Deaths in History on December 2

  • 537 Sylvester, Italian Pope (536-37), dies
  • 1348 Emperor Hanazono of Japan (b. 1297)
  • 1381 John of Ruysbroeck, Flemish mystic
  • 1463 Archduke Albert VI of Austria (b. 1418)
  • 1515 Gonzalo de Cordoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies

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1547 Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador who defeated the Aztec Empire, dies of pleurisy at 61/62

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • 1552 Francis Xavier, Spanish Catholic missionary (b. 1506)
  • 1592 Alexander Farnese, land guardian of Neth (1579-92), dies at 46
  • 1615 Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  • 1665 Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, French socialite (b. 1588)
  • 1694 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (b. 1622)
  • 1719 Pasquier Quesnel, French theologist (La Foi), dies at 85
  • 1723 Philip, French duke of Orleans/regent (1715-23)/PM (1723), dies
  • 1726 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  • 1747 Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)
  • 1748 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (b. 1662)

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1814 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1828 Simon Paap, Dutch 56 cm long dwarf/cabaret artist, dies at 39
  • 1844 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)
  • 1849 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)

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1859 John Brown, US abolitionist (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1860 Alfred Bunn, British theatrical manager (b. 1796)
  • 1864 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32
  • 1888 Mehmed N Kemal Bey, Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • 1892 Jay Gould, American entrepreneur (b. 1836)
  • 1899 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • 1918 Margit Kaffka, Hungarian writer, dies in the flu pandemic at 38
  • 1918 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1919 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69
  • 1924 Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
  • 1935 Albert Kessel, 1st to die in California gas chamber
  • 1936 John Ringling, American circus owner (b. 1866)
  • 1943 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • 1944 Filippo T Marinetti, Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
  • 1944 JW Ummels, Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi), dies
  • 1953 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1957 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  • 1966 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1967 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • 1969 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • 1972 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • 1974 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • 1980 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, gov of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
  • 1981 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
  • 1983 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • 1985 Philip Larkin, [hermit of Hull], English poet, dies at 63
  • 1985 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1986 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • 1987 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • 1992 Gary Mascaro, choreographer, dies at 43
  • 1992 Loek Elfferich, Dutch journalist/historian (Treason in Rotterdam), die

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1993 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1994 Donald John Urquhart, librarian, dies at 85
  • 1994 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1995 Francis Joseph Quinn, academic, dies at 90
  • 1995 Stanley Devon, photographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist, dies at 76
  • 2002 Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • 2005 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2008 Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor