On This Day

Famous Deaths on January 25

  • 389 Gregory Nazianzus, theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 329)
  • 477 Geiseric, King of the Vandals and Alans
  • 844 Pope Gregory IV, Italian Pope (827-844)
  • 1067 Zhao Shu, Chinese Emperor Yingzong of Song (1063-67), dies of illness at 34
  • 1138 Anacletus II [Pietro Pierleone], Jewish anti-pope (1130-38), dies
  • 1139 Godfried I, with the Beard, duke of Brabant/earl of Leuven, dies
  • 1366 Henry Suso, German mystic
  • 1431 Charles II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1364)
  • 1494 Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies
  • 1547 Lieven Algoet, Flemish humanist, dies
  • 1573 Hirate Hirohide, Japanese samurai, dies at the Battle of Mikatagahara (b. 1553)
  • 1586 Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter, dies at 70
  • 1640 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), dies at 62
  • 1670 Nicholas II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1612)
  • 1726 Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (b. 1675)
  • 1733 Reinier V van Hompech, Dutch gen-maj cavalry, dies
  • 1733 Gilbert Heathcote, Mayor of London (b. 1652)
  • 1744 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64
  • 1751 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, dies at 75
  • 1820 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', dies at 79
  • 1821 Johan Valckenier, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 62
  • 1828 Caroline Lamb, English aristocrat, author (Glenarvon), wife of William Lamb, lover of Lord Byron, dies at 42
  • 1829 William Shield, composer, dies at 80
  • 1844 Horace H. Hayden, 1st American licensed dentist and cofounds 1st dental college, dies at 74
  • 1849 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1855 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • 1875 Leopold Jansa, Bohemian violinist, composer, and teacher, dies at 79
  • 1881 Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (Grand Kremlin Palace), dies at 86
  • 1882 Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • 1896 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies
  • 1899 Alfredo d'Escragnolle, French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
  • 1906 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), dies at 70
  • 1906 Pierre-Lambert Goossens, Belgian archbishop of Mechelen and Cardinal Primate of Belgium, dies at 78
  • 1907 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), dies at 27
  • 1908 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • 1908 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • 1910 Leon Walras, French economist (School of Lausanne), dies at 75
  • 1917 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • 1920 Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (Reclining Nude), dies at 35
  • 1921 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, dies at 43
  • 1925 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)
  • 1933 William Faulkes, English organist, transcriber and composer, dies at 59
  • 1940 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • 1942 Eugène Samuel-Holeman, Belgian composer, dies at 78
  • 1943 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • 1949 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1949 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • 1952 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • 1957 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • 1957 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • 1960 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), dies of an alcohol and drug overdose at 38
  • 1960 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • 1963 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
  • 1965 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, dies at 63
  • 1968 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • 1969 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • 1970 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), dies at 70
  • 1970 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • 1970 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • 1970 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, dies at 92
  • 1972 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • 1973 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • 1975 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, dies at 78
  • 1975 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78
  • 1977 Donald Kerr, American actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • 1978 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • 1979 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • 1980 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), dies at 75
  • 1980 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • 1981 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • 1981 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
  • 1982 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet party ideologist and statesman, dies at 79
  • 1986 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • 1986 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73
  • 1987 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • 1988 Colleen Moore, actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
  • 1990 Alexander Lockwood, actor (Duel), dies

Ava Gardner

1990 Ava Gardner, American actress (Barefoot Contessa, On the Beach), dies of pneumonia at 67

  • 1990 Ian Dudley Hardy, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • 1991 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • 1991 Stanley Brock, American actor (UHF, Hard to Kill, Ivan-He's the Mayor), dies of heart attack at 59
  • 1992 John Touchstone, American actor (Across Five Aprils), dies of cirrhosis at 59
  • 1992 Mahmoud Riad, Secretary-General of Arab League (1972-79), dies
  • 1992 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1992 Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
  • 1993 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • 1994 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85
  • 1995 John Smith, American actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), dies at 63
  • 1995 Peter Black, English TV critic, dies at 82
  • 1995 Tom Brugman, Dutch puppeteer (Brave Dodo), dies at 62
  • 1995 William Sylvester, American actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Gemini Man), dies at 72
  • 1996 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • 1996 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, dies at 68
  • 1997 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1997 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, dies at 68
  • 1998 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • 1998 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), dies at 70
  • 1999 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, dies at 109
  • 1999 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2001 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), dies at 88
  • 2002 Winston Place, English cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), dies at 87
  • 2003 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), dies at 85
  • 2004 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2005 Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2005 William Augustus Bootle, American judge (b. 1902)
  • 2005 Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
  • 2005 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), dies at 65
  • 2005 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), dies at 60
  • 2008 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • 2010 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Charles Mathias Jr., American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 87
  • 2012 Paavo Berglund, Finnish violinist and conductor (Helsinki Chamber Orchestra; Finnish RSO, 1956-72) dies aged 82
  • 2013 Zekkariyas [Cecil Womack], American soul songwriter, singer, and record producer (Womack & Womack - "Teardrops"), dies at 64
  • 2015 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • 2015 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2016 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • 2016 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), dies at 94
  • 2016 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101

Mary Tyler Moore

2017 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • 2017 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • 2017 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • 2017 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • 2018 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • 2019 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), dies at 101
  • 2019 Meshulam Riklis, Turkish-born Israeli businessman and husband of Pia Zadora, dies at 95
  • 2020 Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), dies at 91
  • 2021 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), dies at 84
  • 2021 Barry Heywood, British director of the British Antarctic Survey, dies at 83
  • 2022 Wim Jansen, Dutch soccer utility (65 caps; Feyenoord 415 games) and manager (SC Lokeren, Feyenoord, Celtic), dies from dementia at 75
January 25 Highlights