Famous Deaths on February 7

  • 590 Pelagius II, Gothic Pope (579-90), dies from plague
  • 999 Boleslaus II of Bohemia
  • 1045 Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (b. 1009)
  • 1317 Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (b. 1256)
  • 1560 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)
  • 1593 Jacques Amyot, French humanist/abbot of Bellozanne, dies at 79
  • 1609 Ferdinand I, cardinal/ruler of Toscane, dies
  • 1626 William V, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1548)
  • 1642 William Bedell, English clergyman (b. 1571)
  • 1690 William Morice, English royalist statesman
  • 1693 Paul Pellisson, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1736 Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)
  • 1743 Lodovico Giustini, composer, dies at 57
  • 1749 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer, dies at 76
  • 1779 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at 69
  • 1799 Qianlong, Emperor of China (b. 1711)
  • 1801 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)
  • 1820 Samuel Adams Holyoke, composer, dies at 57
  • 1823 Ann Radcliffe (Ward), English poet/author of horror novels, dies at 58
  • 1827 Franz Anton Dimmler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1830 Marcus Antonio da Fonseca Portugal, Portuguese composer, dies at 67
  • 1837 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (b. 1778)
  • 1839 Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • 1857 Félix PBOG, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War, dies at 65
  • 1862 Frantisek Jan Skroup, composer, dies at 61
  • 1865 John Henry Winder, US Confederate brig-gen/provost marshal, dies at 64
  • 1871 Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons) (b. 1797)
  • 1873 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (b. 1814)
  • 1878 Pius IX, "Pio Nono", [Giovanni Ferretti], Pope (1846-78), dies at 85
  • 1881 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73
  • 1897 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (Ferrari), dies at 49
  • 1901 Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
  • 1911 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (6 Test for Australia 1893-96, 301 runs), dies at 40
  • 1915 Wladyslaw Gorski, composer, dies at 68
  • 1918 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, composer, dies at 68
  • 1919 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1841)
  • 1920 Alexander Koltsjak, adm/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
  • 1920 Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (b. 1874)
  • 1921 Peter Kropotkin, Russ Prince/geologist/revolut anarchist, dies at 78
  • 1931 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1933 Albert Gyorgy Earl Apponyi, Hung minister of Education, dies at 86
  • 1937 Elihu Root, US min of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91

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1938 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1939 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1940 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • 1942 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Oly-gold-1908), dies at 56
  • 1942 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (b. 1876)
  • 1944 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1948 "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • 1954 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Rudolph Reti, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 Walter Kingsford, actor (My Favorite Blonde, Fly by Night), dies at 76
  • 1959 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • 1959 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • 1959 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • 1960 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • 1962 Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • 1962 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • 1963 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • 1964 Hermann A J Kees, German egyptologist, dies at 77
  • 1964 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Oly-gold-32), dies at 59
  • 1965 Nance O'Neil, actor (Cimarron, Royal Bed, Rogue Song), dies at 90
  • 1967 Henry Morgenthau, US minster of Finance (devaluate dollar), dies at 74
  • 1968 Nick Adams, actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • 1968 Stuart Foster, singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • 1969 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • 1974 Arline Judge, actress (Age of Consent), dies at 61
  • 1975 Brendan Fay, actor (Hustler, Man on a Swing), dies at 54
  • 1977 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • 1979 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • 1980 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1980 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • 1980 Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (b. 1904)
  • 1981 Frederika of Hanover, Queen of Greece (b. 1917)
  • 1984 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • 1985 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • 1985 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • 1985 Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1986 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1986 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • 1988 Lin[wood V] Carter, US, sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • 1990 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • 1990 Jimmy Van Heusen, composer (Call Me Irresponsible), dies at 77
  • 1990 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • 1990 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • 1991 Dick Winslow, actor (Tom Sawyer, Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 75
  • 1991 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • 1991 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • 1991 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • 1991 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • 1992 Jeanne Gerson, dies of cancer & pneumonia at 87
  • 1992 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1993 W Sybout A Colenbrander, Dutch historian/journalist, dies at 82
  • 1994 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem minister (CRM 1965-66), dies at 74
  • 1994 Richard Bissell, US under director of CIA (Pig's Bay), dies at 84
  • 1994 Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (b. 1913)
  • 1995 Helen Wallis, cartographer/Librarian, dies at 70
  • 1995 Massimo Pallottino, Italian archaeologist (Etruscologia), dies at 86
  • 1996 George Lowthian Trevelyan, designer/visionary, dies at 89
  • 1996 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • 1996 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • 1996 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • 1997 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • 1998 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1999 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • 1999 Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1999 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • 2000 Doug Henning, Canadian magician (b. 1947)
  • 2000 Dave Peverett, English musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (b. 1943)
  • 2001 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)

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2001 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator, dies of a stroke at 94

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • 2002 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • 2003 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2009 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2012 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • 2012 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2012 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • 2015 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher/multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2017 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71