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
  • 1554 Jane Grey, Queen of England 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)
  • 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 writer (b. 1648)
  • 1763 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1771 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60

  • 1787 Ruggiero Boscovich, Italian physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75

Person of interestEthan Allen

1789 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1799 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)

Person of interestImmanuel Kant

1804 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79

Philosopher Immanuel Kant
Philosopher
Immanuel Kant
  • 1834 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1837 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 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 and writer (Le Guide Culinaire), dies at 88
  • 1942 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 50
  • 1945 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah), dies
  • 1945 Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
  • 1945 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1949 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, dies at 42
  • 1951 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  • 1954 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • 1957 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • 1957 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • 1958 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder (French Communistic Party), dies at 88

  • 1958 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, dies at 60
  • 1960 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71

Person of interestJames Cash Penney

1971 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 1979 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • 1980 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 1982 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • 1984 Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • 1984 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • 1984 Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • 1989 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • 1989 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), 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
  • 1991 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 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, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies 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 Roger Omond, journalist, dies at 51
  • 1996 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1997 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1997 Walter Ritchie, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), dies at 77

Person of interestCharles M. Schulz

2000 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts), dies at 77

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 2003 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • 2012 John Severin, American comic book artist, dies at 90
  • 2013 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukranian 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