Famous Deaths on February 5

  • 995 William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
  • 1520 Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
  • 1578 Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
  • 1591 Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher, dies
  • 1658 Maria Margaretha van Angels, Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52
  • 1661 Shunzhi Emperor of China (1644-1661) Third Qing Emperor, dies of smallpox at 22
  • 1679 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
  • 1705 Jean Gilles, French composer, dies at 37
  • 1705 Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
  • 1721 James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
  • 1738 Georg Reidel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Coelestin Praelisauer, composer, dies at 49
  • 1754 Nicolaas S Cruquius, hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • 1758 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer, dies at 45
  • 1766 Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1775 Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (b. 1692)
  • 1790 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)
  • 1807 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 1812 Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • 1822 Ali Pasha of Janina, (Napoleon, Lord Byron), dies at about 77
  • 1825 Pierre Gaveaux, composer, dies at 64
  • 1831 John CJ van Speijk, commits suicide at 29
  • 1838 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • 1867 Salomon Munk, published Arabic edition of Maimounides, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881 Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1888 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter/cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • 1892 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • 1897 Hoss Radbourn, pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • 1907 Ludwig Thuille, composer, dies at 45
  • 1911 Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
  • 1915 Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • 1917 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • 1919 Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher/writer, dies at 62
  • 1922 James William Tate, composer, dies at 46
  • 1922 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1924 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • 1926 Andre Gedalge, composer, dies at 69
  • 1927 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi
  • 1929 Siegfried Ochs, composer, dies at 70
  • 1937 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • 1938 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1941 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • 1943 Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • 1944 Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1946 George Arliss, actor/writer (Dr Syn, Voltaire), dies at 77
  • 1947 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • 1947 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • 1948 Johann Blaskowitz, German gen (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • 1949 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • 1952 Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
  • 1954 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1956 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
  • 1957 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • 1958 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • 1959 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • 1960 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • 1960 Rudolf Nelson, composer, dies at 81
  • 1961 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1962 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 1965 Irving Bacon, actor (Fort Ti, Petticoat Fever), dies at 71
  • 1967 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
  • 1967 Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • 1968 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • 1970 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1971 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
  • 1972 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • 1973 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • 1973 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • 1976 Roger Livesey, actor (Drum, Vice Versa, Col Blimp), dies at 69
  • 1976 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1977 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • 1977 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1978 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • 1978 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1979 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • 1981 Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
  • 1981 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • 1981 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • 1982 Dolores Moran, actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 56
  • 1982 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • 1982 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • 1983 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • 1985 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • 1989 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1991 Dean Jagger, US actor (Mr Novak, Rawhide, Oscar), dies at about 87
  • 1991 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • 1992 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • 1992 Laura Liddell, actress (Shakespeare Wallah), dies at 83
  • 1992 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 Jack Young, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49, 17 wickets), dies
  • 1993 Joseph L Mankiewicz, US writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
  • 1993 Tip Tipping, [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34
  • 1993 Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (b. 1930)
  • 1994 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 1994 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler and Konrad Adenauer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • 1995 Courtenay E Benson, broadcaster, dies at 79
  • 1995 Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59
  • 1995 Frederick Craig Riddle, violist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Judith Fluks, Amsterdam's activist, dies
  • 1995 Kimberley Leston, journalist, dies at 35
  • 1996 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor, dies at 86
  • 1996 Peter Pooley, broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 1996 W R Lee, language teacher, dies at 84
  • 1997 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • 1997 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • 1998 Tim Kelly, American musician dies at 34
  • 1999 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 2000 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (b. 1901)
  • 2003 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • 2004 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)

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2005 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, President of Togo (b. 1937)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 2006 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Franklin Cover, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • 2010 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2011 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2012 Sam Coppola, American actor, dies at 79
  • 2013 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98