Famous Deaths on February 3

  • 474 Leo I, Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies
  • 619 Laurence of Canterbury, 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 699 Saint Werburgh, Anglo Saxon Princess and patron saint of Chester, England
  • 865 Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar, German 1st (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies
  • 1014 Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of Denmark, Norway and England (1013-14), dies
  • 1014 King Sweyn [Sweyn Forkbeard] I of Denmark and England (born cira 960)
  • 1116 King Coloman of Hungary (b. 1070)
  • 1399 John of Ghent, duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & Leon, dies at 58
  • 1428 Ashikaga Yoshimochi, Japanese shogun (b. 1386)
  • 1451 Murad II, sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies

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1468 Johannes Gutenberg, German inventor (movable printing press), dies at 70 (birth date c. 1400)

  • 1536 Garcia de Resende, Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
  • 1558 Alfonsus de Castro, Spanish theologist (council of Trente), dies
  • 1566 George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • 1602 Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1619 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator (b. 1564)
  • 1679 Jan Havicksz Steen, Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
  • 1697 Sjoucke Gabbes, Frisian sailor, dies/buried on Dirk-Hartog Island
  • 1715 Gottfried Vopelius, composer, dies at 70
  • 1737 Tommaso Ceva, Italian Mathematician (b. 1648)
  • 1748 Henri Madin, French composer, dies at 49
  • 1803 Pedro R de Campomanes, Spanish economist/lawyer/literary, dies at 79
  • 1814 Johann Antonin Kozeluch, composer, dies at 75
  • 1832 George Crabbe, English vicar/poet (Borough), dies at 77
  • 1846 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79
  • 1862 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
  • 1866 François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (b. 1809)
  • 1874 Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
  • 1875 Everhardus J Potgieter, writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66
  • 1876 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis/literary/premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • 1882 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, dies at 55
  • 1889 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • 1890 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist, dies at 72
  • 1896 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • 1900 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer, dies at 33
  • 1902 Isaac Fransen van der Putten, Dutch PM (1866), dies
  • 1903 Frederick E Kitziger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • 1921 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer, dies at 56
  • 1922 Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • 1922 John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)

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1924 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1929 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • 1931 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • 1935 Hugo Junkers, German engineer (b. 1859)
  • 1936 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
  • 1937 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • 1943 Alexander Goode, rabbi who surrended his life jacket, drowns
  • 1945 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1945 Roland Freisler, German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case), dies
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1947 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • 1950 Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • 1956 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1956 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1958 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • 1958 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • 1959 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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1959 Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1959 Richie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 1960 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80
  • 1960 Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • 1961 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • 1961 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • 1962 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • 1964 Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • 1966 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • 1967 Joe Meek, rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide
  • 1967 Winifred Kingston, British silent screen actress (The Squaw Man, Davy Crockett), dies at 72
  • 1969 Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • 1971 Jay C Flippen, actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72
  • 1972 John Litel, actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
  • 1973 Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 John Secondari, newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55
  • 1975 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • 1975 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)
  • 1976 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • 1977 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • 1979 Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • 1984 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • 1984 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1989 John Cassavetes, American actor (Rosemary's Baby) and director, dies at 59
  • 1989 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • 1991 Nancy Kulp, actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1991 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • 1993 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
  • 1995 John Pinsent, classical scholar, dies at 72
  • 1995 Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Audrey Meadows, actress (Alice-Honeymooners), dies at 69
  • 1996 Broderick Vernon Chinnery Photographer-Haldane, dies at 83
  • 1996 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector, dies at 84
  • 1996 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property Developer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • 1997 Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • 1997 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • 1998 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • 1999 Gwen Guthrie, American singer("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2000 Richard Kleindienst, American politician (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2004 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2005 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • 2005 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), dies at 100
  • 2005 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
  • 2006 Al Lewis, American actor (Grandpa in "The Munsters"), dies at 82
  • 2007 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • 2007 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2012 Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • 2012 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2012 Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 2012 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2013 Cardiss Collins, American Congresswoman, dies at 81
  • 2015 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78

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2015 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92