Famous Deaths on 3rd January

  • 235 Pope St Anterus (b. unknown)
  • 1098 Walkelin, first Norman bishop of Winchester (b. unknown)
  • 1322 Philip V, the Tall, King of France (1316-22), dies
  • 1437 Catherine of Valois, wife of Henry V of England (b. 1401)
  • 1501 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59
  • 1543 Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Cen America, discoverer of California, dies
  • 1552 Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), dies at 64
  • 1560 Peder Palladus, Danish church reformer (Visitasbog), dies at about 56
  • 1570 Bartholomeus Latomus, [Steinmetz], Flemish archbishop of Trier, dies
  • 1571 Joachim II Hector, elector (Brandenburg), dies at 65
  • 1628 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer, dies at 64
  • 1641 Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomical prodigy, dies at 22
  • 1656 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • 1661 Maria I Stuart, Queen of England/husband of Willem II, dies at 29 [NS]
  • 1670 George Monck, English general(-to the-sea), dies at 61
  • 1690 Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
  • 1701 Prince Louis I of Monaco (b. 1642)
  • 1743 Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect and designer (b. 1657)
  • 1759 Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
  • 1761 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1779 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  • 1785 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood, British, ceramic craftsman/woodworker, dies at 64
  • 1813 Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)
  • 1826 Louis Gabriel Suchet, French marshal (b. 1770)
  • 1829 Robert Archibald Smith, composer, dies at 48
  • 1836 Friedrich Witt, composer, dies at 65
  • 1841 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 1853 Theodor Uhlig, composer, dies at 30
  • 1858 Rachel, [Elisabeth Rachel-Félix], Fr singer/actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1865 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, dies at 43
  • 1868 Moritz Hauptmann, composer, dies at 75
  • 1870 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, dies at 46
  • 1873 John Lodge Ellerton, composer, dies at 71
  • 1875 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68
  • 1875 Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  • 1882 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76
  • 1895 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer with Nathaniel Currier (b. 1824)
  • 1898 James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70
  • 1900 Edwin George Monk, composer, dies at 80
  • 1903 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler (b. 1837)
  • 1907 Josef Foerster, composer, dies at 73
  • 1911 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (b. 1851)
  • 1912 Felix Dahn, German histrian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • 1914 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer, dies at 62
  • 1915 James E Flecker, British diplomat/novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • 1916 Grenville M. Dodge, American Civil War Union Army Major General (b. 1831)
  • 1923 Jaroslav Hasek, Czech writer (Good Soldier Schweyk), dies at 39
  • 1927 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (b. 1856)
  • 1931 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1933 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23), dies at 56
  • 1933 Jack Pickford, Canadian actor (b. 1896)
  • 1938 Arthur Boon, Flemish priest/philologist, dies at 54
  • 1942 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • 1943 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1944 Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Fyodor Akimenko, composer, dies at 68
  • 1945 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)
  • 1945 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (b. 1879)
  • 1946 William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
  • 1951 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1956 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/US composer, dies at 91
  • 1956 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  • 1960 Victor Seastrom, entertainer, dies at 80
  • 1963 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • 1965 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84
  • 1966 Rex Lease, actor (Perils of Pauline, Dakota, California), dies at 62

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1967 Jack Ruby, assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of pulmonary embolism at 55

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1967 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1969 Howard McNear, actor (Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • 1969 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 1970 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 1972 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • 1974 Gino Cervi, actor (Becket, Don Camillo), dies at 72
  • 1975 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1975 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • 1975 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1976 Mal Evans, Beatles' roadie, dies
  • 1976 Mateusz Glinski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1976 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • 1977 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • 1977 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • 1979 Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • 1980 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1980 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • 1980 Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan's Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • 1980 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)

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1980 Joy Adamson, Czech conservationist and author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • 1981 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  • 1982 Derek Sealy, cricketer (West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • 1985 Lucien Cailliet, composer, dies at 93
  • 1986 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • 1988 William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1988 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • 1988 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • 1989 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • 1990 Ken Hill, actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies
  • 1990 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • 1992 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • 1992 Judith Anderson, actress (Star Trek 3), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 1992 Ken Grieves, cricketer (NSW & Lancashire leg-spin all-rounder), dies
  • 1992 Lewis Michael Friedman, pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • 1992 Radomiro Tomic, Chilean president (1970), dies
  • 1993 Peter Brocco, blacklisted in the 1950's, dies of heart attack at 89
  • 1993 Johnny Most, American sports announcer (b. 1923)
  • 1994 Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten & The Bie), dies at 48
  • 1994 Heather Sears, British actress (b. 1935)
  • 1995 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1995 Byron MacGregor, newscaster, dies at 56
  • 1995 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Nesbitt, impresario, dies at 88
  • 1996 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67
  • 1996 Terence Tenison Cuneo, artist, dies at 88
  • 1997 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • 1997 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 2002 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • 2004 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Leon Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • 2005 JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • 2008 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • 2008 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • 2009 Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2010 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • 2010 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director (b. 23 April 1922)
  • 2012 Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • 2012 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • 2012 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 2012 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • 2012 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • 2013 Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian film director, dies from surgical complications at 82
  • 2014 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")

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2015 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke