Deaths in History on March 5

  • 254 St Lucius I, Pope and Bishop of Rome (253-54), dies
  • 1291 Sa'ad al'Da'ulah, Jewish grand vizier of Persia, assassinated
  • 1534 Antonio da Correggio, Italian painter (b. 1489)
  • 1539 Nuno da Cunha, Portuguese governor in India (b. 1487)
  • 1561 Carlo Caraffa, Italian cardinal, dies at 41
  • 1574 Philip of Saint-Aldegonde, Flem viceroy Holland/Zealand/Utrecht, dies
  • 1576 Don Luis de Requesens y Zuniga, viceroy of Neth (1573-76), dies at 70
  • 1605 Clement VIII, [Ippolito Aldofireini], Pope (1592-1605), dies at 69
  • 1611 Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1533)
  • 1622 Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1569)
  • 1644 Louise Juliana, countess of Nassau, dies at 73
  • 1695 Henry Wharton, English writer (b. 1664)
  • 1726 Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician

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1770 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1776 Yeongjo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (b. 1694)
  • 1815 Franz Mesmer, Austrian developer of hypnotism (b. 1734)

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1827 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, dies at 82

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
  • 1827 Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician (b. 1749)
  • 1829 John Adams, last surviving HMS Bounty mutineer (b. 1766)
  • 1849 David Scott, Scottish painter (b. 1806)
  • 1853 Georg A Kestner, German art collector/diplomat, dies at 75
  • 1893 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher/historian, dies at 64
  • 1895 Nikolai Leskow, writer, dies at 64
  • 1895 Henry Rawlinson, British soldier and scholar (b. 1810)
  • 1903 George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier (b. 1854)
  • 1904 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal/chief-staff, dies at 71
  • 1907 Friedrich Blass, German classical scholar (b. 1843)
  • 1926 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • 1927 Franz Mertens, German mathematician (b. 1840)
  • 1929 David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-born American automobile pioneer (b. 1854)
  • 1931 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities (b. 1839)
  • 1932 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered
  • 1940 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • 1941 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • 1944 Max Jacob, French writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 1945 Lena Baker, American murderer (b. 1901)

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1953 Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-53), dies at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1954 Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • 1955 Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • 1962 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • 1965 Chen Cheng, Chinese politician (b. 1897)
  • 1966 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • 1966 Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79

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1967 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, dies at 84

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • 1967 Georges Vanier, Governor General of Canada (b. 1888)
  • 1974 Solomon I "Sol" Hurok, US impresario, dies at 85
  • 1977 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • 1980 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • 1990 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • 1991 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma, oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109
  • 1993 Diana Ochoa, dies after long illness at 80
  • 1993 Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
  • 1994 Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67), dies
  • 1994 Paul Vincze, medallist, dies at 86
  • 1995 Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Lord Benson, British accountant, dies at 85
  • 1996 Joshua Compston, art impressario, dies at 26
  • 1996 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • 1996 Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner, spanish courtier, dies at 90
  • 1997 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)

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2006 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 2008 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • 2012 William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83

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2013 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • 2014 Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 2016 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74