Deaths in History on January 11

  • 705 John VI, Catholic Pope (701-05), dies
  • 802 St. Paulinus II of Aquileia
  • 812 Staurakios, Byzantine Emperor
  • 844 Michael I Rhangabes, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1055 Constantine IX Monomachos, emperor of Byzantium, dies
  • 1083 Otto of Nordheim, Duke of Bavaria (c. 1020)
  • 1494 Domenico Ghirlandaio [Bigordi], Italian Renaissance painter, and mentor of Michelangelo, dies of pestilential fever at 45
  • 1495 Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman, dies at 66
  • 1547 Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
  • 1552 Johannes Cochlaeus [Dobeneck], German humanist/theologist, dies
  • 1641 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583)
  • 1696 Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • 1703 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
  • 1713 Pierre Jurieu, French Protestant leader (b. 1637)
  • 1735 Danilo I, Vladika of Montenegro (b. c. 1670)
  • 1753 Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (providing the foundation of the British Museum), dies at 92
  • 1762 Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
  • 1763 Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
  • 1771 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French author, dies at 66
  • 1775 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
  • 1775 Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
  • 1788 François Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • 1797 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1836 John Molson, Canadian brewer (founded Montreal brewery Molsons), dies at 72
  • 1847 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, dies at 83
  • 1856 Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
  • 1867 Sir Stuart Donaldson, first Premier of the Colony of New South Wales (b. 1812)
  • 1868 Henry Haywood Bell, U.S. Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 59

Gail BordenGail Borden (1801-1874)

American manufacturer and inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72

Theodor SchwannTheodor Schwann (1810-1882)

German physician, physiologist and co-originator of cell theory (Schwann cells; pepsin; metabolism), dies at 71

  • 1891 Georges-Eugene, Baron Haussmann, French administrator and architect, dies at 81

Benjamin ButlerBenjamin Butler (1818-1893)

American Major General (Union Army), Governor of Massachusetts (1883-84) and US presidential candidate (Greenback anti-monopoly ticket), dies of a bronchial infection at 74

  • 1905 Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Warsaw, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)

Ambrose BierceAmbrose Bierce (1842-1914)

American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), dies at 71

  • 1914 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery was named (b. 1842)

Constantine IConstantine I (1868-1923)

King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54

  • 1927 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, dies at 41
  • 1928 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • 1929 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28
  • 1931 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1943 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, dies at 66
  • 1943 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • 1944 Galeazzo count of Cortellazzo Ciano, Italian politician, dies
  • 1950 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general (WWII, Indo-China), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1953 Ernst Herman van Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • 1953 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1953 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet), dies at 58
  • 1953 Noe Zhordania, Georgian journalist and politician (Prime Minister, 1918-21; government -in-exile leader, 1921-53), dies at 84
  • 1954 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 77
  • 1955 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • 1957 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1959 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • 1960 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • 1963 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • 1966 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1966 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • 1969 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1971 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • 1979 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, dies at 94
  • 1980 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Gerhard Barkhorn, German Luftwaffe fighter pilot and officer, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 63
  • 1983 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • 1983 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • 1985 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 1986 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • 1988 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1988 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89

Pappy BoyingtonPappy Boyington (1912-1988)

American combat pilot and US Marine Corps Fighter Ace during World War II, dies of cancer at 75

Carl David AndersonCarl David Anderson (1905-1991)

American physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), dies at 85

  • 1993 Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
  • 1994 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician, dies at 92
  • 1994 John Bradley, United States Navy corpsman, one of six who raised flag on top of Mt. Suribachi (see Iwo Jima), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1995 John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
  • 1995 Onat Kutlar, Turkish screenplay/producer (Hazal), murdered at 59
  • 1996 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker, dies at 61
  • 1996 Harold Walter Bailey, British philologist (Khotanese, Sanskrit, scholar who spoke 50 languages), dies at 96
  • 1996 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • 1997 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • 1999 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 1999 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen), dies at 101
  • 2000 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), dies at 88
  • 2001 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 2006 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • 2006 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • 2007 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary (1919-2008)

New Zealand explorer and mountaineer who was 1st to scale Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay, dies from a heart attack at 88

  • 2009 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), dies at 95
  • 2010 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), dies at 89
  • 2010 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • 2013 Aaron H. Swartz, American computer programmer, dies from an apparent suicide at 26
  • 2013 Lars Werner, Swedish communist leader, dies at 77

Ariel SharonAriel Sharon (1928-2014)

Israeli general, politician and Prime Minister of Israel (2001-06), dies from heart failure at 85

  • 2018 Doug Barnard Jr, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1977-93), dies at 95
  • 2018 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89

Sheldon AdelsonSheldon Adelson (1933-2021)

American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands casino company) and major political donor to the GOP and Israel, dies at 87 [1]

  • 2021 William Edgar Thornton, American medical doctor, USAF officer, and astronaut (STS-8, STS-51B), dies at 91
  • 2022 David-Maria Sassoli, Italian politician and journalist, European Parliament President (2019-22), dies at 65
  • 2022 Magawa, African Giant Pouched rat (1st rat to be awarded a PDSA award for finding landmines for APOPO), laid to rest after dying in retirement in Tanzania at 8