On This Day

Deaths in History on July 11

  • 155 Pius I, bishop of Rome (approx 140-155) saint and martyr, dies
  • 472 Anthemius, Emperor of the Western Roman Empire
  • 937 King Rudolph II of Burgundy
  • 969 Olga of Kiev, Regent and ruler of Kievan Rus, dies at about 79
  • 1174 Amalrik I, [Morri], French King of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1183 Otto I Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1302 Jacques de Châtillon, count of Saint-Pol/gov of Flaanders, dies
  • 1302 Pierre Flote, French 1st legist/chancellor of king Philip IV, dies
  • 1302 Robert II, Count of Artois and French soldier, dies in the Battle of the Golden Spurs at 51
  • 1382 Nicholas van Oresme, French philosopher/bishop of Lisieux, dies at 62
  • 1502 Francisco de Bobadilla, Spanish soldier and second Governor of the Indies (1499-1502), dies during a storm at sea (born about 1450)
  • 1535 Joachim I Nestor, ruler (Brandenburg), dies at 51
  • 1540 Jan Szapolyai, anti-king of Hungarian, dies
  • 1553 Mauritius, duke/monarch of Saksen (1547-53), dies of injuries at 32
  • 1581 Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero
  • 1593 Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1st surrealist painter, dies (birth date unkn)

  • 1649 Margaret Coventry, 1st English earl of Shaftesbury, dies
  • 1667 John Fox, Amsterdam writer, buried
  • 1679 William Chamberlayne, English poet (b. 1619)
  • 1686 Michel Anguier, French sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1688 King Narai of Siam (b. 1629)
  • 1690 Friedrich H duke van Schomberg, marshal, dies in battle at 75
  • 1766 Elizabeth Farnese, wife of Philip V of Spain (b. 1692)
  • 1774 Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet, Irish-born New York pioneer
  • 1775 Simon Boerum, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • 1797 Ienăchiţă Văcărescu, Wallachian writer (b. 1740)
  • 1806 James Smith, Irish/US attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 87
  • 1825 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)
  • 1844 Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (b. 1800)
  • 1847 Joachim le Sage ten Broek, Dutch notary and publicist, dies at 71
  • 1866 James Henry Lane, US General during Civil War (Union) and Senator (Kansas), commits suicide at 52
  • 1874 Xavier de Mérode, Belgium minister to the Pope in Rome, dies at 54
  • 1876 Ottho Gerhard Heldring, Dutch preacher and reformer (Heldring Institutions), dies at 72
  • 1882 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, dies on 72nd birthday
  • 1889 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author and poet, dies at 34
  • 1896 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist/historian (Olympia), dies at 81

  • 1898 Charles Chanoine, French lt/mass murderer in Senegal, dies
  • 1909 Simon Newcomb, celestial mechanics authority (Stars), dies at 74
  • 1914 Julius Rodenberg [Levy], German writer (Die Deutsche Rundschau), dies at 83
  • 1916 Rik Wouters, Belgian painter and sculptor (Doll Virgin), dies at 33
  • 1921 Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist and inventor, dies at 75
  • 1942 Simon de la Bella, Dutch president (NVV), dies in Dachau
  • 1944 Wolfgang Redlich, German major/pilot, dies in battle
  • 1948 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies

Person of interestAga Khan III

1957 Aga Khan III, Pakistani 48th Shia Iman, dies at 79

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III
  • 1958 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, dies at 69

Person of interestOwen D. Young

1962 Owen D. Young, American industrialist (RCA) and diplomat (Young Plan), dies at 87

Diplomat and Industrialist Owen D. Young
Diplomat and Industrialist
Owen D. Young
  • 1964 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), dies at 64
  • 1966 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), dies at 52
  • 1967 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer, politician and judge (b. 1917)
  • 1971 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • 1974 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1975 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • 1979 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54
  • 1983 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • 1987 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • 1988 Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger, British sociologist and criminologist, dies at 91
  • 1991 Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter (Satanic Verses), murdered
  • 1992 Annette Fischer, Danish chairman Amnesty International, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1992 Antoon Hubben, Dutch Mayor of Maasbree and trade union leader, dies at 73
  • 1993 Deng Yingchao, high ranking communist China official, dies at 88
  • 1993 Henri van Soede, sub commandant (WWII), dies at about 83
  • 1993 Kelly Ahrendt, 1st death by rabies in NY since 1954, dies
  • 1993 Sergey Vozovikov, cosmonaut, dies during underwater test at 34
  • 1994 Alan David Melville, polymath, dies at 82

Person of interestGary Kildall

1994 Gary Kildall, American computer scientist, creator of CP/M, dies at 52

Computer Scientist Gary Kildall
Computer Scientist
Gary Kildall
  • 1994 James Topping, author of CP/M, dies at 52
  • 1994 Wim Jurg, corrector/chairman (Werelddambond FMJD), dies at 49
  • 1995 John Cruickshank, French scholar, dies at 70
  • 1996 Martin Corbett, English gay rights activist (Gay Liberation Front, OutRage!), dies of AIDS at 51
  • 2000 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • 2000 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 78
  • 2004 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 2007 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Alfonso López Michelsen, 24th President of Colombia (1974-78), dies at 94
  • 2007 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman (Honest Ed's) and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • 2008 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, dies at 99
  • 2009 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • 2013 Eugene Wilkinson, American naval officer, dies at 94
  • 2013 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), dies at 93
  • 2015 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2015 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56