Famous Deaths on July 2

  • 783 Bert(h)a/Berthrada, mother of Charles the Great, dies
  • 862 St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester(b. 789)
  • 936 Henry I the Vogelaar, German king (919-36)/duke of Saxon 912-36, dies
  • 1298 Adolf van Nassau, RC-German king (1292-98), dies in battle at about 43
  • 1504 Stephen III (Stefan the Great), ruler of Moldavia (1457-1504), dies

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1566 Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist, dies at 62

Astrologer/Prophet Nostradamus
Astrologer/Prophet
Nostradamus
  • 1582 Akechi Mitsuhide, Japanese samurai (b. 1528)
  • 1591 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1619 Olivier de Serres, French farming pioneer (silkworms), dies
  • 1621 Thomas Harriot, English astronomer
  • 1644 William Gascoigne, introduced telescopic sights, is killed at 24
  • 1656 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander (b. 1611)
  • 1663 Thomas Selle, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1674 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1614)
  • 1684 John Rogers, president of Harvard University (b. 1630)
  • 1700 Lambert Doomer, painter/cartoonist, dies at about 77
  • 1708 Willem of Nassau, mister of Zuylenstein/lt-gen/baron Enfield, dies

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1743 Spencer Compton 1st Earl of Wilmington, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Whig: 1742-43) statesman who served in government from 1715 until his death, dies at about 70

British Prime Minister Spencer Compton
British Prime Minister
Spencer Compton
  • 1746 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (b. 1656)
  • 1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, composer, dies at 66
  • 1778 Bathsheba Spooner, American murderer
  • 1794 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
  • 1798 John Fitch, American inventor, clockmaker, etc, dies
  • 1822 Denmark Vesey, & 5 aides hanged at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1833 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician (b. 1757)
  • 1843 Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, dies at 88

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1850 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1857 Carlo Pisacane, Italian patriot (b. 1818)
  • 1861 Peter A de Genestet, vicar/poet, dies at 31
  • 1863 Stephen Hinsdale Weed, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1878 Francois-Emmanuel-Joseph Bazin, composer, dies at 61
  • 1895 William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
  • 1903 Ed Delahanty, American Hall of Fame baseball player (b. 1867)
  • 1911 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54
  • 1912 Tom Richardson, English cricketer (88 wickets in 14 Tests for England), dies (b. 1870)
  • 1914 Joseph Chamberlain, British minister to Germany, dies at 78
  • 1915 Gen Porfirio [Jose de la Cruz] Diaz, president Mexico, dies
  • 1917 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), dies at 64
  • 1918 Mohammed V Resjad, sultan of Turkey (1909-18), dies
  • 1920 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
  • 1921 Edwin Evans, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1926 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
  • 1929 Gladys Brockwell, actress (Oliver Twist), dies at 34
  • 1930 Anders Randolf, actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves), dies at 59
  • 1930 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (The Kiss), dies at 59
  • 1931 Stephen Babcock, American Agricultural Chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • 1932 Manuel II, last King of Portugal (1908-10), dies at 43
  • 1936 Harry Northrup, actor (Who's Knocking at My Door), dies at 60
  • 1937 Fred L Noonan, US navigator, disappeared over Pacific Ocean
  • 1939 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • 1940 Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies

  • 1940 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • 1941 Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
  • 1943 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, dies at 84
  • 1946 Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
  • 1949 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
  • 1951 Earnest F Sauerbruch, German nazi/surgeon, dies at 75
  • 1952 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • 1955 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)

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1961 Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate (The Old Man and the Sea), dies from suicide at 61

  • 1963 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • 1964 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, dies in crash
  • 1965 Theodora E "Betsy" Ranucci-Beckmann, actress (Klatergoud), dies at 88
  • 1966 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), dies at 67
  • 1968 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • 1969 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1970 Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
  • 1971 Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • 1973 Betty Grable, US actress (How to Marry a Millionaire), dies at 56
  • 1973 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
  • 1973 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • 1973 Chick Hafey, baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1973 George McBride, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1973 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • 1975 James Robertson Justice, actor (DR at Large, Dr om Love), dies at 70
  • 1976 Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
  • 1977 Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
  • 1978 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • 1981 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • 1982 Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • 1984 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • 1985 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • 1986 Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1987 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • 1987 Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1989 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • 1990 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in auto at 39
  • 1990 Snooky Lanson, singer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1992 Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
  • 1992 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
  • 1992 Franco Cristaldi, Italian producer/Claudia Cardinale's husband, dies
  • 1992 Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies
  • 1993 Fred Gwynne, actor (Herman-Munsters), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 1993 Sir Edward Dunlop, Australian war hero (b. 1907)
  • 1994 Andres Escobar, Colombia world cup soccer star, shot for losing to US
  • 1994 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • 1994 Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
  • 1994 Ralph C Rinzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys), dies at 59
  • 1995 Gail Gordon, actor (Our Miss Brooks, Lucy Show), dies of cancer at 89
  • 1995 George Seldes, journalist, dies at 104
  • 1995 Gervase Jackson-Stops, British architectural adviser to the National Trust, dies at 48
  • 1995 Krissy Taylor, American model (17 Mag), dies of respiratory problems at 17
  • 1996 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89

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1999 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • 2000 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2002 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2003 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • 2004 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919)
  • 2004 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Itamar Franco, Brazilian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Ben Davidson, American professional footballer and actor, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2013 Arlan Stangeland, American politician, dies at 83

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2013 Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), dies at 88

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart
  • 2015 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • 2016 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87
  • 2016 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2016 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • 2016 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • 2016 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • 2016 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75