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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
  • 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 L 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
  • 1751 Frederick of Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51), dies at 74
  • 1801 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/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
  • 1835 Friederike Blum, writer, dies
  • 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, writer, dies
  • 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-1904), dies at 83

Provencal Poet Frederic Mistral
Provencal Poet
Frederic Mistral
  • 1917 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (b. 1832)
Civil Rights Leader, Journalist and Suffragist Ida B. Wells
Civil Rights Leader, Journalist and Suffragist
Ida B. Wells
  • 1937 John Drinkwater, English poet/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 Saudia 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