Deaths in History on January 25

  • 389 Gregory Nazianzus, theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 329)
  • 477 Geiseric, King of the Vandals and Alans
  • 844 Pope Gregory IV, Italian Pope (827-844)
  • 1067 Zhao Shu, Chinese Emperor Yingzong of Song (1063-67), dies of illness at 34
  • 1138 Anacletus II [Pietro Pierleone], Jewish anti-pope (1130-38), dies
  • 1139 Godfried I, with the Beard, duke of Brabant/earl of Leuven, dies
  • 1366 Henry Suso, German mystic
  • 1431 Charles II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1364)
  • 1494 Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies
  • 1547 Lieven Algoet, Flemish humanist, dies

Christian IIChristian II (1481-1559)

King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, dies at 77

  • 1573 Hirate Hirohide, Japanese samurai, dies at the Battle of Mikatagahara (b. 1553)
  • 1586 Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter, dies at 70
  • 1640 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), dies at 62
  • 1670 Nicholas II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1612)
  • 1726 Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (b. 1675)
  • 1733 Gilbert Heathcote, Mayor of London (b. 1652)
  • 1733 Reinier V van Hompech, Dutch gen-maj cavalry, dies
  • 1751 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, dies at 75
  • 1821 Johan Valckenier, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 62
  • 1828 Caroline Lamb, English aristocrat, author (Glenarvon), wife of William Lamb, lover of Lord Byron, dies at 42
  • 1844 Horace H. Hayden, 1st American licensed dentist and cofounds 1st dental college, dies at 74

Fabian Gottlieb von BellingshausenFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (1779-1852)

Russian explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica dies at 72

  • 1855 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, dies at 83
  • 1872 Richard S. Ewell, US Army officer and Confederate General (Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of Spotsylvania Court House), dies at 54
  • 1881 Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (Grand Kremlin Palace), dies at 86
  • 1896 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • 1896 Frederic Leighton, President of the Royal Academy (1878-96), dies
  • 1899 Alfredo d'Escragnolle, French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
  • 1906 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), dies at 70
  • 1906 Pierre-Lambert Goossens, Belgian archbishop of Mechelen and Cardinal Primate of Belgium, dies at 78
  • 1908 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • 1910 Leon Walras, French economist (School of Lausanne), dies at 75
  • 1920 Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (Reclining Nude), dies at 35
  • 1925 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)
  • 1940 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)

Al CaponeAl Capone (1899-1947)

American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), dies of a stroke complicated by pneumonia after suffering from late-stage syphilis of neurosyphilis at 48

  • 1949 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • 1952 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • 1957 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • 1957 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • 1970 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), dies at 70
  • 1972 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • 1975 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78
  • 1981 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
  • 1982 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet party ideologist and statesman, dies at 79
  • 1986 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • 1990 Ian Dudley Hardy, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Mahmoud Riad, Secretary-General of Arab League (1972-79), dies
  • 1993 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • 1994 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85
  • 1995 Tom Brugman, Dutch puppeteer (Brave Dodo), dies at 62
  • 1997 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1998 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • 1999 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, dies at 109
  • 2003 Samuel Weems, Armerican lawyer (disbarred), Armenian genocide denier, and writer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2005 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
  • 2005 Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2005 William Augustus Bootle, American judge (b. 1902)
  • 2010 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Charles Mathias Jr., American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 87
  • 2016 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • 2017 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • 2017 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • 2019 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist, dies at 86
  • 2019 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), dies at 101
  • 2019 Meshulam Riklis, Turkish-born Israeli businessman and husband of Pia Zadora, dies at 95
  • 2021 Barry Heywood, British director of the British Antarctic Survey, dies at 83
  • 2022 Esteban Edward Torres, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-99), dies at 91