Famous Deaths on December 2

  • 537 Sylvester, Italian Pope (536-37), dies
  • 1348 Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)
  • 1381 John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  • 1463 Archduke Albert VI of Austria (b. 1418)
  • 1515 Gonzalo de Cordoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies

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1547 Hernán Cortés, Spanish conquistador (defeated the Aztec Empire and colonized large parts of Mexico), dies of pleurisy at 61 or 62

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1552 Francis Xavier, Spanish Catholic missionary (b. 1506)
  • 1592 Alexander Farnese, land guardian of Neth (1579-92), dies at 46
  • 1615 Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  • 1665 Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
  • 1694 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (b. 1622)
  • 1719 Pasquier Quesnel, French theologist (La Foi), dies at 85
  • 1723 Philip, French duke of Orleans/regent (1715-23)/PM (1723), dies
  • 1726 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  • 1747 Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  • 1748 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (b. 1662)
  • 1763 Carl August Thielo, composer, dies at 56
  • 1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54

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1814 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1828 Simon Paap, Dutch 56 cm long dwarf/cabaret artist, dies at 39
  • 1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, composer, dies at 56
  • 1844 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)
  • 1845 Johannes Simon Mayr, composer, dies at 82
  • 1849 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)

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1859 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1860 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • 1864 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32
  • 1880 Josephine Lang, composer, dies at 65
  • 1888 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • 1888 Mehmed N Kemal Bey, Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • 1892 Jay Gould, American entrepreneur (b. 1836)
  • 1899 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • 1903 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • 1915 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer, dies at 69
  • 1918 Margit Kaffka, Hungarian writer, dies in the flu pandemic at 38
  • 1918 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1919 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69
  • 1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • 1924 Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
  • 1925 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy, French count/composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Josef Gruber, composer, dies at 78
  • 1935 Albert Kessel, 1st to die in California gas chamber
  • 1935 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, dies of a coronary occlusion at 78
  • 1936 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • 1943 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • 1944 Filippo T Marinetti, Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
  • 1944 JW Ummels, Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi), dies
  • 1950 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • 1953 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies

  • 1953 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1953 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • 1957 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • 1957 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  • 1963 Sabu Sabu, actor (Jungle Book, Drums), dies of heart attack at 39
  • 1963 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • 1965 The Rajkumar of Vizianagram, cricketer (Indian Test capt 1936), dies
  • 1966 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1967 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • 1969 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • 1972 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • 1972 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1974 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • 1974 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 1976 William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • 1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • 1980 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • 1981 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, gov of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
  • 1981 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
  • 1982 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1982 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • 1983 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 1983 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • 1985 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • 1985 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • 1985 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)

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1986 Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies at 69 of lung cancer

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1986 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • 1987 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • 1988 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)

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1990 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1990 Robert Cummings, actor (Love that Bob), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 1992 Gary Mascaro, choreographer, dies at 43
  • 1992 Loek Elfferich, Dutch journalist/historian (Treason in Rotterdam), die

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1993 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1994 Donald John Urquhart, librarian, dies at 85
  • 1994 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1995 Francis Joseph Quinn, academic, dies at 90
  • 1995 Roxie Roker, actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons), dies at 66
  • 1995 Stanley Devon, photographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 1997 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • 2002 Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • 2004 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2005 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2006 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • 2008 Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • 2008 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2009 Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • 2009 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ron Santo, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs) and broadcaster, dies at 70
  • 2014 Chris White, American rock bassist, dies at 78

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2014 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player NHL, dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 2014 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2015 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • 2016 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96