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Famous Deaths on November 25

  • 311 Peter of Alexandria, Christian martyr
  • 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, Genoese statesman and admiral, dies at 93
  • 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, German composer and violinist, dies at 70
  • 1830 Pierre Rode, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1854 John Gibson Lockhart [Scorpion], Scottish biographer (Life of Walter Scott), 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 Vice President of the United States (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • 1887 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • 1894 Solomon Caesar Malan, British orientalist, dies at 82
  • 1895 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and 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 Stawell Ball, Irish mathematician and astronomer (Ball Screw), dies at 73
  • 1914 Davorin Jenko, Slovene-Serbian composer, dies at 79

Inez Milholland

1916 Inez Milholland, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), labor lawyer and socialist, dies at 30 after suffering from pernicious anemia

  • 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
  • 1937 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), dies at 63
  • 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 Chile (People's Front), dies

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), 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)

Bill Robinson

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

  • 1950 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1951 Raden Mas Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1952 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), dies at 72
  • 1952 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, French composer (Ophellia), 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 (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95
  • 1964 Clarence Kolb, American actor (My Little Margie - "Mr. Honeywell"), dies at 90
  • 1965 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Ossip Zadkine [Zadkin], Russian French sculptor (Destroyed City), dies at 77
  • 1968 Marcel Labey, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • 1968 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89
  • 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, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), 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 Pieck, Dutch 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)
  • 1989 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), dies at 82
  • 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
  • 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 [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), dies at 67
  • 1998 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • 1998 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 64
  • 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, dies at 75
  • 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, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 2010 Ann Southam, Canadian electronic and classical music and dance composer (Glass Houses; Figures; The Emerging Ground), dies at 73
  • 2011 (Henry) Lee "Shot" Williams, American blues singer ("I Like Your Style"), dies ar 73
  • 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
  • 2013 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, dies at 88
  • 2013 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2013 (Foreststorn) "Chico" Hamilton, American jazz drummer (Lester Young; Gerry Mulligan; Count Basie), and bandleader (Chico Hamilton Quintet), dies at 92
  • 2014 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), dies at 78

Fidel Castro

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

  • 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
  • 2016 Russell Oberlin, American countertenor (Pro Musica Antiqua, 1952-66) and educator (Hunter, 1966-94), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2016 Alexander Yossifov, Bulgarian conductor and composer (Back To The Beginning), dies at 76
  • 2017 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), dies at 89
  • 2019 Iain Sutherland, Scottish folk-soft rock vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - "Arms of Mary"; "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway"), dies at 71

Diego Maradona

2020 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

  • 2020 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), dies at 67
  • 2020 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), dies at 71
  • 2020 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), dies of heart failure at 74
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