Famous Deaths on 5th January

  • 842 Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
  • 1066 Edward de Belijder, the Confessor, king of England (1043-66), dies
  • 1387 Pedro IV, king of Aragon/conqueror of Sicily, dies at 67
  • 1400 John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English politician (executed) (b. ca. 1350)
  • 1425 John of Bavaria/Bayern, liege of Holland/Zealand/Dordrecht, poisoned
  • 1448 Christopher of Bavaria (b. 1416)
  • 1465 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  • 1477 Charles, the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, dies at the Battle of Nancy at 43
  • 1524 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pecinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
  • 1589 Catherine de' Medici, Queen mother of France, dies at 69
  • 1592 Willem II, Duke of Gulik/Kleef/Gelre, dies at about 75
  • 1595 Ercole Procaccini, Italian painter, dies
  • 1603 Pieter Adriaansz van der Werff, mayor of Lead, dies at 73
  • 1684 Claude Audran II, French painter/engraver, dies at 44
  • 1713 Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
  • 1740 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1746 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1759 Thomas-Philippe et de Boussu, S Neth cardinal, dies at 79

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1762 Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], tsarina of Russia (1741-62), dies at 52

Empress of Russia Elizabeth of Russia
Empress of Russia
Elizabeth of Russia
  • 1771 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1783 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
  • 1788 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • 1796 Samuel Huntington, US judge (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 64
  • 1807 Michel Adanson, French biologist (Plant classes), dies at 79
  • 1814 Johann Gottfried Krebs, composer, dies at 72
  • 1823 Major George Johnston, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales (b. 1764)
  • 1827 Frederick of York, English duke/bishop/general, dies at 63
  • 1846 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
  • 1848 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
  • 1856 Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor, dies at 67
  • 1858 Johann JWAFK Radetzky von Radetz, Austr earl/field marshal, dies at 91
  • 1860 St John Nepomucene Neumann, 1st male US saint, dies
  • 1862 Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81
  • 1883 Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
  • 1888 Henri Herz, composer, dies at a day before 85th birthday
  • 1891 Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49), dies at 89
  • 1891 Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • 1904 Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • 1906 Kathleen Kenyon, English Archaeologist who excavated Jericho (the oldest known continuously occupied human settlement that has been inhabited for the last 11,000 years), dies at 72
  • 1922 Ernest H Shackleton, Brit South pole explorer (Endurance), dies at 47

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1933 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President (1923-29), dies in Mass at 60

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1937 Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)

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1939 Amelia Earhart, American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937. (b. 1897)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • 1940 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • 1940 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • 1941 Amy Johnson, English aviator (b. 1903)
  • 1942 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • 1943 George Washington Carver, famous African American scientist, dies at 81
  • 1944 Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • 1946 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1951 Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
  • 1952 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • 1952 Victor Alexander John Hope, viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
  • 1954 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1956 Jeanne F Bourgeois, French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • 1956 Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • 1960 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • 1960 Pavel P Parenago, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • 1963 Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • 1965 Neil Craig, actor (Calling Dr Kildare), dies at 73
  • 1965 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher, dies at 81
  • 1966 George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • 1968 Jean Murat, actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
  • 1969 Franz T Csokor, Austria author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • 1969 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • 1970 Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
  • 1970 Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • 1970 Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
  • 1970 Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • 1971 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • 1973 Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP (SGP), dies at 79
  • 1974 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1974 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1975 Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • 1976 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1976 John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)
  • 1977 Onslow Stevens, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life), dies at 74
  • 1979 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • 1981 Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • 1981 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
  • 1981 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • 1982 Hans Conried, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), dies at 64
  • 1982 Harvey Lembeck, actor (Phil Silvers, Hathaways), dies at 56
  • 1982 Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • 1985 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1987 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
  • 1987 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1988 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

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1988 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1990 Arthur Kennedy, actor (Air Force), dies of a brain tumor at 76
  • 1990 Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 John Eckhardt, actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82
  • 1991 Marie Madeline Sullivan, actress (Elvira Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
  • 1991 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • 1993 George L George, Russian/US journalist/director/producer, dies at 85
  • 1993 Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
  • 1993 Jennifer Raine Bissell, daughter of Alan Napier, dies 60
  • 1993 Juan Benet Goitia, Spanish writer (Herrumbrosas Lanzas), dies at 65
  • 1993 Klaas Wiersma, Dutch sec of Justice (VVD), dies
  • 1993 Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1993 Nyamuisi Muvingi, Zaire minister of Culture, murdered
  • 1993 Ronnie Welsh, actor (Patterns), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • 1993 Westley A Dodd, US murderer, 1st hanging in US since 1965
  • 1994 Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator for 40 yrs), dies
  • 1994 Louis R J Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor of Zoelen, dies at 87
  • 1994 Thomas P "Tip" O'Neill, (D-Ma)/Speaker of House (1977-86), dies at 81
  • 1994 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • 1994 William Raynor, writer, dies at 73
  • 1994 Tip O'Neill, American politician (b. 1912)
  • 1995 Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), dies at 78
  • 1995 Mansour Satari, brig-gen/commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46
  • 1995 Yahya Ayyash, PLO bomb maker, booby trapped cellular phone at 28
  • 1996 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • 1996 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
  • 1996 Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, dies at 88
  • 1996 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • 1997 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • 1998 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1998 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • 1998 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • 2001 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Massimo Girotti, Italian film actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)

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2007 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, die of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 2007 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2009 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • 2010 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • 2012 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • 2013 Bruce McCarty, American architect, dies at 92
  • 2014 Carmen Zapata, American actress, dies at 86
  • 2014 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Jerry Coleman, American baseball player, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • 2016 Elizabeth Swados, composer and musicial director (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • 2016 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • 2016 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71