Deaths in History on April 12

  • 45 BC Gnaeus Pompeius, the Younger, Roman general
  • 65 Seneca the Younger, Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist
  • 238 Gordian II, Roman co-Emperor with his father Gordian I, killed in battle at Carthage
  • 238 Gordian I, Roman Emperor, suicide, after losing battle at Carthage and death of son Gordian I
  • 352 Julius I, pope (337-52), dies
  • 434 Archbishop Maximianus of Constantinople
  • 1125 Vladislaus I of Bohemia (1109-17, 1120-25)
  • 1443 Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1550 Claude of Lorraine, duke of Guise, dies at 53
  • 1555 Joanna of Castile (Joanna the mad), wife of Philip I of Castile dies at 75
  • 1675 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1609)
  • 1687 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
  • 1704 Johan van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (Concerning Reduction of Equations) and Mayor of Amsterdam (1672-1703), dies at 76

Person of interestJacques-Bénigne Bossuet

1704 Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, French bishop and writer, dies at 77

Bishop and Writer Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Bishop and Writer
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • 1748 William Kent, English sculptor/architect (Kensington Palace), dies
  • 1782 Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)

  • 1795 Rainieri de Calzabigi, Italian librettist and poet, dies at 80
  • 1795 Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general (b. 1710)
  • 1817 Charles Messier, French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), dies at 86
  • 1828 Jean Henri Appelius, Dutch lawyer/minister of Finance, dies at 60
  • 1845 Henry M baron the Kock, officer/politician, dies at 65
  • 1850 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)
  • 1859 John Emde, German evangelist, dies at about 84
  • 1864 Thomas Green, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 50

Person of interestBoss Tweed

1878 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", New York corrupt politician dies in prison at 55

Politician Boss Tweed
Politician
Boss Tweed
  • 1898 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Roman catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • 1910 William G Sumner, US sociologist, politicologist (Folkways), dies at 69

Person of interestClara Barton

1912 Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • 1938 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author (Man & Mark), dies at 65
  • 1942 Johannes E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 80

Person of interestFranklin D. Roosevelt

1945 Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (D) (1933-1945), dies in office of a stroke at 63

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1946 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • 1946 F Guicciardi, writer, dies
  • 1947 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • 1953 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), dies at 73
  • 1962 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • 1966 Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
  • 1968 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • 1972 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1975 Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68

  • 1980 William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • 1986 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • 1987 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90

Person of interestAlan Paton

1988 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 85

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 1989 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
  • 1991 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • 1993 Isaac Rojas, vp of Argentina (1955-58), dies
  • 1993 Patience Jarvis, dies of melanoma at 56
  • 1994 Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Marthe Robert, essayist/translator, dies at 82
  • 1996 Nancy Sheehan, writer, dies at 69
  • 1996 William Wilkinson, businessman/conservationist, dies at 63

Person of interestGeorge Wald

1997 George Wald, American scientist, (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • 2001 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, dies at 79
  • 2003 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • 2006 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2015 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • 2016 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • 2018 John Melcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana), dies at 93