Famous Deaths on September 12

  • 352 Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies
  • 413 Marcellinus of Carthage, Christian saint
  • 1012 Guido van Anderlecht, Flemish pilgrim/saint, dies
  • 1015 Lambert I with the Beard, Count of Leuven, dies in battle at about 65
  • 1185 Andronicus I Comnenus, Byzantine emperor (1183-85), lynched
  • 1213 Pedro II, [el Catolico], king of Aragon, dies in battle
  • 1362 Innocent VI, [Etienne Aubert], Pope (1352-62), dies
  • 1369 Blanche of Lancaster, wife of John of Gaunt (b. 1345)
  • 1500 Albrecht III van Saxon-Meisen, duke of Saxon, dies at 57
  • 1591 Richard Grenville, vice-admiral (Roanoke) dies in battle at 49
  • 1604 Louis Gunther, earl of Nassau, dies in battle at about 29
  • 1612 Tsar Vasili IV of Russia (b. 1552)
  • 1642 Cinq Mars, French plotter, executed
  • 1647 Joos Banckert, Swiss admiral (Spanish silver fleet), dies at 48
  • 1660 Jacob Cats [Father Cats], Dutch grand pensionary and poet (Houwelyck), dies at 82
  • 1661 Jacobus de la Torra, RC apostole vicar of Holland, dies at about 53

  • 1665 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer and historian (Acta Sanctorum), dies at 69
  • 1672 Tanneguy Lefebvre, French classical scholar (b. 1615)
  • 1674 Nicolaas Tulp, Mayor of Amsterdam (1654-71), dies at 80
  • 1683 Afonso VI, mentally ill King of Portugal (1656-67), dies at 40
  • 1691 Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony (1680-91), dies at 44
  • 1695 Jacob Abendana, Spanish scholar (b. 1630)
  • 1732 Jean Philippe Eugène de Mérode, Belgian marquis of Westerloo, dies at 58
  • 1739 Reinhard Keiser, German conductor/composer (Markus-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1764 Jean Philippe Rameau, French composer (Castor en Pollux), dies at 80
  • 1779 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician, dies at 67
  • 1789 Franz Xaver Richter, composer, dies at 79
  • 1806 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer, dies at 58
  • 1807 Edward Miller, composer, dies at 71
  • 1812 Pyotr I Bagration, Georgian/Russian ruler/general, dies in battle
  • 1815 Jose Mauricio, composer, dies at 63
  • 1819 Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prussian general (b. 1742)
  • 1824 Louis AG baron de Bacler d'Albe, French cartographer, dies at 62
  • 1836 Grabbe, writer, dies at 34
  • 1861 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 65

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

1869 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), dies at 90

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • 1870 Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (The Hasheesh Eater), dies at 34
  • 1871 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • 1874 François Guizot, French historian and politician (17th Prime Minister of France), dies at 86
  • 1877 Julius Reitz, composer, dies at 64
  • 1878 Friedrich August von Alberti, German geologist (Triasic Age), dies at 83

  • 1879 Peter Arnold Heise, composer, dies at 49
  • 1912 Pierre-Hector Cardinal Coullie, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon
  • 1913 Major R B Stewart, cricketer (scored 4 & 9 in S Afr's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • 1918 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
  • 1919 Leonid Andreyev, Russian journalist and writer (Red Laugh, Seven Hangs), dies at 48
  • 1923 Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor (b. 1841)
  • 1927 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, dies at 61
  • 1927 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, dies at 80
  • 1929 Rainis [Jānis Pliekšāns], Latvian poet and playwright, dies at 64
  • 1934 Catherine Breshkovsky, Babushka/Grandmother of Russian revolution, dies at 90
  • 1936 Hermann Hirt, German linguist (Indo-European Grammar), dies at 70
  • 1947 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), dies at 89
  • 1953 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • 1953 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1953 Hugo Schmeisser, German inventor and weapons designer, dies at 68
  • 1955 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • 1956 Hans Carossa, German writer, dies at 77
  • 1956 Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (b. 1882)
  • 1961 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • 1963 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • 1963 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63
  • 1968 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American professional golfer, dies at 71
  • 1972 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • 1973 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
  • 1973 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • 1977 Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • 1977 Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
  • 1978 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (Gus Broeberg-My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson-Peyton Place), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1979 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • 1980 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • 1981 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), dies at 84
  • 1982 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), dies at 89
  • 1982 Karen Aabye, Danish author (Less bedstemor there jomfru), dies at 77
  • 1986 Frank Nelson, actor (Ralph-I Love Lucy, Jack Benny Show), dies at 75
  • 1986 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer, dies at 92
  • 1987 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • 1988 Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • 1988 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass, dies at 71
  • 1989 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • 1990 Athene Seyler, actress (Make Mine Mink), dies at 101
  • 1991 Jacques Benoit, [JJM Bayer], poet, dies
  • 1991 Regis Toomey, American actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), dies at 93

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1992 Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho), dies from aids at 60

  • 1992 Ed Peck, actor (Zoot Suit, Bullitt), dies of heart attack at 75
  • 1992 Ruth Nelson, actress (Awakenings, 3 Women), dies at 87
  • 1993 Charles Lamont, actor and director (Abbott & Costello movies), dies at 95
  • 1993 Harold Innocent, actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), dies at 60
  • 1993 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • 1994 Boris B Yegorov, Russian doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I), dies at 56
  • 1994 Douglas MacKenzie Davey, psychometrist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • 1994 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), dies at 85
  • 1995 Geoffrey Stokes, rock & roll writer, dies at 55
  • 1995 Jeremy Brett, [Peter Huggins], English actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 61
  • 1995 John Stuart-Jervis, balloonist, dies
  • 1995 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Ernesto Geisel, 29th President of Brazil (1974-79), dies at 89
  • 1996 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, Canon of Windsor and moral theologian, dies at 87
  • 1996 James Gulliver, businessman, dies at 66
  • 1996 Lloyd Turner, journalist (Daily Express), dies at 57
  • 1996 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist, dies at 36
  • 1996 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born American stalker of Björk, commits suicide aged 21
  • 1997 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • 1997 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • 1997 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2000 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • 2001 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74

Person of interestJohnny Cash

2003 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 2004 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • 2004 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77
  • 2007 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (Farley, The Elderberries comics), dies at 64
  • 2008 Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2008 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2009 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), dies of cancer at 88
  • 2010 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Giulio Zignoli, Italian footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)

Person of interestRay Dolby

2013 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), dies of leukemia at 80

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 2014 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90
  • 2015 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, dies at 79
  • 2015 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • 2015 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), dies at 89
  • 2017 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), dies at 88