On This Day

Deaths in History on November 12

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

Person of interestCnut the Great

1035 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden (1016-1035), dies around the age of 45

King of England, Denmark and Norway Cnut the Great
King of England, Denmark and Norway
Cnut the Great
  • 1094 King Duncan II of Scotland (b. 1060)
  • 1202 Knut VI, king of the Denen/Turn (1182-1202), dies 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 navigator/treasurer of the Navy, dies at 63
  • 1600 Andreas of Austrian, Land Guardian of Neth (1598-1600), dies at 42
  • 1606 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 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/architect, dies at 63
  • 1742 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)

  • 1754 Jacob de Wit, Amsterdam painter/decorater, dies at 58
  • 1793 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759) and author of History of Ancient Astronomy from Its Origin to the Establishment of the School of Alexandria, dies 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)
  • 1865 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (b. 1810)
  • 1865 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), dies at 59
  • 1869 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies
  • 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, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58

Person of interestPercival Lowell

1916 Percival Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • 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 "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • 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/dissident, dies 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, murdered
  • 1990 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Christopher Hayes, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • 1994 Katherine Elliots, doctor, dies at 75
  • 1994 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Curley Fox, fiddler, dies at 85
  • 1995 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, dies at 81
  • 1995 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer, dies at 56
  • 1996 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • 1997 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 2000 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • 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

Person of interestStan Lee

2018 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee