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Famous Deaths on January 11

  • 705 John VI, Catholic Pope (701-05), dies
  • 802 St. Paulinus II of Aquileia
  • 812 Staurakios, Byzantine Emperor
  • 844 Michael I Rhangabes, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1055 Constantine IX Monomachos, emperor of Byzantium, dies
  • 1083 Otto of Nordheim, Duke of Bavaria (c. 1020)
  • 1494 Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
  • 1495 Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1547 Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
  • 1552 Johannes Cochlaeus [Dobeneck], German humanist/theologist, dies
  • 1641 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1641 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583)
  • 1650 Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49
  • 1674 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), dies at 58
  • 1696 Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • 1703 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
  • 1713 Pierre Jurieu, French Protestant leader (b. 1637)
  • 1735 Danilo I, Vladika of Montenegro (b. c. 1670)
  • 1753 Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (providing the foundation of the British Museum), dies at 92
  • 1762 Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
  • 1763 Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
  • 1771 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French author, dies at 66
  • 1775 Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
  • 1775 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
  • 1784 Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1788 François Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • 1791 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
  • 1797 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1801 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), dies at 51
  • 1836 John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1843 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63
  • 1847 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, dies at 83
  • 1856 Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
  • 1867 Sir Stuart Donaldson, first Premier of the Colony of New South Wales (b. 1812)
  • 1868 Henry Haywood Bell, U.S. Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 59
  • 1870 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, dies at 73

Gail Borden

1874 Gail Borden, American manufacturer and inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72

  • 1877 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 85
  • 1882 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, dies at 71
  • 1891 Georges-Eugene, Baron Haussmann, French administrator and architect, dies at 81
  • 1893 Benjamin F Butler, US gen/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly), dies at 74
  • 1898 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), dies at 86
  • 1901 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer, dies at 34
  • 1902 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1905 Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Warsaw, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)
  • 1914 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery was named (b. 1842)

Constantine I

1923 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54

  • 1927 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, dies at 41
  • 1928 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • 1929 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28
  • 1931 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1941 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1943 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, dies at 66
  • 1943 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • 1944 Galeazzo count of Cortellazzo Ciano, Italian politician, dies
  • 1947 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • 1950 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Jean JM de Lattre de Tassigny, gen (N-Africa/Indo-China), dies at 61
  • 1952 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, dies at 66
  • 1953 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1953 Ernst Herman van Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • 1953 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet), dies at 58
  • 1953 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • 1954 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 77
  • 1954 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • 1954 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • 1955 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • 1957 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1958 Alec Rowley, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1959 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • 1960 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • 1961 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • 1966 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1966 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • 1966 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • 1969 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1971 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • 1973 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • 1973 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • 1975 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • 1976 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • 1978 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • 1978 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1979 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), dies of esophageal cancer at 61
  • 1979 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, dies at 94
  • 1980 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • 1981 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • 1983 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • 1983 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • 1984 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1984 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81
  • 1985 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 1986 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • 1987 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1988 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1988 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • 1988 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1990 Mary Jane Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Second Wife), dies
  • 1990 Kittens Reichert [Catherine Alma Reichert], American silent screen child actor [House of Cards, Les Misérables], dies at 79
  • 1991 Jason Christmas, dies of a gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49
  • 1993 Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
  • 1994 John Bradley, United States Navy corpsman, one of six who raised flag on top of Mt. Suribachi (see Iwo Jima), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1994 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, American jazz piano player and composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician (b. 1902)
  • 1995 John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
  • 1995 Onat Kutlar, Turkish screenplay/producer (Hazal), murdered at 59
  • 1995 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 1996 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • 1996 Harold Walter Bailey, British philologist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), dies at 97
  • 1997 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • 1997 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), dies at 89
  • 1998 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • 1999 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen), dies at 101
  • 1999 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 1999 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 2000 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), dies at 92
  • 2000 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), dies at 88
  • 2000 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79
  • 2000 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), dies at 76
  • 2000 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • 2001 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • 2002 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 2002 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • 2002 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 65
  • 2002 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), dies from multiple medical condition complications at 41
  • 2003 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2003 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • 2003 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • 2003 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74
  • 2004 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 2005 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"; New Riders of the Purple Sage) dies of colon cancer at 66
  • 2005 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • 2005 Jimmy Griffin, American pop singer, guitarist and songwriter, (Bread), and Academy Award winner ("For All We Know"), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2006 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • 2006 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • 2007 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • 2008 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Edmund Hillary

2008 Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

  • 2009 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2009 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), dies at 95
  • 2010 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • 2010 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2010 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), dies at 89
  • 2011 David Nelson, American actor, director, and producer (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 74
  • 2013 Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26
  • 2013 Lars Werner, Swedish communist leader, dies at 77
  • 2013 Mariangela Melato, Italian actress (Swept Away; Flash Gordon: Summer Night), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2014 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), dies from heart failure at 85

Anita Ekberg

2015 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

  • 2016 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • 2017 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, dies at 83
  • 2017 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62
  • 2018 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89
  • 2019 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49
  • 2021 Colin McDonald, Australian cricket batsman (47 Tests, 5 x 100s; Victoria), dies at 92
  • 2021 Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), dies at 89

Sheldon Adelson

2021 Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands casino company) and major political donor to the GOP and Israel, dies at 87 [1]

  • 2021 Kathleen Heddle, Canadian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair, 8's 1992; double sculls 1996), dies from breast and lymph node cancer at 55
  • 2021 William Edgar Thornton, American medical doctor, USAF officer, and astronaut (STS-8, STS-51B), dies at 91
January 11 Highlights