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Deaths in History on November 25

  • 311 Peter of Alexandria, Christian martyr
  • 1120 William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England (b. 1104) dies in White Ship tragedy trying to save his illegitimate half-sister Countess of Perche while crossing the English Channel
  • 1326 Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, dies at 62
  • 1374 Philip II of Taranto, Titular emperor of Costantinople (b. 1329)
  • 1456 Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle
  • 1560 Andrea Doria, Genoese statesman and admiral, dies at 93
  • 1686 Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist (b. 1638)
  • 1694 Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (Astronomia Philolaica) and mathematician, dies at 89
  • 1700 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), dies at 57
  • 1785 Richard Glover, British poet, dies at about 73
  • 1803 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • 1854 John G Lockhart, [scorpion], English biographer, dies at 60
  • 1865 Heinrich Barth, German historian/geographer (Central Africa), dies
  • 1885 Alfonso XII, King of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • 1885 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • 1887 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71

  • 1894 Solomon Caesar Malan, British orientalist, dies at 82
  • 1903 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54
  • 1913 Robert Stawell Ball, Irish mathematician and astronomer (Ball Screw), dies at 73

Person of interestInez Milholland

1916 Inez Milholland, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), labor lawyer and socialist, dies at 30 after suffering from pernicious anemia

Suffragist Inez Milholland
Suffragist
Inez Milholland
  • 1923 Ernst Debes, German cartographer (Moon Atlas), dies at 83
  • 1937 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), dies at 63
  • 1939 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • 1941 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, president Chili (People's Front), dies
  • 1947 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • 1948 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • 1950 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • 1950 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1951 Raden Mas Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1958 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), dies at 82
  • 1967 Ossip Zadkine, [Zadkin], Russ sculptor (Destroyed City), dies at 77

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

1968 Upton Beall Sinclair, American author (Jungle), dies at 90

  • 1968 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)
  • 1970 Yukio Mishima, Japanese author/nationalist (Harakiri), dies at 45
  • 1972 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • 1972 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86

  • 1973 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), stabbed to death in prison at 42
  • 1974 U Thant, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65
  • 1978 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • 1985 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • 1985 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1987 Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • 1987 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • 1989 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1989 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), dies at 82
  • 1991 Eleanor Audley, voice (Wicked Stepmother-Cinderella), dies at 86
  • 1994 Arthur Ballard, artist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Gerard John Toorenaar, Amsterdam police commissar, dies at 69
  • 1996 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Michael Economides, restaurateur, dies at 86
  • 1997 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • 1998 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • 2000 Florizel Glasspole, 3rd Governor-General of Jamaica (1973-91), dies at 91
  • 2001 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Richard Burns, English WRC champion, dies of a brain tumour at 34
  • 2006 Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)
  • 2006 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist, dies at 75
  • 2006 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2010 Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), dies at 80
  • 2010 Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • 2012 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81

Person of interestFidel Castro

2016 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro