Famous Deaths on May 2

  • 373 Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
  • 649 Maruta of Tagrit, theology/1st mafriaan Jakobitische church, dies
  • 756 Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)
  • 907 Boris I, King of Bulgaria (852-889), saw Bulgaria converted to Christianity
  • 1230 William de Braose, Lord of Abergavenny (b. 1197)
  • 1250 Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1300 Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
  • 1450 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
  • 1459 Pierozzi Antoninus, Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies
  • 1488 Jacob van Horne, Burgundy statesman, dies

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1519 Leonardo da Vinci, artist/scientist, dies at 67

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1564 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
  • 1567 Marin Drzic, Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies
  • 1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1667 George Wither, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1669 Pieter Jansz Post, master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61
  • 1683 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
  • 1685 Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1711 Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1727 Paul Aler, French jesuit/poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70
  • 1736 Albert Seba, Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71
  • 1799 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • 1802 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
  • 1810 Rev. Dr. Henry Jerome de Salis, divine (b.1740)
  • 1818 Herman W Daendels, governor-gen of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • 1819 Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)
  • 1845 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • 1849 David H Chasse, baron/gen (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
  • 1857 LC Alfred the Musset, French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 69
  • 1897 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • 1919 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • 1927 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
  • 1934 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist (commercial synthetic rubber), dies at 59
  • 1937 Arthur Somervell, composer, dies at 73
  • 1945 Martin Bormann, German Nazi Officer, Personal Secretary to Hitler, commits suicide aged 44 (remains identified 1972)
  • 1945 Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34
  • 1945 Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • 1947 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • 1954 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66

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1957 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, composer, dies at 53
  • 1958 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1960 Caryl Chessman, rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39
  • 1961 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • 1963 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • 1963 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • 1963 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • 1964 Nancy N Witcher Astor, US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies
  • 1968 Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • 1969 Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • 1972 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

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1972 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1973 Alan Carney, actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • 1979 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1980 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • 1980 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • 1982 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-born American actor, born in Vienna
  • 1982 Hugh Marlowe, actor (Jim Matthews-Another World), dies at 71
  • 1983 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • 1983 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 1984 Jack Barry, game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66
  • 1984 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • 1985 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1986 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b.1956)
  • 1989 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • 1990 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • 1991 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • 1991 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • 1991 Ronald McKie, Australian author (b. 1909)
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Lee Salk, baby doctor/author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • 1993 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • 1993 WLPM, the Short, Dutch MP (KVP, 1945-73), dies at 83
  • 1993 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • 1994 Wilson Charles Geoffery Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • 1995 Michael Hordern, English actor (b. 1911)
  • 1996 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • 1996 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • 1996 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • 1997 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  • 1998 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1998 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 1998 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1998 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 1999 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • 1999 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • 2001 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • 2001 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • 2002 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Kenneth B. Clark, American psychologist (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Lynn Redgrave, British actress (b. 1943)

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2011 Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and 'the most wanted man in the world' (b. 1957)

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2012 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2014 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • 2015 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • 2015 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2015 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • 2016 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69