On This Day

Deaths in History on May 25

  • 615 Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies
  • 709 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 946 Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
  • 967 Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)
  • 986 Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Persian astronomer, dies at 83
  • 992 Mieszko I, Grand Duke and ruler of Poland (960-992), dies at around 61
  • 992 Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)
  • 1085 Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies
  • 1125 Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies
  • 1261 Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies
  • 1401 Maria, Queen of Sicily and Duchess of Athens & Neopatria, dies at 37
  • 1452 John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1510 Georges d'Amboise, French Roman Catholic cardinal, minister of state and viceroy in North Italy, dies at 49
  • 1555 Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)
  • 1595 Valens Acidalius, German critic and poet (b. 1567)
  • 1632 Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher, dies at 60

  • 1667 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (b. 1620)
  • 1681 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1693 Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette, French writer (b. 1634)
  • 1741 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German Protestant theologian, dies at 80
  • 1786 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, dies at 68
  • 1789 Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
  • 1797 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • 1805 William Paley, English philosopher and theologian (Natural Theology), dies at 61
  • 1848 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • 1849 Andreas Victor Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, dies in battle at 52
  • 1849 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • 1865 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, dies at 85
  • 1895 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73
  • 1899 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French painter, dies at 68
  • 1912 Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1917 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, dies at 25

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

1919 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), dies of kidney failure complications at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1924 Lyubov Popova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 35
  • 1924 Ashutosh Mukherjee, Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), dies abruptly at 59
  • 1926 Symon Petliura, Ukrainian socialist leader (pogroms), assassinated in Paris at 47 by Sholom Schwartzbard

  • 1927 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1930 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • 1933 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", dies at 77
  • 1935 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1937 Henry Ossawa Tanner, American artist, dies at 77
  • 1939 Joseph Duveen, British art connoisseur (Elgin marbles), dies at 69
  • 1943 Nils Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter, dies at 54
  • 1945 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, dies at 62

BattleWitold Pilecki

1948 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), executed by communist secret police after a show trial at age 47

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • 1949 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1951 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, dies at 63

Person of interestRobert Capa

1954 Robert Capa, Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist, dies of injuries from a landmine explosion at 40

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 1968 Georg von Küchler, German field marshal and WWII war criminal, dies at 86
  • 1968 Charles K. Feldman, American producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • 1977 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1979 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • 1981 Fredric Warburg, British publisher (Animal Farm) and author, dies at 82
  • 1983 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • 1985 Robert Nathan, American writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1986 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), dies at 85
  • 1988 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1991 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72
  • 1992 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1996 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of British Independent Television Authority, dies at 83
  • 1996 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • 1996 John Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale, British politician and landowner, last non-royal to be raised to the peerage in UK and landowner, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • 1997 Muhammad Fadhel, Prime Minister of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • 2004 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 40
  • 2008 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • 2009 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • 2012 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general and 1st President of Poland (1989-90), dies at 90
  • 2016 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • 2017 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91
  • 2019 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), dies at 89

MurderGeorge Floyd

2020 George Floyd, African American bouncer, murdered at 46 while restrained in police custody by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who placed his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds causing mechanical asphyxia

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd