Deaths in History on August 25

  • 383 Gratian (Flavius Gratianus), Emperor of Rome (375-383), murdered at 25
  • 471 Gennadius I, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 458)
  • 882 Louis III, King of France (879-82), dies at 19
  • 1192 Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1142)
  • 1270 Louis IX (Saint Louis), King of France (1226-70), dies from plague at 56
  • 1282 Thomas Cantilupe, English saint (b. ca 1218)
  • 1330 Sir James Douglas, Scottish soldier (b. 1286)
  • 1346 Louis of Nevers, Count of Flanders, dies in battle

Margaret of AnjouMargaret of Anjou (1430-1482)

Queen consort of England by marriage to King Henry VI, dies at 52

  • 1554 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies
  • 1556 David Jorisz, Flemish glass blower/sect leader, dies at about 54
  • 1580 Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg, last archbishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1632 Thomas Dekker, English pamphleteer and dramatist dies at about 60 [his life was poorly documented, exact birth and death dates are uncertain]
  • 1649 Richard Crashaw, English clergyman/poet, dies at about 36

Henry MorganHenry Morgan (c. 1635-1688)

Welsh pirate and privateer who raided Spanish settlements and shipping, dies at 53

  • 1699 Christian V, King of Denmark and Norway, dies at 53
  • 1711 Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey, English politician

David HumeDavid Hume (1711-1776)

Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65

  • 1789 Mary Ball Washington, mother of George, dies
  • 1792 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)

James WattJames Watt (1736-1819)

Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), dies at 83

William HerschelWilliam Herschel (1738-1822)

German-British astronomer (discovered Uranus), dies at 83

  • 1835 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, dies at 22
  • 1840 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, dies at 44
  • 1846 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller and naturalist, dies at 73

Michael FaradayMichael Faraday (1791-1867)

English scientist discovered electromagnetic induction, invented 1st electric motor, dies at 75

  • 1868 Costache Negruzzi, Romanian author/poet, dies at about 60
  • 1868 Henry P Scholte, Dutch/US vicar (Iowa), dies at 62
  • 1868 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch 2nd member of parliament, dies at 66
  • 1885 Reuben Fenton, American merchant and politician (22nd Governor of New York), dies at 66

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

German philosopher and philologist (Übermensch and the doctrine of eternal return), dies of a stroke due to syphilis at 55

  • 1900 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Japanese diplomat and politician (2nd Prime Minister of Japan, 1888-1889; President of the Privy Council, 1894-90), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 59
  • 1904 William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)
  • 1908 Eyre Massey Shaw, British first chief of London Fire Brigade, dies at 78

Henri BecquerelHenri Becquerel (1852-1908)

French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), dies at 55

  • 1924 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)
  • 1925 Franz Graf Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austro-Hungarian field marshal, dies at 72
  • 1936 Grigory Zinoviev [Hirsch Apfelbaum], Russian revolutionary, dies at 52
  • 1938 Aleksandr Kuprin, Russian author (Jama), dies at 67
  • 1942 George Edward Alexander Windsor, British nobleman (Duke of Kent), and RAF officer, dies in battle at 39
  • 1942 W van Daalen, opposition leader on Celebes, beheaded
  • 1943 Johan Petter Johansson, Swedish inventor and industrialist (modern adjustable spanner), dies at 86
  • 1944 Krijn van den Helm, Dutch resistance fighter (KP Leeuwarden), shot to death
  • 1944 Musa Cälil, Russian-Soviet Tatar poet (The Moabit Notebooks), and resistance fighter, executed by guillotine in Plötzensee Prison, Berlin at 38
  • 1945 John Birch, American intelligence officer and missionary (b. 1918)
  • 1947 Clark Wissler, American anthropologist (American Indian), dies at 76
  • 1947 Franz Cumont, Belgian religious historian and archaeologist (cult of Mithra), dies at 79
  • 1956 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), dies from a heart ailment and pneumonia at 62
  • 1957 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, dies at 74
  • 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, American far-right political activist. founder and leader of the American Nazi Party, assassinated by former party member John Patler at 49
  • 1967 Stanley Bruce, 8th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 84
  • 1975 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • 1976 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish novelist (Return to Ithaca; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1974), dies at 76
  • 1984 Andy Varipapa, American ten-pin bowler (BPAA All-Star champion 1947-48), dies at 93

Truman CapoteTruman Capote (1924-1984)

American author (Breakfast At Tiffany's; In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • 1988 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), dies at 77
  • 1990 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • 1992 Jan G Toonder, writer (Castle in Ireland), dies at 78
  • 1993 Amy Biehl, US activist in South-Africa, murdered at 26
  • 1994 Ramdas Nayak, Indian Hindu leader and politician, murdered at 52
  • 1996 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • 1996 Erskine Childers, Irish writer and United Nations civil servant official, dies at 67
  • 1997 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • 1997 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • 1998 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), dies at 90
  • 2000 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), dies at 99
  • 2002 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • 2005 Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • 2008 John Thoday, British geneticist, dies at 91
  • 2008 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy (1932-2009)

American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), dies of brain cancer at 77

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong (1930-2012)

American X-15 pilot and astronaut - 1st man on the Moon (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), dies from heart surgery complications at 82

  • 2015 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • 2016 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize, 1980), dies at 84
  • 2016 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86

John McCainJohn McCain (1936-2018)

American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), dies of brain cancer at 81