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Famous Deaths on June 25

  • 635 Emperor Gaozu, first emperor of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (b. 566)
  • 1134 King Niels of Denmark (1104-1134), dies at 68 or 69
  • 1142 Gulielmus of Vercelli, Italian hermit, monastery founder and saint, dies
  • 1218 Simon de Montfort the elder, 5th Earl of Leicester, French crusader dies in the siege of Toulouse
  • 1423 Reinald IV, duke of Gelre & Gulik (Reinoud I), dies
  • 1483 Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, English noble and writer (translated Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, possibly 1st book printed in English), beheaded on orders of future Richard III (b. c. 1440)
  • 1514 Berta Jacobsdr [Suster Bertken], Dutch hermit, dies at 87
  • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1533 Mary Tudor, queen consort of Louis XII of France (b. 1496)
  • 1579 Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1541)
  • 1593 Michele Mercati, Italian physician and gardener (Vatican Botanical Garden), dies at 52
  • 1634 John Marston, English poet and playwright (b. 1576)
  • 1665 Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria, dies at 34
  • 1669 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (b. 1616)
  • 1671 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (Almagestum Novum), dies at 73
  • 1673 Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan, Captain of the Musketeers under Louis XIV of France (b. 1611)
  • 1686 Simon Ushakov, Russian icon painter (b. 1626)
  • 1710 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer and historian, dies at 74
  • 1715 Jean-Baptiste du Casse, French admiral and governor (Battle of Málaga), dies ta 68
  • 1743 Václav Matyáš Gurecký, Bohemian composer dies at 37
  • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, dies at 86
  • 1785 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • 1785 Pieter Kintsius, Dutch VOC supercarga, chief on Macau, dies at 53
  • 1792 Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)
  • 1798 Thomas Sandby, English architect (Royal Academy's 1st professor of Architecture) dies (b. 1721)
  • 1804 Georges Cadoudal, Breton politician and royalist who plotted to overthrow Napoleon, executed at 33
  • 1822 Ernst T. Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer, judge and composer, dies at 46
  • 1830 Ephraim McDowell, American physician and surgeon (pioneered abdominal surgery), dies at 58
  • 1838 François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French Army general, dies at 64
  • 1840 Leopold count of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general and politician, dies at 82
  • 1860 Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The Māori King, dies at Ngāruawāhia, New Zealand
  • 1861 Abdulmejid I, 31st Sultan of Ottoman Empire, dies at 38
  • 1866 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist, dies at 63
  • 1868 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist and neurophysiologist (bioelectricity), dies at 57
  • 1868 Alexander Mitchell, Irish engineer (inventor of the screw-pile lighthouse), dies at 88
  • 1875 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1876 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, dies at Battle of the Little Bighorn at 27

George Armstrong Custer

1876 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36

  • 1876 John Patton, American trumpeter, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn at 24 or 25
  • 1876 Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Thomas W. Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • 1882 François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • 1896 Emile A.H. Seipgens, Dutch beer brewer and man of letters, dies at 58
  • 1896 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), dies at 82
  • 1897 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69
  • 1898 Ferdinand J. Cohn, German botanist and publicist, dies at 70
  • 1906 Stanford White, American architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit at 52
  • 1912 Louis Antoine, Belgian miner and sect leader, dies at about 65
  • 1912 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch-British painter, dies at 76

Thomas Eakins

1916 Thomas Eakins, American artist (The Gross Clinic), dies at 71

  • 1918 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, dies at 50
  • 1929 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, dies at 71
  • 1937 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • 1942 Hans Lietzman, German theologist and church historian, dies at 67
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes [María de Luz Flores], Mexican mariachi singer ("Guadalajara"), dies of barbiturate intoxication at 38
  • 1948 William C. Lee, U.S. general 'Father of the US Airboure', dies at 53
  • 1949 Buck Freeman, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1903; HR leader 1899, 1903; AL RBI leader 1902, 03; Boston Americans), dies at 77
  • 1952 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), dies at 72
  • 1953 Algy Gehrs, Australian cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies at 72
  • 1954 Eduard M. Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • 1956 Ernest J. King, US fleet admiral, Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77
  • 1959 Charles Starkweather, American spree killer, executed by electric chair at 20
  • 1960 Walter Baade, German-American astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67
  • 1960 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), dies at 91
  • 1961 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86
  • 1961 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, dies at 74
  • 1962 Ephraim Lisitsky, American Hebrew poet, dies (b. 1885)
  • 1964 Gerrit T. Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76

Tony Hancock

1968 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), commits suicide at 44

  • 1971 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • 1971 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • 1972 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84
  • 1974 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81

Johnny Mercer

1976 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist ("And The Angels Sing"; That Old Black Magic"; "Satin Doll"; "Moon River"), dies at 66

  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, Hungarian composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, Bulgarian composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1977 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • 1978 Barry Brown, American actor (Frederick Winterbourne-Daisy Miller), dies at 27
  • 1978 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • 1979 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • 1984 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • 1985 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, executed by electric chair at 31
  • 1985 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1986 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • 1987 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Rocky Top"; "Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"), dies at 67
  • 1988 Axis Sally [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • 1988 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • 1990 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1992 James Stirling, Scottish architect (Neue Staatsgalerie, 1981 Pritzker Prize), dies at 66
  • 1992 Jerome Brown, American defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1993 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), dies at 67
  • 1994 Louis-Robert Casterman, Belgian publisher (Kuifje), dies at 74
  • 1995 Warren Earl Burger, American judge, US Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1996 Ray Howard-Jones, Welsh artist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (b. 1914)
  • 1997 William Lyle Woratzeck, American convicted killer, executed in Arizona at 51
  • 1997 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • 1999 Fred Feast, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2001 Yuri Petrovich Sheffer, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • 2002 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • 2005 John Fiedler, American Actor (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect and WWII resistance fighter, dies at 88
  • 2006 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74
  • 2007 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • 2008 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88

Michael Jackson

2009 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

Farrah Fawcett

2009 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), dies of cancer at 62

  • 2009 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), dies from heart and renal failure at 71
  • 2010 Alan Plater, English playwright and screenwriter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2010 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Margaret Tyzack, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer and arranger
  • 2014 Harry Hookway, Chief Executive of the British Library (1973-84), dies at 93
  • 2015 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), dies at 93
  • 2016 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (The New York Times), dies at 87
  • 2016 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker (Study of a River), dies at 71
  • 2016 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • 2017 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), dies at 79
  • 2017 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez) and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • 2017 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), dies of spinal myelopathy at 86
  • 2018 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • 2019 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), dies at 91
  • 2020 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), dies at 91
  • 2020 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), dies at 93
  • 2021 Marcos Ferrufino, Bolivian soccer defender (9 caps; Bolívar 252 games) and manager (San José, Real Potosí), dies from COVID-19 at 58
  • 2021 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), dies at 84
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