Deaths in History on February 12

  • 1128 Toghtekin, slave/atabek of Damascus, dies
  • 1242 Hendrik VII, Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
  • 1538 Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter, dies at about 57

Jane GreyJane Grey (1537-1554)

Queen of England in 1553 for 9 days, beheaded for treason at 16

  • 1554 Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey's husband, beheaded at about 19 for treason
  • 1571 Nicholas Throckmorton, English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)
  • 1590 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer and diplomat (Anti-Tribonien), dies at 65
  • 1595 Archduke Ernest of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1553)
  • 1616 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65
  • 1624 George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  • 1630 Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1689 Marie Louise D'Orleans, Queen consort of Spain as the first wife of King Charles II of Spain, dies at 26
  • 1700 Aleksei Shein, Russian general and statesman (b. 1662)
  • 1712 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, dies at 26
  • 1724 Elkanah Settle, English poet and playwright, dies at 76
  • 1763 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1771 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60

Ethan AllenEthan Allen (1738-1789)

American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

  • 1799 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant (1724-1804)

German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79

  • 1834 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist and philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1837 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, dies at 50
  • 1871 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), dies at 50
  • 1886 Horatio Seymour, American politician (18th Governor of New York), dies at 75
  • 1901 Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Colon), dies at 83
  • 1903 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • 1905 Marcel Schwob, French writer and journalist (Coeur double), dies at 37
  • 1912 Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (1st to identify leprosy as bacteria), dies at 70 [1]
  • 1916 Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature & Meaning of Numbers), dies at 84
  • 1920 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • 1920 Ottalee Baker, Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31
  • 1929 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies at 66
  • 1931 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)
  • 1935 Auguste Escoffier, French chef & writer (Le Guide Culinaire), dies at 88
  • 1942 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), dies at 50
  • 1945 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1945 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah), dies
  • 1945 Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
  • 1949 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, dies at 42
  • 1951 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (one of the earliest proponents of the creation of the state of Pakistan and recognized as the creator of the name “Pakistan” for a separate Muslim, homeland in South Asia and is known as the founder of the Pakistan National Movement), dies at 53
  • 1954 Dziga Vertov [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • 1957 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • 1957 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • 1958 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, dies at 60
  • 1958 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, dies at 88
  • 1964 Gerald Gardner, British occultist and Wiccan (founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca), dies at 79

James Cash PenneyJames Cash Penney (1875-1971)

American department store founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

  • 1980 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), dies at 66
  • 1982 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • 1984 Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • 1984 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • 1989 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • 1989 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 1991 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • 1991 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • 1992 Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies at 74
  • 1993 James Bulger, English child abducted, tortured and beaten to death at 2, by 10 year old boys
  • 1994 Donald Judd, American minimalist sculptor and artist, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1994 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, dies at 43
  • 1995 L Jansma, Fries publisher (Friese stamp), dies
  • 1995 Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author (L'Honneur de la Tribu), dies at 49
  • 1996 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1996 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • 1997 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1997 Walter Ritchie, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), dies at 77

Charles M. SchulzCharles M. Schulz (1922-2000)

American cartoonist (Peanuts), dies of colon cancer at 77

  • 2003 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • 2004 Robert A. Bruce, American cardiologist and pioneer (exercise cardiology), dies at 87
  • 2012 John Severin, American comic book artist, dies at 90
  • 2013 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukrainian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), dies at 81
  • 2014 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • 2015 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2019 Lyndon LaRouche, American political activist (National Caucus of Labor Committees), dies at 96
  • 2019 W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), dies at 89