On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 12

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

Cnut the Great

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

  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland, killed in battle after reigning for 7 months (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Canute VI, king of Denmark (1182-1202), assassinated 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 naval commander , Treasurer of the Navy, and early English slave trader, dies at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Netherlands (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, dies at 68
  • 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 and 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, Dutch Rococo painter, dies at 58
  • 1757 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), dies at 86
  • 1793 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French Statesman, astronomer (computed orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759), and author, guillotined during the Reign of Terror 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 Förster, Bohemian composer and music teacher, dies at 75
  • 1836 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1852 Georg Hellmesberger Jr., Austrian composer and violinist, dies at 22
  • 1857 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan politician and nationalist, 2nd President of Uruguay (1835-38), dies at 65
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (North and South), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1865 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), dies at 59
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, Moldovia Romanian polyglot, author, humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies at 81
  • 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, Spanish politician, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Percival Lowell

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

  • 1921 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1925 Roman Statkowski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1933 James T. Kelley, Irish silent film actor (Charlie films - The Rink; The Immigrant; A Dog's Life), 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, Cuban composer, dies at 34
  • 1941 Abe Reles "Kid Twist", American NY gangster and police informer, killed falling from a window under suspicious circumstances at 35
  • 1941 Ernie Koob, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1917; St. Louis Browns), dies from a lung ailment at 49
  • 1942 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), dies at 64
  • 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
  • 1958 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), dies at 83
  • 1960 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies at 45
  • 1962 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, Austrian 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, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), 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
  • 1970 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 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
  • 1976 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82
  • 1976 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, dies at 71
  • 1980 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • 1980 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident at 42

William 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

  • 1983 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 81
  • 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, assassinated at 64
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Diane Brewster, American actress (Courage of Black Beauty), dies at 60
  • 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 (Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1992 David Oliver, American 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 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 86
  • 1994 Katherine Elliott, British physician (oral rehydration therapy), 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, American fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, dies at 81
  • 1996 Don Kenyon, English cricketer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Gwen Catley, English soprano, dies at 90
  • 1996 John Hardbattle, Botswana bushman activist (First People of the Kalahari), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, American poet, dies at 55
  • 1997 Carlos Surinach, Spanish-American composer, dies at 82
  • 1998 Kenny Kirkland, American jazz pianist (Wynton Marsalis; Branford Marsalis) and funk keyboardist (Buckshot Lefonque), dies of congestive heart failure at 43
  • 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, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 87
  • 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 session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), dies of renal cancer at 48

Jonathan 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 (The Protecting Veil), 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
  • 2017 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, dies at 77

Stan 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

  • 2018 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, dies at 80
  • 2018 David Pearson, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series C'ship 1966, 68, 69; NASCAR Rookie of the Year 1960; Daytona 500 1976), dies at 83
  • 2020 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • 2020 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • 2020 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75
  • 2020 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]
  • 2021 Bob Bondurant, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans GT +3.0 1964; Shelby American, Ferrari, Eagle teams), dies at 88
  • 2021 Ron Flowers, English soccer midfielder (49 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 467 games), dies at 87
  • 2021 Paul Gludovatz, Austrian football manager (Austria U-20; SV Ried, TSV Hartberg, SV Eberau), dies from COVID-19 at 75
  • 2021 Aleksandr Lenyov, Russian soccer midfielder / defender (10 caps Soviet Union; Torpedo Moscow), dies at 77
  • 2021 Takeshi Koba, Japanese Baseball HOF infielder (Hiroshima Carp) and manager (Japan Series Champion 1979, 80, 84 Hiroshima Carp), dies at 85
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