On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 11

  • 1183 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)
  • 1216 Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire
  • 1249 Adelheid van Schaarbeek, Flemish mystic/saint, dies
  • 1479 Johannes a San Facundo, Spanish Augustine saint, dies
  • 1488 James III, King of Scots (1460-88), killed in battle or assassinated soon after at Milltown near Bannockburn at 36
  • 1557 John III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1521-57), dies at 55
  • 1560 Marie Guise, French wife of King James V of Scotland and mother and regent of Mary Queen of Scots, dies at 44
  • 1665 Kenelm Digby, English philosopher and diplomat, dies at 61
  • 1666 Cornelis Evertsen the Elder, Dutch-Swiss vice-admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • 1674 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns, dies at 52
  • 1695 André Félibien, French architect (b. 1619)
  • 1698 Balthasar Bekker, Frisian theologist (Enchanted World), dies at 64
  • 1712 Louis Joseph, duc de Vendôme, Marshal of France (b. 1654)

Person of interestGeorge I

1727 George I, King of England (1714-27), dies of a stroke at 67

King George I
King
George I
  • 1764 Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer, dies at 74
  • 1766 Elisabeth Farnese, Princess of Parma and Queen of Spain (1714-24), dies at 73

  • 1775 Egidio Romoaldo Duni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1796 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and Member of Parliament, dies at 75
  • 1796 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (6th President of the Confederation Congress), dies at 58
  • 1808 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1811 Charles Frederick, liberal ruler of Baden, dies at 82
  • 1825 Daniel D. Tompkins, American politician, 6th US Vice President (1817-25), dies at 50
  • 1828 Dugald Stewart, Scottish philosopher and mathematician (Scottish common sense), dies at 74
  • 1847 John Franklin, English rear admiral and explorer (Arctic), dies at 61
  • 1852 Karl Briullov, Russian painter, dies at 52
  • 1856 Friedrich H von der Hagen, German germanist, dies at 76
  • 1858 Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (b. 1773)
  • 1879 Willem, (crown)prince of Orange, dies of bronchitis or murder at 39
  • 1882 Louis Désiré Maigret, French Catholic prelate, dies at 77
  • 1886 Antonio C G Crespo, Brazilian/Portuguese poet, dies at 40
  • 1896 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1900 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1903 King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia are assassinated by a group of army officers as part of a coup
  • 1903 Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1906 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Das Lied der Menschheit), dies at 50
  • 1907 John Tyler Morgan, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 82
  • 1908 Georg Adler, Polish state economist, dies at 45
  • 1911 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist, dies at 96
  • 1912 Leon Dierx, French poet (Amants), dies at 74
  • 1913 Machmud Shevket Pasha, Turks grand vizier, murdered
  • 1914 Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1848)

  • 1924 Alexander de Savornin Lohman, Dutch minister and party leader (CHU), dies at 87
  • 1924 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1927 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), dies at 65
  • 1929 Gyula Andrássy, Jr., Hungarian politician (Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary (1918-20)), dies at 68
  • 1930 George Alexander, British cricketer (two early Tests for Australia), dies at 79
  • 1930 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, dies at 72
  • 1934 Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (b. 1896)
  • 1936 Robert E. Howard, American pulp fiction author (Conan the Barbarian), commits suicide aged 30
  • 1936 Julius Nieuwland, Belgian-American chemist (inventor of neoprene), dies at 58
  • 1937 R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
  • 1941 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, dies at 91
  • 1943 Sam[uel] de Vries, actor (Boefje, In Sobibor), dies at 50
  • 1949 Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • 1949 Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
  • 1951 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W. G. Grace), dies
  • 1955 Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • 1955 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • 1955 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75
  • 1956 Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Poesie grigio-verdi), dies at 61
  • 1956 Ralph Morgan [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73

Person of interestClarence DeMar

1958 Clarence DeMar [Mr. DeMarathon], American marathon runner and 7-time winner of the Boston Marathon, dies of cancer at 70

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1963 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon at the age of 65-66
  • 1965 José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)
  • 1965 Vernon Johns, American civil rights activist, dies at 73
  • 1966 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • 1966 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1969 John L. Lewis, American labour leader, formed Congress of Industrial Organizations, dies at 89
  • 1970 Aleksander Kerensky, Minister-Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government (1917), dies at 89
  • 1970 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • 1970 Frank Laubach, Benton Pa, taught reading through phonetics, dies
  • 1970 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), accidentally electrocutes himself at 55
  • 1970 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1970 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • 1974 Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (b. 1898)
  • 1974 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (b. 1883)
  • 1975 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, dies at 90
  • 1976 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (NL MVP 1950), dies at 59
  • 1979 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Wayne

1979 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1981 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, dies at 73
  • 1984 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian National Secreatary of Italian Communist Party (PCI) , dies at 62
  • 1985 Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • 1985 Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • 1986 Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • 1987 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), dies at 75
  • 1988 Giuseppe Saragat, 5th President of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • 1988 Nathan Cook, American actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • 1990 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • 1991 Vlastimil Fisar, Czech actor/pres (Intl Actors Federation), dies
  • 1992 Marjorie Newell Robb, oldest living survivor of Titanic, dies at 103
  • 1992 Marlene Hazlett, entertainer, dies of cancer
  • 1992 Scotty Sachs, actor (Hanoi Hilton), dies of gunshot wounds at 39
  • 1993 Muriel C. Bradbrook, English writer (Rise of Common Player), dies at 84
  • 1993 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguy, No Mercy, Body Rock), dies of AIDs at 40
  • 1993 Bernard Bresslaw, English comedian (Carry On team), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1994 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1994 Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90
  • 1994 Kitty Rosalind Muggeridge, author, dies at 90
  • 1995 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), dies at 58
  • 1995 Luigi Innocenti, designer, dies at 71
  • 1996 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • 1996 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], German actress (Gloria, Gold, Metropolis), dies at 90
  • 1996 Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist, dies at 21
  • 1996 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • 1996 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • 1997 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • 1998 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), dies at 91
  • 1999 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • 2000 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 71
  • 2001 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing aged 33

  • 2001 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), dies at 77
  • 2003 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 82
  • 2003 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2004 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, dies at 57
  • 2004 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
  • 2005 VVasco Gonçalves, Portuguese army officer and 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal (1974-75), dies at 84
  • 2005 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), dies at 86
  • 2005 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies at 64
  • 2005 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 92
  • 2006 Bruce Shand, father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
  • 2006 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers, American actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild Wild West), dies of leukaemia at 75
  • 2008 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, dies at 56
  • 2010 Zenani Mandela, Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter (b. 1997)
  • 2011 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

2011 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (Wimbledon 1953, 55 runner-up), dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • 2012 Norman F Lent, American republican Congressman, dies from cancer at 81
  • 2012 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • 2012 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), dies from lymphoma at 82
  • 2013 Robert Fogel, American economic historian (Nobel Prize 1993), dies at 86
  • 2014 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), dies at 91

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

2015 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 2015 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • 2015 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69
  • 2015 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • 2016 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • 2016 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81
  • 2019 Martin Feldstein, American economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal), chief economic adviser to President Reagan, dies at 79