Deaths in History on May 11

  • 1304 Maḥmūd Ghāzān, 7th Mongol Empire ruler in Iran, dies at 32
  • 1610 Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (China), dies at 57
  • 1621 Johann Arndt, German Lutheran theologian and author of books on devotional Christianity, dies at 65
  • 1672 Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, Scottish peer, dies at 57
  • 1708 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect, dies at 62
  • 1723 Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist, dies at 66
  • 1777 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras, dies at 58

William Pitt the ElderWilliam Pitt the Elder (1708-1778)

British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', dies at 69

  • 1779 John Hart, American farmer, politician, delegate from New Jersey to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at about 68

Spencer PercevalSpencer Perceval (1762-1812)

British statesman and Prime Minister (Tory: 1809-12), assassinated by John Bellingham at 49

  • 1849 Juliette Récamier, French socialite, dies at 71
  • 1857 Eugène François Vidocq, French criminal & police detective, dies at 81

John HerschelJohn Herschel (1792-1871)

English astronomer and photographer who invented the blueprint and catalogued southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79

  • 1874 Franklin Buchanan, American first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, dies at 73
  • 1881 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • 1887 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist, dies at 85
  • 1891 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), dies at 71
  • 1916 Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (Schwarzschild effect), dies on the Eastern front at 42, mere months after working out a solution to Einstein's Theory of Relativity
  • 1920 William Dean Howells, American author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • 1923 Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier & parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), dies at 86
  • 1927 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • 1929 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor, dies at 65
  • 1934 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist & honorary member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1920), dies at 81
  • 1935 Edward Herbert Thompson, American archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
  • 1938 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • 1939 Yevgeny Miller [Eugen Ludwig Müller], Baltic German general and a leader of the anticommunist White Army during and after the Russian Civil War, executed at 71 after being kidnapped in Paris by Soviet intelligence and taken to Moscow where he was tortured and eventually shot
  • 1943 Szmul Zygielbojm, Jewish-Polish socialist politician (Bund) and activist, commits suicide to protest Allied indifference to the Holocaust during WWII at 48
  • 1944 Henk Hos, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at 37
  • 1944 Walter Oesau, German fighter pilot (WWII), dies at 30
  • 1956 Walter Sydney Adams, American astronomer & director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
  • 1962 Hans Luther, German politician (Chancellor, 1925-6), dies at 83
  • 1963 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • 1971 Alan Mara Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), dies at 82
  • 1973 Grigory Kozintsev, Russian director, dies at 68
  • 1976 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, dies at 78
  • 1978 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist & poet, dies at 93
  • 1979 Barbara Hutton 'poor little rich girl', American heiress (Woolworth fortune), dies at 66
  • 1981 Hoyt J. Fuller, American editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • 1981 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), dies at 83
  • 1983 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • 1985 Chester Gould, American cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • 1985 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1986 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1987 James Jesus Angleton, American intelligence officer & head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), dies at 69

Kim PhilbyKim Philby (1912-1988)

British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • 1991 Ho Dam, North Korean foreign minister (1970-83), dies at 62
  • 1992 Carlos Herrera, American drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • 1992 Elizabeth McDonald, American inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • 1994 Alfred James Broomhall, British Protestant Christian medical missionary to China, dies at 82
  • 1994 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • 1995 David Avidan, Israeli poet, dies at 62
  • 1996 Joan Thirkettle, British journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish conservationist & communist activist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies at 91

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams (1952-2001)

English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • 2001 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2002 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso & crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, dies of heart failure at 97
  • 2002 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist & senator, dies at 90
  • 2007 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • 2007 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Chief and Head-of-Head of Samoa (1962-2007, dies at 94
  • 2016 David King, British graphic designer (album covers for Jimi Hendrix and The Who), photographer (I Am King), and historian (The Commissar Vanishes), dies at 73
  • 2017 Jur Mellema, Dutch politician (CHU), dies at 93
  • 2022 Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestinian-American journalist (Al Jazeera), shot and killed by Israeli forces at 51 [1]