Deaths in History on January 5

  • 842 Al-Mu'tasim, Abbasid caliph (b. 794)
  • 1066 Edward de Belijder, the Confessor, king of England (1043-66), dies
  • 1387 Pedro IV, king of Aragon/conqueror of Sicily, dies at 67
  • 1400 John Montacute, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English politician (executed) (b. ca. 1350)
  • 1425 John of Bavaria/Bayern, liege of Holland/Zealand/Dordrecht, poisoned
  • 1448 Christopher of Bavaria (b. 1416)
  • 1465 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (b. 1394)
  • 1477 Charles, the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, dies at the Battle of Nancy at 43
  • 1524 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pecinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
  • 1589 Catherine de' Medici, Queen mother of France, dies at 69
  • 1592 Willem II, Duke of Gulik/Kleef/Gelre, dies at about 75
  • 1595 Ercole Procaccini, Italian painter, dies
  • 1603 Pieter Adriaansz van der Werff, mayor of Lead, dies at 73
  • 1684 Claude Audran II, French painter/engraver, dies at 44
  • 1713 Jean Chardin, French explorer (b. 1643)
  • 1759 Thomas-Philippe et de Boussu, S Neth cardinal, dies at 79

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1762 Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], tsarina of Russia (1741-62), dies at 52

Empress of Russia Elizabeth of Russia
Empress of Russia
Elizabeth of Russia
  • 1771 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1796 Samuel Huntington, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 64
  • 1807 Michel Adanson, French biologist (Plant classes), dies at 79
  • 1823 Major George Johnston, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales (b. 1764)
  • 1827 Frederick of York, English duke/bishop/general, dies at 63
  • 1846 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
  • 1856 Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor, dies at 67
  • 1858 Johann JWAFK Radetzky von Radetz, Austr earl/field marshal, dies at 91
  • 1860 St John Nepomucene Neumann, 1st male US saint, dies
  • 1883 Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
  • 1891 Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49), dies at 89
  • 1904 Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • 1906 Kathleen Kenyon, English Archaeologist who excavated Jericho (the oldest known continuously occupied human settlement that has been inhabited for the last 11,000 years), dies at 72

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1922 Ernest Shackleton, British-Irish polar explorer (Endurance, Antarctica), dies of a heart attack at 47

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton

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1933 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President (1923-29), dies in Mass at 60

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1937 Marie Booth, child of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1864)

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1939 Amelia Earhart, American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937. (b. 1897)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • 1940 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • 1940 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • 1941 Amy Johnson, British pilot who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies during a ferry flight at 37
  • 1942 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • 1943 George Washington Carver, famous African American scientist, dies at 81
  • 1944 Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • 1951 Andrei P Platonov, Russian author (Prok, Kotlovan), dies at 51
  • 1952 Victor Alexander John Hope, viceroy of India (1936-43), dies at 64
  • 1956 Jeanne F Bourgeois, French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • 1960 Pavel P Parenago, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • 1965 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher, dies at 81
  • 1969 Franz T Csokor, Austria author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • 1970 Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
  • 1970 Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • 1970 Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • 1971 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • 1973 Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP (SGP), dies at 79
  • 1976 John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)
  • 1981 Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • 1981 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
  • 1981 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • 1982 Sir Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • 1985 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1987 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
  • 1987 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1990 Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • 1993 Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
  • 1993 Jennifer Raine Bissell, daughter of Alan Napier, dies 60
  • 1993 Juan Benet Goitia, Spanish writer (Herrumbrosas Lanzas), dies at 65
  • 1993 Klaas Wiersma, Dutch sec of Justice (VVD), dies
  • 1993 Nyamuisi Muvingi, Zaire minister of Culture, murdered
  • 1993 Westley A Dodd, US murderer, 1st hanging in US since 1965
  • 1994 Louis R J Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor of Zoelen, dies at 87
  • 1994 William Raynor, writer, dies at 73
  • 1994 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1995 Mansour Satari, brig-gen/commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46
  • 1995 Yahya Ayyash, PLO bomb maker, booby trapped cellular phone at 28
  • 1995 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • 1996 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician, dies at 86
  • 1996 Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, dies at 88
  • 1997 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • 2003 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)

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2007 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, die of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 2007 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • 2012 Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • 2013 Bruce McCarty, American architect, dies at 92