Deaths in History on January 3

  • 235 Pope St Anterus (b. unknown)
  • 1098 Walkelin, first Norman bishop of Winchester (b. unknown)
  • 1322 Philip V, the Tall, King of France (1316-22), dies
  • 1437 Catherine of Valois, wife of Henry V of England (b. 1401)
  • 1501 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59
  • 1543 Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Cen America, discoverer of California, dies
  • 1552 Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), dies at 64
  • 1560 Peder Palladus, Danish church reformer (Visitasbog), dies at about 56
  • 1570 Bartholomeus Latomus, [Steinmetz], Flemish archbishop of Trier, dies
  • 1571 Joachim II Hector, elector (Brandenburg), dies at 65
  • 1641 Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomical prodigy, dies at 22
  • 1656 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • 1661 Maria I Stuart, Queen of England/husband of Willem II, dies at 29 [NS]
  • 1670 George Monck, English general(-to the-sea), dies at 61
  • 1690 Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
  • 1701 Prince Louis I of Monaco (b. 1642)
  • 1743 Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect and designer (b. 1657)
  • 1759 Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
  • 1779 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood, English pottery designer and manufacturer (Wedgwood), dies at 64
  • 1813 Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)
  • 1826 Louis Gabriel Suchet, French marshal (b. 1770)
  • 1841 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 1865 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, dies at 43
  • 1870 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, dies at 46
  • 1875 Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  • 1882 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76
  • 1895 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer with Nathaniel Currier (b. 1824)
  • 1898 James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70
  • 1903 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler (b. 1837)
  • 1911 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (b. 1851)
  • 1912 Felix Dahn, German histrian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • 1915 James E Flecker, British diplomat/novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • 1916 Grenville M. Dodge, American Civil War Union Army Major General (b. 1831)
  • 1923 Jaroslav Hasek, Czech writer (Good Soldier Schweyk), dies at 39
  • 1927 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (b. 1856)
  • 1931 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1933 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23), dies at 56
  • 1938 Arthur Boon, Flemish priest/philologist, dies at 54
  • 1943 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1944 Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)
  • 1945 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (b. 1879)
  • 1946 William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
  • 1956 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  • 1960 Victor Seastrom, entertainer, dies at 80
  • 1963 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • 1965 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82

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1967 Jack Ruby, American assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of pulmonary embolism at 55

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1969 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 1970 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 1972 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • 1975 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • 1975 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1976 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • 1977 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • 1977 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • 1979 Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • 1980 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38

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1980 Joy Adamson [Friederike Viktoria Gessner], Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • 1981 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  • 1988 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • 1988 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • 1989 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • 1992 Radomiro Tomic, Chilean president (1970), dies
  • 1993 Peter Brocco, blacklisted in the 1950's, dies of heart attack at 89
  • 1994 Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten & The Bie), dies at 48
  • 1995 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Nesbitt, impresario, dies at 88
  • 1996 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer, dies at 67
  • 1996 Terence Tenison Cuneo, artist, dies at 88
  • 2002 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • 2005 JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • 2007 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2010 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • 2010 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • 2012 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • 2012 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 2012 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82

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2015 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 2017 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, dies at 79