On This Day

Famous Deaths on February 25

  • 779 Walburgis, Anglo-Saxon abbess/saint (Walpurgis Night), dies
  • 1246 Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd, 1st to take name Prince of Wales, dies at about 33
  • 1247 Hendrik IV, duke of Limburg/earl of Bergen (1226-47), dies
  • 1495 Djem Sultan, son of Turkish sultan Mehmed II, dies at 35
  • 1522 William Lilye, English classical scholar
  • 1536 Berthold Haller, German-born reformer (b. 1492)
  • 1553 Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
  • 1558 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, dies at 59
  • 1601 Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth I
  • 1602 Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
  • 1643 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1655 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (b. 1580)
  • 1682 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, murdered at 38
  • 1713 Frederick I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
  • 1715 Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), dies at 74
  • 1719 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian composer, dies at 66

Christopher Wren

1723 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

  • 1756 Eliza Haywood, English actress and novelist (Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry), dies at 63
  • 1798 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
  • 1805 Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
  • 1826 Peter von der Pahlen, Baltic courtier and military governor of St Petersburg, dies at 80
  • 1841 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, dies at 57
  • 1850 Daoguang, 8th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, dies at 67
  • 1851 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1852 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1860 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)
  • 1865 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Zwischen Himmel und Erde), dies at 47
  • 1878 Townsend Harris, American diplomat (1st Western consul to reside in Japan), dies at 73
  • 1894 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), dies at 51
  • 1899 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82
  • 1901 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1902 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1912 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1905-12), dies at 59
  • 1914 John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93
  • 1915 George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies
  • 1919 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1920 Prince Louis of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein nobleman and politician, dies at 73
  • 1922 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
  • 1934 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1940 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, dies at 89
  • 1942 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • 1945 Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer and modernist, dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1947 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1950 George Minot, American physician (Nobel 1934 - introduction of a raw-liver diet in the treatment of pernicious anemia), dies at 64
  • 1953 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • 1956 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1957 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70
  • 1960 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • 1962 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 1964 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and water colors painter, dies at 76
  • 1964 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 1966 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1967 John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
  • 1967 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1968 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • 1969 Jan Zajic, Czech student, who died setting himself alight to protest the Communist takeover at 18
  • 1970 Mark Rothko [Marcus Rothkovich], American abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
  • 1971 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86
  • 1974 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67

Elijah Muhammad

1975 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), dies of heart failure at 77

  • 1977 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84
  • 1978 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • 1982 J K Irani, cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1983 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

Tennessee Williams

1983 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

  • 1987 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1988 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • 1991 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)), dies at 41
  • 1992 Guy Deghy, actor (Matter of Who, 1 Eyed Soldiers), dies at 79
  • 1992 John E Allen Jr, actor (1 2 3), dies
  • 1992 Ollie O'Toole, dies after long illness at 79
  • 1993 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1993 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (social dem, 1965-69), dies
  • 1993 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • 1993 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), dies at 80
  • 1994 Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42
  • 1994 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies
  • 1994 Wladyslaw Sila Lawyer Adviser to Solidarity-Nowicki, dies at 80
  • 1994 Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
  • 1995 Jack Clayton, British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
  • 1995 Oh Jin Woo, Korean minister of defense, dies
  • 1995 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • 1996 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), murdered at 55
  • 1996 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • 1996 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 1997 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • 1998 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • 1998 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • 1998 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • 1998 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, dies at 82
  • 1998 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1999 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951), dies at 86

Donald Bradman

2001 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), dies of pneumonia at 92

  • 2003 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82
  • 2004 Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Peter Benenson, Britsh founder of Amnesty International, dies at 83
  • 2005 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies of a stroke at 65
  • 2006 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • 2006 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • 2008 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2008 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2009 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • 2009 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • 2009 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2010 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish paediatrician, academic and the founder of YÖK, dies at 94
  • 2011 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • 2012 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2012 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • 2012 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2012 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, dies at 78
  • 2012 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2013 C Everett Koop, American pediatric surgeon, health administrator and 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), dies at 96
  • 2013 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), dies of ALS at 64
  • 2014 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • 2016 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2017 Bill Paxton, American actor (True Lies; Twister; Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • 2017 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • 2018 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), dies at 78
  • 2019 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64
  • 2019 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, dies at 88

Hosni Mubarak

2020 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, dies at 91

  • 2021 John Geddert, American gymnastics coach (US head coach London Olympic Team 2012), dies from self-inflicted gunshot wounds at 63
  • 2021 Jim Johnson, Australian jockey (Melbourne Cup: Gatum Gatum 1963, Rain Lover 1968, 69), dies at 92
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