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 I, Roman Emperor, suicide, after losing battle at Carthage and death of son Gordian I
  • 238 Gordian II, Roman co-Emperor with his father Gordian I, killed in battle at Carthage
  • 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, dies at 65
  • 1687 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704)

French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), dies at 77

  • 1704 Johan van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (Concerning Reduction of Equations) and Mayor of Amsterdam (1672-1703), dies at 76
  • 1748 William Kent, English sculptor/architect (Kensington Palace), dies
  • 1795 Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general, dies at 84

Charles MessierCharles Messier (1730-1817)

French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), dies at 86

  • 1828 Jean Henri Appelius, Dutch lawyer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 60
  • 1832 Shadrach Bond, American politician (1st Governor of Illinois, 1818 to 1822), dies of pneumonia at 58
  • 1845 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), 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
  • 1876 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 64

Boss TweedBoss Tweed (1823-1878)

American politician and corrupt New York fraudster, dies in prison of pneumonia at 55

  • 1881 James L. Lardner, American naval officer (American Civil War), dies at 78
  • 1898 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Roman catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • 1910 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), dies at 69

Clara BartonClara Barton (1821-1912)

American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, dies of tuberculosis at 90

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

Franklin D. RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

32nd US President (Democrat: 1933-1945), dies in office with the war almost won of a stroke at 63

  • 1946 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • 1946 F Guicciardi, writer, dies
  • 1947 Christian Frederik Leipoldt, South African poet, writer (Die Moormansgat) and physician, dies at 66
  • 1953 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), dies at 73

Archibald McIndoeArchibald McIndoe (1900-1960)

New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at 59 [or 11 April] [1]

  • 1962 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100
  • 1963 Alfred Métraux, Swiss anthropologist, dies at 60
  • 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/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1980 William Tolbert, Liberian President (1971-80), killed with 27 others in a coup at 66
  • 1986 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)

Alan PatonAlan Paton (1903-1988)

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

  • 1988 Charles Melvin Price, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1945-88), dies at 83
  • 1989 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
  • 1991 James Schuyler, American 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, French essayist and translator who influenced Sigmund Freud, dies at 82
  • 1996 William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, dies at 63

George WaldGeorge Wald (1906-1997)

American physiologist and biologist (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina), dies at 90

  • 2001 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular 'smiley-face' graphic, dies at 79
  • 2003 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • 2006 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (World Series of Poker Main Event 1973; 4 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2007 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • 2009 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), dies at 83
  • 2009 Kirby Laing, English Construction head (John Laing & Son), dies at 92
  • 2010 Michel Chartrand, French Canadian union activist, dies at 93
  • 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
  • 2020 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82
  • 2021 Shirley Williams, British politician (Labour Party; Social Democratic Party; Liberal Democrat), dies at 90