Famous Deaths on November 25

  • 311 Peter of Alexandria, Christian martyr
  • 992 Mieszko I, Polish advisor to Pope John XV, dies
  • 1120 William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England (b. 1104) dies in White Ship tragedy trying to save his illegitimate half-sister Countess of Perche while crossing the English Channel
  • 1326 Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, dies at 62
  • 1374 Philip II of Taranto, Titular emperor of Costantinople (b. 1329)
  • 1456 Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle
  • 1560 Andrea Doria, Italian naval leader (b. 1466)
  • 1626 Edward Alleyn, English actor and founder of Dulwich College, dies at 60
  • 1640 Giles Farnaby, composer, dies
  • 1686 Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist (b. 1638)
  • 1694 Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (Astronomia Philolaica) and mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1700 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), dies at 57
  • 1748 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), dies at 74
  • 1750 Francesco Feroci, composer, dies at 77
  • 1755 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violist/composer, dies at 76
  • 1773 Carl Hockh, German composer, dies at 66

  • 1785 Richard Glover, British poet, dies at about 73
  • 1803 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • 1815 Johann Peter Saloman, composer, dies at 70
  • 1830 Pierre Rode, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1854 John G Lockhart, [scorpion], English biographer, dies at 60
  • 1865 Heinrich Barth, German historian/geographer (Central Africa), dies
  • 1881 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, dies at 87
  • 1883 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, dies at 76
  • 1885 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • 1885 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • 1887 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • 1895 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1899 Robert Lowry, composer, dies at 73
  • 1901 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, German composer/music theorist, dies at 62
  • 1903 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54
  • 1913 Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer (Ball Screw), dies
  • 1914 Davorin Jenko, Slovene-Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • 1920 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • 1923 Ernst Debes, German cartographer (Moon Atlas), dies at 83
  • 1923 Syd Callaway, cricket all-round (3 Tests for Australia 1891-95), dies
  • 1935 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (After 30 Years), dies at 72
  • 1939 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • 1941 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, president Chili (People's Front), dies
  • 1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commisioner, dies at 78
  • 1947 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)

  • 1948 Charles D Brown, American actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61
  • 1948 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)

Person of interestBill Robinson

1949 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1950 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • 1951 Raden Mas Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1952 Antonio Guarnieri, composer, dies at 72
  • 1952 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), dies at 82
  • 1959 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • 1961 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • 1964 Clarence Kolb, American actor (Mr Honeywell-My Little Margie), dies at 90
  • 1965 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ sculptor (Destroyed City), dies at 77
  • 1968 Marcel Labey, composer, dies at 93
  • 1968 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

1968 Upton Beall Sinclair, American author (Jungle), dies at 90

  • 1968 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)
  • 1970 Yukio Mishima, Japanese author/nationalist (Harakiri), dies at 45
  • 1971 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), dies at 84
  • 1972 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • 1972 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • 1973 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), stabbed to death in prison at 42
  • 1973 Laurence Harvey [Larushka Skine], Lithuanian-born South African actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1974 Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1974 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), dies from diabetes and pulmonary obstruction at 61
  • 1974 U Thant, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65
  • 1975 Moyna MacGill, actress (Strange Affair of Uncle Harry), dies
  • 1978 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • 1981 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • 1981 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • 1982 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Scaramouche), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1983 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), dies at 79
  • 1985 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 1985 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • 1985 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1987 Anton F Pieck, illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • 1987 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1989 Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies
  • 1989 Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Fiji cricketer/Gov-General, dies
  • 1989 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • 1991 Eleanor Audley, voice (Wicked Stepmother-Cinderella), dies at 86
  • 1993 Claudia McNeil, actress (Raisin in the Sun), dies of diabetes at 77
  • 1993 Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (New York Giants), dies at 83
  • 1994 Arthur Ballard, artist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Gerard John Toorenaar, Amsterdam police commissar, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist, dies at 92
  • 1996 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Michael Economides, restaurateur, dies at 86
  • 1997 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter), dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1997 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • 1997 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • 1997 Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
  • 1998 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • 1998 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
  • 2000 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, dies at 83
  • 2000 Florizel Glasspole, 3rd Governor-General of Jamaica (1973-91), dies at 91
  • 2001 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • 2005 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • 2005 Richard Burns, English WRC champion, dies of a brain tumour at 34
  • 2006 Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)
  • 2006 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Phyllis Fraser, American actress and children's book publisher (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), dies at 88
  • 2010 Bernard Matthews, British poultry industry figure (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • 2012 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81
  • 2012 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), dies at 92
  • 2012 David Sexton, English football manager, dies at 82
  • 2013 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81

Person of interestFidel Castro

2016 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2016 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), dies at 71
  • 2016 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), dies at 85
  • 2017 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), dies at 89