Deaths in History on October 25

  • 79 Gaius Plinius Secundus [Pliny the Elder], Roman admiral and writer, dies during eruption of Mount Vesuvius [approx date, month of eruption disputed] [1] [2]
  • 304 Marcellinus, Bishop of Rome, Catholic Pope (296-304), and Catholic & Serbian Orthodox saint dies (age unknown)
  • 625 Boniface V, Italian Pope (619-25), dies
  • 1047 Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway/Denmark (1035-47), dies
  • 1154 Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340s-1400)

English poet and author of "The Canterbury Tales", dies at 56 or 57

  • 1415 Anton of Burgundy, French son of Philip the Stout, and Duke of Brabant and Limburg, dies in the Battle of Agincourt at 31
  • 1415 Edward of Norwich, Duke of York, English nobleman and military commander, dies in the Battle of Agincourt at about 45 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 1415 Phillip II, Count of Nevers, French earl, dies in the Battle of Agincourt at 25 or 26 [birthday uncertain]
  • 1415 Robert of Bar, Count of Marle, French knight, dies in the Battle of Agincourt at 24 or 25 [birthday uncertain]
  • 1495 John II, the Perfect/Consummate, King of Portugal (1481-95), dies
  • 1510 Il Giorgione [Giorgio del Castelfranco], Italian painter, dies at 32
  • 1604 Claude de la Tremoille, French duke of Thouars/huguenot, dies
  • 1647 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (inventor of barometer), dies at 39
  • 1676 Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German linguistic/poet, dies at 64

George IIGeorge II (1683-1760)

King of Great Britain and Ireland (1727-60), Elector of Hanover, dies of thoracic aortic dissection at 76

Henry KnoxHenry Knox (1750-1806)

American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army) and 1st US Secretary of War (1785-94), dies at 56 after swallowing a chicken bone which lodged in his throat and caused a fatal infection

  • 1826 Philippe Pinel, French physician (the father of modern psychiatry), dies at 81
  • 1833 Abbas Mirza, Crown Prince of Qājār dynasty of Iran, introduced Western military techniques, dies at 44
  • 1845 Carel H Verhuell, Dutch/French vice-admiral, dies at 81
  • 1855 Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, dies at 84
  • 1861 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer, dies at 82
  • 1892 Caroline Harrison, 1st lady of the U.S. (1889-1892), wife of Benjamin Harrison, dies at 60
  • 1902 Frank Norris, American journalist and writer (McTeague), dies at 32
  • 1920 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • 1921 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter in the Wild West, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1922 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist (discovered fertilization), dies at 73
  • 1934 Frank Sprague, American inventor who installed the first U.S. electric trolley system, dies at 77
  • 1935 Bernard "Lulu" Rosenkrantz, American gangster (chauffeur and bodyguard for Dutch Schultz), murdered at 33
  • 1936 Jaime de Magalhães Lima, Portuguese author and poet (Salmos do Prisoneiro), dies at 76
  • 1938 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal), dies at 46
  • 1939 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • 1941 Robert Delaunay, French artist, dies at 56
  • 1943 H van Zanten, guerrilla leader on North Sumatra, executed
  • 1944 Fake Krist, nazi collaborator, killed
  • 1951 Amélie of Orléans, Queen of Portugal, wife of Carlos I, dies at 86
  • 1956 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67

Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia (1902-1957)

Italian-American mobster and crime boss (Murder Inc), murdered at 55

  • 1957 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish sci-fi writer (Time & Gods), dies at 79
  • 1957 Henry Van de Velde, Flemish painter and architect (Art Nouveau), dies at 94
  • 1960 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • 1961 Peter Jensen, Danish-American engineer, entrepreneur (Magnavox), and co-inventor (moving-coil loudspeaker), dies at 75
  • 1967 Margaret Ayer Barnes, American playwright and writer (Years of Grace), dies at 81
  • 1968 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies at 91
  • 1972 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72
  • 1973 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • 1976 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • 1981 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • 1985 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 1989 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies at 91
  • 1989 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), dies, at 77
  • 1992 Adelino Da Palma Carlos, Prime Minister of Portugal (1974), dies
  • 1993 Francisco Velis, El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), murdered
  • 1993 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • 1993 Philip P. Cohen, American medical researcher, dies at 85
  • 1993 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54
  • 1994 Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Kenneth Dadzie, Ghanaian diplomat and 1st African Secretary-General of UNCTAD, dies at 65
  • 1995 Robert Grieve, Scottish civil servant and planner, dies at 84
  • 2000 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), dies of leukemia at 53
  • 2002 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), dies in a plane crash at 58
  • 2008 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), dies at 104
  • 2013 Hal Needham, American stuntman, dies from cancer at 82
  • 2015 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71