Famous Deaths on March 2

  • 855 Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)
  • 986 Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
  • 1122 Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies
  • 1127 Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered
  • 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)
  • 1333 Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies
  • 1572 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • 1589 Alessandro Cardinal Farnese, Italian cardinal (b. 1520)
  • 1619 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44
  • 1729 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist (b. 1662)
  • 1755 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1758 Johann Baptist Zimmermann, German stucco worker, buried at 78
  • 1772 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1787 Jean SOME Allamand, French theologist/natural philosopher, dies at 73

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1791 John Wesley, English co-founder of Methodism dies at 87 (b. 1703)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • 1793 Carl Gustaf Pilo, Swedish-born artist
  • 1797 Horace [Horatio] Walpole, British horror writer, dies at 79
  • 1800 Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
  • 1822 Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, composer, dies at 40
  • 1829 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1830 Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
  • 1835 Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1768)
  • 1840 Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81
  • 1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
  • 1862 Frederick West Lander, US Union brig-general/poet, dies at 40
  • 1865 Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
  • 1867 French A Durlet, Belgian sculptor/architect, dies at 50
  • 1868 Carl Eberwein, composer, dies at 81
  • 1880 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • 1882 Louis Kufferath, composer, dies at 70
  • 1887 August W Eichler, German botanist, dies at 47
  • 1887 Wilhelm Troszel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1895 Berthe MP Morisot, French painter/aquarelliste, dies at 54
  • 1895 Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
  • 1916 Elisabeth OL, [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 1919 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • 1921 Champ Clark, American politician (b. 1850)

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1930 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

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1933 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), dies of a heart attack at 73

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1937 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)

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1939 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1943 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
  • 1945 Emily Carr, Canadian artist (b. 1871)
  • 1946 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (b. 1895)
  • 1946 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • 1950 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • 1950 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1953 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1956 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • 1957 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • 1959 Eric Blore, actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70
  • 1960 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)
  • 1962 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
  • 1967 Gordon Harker, actor (Inspector Hornleigh), dies at 81
  • 1967 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1970 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • 1971 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • 1972 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • 1973 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, actress/singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 41
  • 1974 Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Jean Kurt Forest, composer, dies at 65
  • 1975 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • 1979 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • 1979 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • 1979 Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
  • 1981 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • 1982 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • 1984 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • 1985 John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • 1986 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • 1986 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • 1987 Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
  • 1991 Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • 1991 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • 1991 Serge Gainsbourg, composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
  • 1993 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1993 Paul D Zimmerman, US screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
  • 1994 Donald McKenzie MacKinnon, philosopher, dies at 80
  • 1994 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 1994 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • 1995 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, TV journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jacobo Majluta, president of Dominican Rep (1982), dies at 61
  • 1998 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • 1999 Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • 1999 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2001 John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
  • 2003 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • 2006 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Henri Troyat, French writer, dean of the Académie française (b. 1911)
  • 2008 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • 2009 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • 2012 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • 2012 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • 2014 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Price 1967), dies at 88
  • 2015 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • 2017 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies at 76