On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 12

  • 816 Leo III, Italian Pope (795-816), dies
  • 918 Ethelfleda, Lady of the Mercians
  • 1020 Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1036 Tedald, Bishop of Arezzo (1023-1031)
  • 1231 Antonius van Padua, [Fernando M de Bulhom], Port minister, dies at 35
  • 1418 Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, Constable of France (b. 1360)
  • 1435 John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (b. 1408)
  • 1490 Adriaan Vilain II of Rassegem, peace of Tours, murdered at about 39
  • 1560 Imagawa Yoshimoto, Japanese daimyo (b. 1519)
  • 1560 Ii Naomori, Japanese warrior (b. 1506)
  • 1565 Adrianus Turnebus, French classical scholar (b. 1512)
  • 1567 Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1490)
  • 1616 Cornelis F Schuyt, Dutch organist/composer (Madrigalen), dies
  • 1647 Thomas Farnaby, English grammarian
  • 1675 Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy (1638-75), dies at 40
  • 1687 Jurriaen van Streeck, Dutch still life painter, buried

  • 1758 Augustus William, Prince of Prussia, dies from a brain tumor at 35
  • 1759 William Collins, English poet (Ode to Simplicity), dies at 37
  • 1760 Antoine Court, French minister and itinerant preacher in the Reformed church who restored Protestantism to France, dies at 69
  • 1761 Meinrad Spiess, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1772 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), killed by local Maori in New Zealand at 48 (b. 1724)
  • 1778 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62
  • 1788 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet, dies at 65
  • 1789 Jean E Liotard, [Turk], Swiss painter (Maria-Theresia), dies
  • 1816 Pierre Augereau, Marshal of France and duc de Castiglione (b. 1757)
  • 1818 Egwale Seyon, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1842 Thomas Arnold, English educator and historian (History of Rome), dies at 46
  • 1850 Jean Victor de Constant Rebecque, Swiss-Dutch army leader, dies at 77
  • 1853 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, dies at 60
  • 1858 Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder, dies at 74
  • 1858 William Horsley, English musician and composer, dies at 83
  • 1878 Hendrik Jut, Dutch murderer (Head of Jut), dies at 26
  • 1878 William Cullen Bryant, American poet (Thanatopsis), dies at 83
  • 1883 John Randolph Tucker, American naval officer (Confederate Navy), dies at 71
  • 1887 Gustav Weber, composer, dies at 41
  • 1888 Carel Vosmaer, art historian/poet/editor (Neth Spectator), dies at 62

  • 1904 Camille de Renesse, Belgian nobleman and entrepreneur, dies at 67
  • 1912 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1917 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • 1922 Wolfgang Kapp, German politician (Kapp putsch 1920), dies at 63
  • 1928 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), dies at 74
  • 1930 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1932 René de Clerq, Flemish poet/writer (Book of Love), dies
  • 1932 ThTheo Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer and chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister), dies at 79
  • 1936 Isidore Weiss, French world checker champion, dies
  • 1936 Karl Kraus, Austrian satirical writer, dies at 62
  • 1936 M. R. James, English scholar and author (Ghost Stories of an Antiquary), dies at 73
  • 1937 Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1893)
  • 1942 Walter Leigh, composer, dies at 36

Person of interestEmil Hácha

1945 Emil Hácha, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1938-9, State President of Bohemia and Moravia, 1939-1945), dies in prison in mysterious circumstances at 72

President of Czechoslovakia Emil Hácha
President of Czechoslovakia
Emil Hácha
  • 1946 Count Hisaichi Terauchi, Japanese fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1947 Jazeps Medins, composer, dies at 70
  • 1952 Michael von Faulhaber, Cardinal/archbishop of Munich, dies at 83
  • 1957 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • 1962 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • 1963 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80
  • 1963 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist, NAACP official, shot in Jackson, Mississippi at 37
  • 1966 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • 1966 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1968 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, dies at 76
  • 1969 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Edmund Wilson, American writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • 1972 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • 1975 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, dies at 80
  • 1976 Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, dies at 68
  • 1978 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, dies at 85
  • 1980 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • 1980 Billy Butlin, Founder of the brand of holiday venues known as Butlins (b. 1899)
  • 1982 Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • 1982 Sgt Ian McKay VC, Platoon Sergeant 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1953)

Person of interestNorma Shearer

1983 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer
  • 1985 Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • 1986 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, dies at 76
  • 1986 Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66
  • 1988 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72

Person of interestTerence O'Neill

1990 Terence O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Ulster Unionist Party: 1963-69), dies of cancer at 75

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 1990 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1992 Edward Fleming, Danish director (Lille Spejl), dies
  • 1992 Gerda Nicolson, actress (Next of Kin, Clinic), dies
  • 1992 Renie Irene Brouillet Conley, American costume designer (Cleopatra), dies at 90
  • 1994 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • 1994 Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian-American rabbi (head of Lubavitcher Jews), dies at 92
  • 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson, German-American ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, murdered at 35
  • 1994 Otto Roesch, paleontologist, dies at 93
  • 1994 Ron Goldman, waiter, murdered with wife of O.J. Simpson at 27
  • 1995 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, pianist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), dies at 78
  • 1996 MacKenzie John, pipe major, dies at 83

  • 1997 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • 1998 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • 1998 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • 2000 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80
  • 2002 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, dies at 79

Person of interestGregory Peck

2003 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • 2005 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2006 György Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Don Herbert, American scientist and TV host (Watch Mr Wizard), dies at 89
  • 2007 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), dies of complications from an old head injury at 85
  • 2008 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Egon Ronay, Hungarian food critic, dies at 94

Person of interestHenry Hill

2012 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 2015 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • 2015 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2016 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • 2016 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), dies at 97
  • 2018 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73
  • 2019 Sylvia Miles, American actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), dies at 94