Famous Deaths on February 2

  • 672 Chad of Mercia, Ango-Saxon saint
  • 1032 Rudolf III, last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
  • 1124 Bořivoj II of Bohemia, Duke of Bohemia (1100-1107, 1117-1120)
  • 1218 Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (b. 1186)
  • 1250 Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)
  • 1435 Johanna II, lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
  • 1461 Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
  • 1491 Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
  • 1512 Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba's First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists
  • 1529 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer (b. 1478)
  • 1540 George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
  • 1563 Hans Neusiedler, Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approx 54
  • 1580 Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese retainer (b. 1558)
  • 1594 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1597 Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 61
  • 1648 George Abbot, English writer
  • 1660 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), dies at 45
  • 1660 Jean BG duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
  • 1661 Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
  • 1673 Kaspar Förster, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1688 Abraham Duquesne, French naval officer (b. 1610)
  • 1704 Guillaume F A de l'Hospital, French mathematician, dies at about 62
  • 1712 Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician
  • 1714 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (b. 1643)
  • 1723 Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66
  • 1750 Johann Graf, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1768 Robert Smith, English mathematician (b. 1689)
  • 1769 Clement XIII, [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
  • 1779 Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59
  • 1789 Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 1793 William Aiton, English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61
  • 1802 Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, British statesman (b. 1713)
  • 1804 Caesar Rodney, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1804 George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
  • 1822 Jean-Baptiste Davaux, composer, dies at 79
  • 1827 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer, dies at 62
  • 1828 Frederik Sigismund earl of Bylandt, vice-admiral, dies at 78
  • 1852 Francois MP Liberman, French founder (Congr of H Heart), dies at 49
  • 1878 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, dies at 56
  • 1881 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59
  • 1882 Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
  • 1895 Archduke Albert, Austrian general (b. 1817)
  • 1902 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • 1904 William C. Whitney, American financier (b. 1841)

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1907 Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and inventor who devised the periodic table of the elements, dies at 72

Chemist and Inventor Dmitri Mendeleev
Chemist and Inventor
Dmitri Mendeleev
  • 1909 Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
  • 1918 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
  • 1919 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1921 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Antti Aarne, Finnish sociologist, dies at 57

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1925 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden

  • 1926 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
  • 1931 Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
  • 1932 Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader
  • 1934 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • 1941 Johannes Schlaf, writer, dies at 78
  • 1942 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1945 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German Leipzig mayor and Nazi regime opponent (20th July plot), hanged at 60
  • 1948 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • 1948 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1950 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1952 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • 1952 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • 1954 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • 1956 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), dies at 86
  • 1956 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • 1957 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1959 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 1960 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • 1961 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • 1963 Herman Bouber, [Blom], actor/playwright (Bluejackets), dies at 77
  • 1965 Richard P Blackmur, American critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
  • 1965 Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
  • 1969 Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1970 Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
  • 1970 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 1970 Lawrence Gray, American actor, dies at 71
  • 1972 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • 1972 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • 1973 Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
  • 1973 Hendrik Elias, Belgian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1974 Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
  • 1976 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1976 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • 1976 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 1979 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide

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1979 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • 1981 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
  • 1981 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • 1981 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • 1982 Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • 1982 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b 1905)
  • 1983 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 1983 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • 1983 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • 1987 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • 1987 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • 1987 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1987 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922)
  • 1988 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • 1988 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • 1989 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1990 Joel Fluellen, actor (Man Friday, Burning Cross), dies at 79
  • 1990 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1992 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • 1992 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist, dies at 78
  • 1992 Maurice J Hill, writer (Track of Thunder), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992 Maurice L Kusell, dies
  • 1994 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • 1994 Stephen Barclay, actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
  • 1994 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • 1994 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • 1995 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé, French prince/Russian, dies at 47
  • 1995 Andre Frossard, French publicist (Defense of Pope), dies at 80
  • 1995 David Kindersley, alphabet Designer/Cutter, dies at 79
  • 1995 Donald Pleasance, English actor (Halloween), dies at 75
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis star (Wimbledon 1934-36), dies at 85
  • 1995 Phillip Borsos, Tasmanian/Canadian director (Mean Season), dies
  • 1995 Robert L Haller, coon Dog Trainer, dies at 32
  • 1996 Gene Kelly, American actor and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 83
  • 1996 Ray McIntire, American chemical engineer, dies at 77
  • 1996 Shamus Culhane, animator, dies at 87
  • 1997 Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • 1997 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • 1997 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • 1997 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • 1999 David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • 2000 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • 2002 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • 2002 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), dies at 85
  • 2004 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Max Schmeling, German boxer (1930-32 World Heavyweight Champion), dies at 99
  • 2007 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • 2007 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 2011 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • 2011 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2013 Chris Kyle, American sniper, is shot at 38
  • 2013 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71

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2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies at 46 of a suspected drug overdose

  • 2016 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • 2016 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92