Famous Deaths on January 2

  • 17 Roman poet Ovid (in Latin: Publius Ovidius Naso), dies
  • 1512 Svante, Regent of Sweden (b. 1460)
  • 1514 William Smyth, English bishop and statesman (bc. 1460)
  • 1557 Pontormo, Italian painter (b. 1494)
  • 1685 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (b. 1603)
  • 1694 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (b. 1651)
  • 1726 Domenico Zipoli, composer, dies at 37
  • 1740 Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer, dies at 63
  • 1763 John Casteret earl Granville, English premier, dies at 72
  • 1780 Johann Ludwig Krebs, composer, dies at 66
  • 1789 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • 1790 Joseph A Feuchtmayer (Feichtmayer), German rococo sculptor, dies
  • 1801 Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher, dies at 59
  • 1803 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, composer, dies at 69
  • 1861 Frederik Willem IV, King of Prussia (1840-61)/Germ (1849-61), dies at 65
  • 1863 Roger Weightman Hanson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Murfreesboro at 35
  • 1892 George B Airy, English astronomer/writer, dies at 90
  • 1892 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman and scientist, dies at 78
  • 1893 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)

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1904 James Longstreet, Confederate general, dies at 82

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1913 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, Fr meteorologist (stratosphere), dies at 57
  • 1915 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • 1917 Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • 1918 Sijbe K Bakker, vicar/theologist (Christian-Socialism), dies at 42
  • 1921 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ger chancellor/PM (Prussia), dies at 64
  • 1923 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched by KKK
  • 1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer and novelist (b. 1834)
  • 1929 Erich Wichman[n], Dutch fascist painter/sculptor, dies at 38
  • 1936 Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1937 Ross Alexander, actor (Capt Blood, Boulder Dam), dies at 29
  • 1939 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)
  • 1941 Mischa Levitzki, composer, dies at 42
  • 1945 Betram Home Ramsay, Engl adm/Cmdr Naval Forces (Normandy), dies at 61
  • 1946 Joe Darling, cricketer (Aussie captain 21 Tests, won 7 lost 4), dies

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1950 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • 1950 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • 1951 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • 1953 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, dies at 71
  • 1955 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • 1960 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor/dir (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • 1960 Chris van Abkoude, author (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • 1960 Fausto Coppi, Italian, ran world record 45,798 km, dies at 40
  • 1960 Friedrich Adler, Austria soc-dem, murdered PM Storgkh, dies at 80
  • 1960 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1961 Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for South Africa 1922-31), dies
  • 1963 Dick Powell, American actor and director (Dick Powell Theater), dies at 58
  • 1963 Jack Carson, actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • 1968 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • 1969 Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • 1970 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • 1971 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)

  • 1971 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • 1974 Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67

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1977 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1980 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • 1981 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • 1983 Bernard George Stevens, composer, dies at 66
  • 1983 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), dies at 65
  • 1983 Harriet Parsons, producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • 1985 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • 1986 Una Merkel, US actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1986 Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (b. 1914)
  • 1990 Alan Hale Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1990 Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, Manchuria composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • 1991 Renato Rascel, actor (7 Hills of Rome), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1992 Virginia Field, actress (Dream Girl), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994 Dixy Lee Ray, chairwoman (US Atomic Energy Comm), dies at 79
  • 1994 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81
  • 1994 Sammy Taft, Canadian businessman (coined term "hat trick"), dies at 81
  • 1995 Graham Sharp, ice skater, dies at 77
  • 1995 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter/co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67
  • 1995 Nancy Kelly, US actress (Bad Seed, Submarine Patrol), dies at 73
  • 1995 Siad Barre, general/president of Somalia (1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1996 Sydney Thompson, rock Climber, dies at 81
  • 1996 Thornton Page, astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  • 1997 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • 1997 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • 1998 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • 2000 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. admiral (b. 1920)
  • 2000 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2001 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician and US secretary of state (1969-73) dies at 87
  • 2001 Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
  • 2002 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • 2003 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ronald "Bo" Ginn, American politician, dies at 70
  • 2006 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born mayor of Jerusalem (b. 1911)
  • 2007 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golfer (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • 2008 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2009 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, dies of a seizure at 16
  • 2011 Anne Francis, American actress (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • 2012 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • 2012 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • 2012 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist(W. P. Carey & Co.), died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • 2012 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2012 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • 2013 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan football player, dies from a respiratory illness at 67
  • 2013 Ned Wertimer, American actor, dies from complications from a fall at 89
  • 2013 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier and first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • 2014 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • 2014 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • 2015 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • 2016 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader and non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • 2017 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90