Deaths in History on November 23

  • 615 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder, poet and saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 947 Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 955 Edred, King of England (946-955), dies at 32
  • 1249 Ajjoeb, sultan of Egypt, dies
  • 1407 Louis, duke of Orleans, brother of King Charles VI, assassinated in Paris by forces of the Duke of Burgundy, John the Fearless
  • 1457 Ladislaus V ("the Posthumus"), Árpád dynasty and King of Bohemia (1453-57), King of Hungary and Croatia (1440-44), and Duke of Austria (1440-57), dies at 17
  • 1503 Bona of Savoy, Italian Duchess of Milan, dies at 54
  • 1503 Margaret of York (Margaret of Burgendy), wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 57
  • 1511 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), dies at 66
  • 1511 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, dies at 36
  • 1558 Charles, Earl of Lalaing, land guardian of the Netherlands, dies at 52
  • 1572 Il Bronzino [Agnolo di Cosimo], Italian mannerist artist (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son) and poet, dies at 69
  • 1613 Charles Philip of Croij, marquis of Havre, Earl of Fontenoy, dies at 64
  • 1616 Richard Hakluyt, English writer who promoted the colonization of America (b. 1552)
  • 1682 Claude Lorrain, French painter known for his landscapes (b. 1604)
  • 1709 Hans Willem baron Bentinck, Dutch-English earl of Portland, dies at 60
  • 1763 Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier who commanded Austrian imperial forces (b. 1673)
  • 1769 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1804 Richard Graves, English writer (The Spiritual Quixote), dies at 89
  • 1806 Roger Newdigate, British politician (sat in the House of Commons 1742-80), dies at 87
  • 1807 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, dies at 60
  • 1814 Elbridge Gerry, American politician signer of Declaration of Independence, 5th Vice-President of the US (under James Madison, 1813-14), and namesake of "gerrymander", dies at 70
  • 1826 Johann Bode, German astronomer (Titius–Bode Law), dies at 79
  • 1829 Ritta and Christina Parodi, Sardinian siamese twins, die at 8 months
  • 1848 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, dies at 84
  • 1864 Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German-Russian astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1865 René E. de Russy, West Indian US brigadier general, dies at about 75
  • 1872 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), American poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • 1890 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), dies at 73
  • 1902 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, dies at 51
  • 1910 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, dies by hanging at 48
  • 1920 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • 1923 Urmuz [Demetru Dem. Demetrescu-Buzău], Romanian writer (Bizarre Pages), commits suicide at 40
  • 1927 Stanisław Przybyszewski, Polish writer and dramatist, dies at 59
  • 1934 E. A. Wallis Budge, English orientalist and museum curator (British Museum), dies at 77
  • 1935 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, dies at 65
  • 1937 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • 1937 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • 1946 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • 1949 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, dies at 71
  • 1952 Aaro A. Hellaakoski, Finnish geographer and poet, dies at 59
  • 1956 Jeanne Cappe, Belgian author (Tres Grand Cardinal), dies at about 61
  • 1962 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • 1964 Jan Fabricius, Dutch-English playwright (Dolle Hans), dies at 93
  • 1965 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer and geologist, dies at 81
  • 1966 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • 1970 Yusuf Bin Ishak, president of Singapore 1965-70, dies at about 60
  • 1973 Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
  • 1974 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), dies at 54

André MalrauxAndré Malraux (1901-1976)

French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

  • 1979 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), dies at 64
  • 1980 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • 1983 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • 1989 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, dies at 90
  • 1990 Nguyen Van Tam, Prime Minister of Vietnam (1952-53), dies
  • 1990 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), dies at 61

Roald DahlRoald Dahl (1916-1990)

British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), dies at 74

  • 1992 Thelma Orloff, entertainer, dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 1993 Gerarda Rueter, Dutch sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1996 Idries Shah, Indian author and Sufi teacher, dies at 72
  • 1996 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • 1996 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • 2001 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, dies at 91
  • 2002 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • 2004 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, dies at 43
  • 2006 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2011 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 89
  • 2011 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • 2015 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • 2016 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78
  • 2017 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), dies at 93
  • 2019 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, dies at 88
  • 2019 Cathy Small Long, American politician (Rep-D-LA, 1985-8, dies at 95
  • 2019 Walter Spink, American professor and world expert on South Asian art and architecture (Ajanta caves), dies at 91
  • 2020 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]