October 12 Deaths in History - October 12 Birthdays - October 12 Events
2003 Joan Kroc, philanthropist/former baseball team owner, started Peace Institutes at several universities, dies at 75
2003 Willie Shoemaker, jockey, dies at 72
2002 Ray Conniff, arranger/bandleader, Lara's Theme, dies at 85
2001 Lord Hailsham, British Politician
1999 Wilt Chamberlain, "Wilt ""The Stilt"" Chamberlain", basketball great/sometime actor, Record-smashing basketball player who scored over 70 points in several pro games, dies at 63
1997 John Denver, country star (Country Boy), dies in plain crash at 53
1996 David Gilroy Bevan, politician, dies at 86
1996 Pavel Alexandrovich Solovyov, aero-engine designer, dies at 79
1996 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
1996 Vernon Elliott, musician/composer, dies at 84
1995 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
1995 Gary Bond, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days), dies at 55
1993 Leon Ames, actor (Father of the Bride), dies at 91 of stroke
1992 Alexander Pola, Abraham Polak, actor and writer (Farce Major), dies
1992 John Hancock, actor (Catch the Heat), dies of a heart attack at 51
1992 Ulysses Guimaraes, Brazilian MP (chairman), dies in accident
1991 Aline MacMahon, U.S. actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
1991 Regis Toomey, actor (Dive Bomber, Cry Danger, Magic Town), dies at 89
1991 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
1990 Max Tailleur, adjunct prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist, dies
1990 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
1989 Franco, Francis Luambo/"Makiadi", Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
1989 Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky and his Friends), dies at 79
1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill and Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
1987 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
1987 Philleo Nash, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77
1987 Alf Landon, American Politician
1985 Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
1985 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
1983 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
1979 Celia Lovsky, actress (Airport, Harlow, T'Pau-Star Trek), dies at 82
1977 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
1971 Dean G Acheson, U.S. foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
1971 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
1971 Dean Acheson, American Statesman
1969 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter, dies
1969 Sonja Henie, figure skater, Gold Medals 1928, 1932, 1936 Olympics, dies at 57
1967 Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless), dies at 72
1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
1964 J Howard Frazer, USTA president, dies in office
1960 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
1959 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
1958 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
1958 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter, dies at 59
1951 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet, dies in captivity at 62
1948 Alfred Kerr, nickname, Culture Pope, writer, essayist, wrote, 'Die Harfe', dies at 80
1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
1946 Joseph W. Stilwell, U.S. general (China), dies
1940 Tom Mix, U.S. actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
1929 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
1924 Anatole France, writer, dies at 80
1924 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
1922 Daisy M C Baers, Flemish philosophy/theory, dies at 33
1915 Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)
1915 Edith Cavell, American Public Servant
1892 Ernest Renan, French Philosopher
1887 Dinah Maria Mulock, English Novelist
1870 Robert E Lee, General of Confederate Army, dies at 63
1870 Robert E. Lee, American Soldier
1865 William Vincent Wallace, composer, dies at 53
1864 Roger Taney, 5th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1836-64), dies at 87
1860 Henry G. W. Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
1859 Robert Stephenson, English Celebrity
1858 Ando Hiroshige, Japanese painter, dies at 61
1844 Claude Tillier, French journalist and writer (My Uncle Benjamin), dies
1837 Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina, Queen of Netherlands, dies at 62
1829 Jacobus Blue, Dutch regent/patriot, dies at about 73
1820 Elias Annes Borger, theologist/poet (Ode on the Rhine), dies at 36
1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
1797 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84
1794 James Lyon, composer, dies at 59
1791 A L Karschin, writer, dies at 68
1730 Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730), dies
1694 Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet, dies
1692 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer, dies at 60
1685 Geeraerdt Burns, theologist, poet and historian, dies at 59
1672 Frederik of Nassau, count of Buren, slain in battle
1654 Dirck Graswinckel, Dutch court clerk of States-General, dies at 66
1654 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, painter, dies in an accident
1646 Francois De Bassompierre, marshal of France, dies
1576 Maximiliaan II, German king/Kaiser (1564-76), dies
1343 Reinald II, duke of Gelre, dies
1320 Michael IX Paleologi, emperor of Byzantine (1295-1320), dies
1093 Robrecht de Fries, earl of Flanders (1071-93), dies at about 62
642 Johannes IV, Dalmatisch Pope (640-42), dies
638 Honorius I, dux plebis, Italian Pope, dies