On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 12

  • 607 Pope Boniface III, dies after less than a year in office

Person of interestCnut the Great

1035 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden (1016-1035), dies around the age of 45

King of England, Denmark and Norway Cnut the Great
King of England, Denmark and Norway
Cnut the Great
  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Knut VI, king of the Denen/Turn (1182-1202), dies at about 39
  • 1434 King Louis III of Naples
  • 1555 Stephen Gardiner, English bishop of Winchester, dies at about 65
  • 1558 Shalom Shakna ben Joseph, Rabbi (founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva), dies
  • 1567 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, Marshal of France, dies at 74
  • 1595 John Hawkins, English navigator/treasurer of the Navy, dies at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Neth (1598-1600), dies at 42
  • 1606 Matthäus Ludecus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1606 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 1667 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman (b. 1598)
  • 1671 Thomas, 3rd baron Fairfax of Cameron, English general, dies at 59
  • 1720 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, dies at 30
  • 1722 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch painter/engraver/architect, dies at 63

  • 1739 Ludwig Ernst, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1742 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1754 Jacob de Wit, Amsterdam painter/decorater, dies at 58
  • 1757 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), dies at 86
  • 1793 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759) and author of History of Ancient Astronomy from Its Origin to the Establishment of the School of Alexandria, dies at 57
  • 1802 Charles van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 1806 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, dies at 73
  • 1809 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • 1823 Emmanuel Aloys Forster, composer, dies at 75
  • 1836 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1852 Georg Hellmesberger, composer, dies at 22
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (b. 1810)
  • 1865 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), dies at 59
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies
  • 1893 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, premier of Austria (1852-59), dies at 80
  • 1896 Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, dies at 84
  • 1908 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • 1912 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Person of interestPercival Lowell

1916 Percival Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • 1921 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63

  • 1925 Roman Statkowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1933 James T. Kelley, Irish actor (The Rink, The Immigrant), dies at 79
  • 1939 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), dies at 59
  • 1939 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1940 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, composer, dies at 34
  • 1941 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • 1944 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), dies at 87
  • 1944 George D Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure), dies at 60
  • 1944 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • 1947 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • 1948 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1949 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • 1955 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)
  • 1955 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), dies at 64
  • 1957 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • 1960 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies
  • 1962 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, dies at 68
  • 1962 Sid Tomack, American actor (The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman), dies from a heart ailment at 55
  • 1965 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, dies at 77
  • 1966 Quincy Porter, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1967 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1969 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • 1972 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • 1974 Charles Quinlivan, American actor (Seven Guns to Mesa, Mr. Garlund), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1975 Anthony Ross, TV host (Telltale Clue), dies at 69
  • 1976 Walter Hamor Piston, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1976 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Howard Swanson, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1980 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • 1980 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident, dies at 42

Person of interestWilliam Holden

1981 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • 1984 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • 1987 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • 1988 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), dies at 49
  • 1989 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1990 Dave Willock, American actor (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 81
  • 1990 Eve Arden, American actress (Our Miss Brooks), dies at 82
  • 1990 Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
  • 1990 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, murdered
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Christopher Hayes, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Diane Brewster, actress (Courage of Black Beauty), dies at 60
  • 1991 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1991 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • 1992 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1992 David Oliver, actor (Perry Hutchins-Another World), dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992 Eddie Mayehoff, American actor (Hour Glass, That's My Boy, How to Murder Your Wife), dies of natural causes at 83
  • 1993 Anna Stein, actress (Wedding Night), dies of heart attack at 88
  • 1993 Bill Dickey, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher (NY Yankees, 1928-46) and manager, dies at 86
  • 1994 Katherine Elliots, doctor, dies at 75
  • 1994 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1994 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • 1995 Curley Fox, fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, dies at 81

  • 1995 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer, dies at 56
  • 1996 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90
  • 1996 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 1997 Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), dies at 87
  • 2000 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2000 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)
  • 2000 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 2001 Tony Miles, English chess grandmaster, dies at 46
  • 2001 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2003 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), dies at 78
  • 2003 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), dies at 95
  • 2003 Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)

Person of interestJonathan Brandis

2003 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), commits suicide at 27

  • 2005 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)
  • 2006 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Khanmohammed Ibrahim, Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • 2008 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • 2008 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • 2010 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), dies from complications arising from a lung infection at 76
  • 2010 Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
  • 2010 John MacIvor Perkins, American composer, dies at 75
  • 2011 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, dies at 55
  • 2012 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71
  • 2013 John Tavener, British composer, dies from complications from Marfan syndrome at 69
  • 2013 Allan Blank, American composer, dies at 87
  • 2013 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), dies at 69
  • 2014 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), dies at 88
  • 2014 Warren Clark, British actor, dies at 67
  • 2014 Marge Roukema, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 85
  • 2015 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2016 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2016 Lupita Tovar, Mexican-born actress (Dracula), dies at 106
  • 2017 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), dies at 94
  • 2017 Eric Salzman, American composer (New Musical Theater), dies at 84

Person of interestStan Lee

2018 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee