Today's Deaths in History

  • November
  • 1240 Edmund of Abingdon, English bishop (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1233-40), dies
  • 1272 Henry III, King of England (1216-72, Provisions of Oxford), dies at 65
  • 1328 Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1276)
  • 1512 Gerbrand Mockema, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • 1512 Jemme Herjuwsma, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • 1548 Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer, dies at 44
  • 1603 Pierre Charron, French philosopher/theologian, dies
  • 1613 Trajano Boccalini, Italian satirist (b. 1556)
  • 1668 Antoon Anselmo, South Netherlands lawyer, dies at about 79
  • 1695 Pierre Nicole, French philosopher (b. 1625)
  • 1706 Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest, Dutch admiral and buccaneer, dies at 64
  • 1706 Godfried Schalcken, Dutch painter, etcher and engraver, dies at about 63
  • 1724 Jack Sheppard, English robber, hanged
  • 1745 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier, dies at 80
  • 1766 Dominikus Zimmermann, Bavarian Baroque architect and painter (Liebfrauenkirche), dies at 81
  • 1773 John Hawkesworth, English writer

  • 1779 Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1785 Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, dies at 76
  • 1790 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1797 King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97
  • 1802 André Michaux, French botanist, dies at 56
  • 1806 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • 1808 Mustapha IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08), dies at 29
  • 1831 Carl von Clausewitz, Prussian general and strategist (Campaign 1813), dies at 51
  • 1835 Louis Angely, German comedic poet (Paris in Pommern), dies at 48
  • 1836 Christian Hendrik Persoon, Dutch mycologist (b. 1761)
  • 1869 Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason
  • 1884 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (b. 1835)

BattleLouis Riel

1885 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • 1890 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian man of letters/librarian, dies at 71
  • 1907 Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma, dies at 59
  • 1908 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), dies at 78
  • 1911 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (b. 1842)
  • 1922 Max Abraham, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1932 Carry van Bruggen, [de Haan], Dutch author (Eva), dies at 51
  • 1934 Joachim Ringelantz, writer, dies

  • 1934 Carl von Linde, German engineer and chemist who invented mechanical refrigeration, dies at 92
  • 1939 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • 1943 Marcel Verhamme, Belgian resistance fighter, executed
  • 1945 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Kohtalon Vaaka), dies at 43
  • 1948 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • 1950 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 1954 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American botanist, dies at 80
  • 1955 Tomasz Arciszewski, 31st Prime Minister of Poland, 3rd Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile in London (1944-47), dies at 88
  • 1958 Warner Fabian, [S Adams], American author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • 1958 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), dies at 67
  • 1961 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79
  • 1965 Alexander King, author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 66
  • 1965 William Thomas Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State, dies at 85
  • 1965 Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, dies at 80

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

1966 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • 1968 Greet Hofmans, faith healer of Dutch queen Juliana, dies at 74
  • 1973 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • 1974 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner Effect), dies at 91
  • 1975 Ernst van Raalte, lawyer/minister-president, dies at 83
  • 1982 Lenny Murphy, Leader of Belfast's notorious Shankill Butchers (b. 1952)
  • 1982 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian Mathematician (topology), dies at 86
  • 1985 John J Sparkmann, (Sen-D-Ala), dies at 85
  • 1985 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • 1988 Lotte Stam-Beese, German/Neth architect, dies at about 85
  • 1989 Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • 1993 Achille Zavatta, French clown (b. 1915)
  • 1995 Gwyn A Williams, historian/socialist, dies at 70
  • 1996 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red), dies at 73
  • 1996 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, dies at 88
  • 1997 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • 1998 David Lane, British Conservative politician and CEO (Commission for Racial Equality), dies at 76
  • 1999 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), dies at 71
  • 2000 DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • 2003 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • 2004 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • 2005 Donald Watson, English founder of the Vegan Society (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Henry Taube, Canadian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)

Person of interestMilton Friedman

2006 Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel Prize Economics 1976, dies at 94

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • 2006 Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Harold Alfond, American businessman and founder of Dexter Shoe Company , dies at 93
  • 2010 Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Donald Nyrop, American airline executive (b. 1912)
  • 2013 Chris Argyris, American business theorist and educator, dies at 90
  • 2015 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • 2016 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), dies at 94
  • 2016 Jay Forrester, American engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, dies at 98


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