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 John [Jean C] Gerson, Fren theologist (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

Person of interestErasmus

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

Humanist and Theologian Erasmus
Humanist and Theologian
Erasmus
  • 1545 Maria Manuela van Portugal, niece of Spanish king Philip II, dies
  • 1575 Renée/Renata de France, duchess of Ferara/daughter of Louis XII, dies
  • 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
  • 1712 Richard Cromwell, English Lord Protector (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

Person of interestAlexander 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

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton

Person of interestWilliam Howe

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

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe
  • 1839 Christian Traugott Tag, composer, dies at 62
  • 1844 Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher, dies at 63
  • 1845 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (b. 1808)
  • 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 Humphreys Pease, 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

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

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

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1897 Felix Godefroid, 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, composer, dies at 70
  • 1910 Charles Stewart Rolls, British engineer and aviator (b. 1887)
  • 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

Person of interestGertrude Bell

1926 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), dies at 57

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • 1926 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • 1929 Robert Henri, US painter (The Eight), dies at 63
  • 1933 Willem H Drucker, lawyer, dies at 45
  • 1934 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor and industrialist (b. 1877)
  • 1935 Alfred Dreyfus, French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), dies at 75
  • 1945 Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 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 composer, dies at 79

  • 1953 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • 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 (b. 1907)
  • 1964 William Solomon, South African cricketer (Test 1898-99), dies
  • 1966 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • 1971 Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1973 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera), dies after long illness at 67
  • 1976 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • 1977 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • 1977 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • 1979 Kalervo Tuukkanen, composer, dies at 69
  • 1979 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • 1980 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • 1981 Ben Seijes, historian (WWII), dies at 73
  • 1982 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House) dies of Parkinson's disease at 67
  • 1983 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • 1988 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer, 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
  • 1993 Gusti Huber, Mother of Bibi Besch, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1993 Lily van Lugt Melsert, actress (Tomorrow will be better), dies at 91
  • 1993 Dan Eldon, British photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 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, pianist/composer, dies at 49
  • 1995 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ernie Furtado, bassist, dies at 72
  • 1995 Michael Clegg, naturalist/broadcaster, dies at 62
  • 1996 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar Naturalist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 John Boon, English publisher (MiIls and Boon), dies at 79
  • 1996 John Chancellor, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68
  • 1996 John William Chancellor, journalist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • 1996 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • 1996 William Darling, journalist, dies at 73
  • 1998 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • 1998 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 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

Person of interestEdward Lee Howard

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

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • 2003 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • 2004 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • 2005 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, Chief executive of British Airways since its privitisation (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • 2007 Mr. Butch, Iconic Boston street figure (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 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 (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), dies from complications related to brain cancer at 62
  • 2010 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 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, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 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