Famous Deaths on October 1

  • 290 [Christian] Bacchus, roman soldier/martyred saint, killed
  • 540 Vedastus St Vaast, 1st bishop of Atrecht/saint, dies
  • 552 Teja, king of Ostrogoten, dies in battle
  • 959 King Edwy (Eadwig) of England (955-959) "the All-Fair", dies at about 18
  • 976 Al-Hakam II, Moors kalief of Cordoba, dies
  • 1040 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)
  • 1189 Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar
  • 1310 Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (b. 1257)
  • 1404 Boniface IX, [Pietro Tomacelli], Pope (1389-1404), dies
  • 1499 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (b. 1433)
  • 1500 John Alcock, English Catholic bishop
  • 1567 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist (b. 1508)
  • 1570 Frans Floris, Flemish painter (b. 1520)
  • 1574 Maarten van Heemskerck, Dutch painter (Christ), dies at 76
  • 1578 Don John of Austria, Spanish military leader, dies at 31
  • 1588 Blessed Edward James, Catholic martyr
  • 1602 Hernando de Cabezon, composer, dies at 61
  • 1609 Gianmatteo Asola, Italian composer
  • 1633 Filaret, [Fjodor N Romanov], patriarch of Moscow, dies
  • 1684 Pierre Corneille, Fr lawyer/dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1693 Pedro Abarca, Spanish theologian (b. 1619)
  • 1704 Cornelis Dusart, painter/engraver, dies at 44
  • 1708 John Blow, composer (Venus & Adonis), dies at 59
  • 1768 Robert Simson, Scotland mathematician, dies at 80
  • 1770 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, composer, dies at 64
  • 1795 Robert Bakewell, English cattle breeder, dies at about 70
  • 1814 Jakob I van Przysucha, Polish hassidic leader, dies
  • 1837 Robert Clark, American politician (b. 1777)
  • 1838 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (b. 1768)
  • 1864 John Dunovant, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Rose Greenhow, American Confederate spy (b. 1817)
  • 1864 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), dies at 64
  • 1868 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), dies at 63
  • 1876 Henri-Jerome Bertini, composer, dies at 77
  • 1876 James Lick, California land baron (b. 1796)
  • 1881 Frantisek Matej Hilmar, composer, dies at 78
  • 1901 Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan
  • 1904 William GGVV Harcourt, historian/English Sect of State, dies at 76
  • 1911 Wilhelm Dilthey, Germ philosopher (Das Leben Schleiermans), dies at 77
  • 1913 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1827)
  • 1927 Wilhelm Harteveld, composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor (b. 1861)
  • 1930 Ricardo Drigo, composer, dies at 84
  • 1936 Oscar DaCosta, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 5 Tests 30-35), dies at 28
  • 1942 Ants Piip, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • 1943 Antoine T Broekman, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Anton JT Koreman, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Antoon Pleyte, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1943 Dionysius Remiens, resistance fighter, executed at 24
  • 1943 Earnest Klijzing, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943 Gideon Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Hans Katan, resistance fighter, executed at 24
  • 1943 Henri H Geul, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Johan Kalshoven, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Johan Roemer, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Johan van Mierlo, resistance fighter, executed at 35
  • 1943 John Charles Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Leo Frijda, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Louis Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 21
  • 1943 Maarten van/of Gilse, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Olaf T Thomsen, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Peter "Pam" Pooters, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Sape Kuiper, resistance fighter, executed at 19
  • 1943 Victor van Swieten, resistance fighter, executed at 36
  • 1943 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • 1945 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Traumatic Shock), dies at 73
  • 1955 Charles Christie, American film studio owner (b. 1880)
  • 1956 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • 1958 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1961 Donald Cook, actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • 1964 Ernst Toch, composer (Melodie Lehre), dies at 76
  • 1965 Edward E "Doc" Smith, US, sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies
  • 1965 Gareth Hughes, actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
  • 1966 Albert P A A Besnard, poet/journalist (Doom & Thirst), dies
  • 1970 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1970 Petar Konjovic, composer, dies at 87
  • 1970 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1972 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Louis Leakey, Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • 1973 Joe Devlin, actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 74
  • 1974 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (b. 1901)
  • 1975 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • 1979 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • 1984 Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1985 E. B. White, US author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White
  • 1988 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • 1990 Christine Forrest, actress (Martin), dies
  • 1990 Curtis E LeMay, USAF General/VP candidate, dies at 83
  • 1991 Jan van Tongeren, painter, dies
  • 1992 Bruce Vorhauer, inventor (Today contraceptive sponge), suicide at 50
  • 1992 Harry Milton Ray, singer/actor (Avanti!), dies of stroke at 45
  • 1993 Reizl Bozyk, Polish/US actress (Crossing Delancey), dies at 79
  • 1993 Janine Darcey, French actress (Priez pour nous), dies at 75
  • 1993 Joseph Warren, actor (Gift of Love, Urban Warriors), dies at 77
  • 1994 Brad O'Hare, dies of complications due to AIDS at 43
  • 1994 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president of Colombia (1966-70), dies at 86
  • 1994 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter, dies at 54
  • 1994 Scott Dunbar, bluse vocalist/guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1995 Aditya Biria, industrialist, dies at 50
  • 1995 Margaret Gorman Cahill, 1st Miss America (1921), dies at 90
  • 1995 Rene Mable Neighbour Cloke, illustrator, dies at 90
  • 1995 Russ Karel, director, dies at 45
  • 1996 Joonas Kokkonen, composer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Patrick McGeown, politician, dies at 40
  • 1997 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • 1997 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • 1998 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • 1999 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and Child star (b. 1963)
  • 2000 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2000 Reginald Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 2001 Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Walter Annenberg, American publisher and philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • 2006 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Chris Mainwaring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (b. 1936) (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68) dies aged 71
  • 2007 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and theme song composer (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • 2010 Ian Buxton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • 2011 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golf player (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • 2013 US Author Tom Clancy 'The Hunt for Red October' dies aged 66
  • 2015 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100