Deaths in History on April 25

  • 68 Saint Mark, the first Pope of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa
  • 974 Ratherius of Verona/Liege, bishop/abbot, dies at about 84
  • 1265 Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester, English crusader
  • 1295 Sancho IV, the Brave, scholar/king of Castile/Leon, dies
  • 1342 Benedict XII, [Jacques Fournier], Pope (1334-42), dies
  • 1516 John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • 1566 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • 1566 Louise Labé, French poet
  • 1595 Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (Gerusalemme liberata), dies at 51
  • 1605 Naresuan, King of Siam (b. 1555)
  • 1607 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • 1607 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • 1635 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69

Person of interestChongzhen

1644 Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide at 33

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen
  • 1647 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, dies at 62
  • 1660 Henry Hammond, English churchman, dies at 54

  • 1690 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (Pictorium), dies at 79
  • 1728 John Woodward, geologist/physician, dies
  • 1740 Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhat, also known as Baji Rao I, a general and Peshwa (b. 1699)

Person of interestAnders Celsius

1744 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 1770 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700)
  • 1792 Nicolas J Pelletier, French highwayman, 1st person guillotined
  • 1800 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1828 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman, dies at 64
  • 1840 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (Poisson distribution) and physicist, dies at 58
  • 1845 Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, dies at 37

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

1853 William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67

  • 1862 Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55
  • 1873 Walter de la Mare, Engl poet/author (Behold the Dreamer), dies at 43
  • 1873 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), dies at 90
  • 1875 Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 18
  • 1878 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), dies at 58
  • 1891 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • 1892 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (b. 1840)
  • 1905 Jacob Olie, Dutch photographer, dies at about 70
  • 1911 Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)
  • 1915 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1923 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, dies at 82
  • 1926 Ellen K S Key, Swedish author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76
  • 1928 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron general, dies at 49
  • 1937 Clem Sohn, air show performer dies at 26 when his chute fails to open

  • 1937 Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (Drzymała's wagon), dies at 79
  • 1942 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • 1949 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, dies at 53
  • 1954 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • 1955 Paul Basilius Barth, Swiss painter and lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1960 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • 1961 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • 1966 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • 1974 Pamela Courson, American woman and long-term companion of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • 1978 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • 1982 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • 1982 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1982 William R Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1988 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • 1988 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • 1992 Dany [Daniel S] Tuijnman, Dutch min of traffic & water, dies at 77
  • 1992 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1994 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • 1994 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Art Fleming, game show host (Jeopardy), dies at 74
  • 1996 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • 1996 John Lorne Campbell, folklorist, dies at 90
  • 1998 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 2000 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (b. 1911)
  • 2000 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • 2004 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2005 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • 2009 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Dorothy Provine, loving grandmother, (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82