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Deaths in History on November 23

  • 615 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder/poet/saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 947 Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 955 Edred, King of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1249 Ajjoeb, sultan of Egypt, dies
  • 1407 Louis, duke of Orleans, murdered
  • 1457 Ladislaus V Posthumus, king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 17
  • 1503 Bona of Savoy, Italian noblewoman (b. 1449)
  • 1503 Margaret of York (Margaret of Burgendy), wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 57
  • 1511 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, dies at 36
  • 1511 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles), dies at 66
  • 1558 Charles, earl of Lalaing/land guardian of the Neth, dies at 52
  • 1572 Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • 1613 Charles Philip of Croij, marquis of Havre/earl of Fontenoy, dies at 64
  • 1616 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1682 Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)
  • 1709 Hans Willem baron Bentinck, Dutch/English earl of Portland, dies at 60

  • 1763 Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)
  • 1769 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1783 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (approximated the value of pi and its square, pi^2), dies at 68
  • 1803 Roger Newdigate, British politician (sat in the House of Commons 1742-80), dies at 87
  • 1804 Richard Graves, English writer, dies at 89
  • 1807 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, dies at 60
  • 1814 Elbridge Gerry, American statesman who invented gerrymandering and 5th Vice President of the United States, dies at 70
  • 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
  • 1914 Elbrige Gerry, VP (of Gerrymander fame), dies at 70
  • 1920 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • 1923 Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1927 S Przybyszewski, writer, dies
  • 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 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, ploymath and writer, dies at 78
  • 1937 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • 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/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
  • 1965 Franc Debenham, Australian geographer/geologer, 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

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1976 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 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

Person of interestRoald Dahl

1990 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), dies at 74

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • 1992 Thelma Orloff, entertainer, dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 1993 Gerarda Rueter, Dutch sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1994 William Donald Campbell, diarist/Ornithologist, dies at 89
  • 1996 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • 1996 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • 1996 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker, dies at 72
  • 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 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, dies at 43
  • 2011 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • 2011 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 89
  • 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 Walter Spink, American professor and world expert on South Asian art and architecture (Ajanta caves), dies at 91
  • 2019 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, dies at 88