On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 19

  • 498 Anastasius II, Pope (496-8) dies. Referred to by Dante in his Inferno XI, 8-9
  • 1272 David of Augsburg, Franciscan minister/author, dies
  • 1316 Jean I, King of France and Navarre, (Nov 15-19, 1316), dies at 5 days old
  • 1389 Dimitri Ivanovitch "Donskoi", monarch of Vladimir-Soezdal, dies at 39
  • 1472 Bessarion, Catholic bishop and famed Greek scholar (revived work of Plato), dies
  • 1478 Emperor Baeda Maryam of Ethiopia (b. 1448)
  • 1495 Alfonso II, King of Naples (1494-95), dies
  • 1557 Bona Sforza, Queen of Sigismund I of Poland (b. 1494)
  • 1577 Matsunaga Hisahide, Japanese warlord (b. 1510)
  • 1630 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Opella Nova), dies at 44
  • 1649 Caspar Schoppe, German scholar and controversialist, dies at 73
  • 1665 Nicholas Poussin, French classical painter (Seven Sacraments), dies at 71
  • 1672 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (b. 1614)
  • 1692 Georg von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief (Colors), dies
  • 1692 Thomas Shadwell, English poet and playwright (2nd Poet Laureate 1689-92), dies at about 50
  • 1703 Man in the Iron Mask, prisoner in Bastille prison in Paris, dies
  • 1719 Jean Deutz, merchant and Amsterdam regent, dies at 64
  • 1723 Antoine Nompar de Caumont, French courtier and soldier (b. 1632)
  • 1772 William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
  • 1773 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, dies at 51
  • 1785 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, dies at 65
  • 1795 Thomas Linley the elder, English musician and tenor, dies at 62

ExecutionWolfe Tone

1798 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged

  • 1804 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, dies at 75
  • 1806 Shah Alam II, 17th Mughal Emperor (1760-1806), dies at 78
  • 1822 Johann Georg Tralles, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1763)
  • 1825 Jan Vaclav Vorisek, Czech composer, dies at 34

Franz Schubert

1828 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Die schöne Müllerin), dies at 31 from typhoid fever

  • 1850 Richard Mentor Johnson, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1854 Alberich Zwyssig, Swiss composer (Swiss National Anthem), dies at 46
  • 1868 Ivane Andronikashvili, Georgian general (b. 1798)
  • 1880 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet (Herbert and Clara) and church historian, dies at 74
  • 1883 Carl Wilhelm Siemens, German engineer and inventor (laid undersea cables), dies at 60

Emma Lazarus

1887 Emma Lazarus, American poet ("Give us your tired & poor"), dies in New York at 38

  • 1897 William Seymour Tyler, American educator and historian (b. 1810).
  • 1899 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist, dies at 79
  • 1899 [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Medea), dies at 55
  • 1908 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1910 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), dies at 74
  • 1911 Ramon Caceres, President of the Dominican Republic (1906-11), murdered at 44
  • 1915 Joe Hill [Joel Hägglund], Swedish-American labor activist and protest songwriter "The Preacher and the Slave"; "There Is Power in a Union"), executed at Sugar House Prison in Salt Lake City, Utah for murder at 36
  • 1915 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, dies at about 64
  • 1917 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1922 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1923 Frans Netscher, Dutch author and journalist (In 3rd Chamber), dies at 59
  • 1924 Lee Stack, British sirdar in Egypt/gov-gen of Sudan, murdered
  • 1924 Thomas Ince, American film director (b. 1882)
  • 1928 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1929 Arthur Henry Mann, English composer (Church of England Hymnal), dies at 79
  • 1931 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1931 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet, dies in a plane crash at 34
  • 1933 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, dies at 84
  • 1935 Freddie Calthorpe, English cricketer (England captain v WI 1930), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1936 Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchists army leader, dies in battle
  • 1938 Lev Shestov, Russian existentialist philosopher, dies at 72
  • 1940 Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist, dies at 75
  • 1942 Edouard Combe, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1942 Bruno Schulz, Polish writer (The Street of Crocodiles), shot and killed by German Nazi at 50
  • 1943 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), dies at 85
  • 1948 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), dies at 52
  • 1949 James Ensor, Flemish painter and etcher (Oestereetster), dies at 89
  • 1950 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • 1954 Walter Bartley Wilson, English founding member of Cardiff City F.C., dies at 84
  • 1956 Francis L Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), dies from a lung ailment at 53
  • 1959 Edward C. Tolman, American psychologist (behaviorism), dies at 73
  • 1959 Gerard J. Arbous, actor and publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • 1959 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1960 Phyllis Haver, American actress (Don Juan), commits suicide at 61
  • 1961 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), dies at 71
  • 1963 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • 1967 Charles J. Watters, US Army chaplain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1927)
  • 1967 João Guimarães Rosa, Brazilian writer (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands), dies at 59
  • 1971 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1973 Cyril Allcott, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 113 runs @ 22.6, 6 wickets; Auckland), dies at 77
  • 1974 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), dies at 46
  • 1975 Roger D. Branigin, American politician (b. 1902)
  • 1976 Basil Spence, Scottish architect (Coventry Cathedral), dies at 69
  • 1977 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer at 50
  • 1981 Griffiths Mxenge, South African anti-apartheid activist, murdered at 46
  • 1982 Erving Goffman, American sociologist (Asylums), dies at 60
  • 1983 Peter Coffield, American actor (Kevin-W E B), dies at 37
  • 1983 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1983 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, dies at 79
  • 1984 George D. Aiken, American politician (Senator-R-Vermont, 1941-75), dies at 92
  • 1985 Lall Singh, Indian cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • 1985 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • 1988 Christina Onassis, Greek heiress, daughter of Aristotle Onassis, dies of heart failure at 37
  • 1990 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), dies at 89
  • 1990 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission), dies at 77
  • 1991 Reggie Nalder, Austrian actor (Mark of Devil), dies of bone cancer at 80
  • 1992 Bobby Russell, American songwriter ("Honey"; "Little Green Apples"), dies at 52
  • 1992 Diane Varsi, American actress (Allison-Peyton Place, Bloody Mama), dies at 54
  • 1992 Dorothy Walker Bush, American mother of President George H. W. Bush, dies at 91
  • 1993 Dorothy Revier, American actress (Sally on the Subway), dies at 89
  • 1994 Dedrick Gobert, American actor (Boyz 'n the Hood), shot to death at 22
  • 1994 Julian Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • 1994 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Bruce Trent [William Butters], British singer and actor (The Passing Show, Band Waggon), dies at 83
  • 1995 Gwen Swire, British social worker, dies at 61
  • 1995 Martha Hill, American modern dancer and teacher (Juilliard), dies at 94
  • 1995 Shirley Bergeron, American Cajun singer and guitarist, dies at 62
  • 1996 Denis Jenkinson, British motor racing journalist, dies at 74
  • 1996 Edward Kassner, Austrian-born music publisher, dies at 76
  • 1996 Ian Bancroft, British civil servant (Head of the UK Civil Service), dies at 73
  • 1996 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, Indian journalist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • 1997 Christina Corrigan, American obese girl (680 lbs), dies at 13
  • 1997 Durlyn Eddmonds, American murderer, executed at 45
  • 1997 Walter Stewart, American murderer, executed at 42
  • 1998 Ted Fujita, Japanese-born American meteorologist (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1998 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1999 Alexander Liberman, Russian-American magazine editor, painter and photographer (639), dies at 87
  • 2001 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (b. 1924)
  • 2002 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), dies at 79
  • 2003 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2003 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • 2004 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Helmut Griem, German actor (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2004 John R. Vane, English pharmacologist (Nobel 1982), dies at 77
  • 2005 Erik Balling, Danish TV and film director (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Edward Ford, courtier in the Royal Household of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 96
  • 2007 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2007 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • 2007 Dick Wilson, British-American actor, dies at 91
  • 2007 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • 2008 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2010 Pat Burns, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach (Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins; Stanley Cup 2002-03 New Jersey Devils), dies from cancer at 58
  • 2011 Michael Hastings, British playwright, dies at 74
  • 2011 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, dies at 86
  • 2011 Basil D'Oliveira, English cricket all-rounder (44 Tests, 2,484 @ 40.06, 47 wickets), dies form Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2012 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), dies at 79
  • 2012 Warren Rudman, American politician (Sen-R-NH, 1980-93), dies at 82
  • 2013 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (Sanger sequencing, Nobel Prize 1958, 1980), dies at 95
  • 2013 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), dies at 98
  • 2014 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83
  • 2014 Ralph "Riff" West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 64
  • 2015 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), dies at 69
  • 2015 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), dies at 86

Charles Manson

2017 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), dies of natural causes at 83

  • 2017 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show; Royal Family), dies at 86

Jana Novotna

2017 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998; WTA Tour C'ship 1997), dies of cancer at 49

  • 2017 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), dies of respiratory failure at 85
  • 2020 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), dies at 79
  • 2020 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), dies from head injuries in a fall at 75
  • 2021 Don Kojis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1968, 69; Detroit Pistons, SD Rockets, Seattle SuperSonics), dies at 82
November 19 Highlights