Deaths in History on November 12

  • 607 Pope Boniface III, dies after less than a year in office

Cnut the GreatCnut the Great (c. 990-1035)

King of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden (1016-1035), dies around the age of 45

  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland, killed in battle after reigning for 7 months (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Canute VI, king of Denmark (1182-1202), assassinated at about 39
  • 1434 King Louis III of Naples
  • 1555 Stephen Gardiner, English bishop of Winchester, dies at about 65
  • 1558 Shalom Shakna ben Joseph, Rabbi (founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva), dies
  • 1567 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, Marshal of France, dies at 74
  • 1595 John Hawkins, English naval commander, Treasurer of the Navy, and early English slave trader, dies at sea at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Netherlands (1598-1600), dies at 42
  • 1667 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, dies at 68
  • 1671 Thomas, 3rd baron Fairfax of Cameron, English general, dies at 59
  • 1720 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, dies at 30
  • 1722 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch painter, engraver and architect, dies at 63
  • 1742 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1754 Jacob de Wit, Dutch Rococo painter, dies at 58
  • 1793 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French Statesman, astronomer (computed orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759), and author, guillotined during the Reign of Terror at 57
  • 1802 Charles van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 1806 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, dies at 73
  • 1809 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • 1836 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1857 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan politician and nationalist, 2nd President of Uruguay (1835-38), dies at 65
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (North and South), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1865 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), dies at 59
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, Moldovia Romanian polyglot, author, humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies at 81
  • 1893 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, premier of Austria (1852-59), dies at 80
  • 1908 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • 1912 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, Spanish politician, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Percival LowellPercival Lowell (1855-1916)

American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

  • 1921 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1939 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1941 Abe Reles "Kid Twist", American NY gangster and police informer, killed falling from a window under suspicious circumstances at 35
  • 1944 George D. Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure), dies at 60
  • 1947 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • 1949 Hendrik A. de Fish [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • 1955 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), dies at 64
  • 1957 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • 1958 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), dies at 83
  • 1965 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, dies at 77
  • 1967 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1967 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1976 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 1980 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident at 42
  • 1980 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • 1984 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • 1987 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • 1990 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, assassinated at 64
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • 1994 Katherine Elliott, British physician (oral rehydration therapy), dies at 75
  • 1994 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Curley Fox, American fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, dies at 81
  • 1996 John Hardbattle, Botswana bushman activist (First People of the Kalahari), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, American poet, dies at 55
  • 2000 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 2000 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2005 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)
  • 2006 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • 2008 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Karl Plutus, Estonian jurist and centenarian (b. 1904)
  • 2012 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71
  • 2013 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), dies at 69
  • 2014 Marge Roukema, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 85

Stan LeeStan Lee (1922-2018)

American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

  • 2020 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • 2020 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]