Deaths in History on January 2

  • 17 Roman poet Ovid (in Latin: Publius Ovidius Naso), dies
  • 1512 Svante, Regent of Sweden (b. 1460)
  • 1514 William Smyth, English bishop and statesman (bc. 1460)
  • 1557 Pontormo, Italian painter (b. 1494)
  • 1685 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (b. 1603)
  • 1694 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (b. 1651)
  • 1763 John Casteret earl Granville, English premier, dies at 72
  • 1790 Joseph A Feuchtmayer (Feichtmayer), German rococo sculptor, dies
  • 1801 Johann C Lavater, Swiss vicar/philosopher, dies at 59
  • 1861 Frederik Willem IV, King of Prussia (1840-61)/Germ (1849-61), dies at 65
  • 1863 Roger Weightman Hanson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Murfreesboro at 35
  • 1892 George B Airy, English astronomer/writer, dies at 90
  • 1892 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman and scientist, dies at 78
  • 1893 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)

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1904 James Longstreet, Confederate general, dies at 82

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1913 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, Fr meteorologist (stratosphere), dies at 57
  • 1917 Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • 1918 Sijbe K Bakker, vicar/theologist (Christian-Socialism), dies at 42
  • 1921 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ger chancellor/PM (Prussia), dies at 64
  • 1923 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched by KKK
  • 1929 Erich Wichman[n], Dutch fascist painter/sculptor, dies at 38
  • 1936 Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1939 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)
  • 1945 Betram Home Ramsay, Engl adm/Cmdr Naval Forces (Normandy), dies at 61
  • 1950 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • 1951 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • 1953 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, dies at 71
  • 1955 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • 1960 Chris van Abkoude, author (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • 1960 Fausto Coppi, Italian, ran world record 45,798 km, dies at 40
  • 1960 Friedrich Adler, Austria soc-dem, murdered PM Storgkh, dies at 80
  • 1960 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1968 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • 1971 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • 1983 Harriet Parsons, producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • 1985 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • 1994 Dixy Lee Ray, chairwoman (US Atomic Energy Comm), dies at 79
  • 1994 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81
  • 1994 Sammy Taft, Canadian businessman (coined term "hat trick"), dies at 81
  • 1995 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter/co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67
  • 1995 Siad Barre, general/president of Somalia (1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1996 Sydney Thompson, rock Climber, dies at 81
  • 1996 Thornton Page, astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • 2000 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. admiral (b. 1920)
  • 2001 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician and US secretary of state (1969-73) dies at 87
  • 2004 Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist (b. 1911)

  • 2005 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ronald "Bo" Ginn, American politician, dies at 70
  • 2006 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born mayor of Jerusalem (b. 1911)
  • 2007 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • 2008 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2011 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • 2012 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • 2012 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • 2012 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist(W. P. Carey & Co.), died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • 2012 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2013 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier and first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • 2014 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • 2016 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader and non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • 2017 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90