgian miner and sect leader, dies at about 65
  • Jun 27 George Bonnor, Australian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128; NSW CA, Victoria CA), dies from a heart attack at 57

Harriet QuimbyHarriet Quimby (1875-1912)

Jul 1 American pioneering aviator, 1st woman in the US to receive a pilot certificate and to cross the English Channel, dies in a plane crash at 37 after her biplane unexpectedly pitched forward and threw her and her passenger to their deaths [1]

  • Jul 2 Tom Richardson, England cricket fast bowler (88 Test wickets), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Jul 3 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 75
  • Jul 15 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • Jul 17 Dorothy Goetz Berlin, newlywed bride of songwriter Irving Berlin, dies of typhoid fever contracted during their Havana honeymoon at 20
  • Jul 17 Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (Poincaré conjecture), dies at 58
  • Jul 20 Andrew Lang, Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and anthropologist (Andrew Lang's Fairy Books), dies at 68
  • Jul 30 Emperor Meiji [Mutsuhito], 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60
  • Aug 7 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)

Jules MassenetJules Massenet (1842-1912)

Aug 13 French opera composer (Werther; Manon), dies of abdominal cancer at 70

  • Aug 13 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement, dies of cancer at 73
  • Aug 19 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67

William BoothWilliam Booth (1829-1912)

Aug 20 English preacher and founder of the Salvation Army, dies at 83 [1]

  • Aug 24 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), dies at 62
  • Sep 1 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), dies at 37
  • Sep 5 Arthur MacArthur, Jr., U.S. Army general (b. 1845)
  • Sep 12 Pierre-Hector Cardinal Coullie, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon
  • Sep 13 Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
  • Oct 1 Mary Frances Allitsen, Nritish mezzo-soprano, voice coach, and composer (Psalm 27: "The Lord is My Light"), dies at 63
  • Oct 3 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • Oct 4 Gen Zeledon, Nicaraguan opponent of US occupation, is executed
  • Oct 6 Auguste Beernaert, 14th Prime Minister of Belgium (1884-94) and Nobel Peace Prize laureare 1909, dies at 83
  • Oct 8 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Millie & Christine McCoy, American Siamese twins born slaves, die at 61
  • Oct 19 E. B. Dwyer, Austalian-born cricketer (Sussex bowler 1906-09), dies at 36
  • Oct 24 Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Zeesterre), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 James S. Sherman, 27th Vice President of the United States (1909-1912), dies at 57
  • Oct 30 Jan Karol Gall, Polish conductor and composer of mostly vocal pieces (Mizerna, cicha), dies at 55
  • Nov 6 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) with one finger and backlifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg)), dies at 49
  • Nov 11 Jose Canalejas Y Mendez, premier Spain, murdered
  • Nov 11 Józef Wieniawski, Polish pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, Spanish politician, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58
  • Nov 28 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, dies at 41
  • Dec 3 Prudente José de Morais Barros, 3rd President of Brazil (1894-98), dies at 61
  • Dec 7 George Darwin, theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
  • Dec 12 Luitpold von Bayern, prince-regent of Bayern, dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant, dies at 25
  • Dec 23 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist, dies at 62
  • Dec 30 Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter, German foreign minister, dies at 60