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, Prince of Achaea (1364-73) and titular Latin Emperor of Constantinople (1364-74), dies at about 44
  • 1456 Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle
  • 1560 Andrea Doria, Genoese statesman and admiral, dies at 93
  • 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 Gibson Lockhart [Scorpion], Scottish biographer (Life of Walter Scott), dies at 60
  • 1865 Heinrich Barth, German explorer, historian and geographer (Central Africa), dies at 44
  • 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
  • 1886 Bernardino Guajardo, Chilean popular poet, dies
  • 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

Inez MilhollandInez Milholland (1886-1916)

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

  • 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 Chile (People's Front), dies
  • 1947 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • 1948 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • 1950 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1950 Johannes V. Jensen, Danish novelist and poet (The Fall of the King; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1944), 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], Russian French sculptor (Destroyed City), dies at 77
  • 1968 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair (1878-1968)

American author (The Jungle), dies at 90

  • 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

U ThantU Thant (1909-1974)

Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), dies in NY of lung cancer at 65

  • 1978 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • 1985 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • 1987 Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92

Harold WashingtonHarold Washington (1922-1987)

1st African American Mayor of Chicago (Democrat: 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
  • 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 tumor at 34
  • 2006 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist, dies at 75
  • 2006 Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), dies at 80
  • 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

Fidel CastroFidel Castro (1926-2016)

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