Deaths in History on March 12

  • 417 Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies

Gregory IGregory I (c. 540-604 AD)

Roman noble, monk, Bishop of Rome, Pope (590-604), and saint known as Gregory the Great, dies at 64

  • 1209 Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
  • 1289 King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
  • 1374 Emperor Go-Kōgon, 4th Northern Emperor of Japan, dies at 37
  • 1447 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), dies at 69
  • 1471 Dionysius the Carthusian [Denis Ryckel], Flemish scholastic theologist, dies at 69
  • 1496 Johannes de Lapide [Johan Heynlin], German philosopher, dies
  • 1507 Cesare Borgia, Duke of Valentinois, Italian aristocrat and illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, killed in a battle at 31
  • 1570 Jacob van den Eynden, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies
  • 1608 Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1648 Tirso de Molina, Spanish Baroque dramatist, poet and Roman Catholic monk (The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest), dies at about 63
  • 1681 Frans van Mieris the Elder, Dutch painter, dies at 45
  • 1699 Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman, dies at 63
  • 1721 Jan Luyts, Dutch physicist and mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1734 Antonius Schultingh [Schultingius], Dutch lawyer, dies at 74
  • 1753 George Berkeley, philosopher/bishop (Cloyne), dies on 68th birthday
  • 1790 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1710)
  • 1820 Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish born Canadian explorer, First European to cross North America, dies at roughly 56
  • 1834 Karl Wilhelm Feuerbach, German mathematician (circle of Feuerbach), dies at 33
  • 1868 Ernest Doudart de Lagrée, French naval officer and entomologist (led the Mekong River expedition 1866-68), dies during the Mekong Expedition at 44
  • 1872 Zeng Guofan, Chinese statesman, military general and Confucian scholar of the late Qing dynasty, dies at 60
  • 1888 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • 1889 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), dies at 77
  • 1894 Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
  • 1895 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 78
  • 1895 John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (a practical folding wooden stepladder), dies at 71
  • 1898 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish-Swedish writer (b. 1818)
  • 1902 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage, while delivering a speech, at 54
  • 1905 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter, dies at 92
  • 1908 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (L'idioma Gentile), dies at 61
  • 1909 Joe Petrosino, NYPD lieutenant (b. 1860)

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse (1846-1914)

American entrepreneur and engineer (air brakes, alternating current system) who was a pioneer of the electrical industry (Westinghouse Electric), dies at 67

  • 1916 Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (The Child of the Parish), dies at 39
  • 1921 Isabella Caroline Somerset, British philanthropist, temperance leader and campaigner for women's rights, dies at 69
  • 1924 Hilaire de Chardonnet, French industrialist and inventor (rayon), dies at 84

Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen (1866-1925)

Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, dies of liver cancer at 58

  • 1927 Arthur Bernard Deacon, British anthropologist (Malekula: A Vanishing People in the New Hebrides), dies of blackwater fever (b. 1903)
  • 1929 Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman (developed Coca-Cola into a company), dies at 77
  • 1930 Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)

William George BarkerWilliam George Barker (1894-1930)

Canadian Fighter Ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

  • 1932 Ivar Kreuger, "Swedish Match King" industrialist, commits suicide
  • 1935 Mihajlo "Micheal" Pupin, Serbian-American physicist and telephone pioneer, dies at 76

David BeattyDavid Beatty (1871-1936)

1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet during World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies of heart failure at 65

  • 1942 Robert Bosch, German industrialist (b. 1861)
  • 1943 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1944 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer, dies at 82
  • 1947 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1947 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure, dies at 87
  • 1950 L Heinrich Mann, German/American writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • 1955 Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • 1958 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, wife of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, dies at 79
  • 1973 Manuel Rojas, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • 1974 Billy Fox, Protestant Dublin MP, assassinated
  • 1974 George D. Sax, Drive-in bank and instant loan innovator. Owner of the Saxony Hotel. (b. 1904)
  • 1982 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • 1983 Yevsei Liberman, Ukraine Soviet economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • 1988 William Camp, dies at 74
  • 1990 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), dies at 73
  • 1991 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • 1991 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, (Nobel 1967 - discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye), dies at 90
  • 1992 Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (known for the comic strip Eric de Noorman), dies at 70
  • 1992 Ida Oosterbaan, Dutch founder (Women Action Committee), dies
  • 1992 Karel Poons, father of Paul Deen, dies
  • 1992 Philippe Soupault, writer, dies
  • 1992 Salvo Lima, mayor (Palermo)/MP (chr-dem), murdered
  • 1993 Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
  • 1993 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • 1994 Sandra Paretti, German/Swiss author (Drums of Winter), dies at 59
  • 1996 Charles Bruce Perry, Professor of Medicine (Bristol University), dies at 92
  • 1996 Gyula Kallai, Prime Minister of Hungry (1965-67), dies at 85
  • 1996 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1998 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • 2001 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
  • 2001 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • 2001 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • 2002 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Zoran Đinđić, 6th Prime Minister of Serbia (2001-03), assassinated at 50
  • 2005 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 90
  • 2008 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • 2010 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)

Michael GravesMichael Graves (1934-2015)

American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (1948-2015)

English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

  • 2016 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • 2017 Luigi Barbarito, Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 94