Deaths in History on February 1

  • 656 Sigebert III, king of Austrasia, dies at about 25
  • 1204 Alexius IV Angelus, regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered
  • 1248 Hendrik II, duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies
  • 1294 Louis II, the Stern, ruler of Upper-Bayern, dies
  • 1328 Charles IV, the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies
  • 1502 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • 1542 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1480)
  • 1563 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia (died of fever)
  • 1590 Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman and educator
  • 1669 Abandoned child, Huygens friend poet Catharina Questiers, buried at 31
  • 1691 Alexander VIII, [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • 1691 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1694 John L baron van Elderen, 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
  • 1718 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (b. 1660)
  • 1733 August II, the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
  • 1734 John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)
  • 1747 Jacobus E J Capitein, Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies
  • 1761 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (b. 1682)
  • 1768 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (b. 1685)
  • 1793 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (b. 1717)
  • 1832 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian/Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • 1832 Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician (b. 1777)
  • 1838 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • 1839 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect/archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1850 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3

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1851 Mary Shelley, novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1869 Frederik W Conrad, hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • 1873 Matthew Maury, hydrographer, dies
  • 1878 George Cruikshank, English illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85
  • 1883 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian/author, dies
  • 1893 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
  • 1897 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist (b. 1826)
  • 1903 George G Stokes, British physicist/pres Royal Society, dies at 83
  • 1904 Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter, dies at 77
  • 1908 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • 1910 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44
  • 1936 Georgios Kondylis, general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1937 Marguerite Audoux, writer, dies
  • 1940 Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)

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1944 Piet Mondrian, abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • 1945 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
  • 1946 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1954 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • 1957 Friedrich von Paulus, German field marshall (Stalingrad), dies at 66
  • 1958 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • 1963 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • 1966 Buster Keaton, [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
  • 1966 Hedda Hopper, [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • 1970 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1974 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
  • 1976 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • 1976 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • 1976 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • 1977 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • 1981 Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • 1986 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • 1988 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • 1988 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • 1989 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • 1991 H J van Ommeren-Averink, Dutch MP (CPN), dies
  • 1992 Irving R Kaufman, federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • 1994 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • 1994 Olan Soule, radio voice (Super Friends), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1995 George Abbot, director (Damn Yankees), dies at 107
  • 1995 Michael Caesar, pope of pot, dies of liver cancer at 52
  • 1996 Clive Burton, neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • 1997 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • 1997 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1997 Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1999 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • 2001 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)
  • 2003 David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  • 2003 Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  • 2005 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • 2006 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • 2012 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • 2012 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2013 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2015 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO, dies at 91
  • 2015 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • 2017 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • 2017 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84