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/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 writer
  • 1514 Berta Jacobsdr, [Suster Bertken], Dutch hermit, dies at 87
  • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, 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 (b. 1541)
  • 1634 John Marston, English poet and playwright (b. 1576)
  • 1665 Archduke Sigismund Francis of Austria (b. 1630)
  • 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 painter (b. 1626)
  • 1710 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 74
  • 1715 Jean du Casse, French admiral (b. 1646)
  • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, dies at 86
  • 1785 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • 1785 Pieter Kintsius, VOC-supercarga/chief on Macau, dies at 53
  • 1792 Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)
  • 1798 Thomas Sandby, English architect (b. 1721)
  • 1822 Ernst T Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer, dies at 46
  • 1830 Ephraim McDowell, American Physician (pioneered abdominal surgery), dies at 58
  • 1838 François Nicolas Benoît, Baron Haxo, French general (b. 1774)
  • 1840 Leopold count of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general and politician, dies at 82
  • 1860 Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The Māori King, Waikato, 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
  • 1875 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1876 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, dies at 27

Person of interestGeorge 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, trumpeter, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1876 Thomas W Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn
  • 1882 François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25

  • 1896 Emile AH Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer/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/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/sect leader, dies at about 65
  • 1912 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch-British painter, dies at 76

Person of interestThomas Eakins

1916 Thomas Eakins, American artist, dies at 71

Painter Thomas Eakins
Painter
Thomas Eakins
  • 1918 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, dies at 50
  • 1926 Symon Petljoera, pres Ukraine (pogroms), murdered in Paris
  • 1929 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, dies at 71
  • 1933 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez), and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • 1937 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • 1942 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • 1948 William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • 1949 Buck Freeman, baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1953 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • 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, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • 1960 WH Walter Baade, German/US 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, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1964 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76
  • 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)
  • 1974 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1976 Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • 1977 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • 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, dies at 31
  • 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-born 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 D-Day parachutist/architect, dies
  • 1992 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1992 William E Harris, entertainer, dies
  • 1994 Louis-Robert Casterman, Belgian publisher (Kuifje), dies at 74
  • 1994 Robert Millar, journalist, dies at 72
  • 1995 Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996 Nicholas John, dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1996 Ray Howard-Jones, artist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (b. 1914)

Person of interestJacques Cousteau

1997 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1997 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51
  • 1997 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • 1999 Fred Feast, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 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 (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74
  • 2008 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88

Person of interestMichael Jackson

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Person of interestFarrah Fawcett

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

  • 2010 Alan Plater, English playwright (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Margaret Tyzack, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/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 (New York Times), dies at 87
  • 2016 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • 2016 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • 2017 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), dies of spinal myelopathy at 86