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, wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1446)
  • 1511 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, dies at 36
  • 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, composer, dies
  • 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 (b. 1714)
  • 1787 Anton Schweitzer, composer, dies at 52
  • 1803 Roger Newdigate, British politician (b. 1719)
  • 1804 Richard Graves, British writer (b. 1715)
  • 1807 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, dies at 60
  • 1814 Elbridge Gerry, US merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 70
  • 1829 Ritta and Christina Parodi, Sardinian siamese twins, die at 8 months
  • 1848 Alfred Julius Becher, composer, dies at 45
  • 1853 Francisco Andrevi y Castellar, Spanish choirmaster and composer, dies at 67
  • 1853 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 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), US poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • 1890 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), dies at 73
  • 1902 Walter Reed, US bacteriologist (Yellow Fever), dies
  • 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, cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies
  • 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, composer, dies at 50
  • 1927 S Przybyszewski, writer, dies
  • 1931 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist, dies
  • 1932 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • 1934 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1937 Louis Victor Saar, 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 Catherina van Rennes, composer, dies at 82

  • 1943 Ernest Jones, cricketer ("Jonah" Gave WG's beard a close shave), dies
  • 1946 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • 1948 Stanner E V Taylor, US director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71
  • 1948 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 63
  • 1948 Hack Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1949 Gustav Radbruch, German Min of Justice, dies
  • 1952 Aaro A Hellaakoski, Finnish geographer/poet, dies at 59
  • 1952 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orch), 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 Herman 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, actress (My Friend Irma), dies 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, actor (Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • 1974 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), dies at 54
  • 1974 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81

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

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 1979 Merle Oberon, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion), dies at 68
  • 1979 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 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)
  • 1990 Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37
  • 1990 Nguyen Van Tam, PM of Vietnam (1952-53), dies
  • 1990 Renate Rubinstein, author/columnist (Tamar), dies

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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, actor (Android, 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 "Meik" Rueter, 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 (b. 1966)
  • 1995 Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
  • 1995 Junior Walker, American tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1995 Louis Malle, 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, cameraman, dies at 53
  • 1996 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • 1996 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker, dies at 72
  • 2001 O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • 2001 Mary Whitehouse,'Clean up TV' campaigner
  • 2001 Bo Belinsky, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • 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)
  • 2006 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian spy (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Philippe Noiret, French actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Anita O'Day, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 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 footballer (b. 1936)
  • 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, 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, dies at 83
  • 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 player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • 2016 Peggy Kirk Bell, American top amateur golfer, 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