Deaths in History on March 11

ElagabalusElagabalus (203/204-222 AD)

Roman Emperor (218-22), murdered by the Praetorian Guard at 18

  • 222 Julia Soaemias, mother of Elagabalus (b. 180). Ruler during her son's minority, murdered by the Praetorian Guard
  • 638 Sophronius of Jerusalem, saint/patriarch of Jerusalem, dies
  • 859 Eulogius of Cordoba, Spanish Bishop and Christian Martyr
  • 1198 Marie de Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France (b. 1145)
  • 1486 Albrecht III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 71
  • 1514 Donato Bramante, Italian architect (b. 1444)
  • 1575 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (b. 1520)
  • 1715 Jan-Erasmus Quellinus, Flemish painter (court painter to Emperor Leopold I), dies at 80
  • 1722 John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1759 John Forbes, British general (b. 1710)
  • 1786 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 71
  • 1786 Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus], Dutch poet, dies at 28
  • 1820 Benjamin West, Anglo-American painter (Death of General Wolfe), dies at 81
  • 1851 George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)
  • 1854 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, dies at 49
  • 1856 James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
  • 1857 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (A la paz), dies at 84
  • 1863 Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)
  • 1869 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, dies at 65
  • 1870 Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
  • 1874 Charles Sumner, American politician, Senator Massachusetts (1851-74) and anti-slavery advocate, dies at 63
  • 1897 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist, evangelist, dies at 45
  • 1898 William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
  • 1907 Jean Casimir-Périer, French politician (President of France 1894-95), dies at 59
  • 1907 Nikola Petkow, premier (Bulgaria), murdered
  • 1908 Benjamin Waugh, English social reformer who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, dies at 69
  • 1913 John Shaw Billings, American librarian & surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1915 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), dies at 88
  • 1920 Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)
  • 1921 Sherburne Wesley Burnham, American astronomer (binary stars), dies at 83
  • 1932 Dora Carrington, British Bloomsbury artist commits suicide aged 38
  • 1937 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (b. 1860)
  • 1944 Hendrik W van Loon, Neth/US radio commentator/writer, dies at 62
  • 1951 Philippe of Isacker, Belgian minister, dies at 66

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming (1881-1955)

Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • 1955 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd (1888-1957)

American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

  • 1958 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1959 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), dies at 54
  • 1960 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • 1962 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • 1965 James Reeb, American minister and civil rights activist, dies from head injuries after being beaten in Selma, Alabama at 38
  • 1969 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Chrysalids), dies at 65

Erle Stanley GardnerErle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970)

American detective writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

  • 1971 Whitney Young Jr, American leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • 1972 Fredric Brown, American sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • 1977 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • 1982 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • 1982 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • 1984 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • 1988 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • 1989 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1989 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • 1989 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • 1992 Manuel De Dios Unanue, US anti-drug journalist, murdered at 48
  • 1992 Richard Brooks, American director (Blackboard Jungle; Key Largo), dies at 79
  • 1993 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • 1994 Jacques Doucet, French painter (Mostar Sarajevo), dies at 69
  • 1995 Ernest Kabushemeye, Burundese minister of Mijnbouw, murdered
  • 1995 Frank Fidler, English artist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), dies at 86
  • 1996 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer, dies at 92
  • 1996 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • 1997 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • 1999 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), dies at 76
  • 1999 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • 2002 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English army officer (NATO Commander) and military historian, dies at 81

Slobodan MiloševićSlobodan Milošević (1941-2006)

President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

  • 2008 Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comic artist (The Rocketeer), dies at 52
  • 2009 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • 2010 Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
  • 2012 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • 2014 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2020 Michel Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), dies at 78