Famous Deaths on August 2

  • 257 St Stephen I, bishop of Rome (Pope) (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies
  • 640 Severinus, Italian Pope (640), dies
  • 686 Pope John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86) dies
  • 924 Ælfweard of Wessex, briefly King of the Anglo-Saxons
  • 1002 Abu Amir Mohammed ibn Abd allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir, dies at 64
  • 1075 John VIII Xiphilinus, theologian/patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1100 William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44
  • 1222 Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (b. 1156)
  • 1511 Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader
  • 1512 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician/philosopher, dies at 48
  • 1589 Henry III, king of Poland/France (1573-89), assassinated at 37
  • 1600 Arent van Dorp, Dutch governor of East-Zealand, dies at about 70
  • 1611 Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  • 1649 Elisabeth Bas, wife of Dutch Adm Swartenhondt, dies at about 78
  • 1655 Alfonso de la Cueva, Spanish marquis of Bedmar/diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1696 Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • 1769 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (b. 1689)
  • 1776 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (b. 1717)
  • 1788 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • 1792 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1799 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor, dies at 54
  • 1811 William Williams, US merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 80
  • 1815 Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (b. 1763)
  • 1823 Lazare Carnot, French general, politician, and mathematician (b. 1753)
  • 1827 James Hewitt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1849 Governor Muhammad Ali of Egypt (b. 1769)
  • 1858 A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76

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1859 Horace Mann, American education advocate, dies at 63

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1869 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
  • 1872 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • 1873 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53

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1876 Wild Bill Hickok, shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8's

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • 1881 Marcus Andrews Hislop Clarke, author (His Natural Life) at 35
  • 1889 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • 1895 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1903 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  • 1914 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer, dies at 36
  • 1916 Hamish MacCunn, composer, dies at 48
  • 1920 Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  • 1921 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

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1922 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor (telephone), dies at 75

  • 1922 [Wilhel]Mina JPR Kruseman, Dutch author/feminist, dies at 82

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1923 warren harding, 29th Pres (1921-23), dies at Palace Hotel SF at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1929 Mae Costello, American actress (b. 1882)
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50

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1934 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), dies of lung cancer at 86

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1936 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1938 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer, dies at 76
  • 1939 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  • 1941 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (La Feria), dies at 70
  • 1942 Friedrich Aereboe, Dutch landlord, dies at 77
  • 1945 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • 1945 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1954 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42
  • 1955 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1955 Wallace Stevens, US poet/writer (Owl's Clover), dies at 75
  • 1955 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • 1956 Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109
  • 1959 Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • 1961 Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
  • 1963 Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Jack Kirkwood, actor (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 69
  • 1964 Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Milton B Babbitt, US composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • 1965 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • 1967 Claude A Barnett, founder (Associated Negro Press), dies at 77
  • 1969 Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • 1971 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1972 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • 1972 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • 1972 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • 1974 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1976 Fritz Lang, German-Austrian director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85
  • 1978 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • 1978 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • 1978 Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • 1979 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • 1980 Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • 1982 Cathleen Nesbitt, English actress (Separate Tables), dies at 93
  • 1982 Rudolf Maros, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • 1985 Frank Faylen, vaudevillian, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1985 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies
  • 1986 Roy Marcus Cohn, US lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies
  • 1986 Roy Cohn, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 1987 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • 1988 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • 1988 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (b. 1914)
  • 1990 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990 Edwin Richfield, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 1991 Helen Page Camp, American actress, dies at 60
  • 1992 Ephraim Katz, Israeli/US encyclopedist (film encyclopedia), dies
  • 1992 Jim Whaley, TV host (Cinema Showcase), dies of heart attack at 44
  • 1992 Julio C Fernandez, Cuban/US journalist (founder Alma Mater), dies
  • 1992 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1994 Bhagwatpersad Ausan, commandant Suriname military police, dies at 38
  • 1995 Brian Smith, British sportscaster, dies
  • 1995 Colin Gray, airman, dies at 80
  • 1996 Humphrey Fisher, TV Producer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • 1996 U Hia Than, politician, dies at 52
  • 1997 William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • 1997 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 1998 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2004 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2007 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Kay Dotrice, English repertory actress (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • 2015 Forrest Bird, American aviator, inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2016 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • 2016 David Huddleston, American actor (The Big Lebowski), dies at 85
  • 2016 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70