Deaths in History on February 3

  • 474 Leo I, Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies
  • 619 Laurence of Canterbury, 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 699 Saint Werburgh, Anglo Saxon Princess and patron saint of Chester, England
  • 865 Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar, German 1st (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies
  • 1014 Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of Denmark, Norway and England (1013-14), dies
  • 1014 King Sweyn I of Denmark
  • 1116 King Coloman of Hungary (b. 1070)
  • 1399 John of Ghent, duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & Leon, dies at 58
  • 1428 Ashikaga Yoshimochi, Japanese shogun (b. 1386)
  • 1451 Murad II, sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies
  • 1468 Johann Gensfleisch Gutenberg, printer, dies
  • 1536 Garcia de Resende, Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
  • 1558 Alfonsus de Castro, Spanish theologist (council of Trente), dies
  • 1566 George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • 1619 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator (b. 1564)
  • 1679 Jan Havicksz Steen, Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
  • 1697 Sjoucke Gabbes, Frisian sailor, dies/buried on Dirk-Hartog Island
  • 1737 Tommaso Ceva, Italian Mathematician (b. 1648)
  • 1803 Pedro R de Campomanes, Spanish economist/lawyer/literary, dies at 79
  • 1832 George Crabbe, English vicar/poet (Borough), dies at 77
  • 1862 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87
  • 1866 François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (b. 1809)
  • 1874 Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
  • 1875 Everhardus J Potgieter, writer (Liedekens van Bontekoe), dies at 66
  • 1876 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis/literary/premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • 1889 Belle Starr, US female gangster, murdered at 40
  • 1890 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist, dies at 72
  • 1896 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • 1902 Isaac Fransen van der Putten, Dutch PM (1866), dies
  • 1922 Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • 1922 John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)

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1924 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1929 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • 1931 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • 1935 Hugo Junkers, German engineer (b. 1859)
  • 1936 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
  • 1943 Alexander Goode, rabbi who surrended his life jacket, drowns
  • 1945 Roland Freisler, German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case), dies
  • 1947 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • 1950 Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • 1956 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • 1958 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • 1958 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • 1960 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80
  • 1961 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • 1962 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • 1964 Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • 1969 Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • 1975 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • 1984 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • 1995 John Pinsent, classical scholar, dies at 72
  • 1996 Broderick Vernon Chinnery Photographer-Haldane, dies at 83
  • 1996 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector, dies at 84
  • 1996 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property Developer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79
  • 1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • 1997 Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • 1997 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • 1998 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • 2000 Richard Kleindienst, American politician (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • 2005 Ernst Mayr, German-born biologist (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • 2007 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • 2012 Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 2013 Cardiss Collins, American Congresswoman, dies at 81
  • 2015 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78