On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 12

  • 783 Bertrada of Laon, Frankish queen sometimes referred to as "Bertha Broadfoot", and mother of Charlemange the Great, dies
  • 1073 Johannes Gualbertus, Italian monk/saint, dies
  • 1429 Jean de Gerson, French theologian (Theologica mystic), dies at 65
  • 1441 Ashikaga Yoshinori, Japanese shōgun (1429-41), assassinated in evening play by the Akamatsu family at 48
  • 1450 Jack Cade is slain in a revolt against English King Henry VI

Erasmus

1536 Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies at 69

  • 1545 Maria Manuela van Portugal, niece of Spanish King Philip II, dies
  • 1575 Renée of France, duchess of Ferrara and daughter of French King Louis XII, dies at 63
  • 1584 Steven Borough, English explorer, dies at 58
  • 1633 Simon Besler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1640 Henry Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz, dies
  • 1664 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (b. 1610)
  • 1682 Jean Picard, French astronomer, dies at 61
  • 1693 John Ashby, English admiral
  • 1708 William of Nassau de Zuylenstein, Earl of Rochford, Dutch soldier and diplomat, dies
  • 1712 Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1658-59), dies at 85
  • 1742 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1749 Charles de la Boische, Marquis de Beauharnois, Governor of New France
  • 1773 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, dies at 76

Alexander Hamilton

1804 Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father and 1st Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken at 49

William Howe

1814 William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, British Military Leader (commander of British forces in the American Revolutionary War), dies at 84

  • 1835 David Douglas, Scottish botanist (Douglas fir), dies from falling in to a pit trap while surveying Mauna Kea in Hawaiʻi at 35
  • 1844 Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher, dies at 63
  • 1845 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, dies at 37
  • 1849 Dolley Madison, 4th First Lady Of The United States (b. 1768)
  • 1850 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), dies at 78
  • 1874 Fritz Reuter, German novelist, dies at 63
  • 1882 Alfred Pease, American composer, dies at 44
  • 1883 Hermann Zopff, composer, dies at 57
  • 1892 Cyrus West Field, American financier noted for success of 1st transatlantic cable, dies at 72

Alexander Cartwright

1892 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), dies at 72

  • 1897 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1898 Paul Voulet, French captain/mass murderer in Senegal, dies
  • 1899 Esquire Mauritius A de Savornin Lohman, Governor of Suriname, dies at 67
  • 1902 Pieter Caland, Dutch hydraulic engineer (New Waterway), dies at 74
  • 1906 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Brazilian composer, conductor and educator, dies at 70
  • 1910 Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd), dies at 32
  • 1916 Aritius S Talma, Dutch minister of Agriculture, dies at 52
  • 1917 François Fournier, Swiss-French postage stamp forger, dies at 71
  • 1918 Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, dies at 54
  • 1918 William McComb, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 89
  • 1926 Charles Wood, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • 1929 Robert Henri, American painter (The Eight) and leader of Ashcan school of painting, dies at 63
  • 1933 Willem H Drucker, lawyer, dies at 45
  • 1934 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American industrialist and inventor (outboard marine engine), dies at 57

Alfred Dreyfus

1935 Alfred Dreyfus, French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), dies at 75

  • 1945 Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1945 Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, German field marshal (German Air Force-WW II), dies at 49
  • 1946 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), dies at 76
  • 1947 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1949 Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
  • 1950 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • 1953 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1956 Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), dies at 80
  • 1961 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • 1962 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), and aviator, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1964 William Solomon, South African cricketer (Test 1898-99), dies
  • 1966 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • 1973 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), dies of heart failure at 67
  • 1975 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), dies at 80
  • 1976 Ted Mack, American TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • 1977 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • 1977 Frantisek Suchy, Czech oboist and composer (Moravian Wind Quintet), dies at 75
  • 1979 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • 1979 Minnie Ripperton [Andrea Davis], American pop, R&B, and disco singer-songwriter ("Lovin' You"), dies of breast cancer at 31
  • 1980 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • 1981 Ben Seijes, historian (WWII), dies at 73
  • 1981 Merrill Ellis, American classical and experimental music composer, and performer (Kaleidoscope; Mutations), dies at 64
  • 1982 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House) dies of Parkinson's disease at 67
  • 1983 Chris Wood, British rock saxophone and flute player (Traffic; Ginger Baker's Air Force, Jimi Hendrix), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1988 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific), dies at 79 of palsy
  • 1988 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • 1990 Richard R Briggs, dies after short illness at 71
  • 1990 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, dies at 73
  • 1992 Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies
  • 1992 Carla van Neste, Belgian classical violinist (Trio Reine Elisabeth), dies at 78
  • 1993 Gusti Huber, Austrian American actress, (The Diary of Anne Frank), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1993 Lily van Lugt Melsert, Dutch actress (Tomorrow Will Be Better), dies at 91
  • 1993 Dan Eldon, British-Kenyan photojournalist, killed in Somalia while working for Reuters at 22
  • 1994 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, dies at 56
  • 1994 Henk Terlingen, radio/TV-host (Sport in Image), dies at 52
  • 1994 James Bysse Joll, British historian, dies at 76
  • 1995 Alan David Marks, American concert pianist, dies of cancer at 49
  • 1995 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 69
  • 1995 Ernie Furtado, American jazz double-bassist, dies at 72
  • 1995 Michael Clegg, English naturalist and TV presenter (Clegg's People), dies at 62
  • 1996 (Andrew) Rodger Waterson, Scottish zoologist, specializing in malacology (mollusks) and entomology (insects), dies at 84
  • 1996 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • 1996 John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • 1996 John Chancellor, American journalist and news anchor (Voice Of America, 1965-67; NBC Nightly News, 1970-82), dies at 68
  • 1996 Jonathan Melvoin, American funk-rock keyboardist (Prince; Smashing Pumpkins, 1995-96), dies of a heroin overdose at 34
  • 1996 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • 1998 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • 1998 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, dies at 91
  • 1999 Bill Owen [William Owen Rowbotham], British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Not So Dusty), dies from pancreatic cancer at 85
  • 2000 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
  • 2000 Merrill Bradshaw, American composer, and music professor (Brigham Young, 1957-94), dies at 71

Edward Lee Howard

2002 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

  • 2003 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, dies at 93
  • 2004 Jean Ruth Adams, American entomologist (insect pathogens and viruses), dies at 75 or 76
  • 2004 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • 2005 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, dies at 87
  • 2007 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • 2007 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Robert Burås, Norwegian rock guitarist (Madrugada; My Midnight Creeps), dies at 31
  • 2008 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), dies of brain cancer at 62
  • 2009 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • 2009 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
  • 2010 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), dies at 70
  • 2010 Paulo Moura, Brazilian jazz and swing clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 2010 Buff Cobb [Patrizia Cobb Chapman], American actress and TV personality (Masquerade Party), dies at 82
  • 2010 James P. Hogan, British sci-fi author (Giants' Star), dies at 69
  • 2011 Sherwood Schwartz, American Television Writer (b. 1916)
  • 2011 David Carr, British rock keyboardist (The Fortunes, 1963-68 - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again" ), dies at 67
  • 2012 Alimuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62), dies at 81
  • 2013 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2013 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), dies at 91
  • 2013 Amar Bose, American entrepreneur and academic (M.I.T., Bose Corporation), dies at 83
  • 2016 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84
  • 2017 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • 2017 Scharlette Holdman, American death penalty mitigation specialist, dies at 70
  • 2018 Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, dies at 77
  • 2018 Len Chappell, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1964 NY Knicks; All-American 1962 Wake Forest Uni), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • 2020 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 75
  • 2020 Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), dies at 76
  • 2020 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), dies at 79 [1]
  • 2020 Kelly Preston, American actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale), dies of breast cancer at 57
  • 2020 Judy Dyble, British folk singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2021 Paul Orndorff, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame 2005; WCW World Tag Team C'ship [Paul Roma] 1995; "Mr Wonderful"), dies at 71
  • 2021 John L. Rotz, American thoroughbred jockey (Preakness Stakes 1962; Belmont Stakes 1970; Racing Hall of Fame 1983), dies at 86
July 12 Highlights