Famous Deaths on September 2

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490 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon

Hero of Athens Pheidippides
Hero of Athens
Pheidippides
  • 421 Flavius Constantine III, Emperor of Western Roman Empire, dies at about 51
  • 1031 Saint Emeric of Hungary [Prince Emeric], killed by a boar at 24
  • 1274 Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)
  • 1384 Louis I, duke of Anjou/king of Naples (Battle of Poitiers), dies
  • 1397 Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1418 Jan III Chalon, prince of Orange/gov of Burgundy, dies
  • 1540 Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 1566 Taddeo Zuccari, Italian painter, dies at 37
  • 1606 Carel van Mander, Flemish painter/art historian, dies at 58
  • 1645 Alice Lisle, Last woman to be executed by a judicial sentence of beheading in England, beheaded for harboring fugitives after the defeat of the Monmouth Rebellion at around 68
  • 1680 Per Brahe, Swedish soldier and statesman (b. 1602)
  • 1688 Robert Viner, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1631)
  • 1690 Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1615)
  • 1698 Justus Vingboons, Architect, buried
  • 1715 Constantin Christian Dedekind, composer, dies at 87
  • 1764 Nathaniel Bliss, English Astronomer Royal (b. 1700)
  • 1765 Henry Bouquet, Swiss-born British army officer (b. 1719)
  • 1768 Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (b. 1703)
  • 1779 Onno Zwier van Hairs, Fries poet (Agon), dies at 66
  • 1790 Johann N von Hontheim, German religious historian/Bishop, dies
  • 1813 Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1820 Jiaqing, Emperor of China (b. 1760)
  • 1832 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer (b. 1754)
  • 1834 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (b. 1757)
  • 1862 Thornton F Brodhead, US lawyer/politician/brig-general, dies at 40
  • 1870 Charles Victor Arthur Saint-Leon, composer, dies at 48
  • 1872 Nicolai Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher (b. 1783)
  • 1877 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • 1891 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1896 Nat Thomson, Australian cricketer (b. 1839)
  • 1898 Hubert Howard, British journalist (Times), dies through friendly fire
  • 1898 Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1807)
  • 1905 Walter Cecil Macfarren, composer, dies at 79
  • 1906 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1910 Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter (The Dream, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), dies of a blood clot at 66
  • 1915 August Stramm, German poet and playwright dies in battle during WWI at 41
  • 1921 Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
  • 1921 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil pioneer (b. 1855)
  • 1934 Ruggiero de Rudolpho "Russ" Columbo, US singer/violist, dies at 26
  • 1934 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • 1934 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)
  • 1937 Esther de Farmer-of Rich, actress (Kniertje-On hope of blessing), dies
  • 1937 Pierre de Coubertin, baron/revivor of Olympics, dies at 74
  • 1942 Tom Williams, Irish republican (b. 1924)
  • 1944 Manfred Freiherr von Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide after Romanian coup
  • 1944 George W. Norris, US senator (R-Nebraska 1913-43), lame duck-amendment, dies at 83
  • 1944 Bella Rosenfeld, Jewish Belarrusian writer, subject of Marc Chagall's paintings and his 1st wife, dies at 48
  • 1948 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • 1953 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • 1955 Rudolf Kattnigg, composer, dies at 60
  • 1957 William A Craigie, Scottish lexicographer, dies at 90
  • 1961 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer, dies at 54
  • 1962 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • 1964 Francisco H Craveiro Lopes, Portuguese gen/pres (1951-58), dies at 70
  • 1964 Morris Ankrum, actor (Kronos, Earth vs Flying Saucers), dies at 67
  • 1964 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1964 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • 1965 Johannes Bobrowski, writer, dies at 48
  • 1968 Ernest Claes, Belgium, author (The White), dies at 82
  • 1969 Harry Williams Millard, producer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1970 Allan Walker, actor/writer (Red Buttons Show), dies at 64
  • 1970 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63

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1973 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1973 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • 1976 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)
  • 1979 Felix Aylmer, actor (Quartet, Hamlet, Dreaming Lips), dies at 90
  • 1979 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • 1980 William Douglas Denny, composer, dies at 70
  • 1982 Jay Novello, actor (Harum Scarum, Rebel Breed), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1982 Tom Baker, US actor, dies of a drug overdose in New York at 42
  • 1984 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (b. 1908)
  • 1985 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • 1985 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • 1991 Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican foreign minister (Nobel 1982), dies
  • 1991 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • 1992 Barbara McClintock, US, geneticist (Nobel 1983), dies at 90
  • 1992 Piotr Jaroszewicz, premier of Poland (1970-80), dies
  • 1993 Eric Berry, English/US actor (Pippin, 49th Parallel), dies at 80
  • 1993 John/Eoin Higgins, N Ire supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • 1994 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • 1994 Harry Vincent Kemp, poet, dies at 82
  • 1994 Mildred Mcafee Horton, US 1st head mistress of WAVES, dies
  • 1994 Richard M Major, US anti-terror specialist (CIA Red Book), dies at 72
  • 1994 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1995 Vaclav Neummann, conductor, dies at 74
  • 1996 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Emily Kngwarreye, artist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Kenneth M Stewart, euro MP for Merseyside West, dies at 71
  • 1996 Otto Luening, composer, dies at 96
  • 1996 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • 1997 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 1997 Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • 1998 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • 1998 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 2000 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2000 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • 2001 Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)

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2005 Bob Denver, American actor (Gilligan's Island), dies of complications from treatment for cancer at 70

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • 2006 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2006 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Max McNab, National Hockey League executive (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer (b. 1957)
  • 2007 Rajae Belmlih, Morrocan singer (b. 1962 in Casablanca)
  • 2008 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • 2009 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • 2011 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • 2011 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • 2012 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2013 Frederik Pohl, American science fiction author, dies at 93
  • 2013 Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician, dies at 78
  • 2013 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), dies at 87
  • 2015 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • 2015 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • 2016 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), dies at 78