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Deaths in History on March 25

  • 1223 Afonso II, 3rd King of Portugal (1211-23), dies at 36
  • 1345 Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, English politician (b. 1281)
  • 1458 Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, Spanish marquis of Santillana/poet, dies
  • 1558 Marcos de Niza, French Franciscan explorer (Arizona, Seven Cities of Cibola), dies at 62 or 63
  • 1561 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German philosopher and encyclopedist (b. 1518)
  • 1603 Ikoma Chikamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1526)
  • 1609 Olaus Martini, Swedish Archbishop of Uppsala (b. 1557)
  • 1625 Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (b. 1569)
  • 1692 Gerardus Blasius, Flemish anatomist, dies at about 66
  • 1696 Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Prince of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen (1664-96), dies at 39
  • 1712 Nehemiah Grew, English naturalist (b. 1641)
  • 1736 Nicholas Hawksmoor, British architect (English Baroque)
  • 1751 Frederick of Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51), dies at 74
  • 1801 Anthony Ziesenis, Dutch architect and sculptor (Camper), dies at 69
  • 1801 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), dies at 28
  • 1818 Caspar Wessel, Danish-Norwegian mathematician, dies at 72

  • 1825 Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck, Dutch politician (Grand Pensionary of Batavia), dies at 63
  • 1828 Maria Reynolds, American mistress of Alexander Hamilton and part of America's 1st political sex scandal (Reynolds Pamphlet), dies at 59
  • 1860 James Braid, Scottish surgeon (b. 1795)
  • 1867 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, German chemist (Chinoline), dies at 72
  • 1869 Edward Bates, American lawyer (26th U.S. Attorney General), dies at 75
  • 1873 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • 1875 Louis Amédée Achard, French novelist (The Cloak and Dagger), dies at 60
  • 1877 Elkanah Brackin Greer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 51
  • 1880 Ludmilla Assing, German writer, dies at 59
  • 1885 Karl Schwarz, German theologian, dies at 72
  • 1908 Durham Stevens, American diplomat (b. 1851)

Person of interestFrederic Mistral

1914 Frederic Mistral, French poet (Nobel Prize for Literature 1904), dies at 83

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral
  • 1917 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (b. 1832)
  • 1931 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, American journalist and civil rights activist, dies at 68
  • 1937 John Drinkwater, English poet and playwright (Bird in Hand), dies at 54
  • 1949 Hanns A Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • 1957 Max Ophüls, German director (The Earrings of Madame de...), dies at 54
  • 1962 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • 1965 Viola Gregg Liuzzo, US civil rights activist, murdered
  • 1969 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86

  • 1973 Edward Steichen, American photographer, dies at 93

Person of interestFaisal of Saudi Arabia

1975 Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), shot by nephew at 68

  • 1980 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • 1980 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1980 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • 1982 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • 1987 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • 1988 James J. Howard, American educator and Democratic Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 60
  • 1991 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • 1994 David Miles Bensusan-Butt, English economist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena), dies at 32
  • 1995 James Gardner, designer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Peter Herbert Penwarden, English priest, dies at 73
  • 1995 Warren E. Burger, 15th Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86), dies at 87
  • 1995 James Coleman, American sociologist (b. 1926)
  • 1997 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • 1998 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • 1998 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • 2001 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • 2007 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), dies at 57
  • 2009 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2013 Anthony Lewis, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize 195,1963) & author, dies from kidney and heart failure at 85
  • 2017 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • 2021 Beverly Cleary, American Newberry Medal winning writer of children's and young adult fiction (Ramona series, 1955-99), dies at 104
  • 2021 Larry McMurtry, American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (Lonesome Dove), and Academy Award-winning scriptwriter (Brokeback Mountain), dies at 84 [1]