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Famous Deaths on November 23

  • 615 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder/poet/saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 947 Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 955 Edred, King of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1249 Ajjoeb, sultan of Egypt, dies
  • 1407 Louis, duke of Orleans, murdered
  • 1457 Ladislaus V Posthumus, king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 17
  • 1503 Bona of Savoy, Italian noblewoman (b. 1449)
  • 1503 Margaret of York (Margaret of Burgendy), wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 57
  • 1511 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, dies at 36
  • 1511 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), dies at 66
  • 1558 Charles, earl of Lalaing/land guardian of the Neth, dies at 52
  • 1572 Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • 1585 Thomas Tallis, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1613 Charles Philip of Croij, marquis of Havre/earl of Fontenoy, dies at 64
  • 1616 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1682 Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)

  • 1709 Hans Willem baron Bentinck, Dutch/English earl of Portland, dies at 60
  • 1752 Conrad Michael Schneider, composer, dies at 79
  • 1763 Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)
  • 1769 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1783 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (approximated the value of pi and its square, pi^2), dies at 68
  • 1787 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1804 Richard Graves, English writer, dies at 89
  • 1806 Roger Newdigate, British politician (sat in the House of Commons 1742-80), dies at 87
  • 1807 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, dies at 60
  • 1814 Elbridge Gerry, American statesman who invented gerrymandering and 5th Vice President of the United States, dies at 70
  • 1829 Ritta and Christina Parodi, Sardinian siamese twins, die at 8 months
  • 1848 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, dies at 45
  • 1848 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, dies at 84
  • 1853 Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, Spanish choirmaster and composer, dies at 67
  • 1853 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1864 Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German-Russian astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1865 Josef Leopold Zvonar, composer, dies at 41
  • 1865 René E de Russy, West Indian/US brigadier general, dies at about 75
  • 1872 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), American poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • 1890 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), dies at 73

  • 1902 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, dies at 51
  • 1910 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, dies by hanging at 48
  • 1911 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies at 46
  • 1914 Elbrige Gerry, VP (of Gerrymander fame), dies at 70
  • 1916 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 77
  • 1916 Leonard Moon, cricketer (WW I 4 Tests for England 1905-06), dies
  • 1920 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • 1923 Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1926 Frederic Ayers, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1927 S Przybyszewski, writer, dies
  • 1931 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, dies at 46
  • 1932 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • 1934 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1934 E. A. Wallis Budge, English orientalist and museum curator (British Museum), dies at 77
  • 1935 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, dies at 65
  • 1937 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, dies at 68
  • 1937 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • 1937 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • 1938 August Kiehl, Dutch actor (Op hoop van zegen, De kribbebijter), dies at 84
  • 1940 Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, dies at 82
  • 1943 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), dies at 74
  • 1946 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • 1948 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71
  • 1948 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, dies at 63
  • 1948 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • 1949 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, dies at 71
  • 1952 Aaro A Hellaakoski, Finnish geographer/poet, dies at 59
  • 1952 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1956 Jeanne Cappe, Belgian author (Tres Grand Cardinal), dies at about 61
  • 1962 Gloria Gordon, actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
  • 1962 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • 1965 Franc Debenham, Australian geographer/geologer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • 1967 Freddie Martin, cricket WI batsman, (9 Tests 486 runs 1 century), dies
  • 1970 Yusuf Bin Ishak, president of Singapore 1965-70, dies at about 60
  • 1971 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • 1972 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1973 Claire Dodd, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy), dies after illness at 64
  • 1973 Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
  • 1973 Paul Newlan, actor (Capt Grey-M Squad), dies
  • 1973 Robert Ellis, actor (Curse of King Tut's Tomb), dies at 40
  • 1973 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • 1974 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), dies at 54
  • 1974 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1976 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 1979 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • 1979 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1979 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), dies at 64
  • 1980 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • 1980 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • 1982 "Reverend" Grady Nutt, actor (Hee Haw), dies at 47
  • 1983 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • 1983 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (Armaan), dies at 45
  • 1987 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Kathleen-Aldrich Family, Peter Pan), dies of lupus at 58
  • 1987 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), dies at 98

  • 1989 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, dies at 90
  • 1990 Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37
  • 1990 Nguyen Van Tam, Prime Minister of Vietnam (1952-53), dies
  • 1990 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), dies at 61

Person of interestRoald Dahl

1990 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), dies at 74

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • 1991 Ken Uehara, actor (Honolulu-Tokyo), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 1991 Klaus Kinski [Naksynski], German-Polish actor (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Little Drummer Girl), dies at 65
  • 1992 Ray Acuff, country singer (Wahbash Cannonball), dies
  • 1992 Rita Corday, actress (Dick Tracy vs Cueball), dies at 68
  • 1992 Thelma Orloff, entertainer, dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 1993 Gerarda Rueter, Dutch sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1993 Tatiana Nikolajeva, Russian pianist (Bach), dies at 69
  • 1994 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 1994 Erick Frederick Hawkins, US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85
  • 1994 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994 William Donald Campbell, diarist/Ornithologist, dies at 89
  • 1994 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, dies at 28
  • 1994 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, dies at 85
  • 1995 Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
  • 1995 Junior Walker, American tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1995 Louis Malle, French film director (Pretty Baby), dies at 63
  • 1996 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • 1996 George Nicholas, cartoon animator, dies at 85
  • 1996 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • 1996 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • 1996 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker, dies at 72
  • 2001 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), dies at 69
  • 2001 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, dies at 91
  • 2001 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), dies from bladder cancer at 64
  • 2002 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)

  • 2004 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Constance Cummings, American-born British actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), dies at 78
  • 2006 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist (On The Town; Just In Time), dies at 89
  • 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, dies at 43
  • 2006 Philippe Noiret, French actor (Nuovo cinema Paradiso, Soleil, Les Milles, Il Postino), dies at 76
  • 2006 Anita O'Day, American jazz singer, dies at 87
  • 2006 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Joe Kennedy, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • 2007 Óscar Carmelo Sánchez, Bolivian footballer (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back, selector (14 caps), dies at 71
  • 2008 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2009 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), dies at 77
  • 2010 Ingrid Pitt, Polish-born British actress (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Joyce Howard, British film actress (b. 1922)
  • 2010 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • 2011 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza 1958), dies after a seizure at 83
  • 2011 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 89
  • 2011 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate (Hespèrion), dies at 69
  • 2012 Larry Hagman, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81
  • 2014 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player, dies at 98
  • 2015 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • 2016 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • 2016 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), dies at 95
  • 2016 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel In Fawlty Towers), dies at 86
  • 2016 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78
  • 2017 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), dies at 93
  • 2018 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2019 Walter Spink, American professor and world expert on South Asian art and architecture (Ajanta caves), dies at 91
  • 2019 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, dies at 88
  • 2020 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]
  • 2020 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 2020 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67
November 23 Highlights