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Deaths in History on October 25

  • 304 Marcellinus, bishop of Rome, dies
  • 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

Person of interestGeoffrey Chaucer

1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, British author known as the "Father of English literature" (The Canterbury Tales), dies at 56 or 57

Author and Poet Geoffrey Chaucer
Author and Poet
Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1415 Anton van Bourgondie, French son of Philip the Stout, dies at 31
  • 1415 Eduard, duke of York, dies at 45
  • 1415 Philip of Nevers, French earl, dies in battle
  • 1415 Robert of Bar, French knight, dies in battle
  • 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

Person of interestGeorge II

1760 George II [Georg August], King of Great Britain and Ireland, Elector of Hanover, dies at 76

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II
  • 1806 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army), dies at 56

  • 1826 Philippe Pinel, French physician (the father of modern psychiatry), dies at 81
  • 1833 Abbas Mirza, Persian governor/heir to the throne, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1957 Henry Van de Velde, Flemish painter and architect (Art Nouveau), dies at 94
  • 1957 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish sci-fi writer (Time & Gods), dies at 79

MurderAlbert Anastasia

1957 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American gangster (murder Inc), murdered at 55

  • 1960 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • 1961 Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), 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 Kweku Sinaman Dadzie, diplomat, dies at 65
  • 1995 Robert Grieve, Scottish civil servant and planner, dies at 84
  • 2008 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Jacques Barzun, French author, 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