Deaths in History on May 1

  • 408 Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (b. 337/338)
  • 1118 Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I of England (b. c. 1080)
  • 1171 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1240 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • 1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
  • 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Baveria (1413-43), dies
  • 1456 Hugues de Lannoy, Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand, dies
  • 1471 Thomas a Kempis, spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1539 Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503)
  • 1555 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italian Pope (1555), dies at 53
  • 1572 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri], great-inquisiteur/Pope (1566-72), dies
  • 1700 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1703 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese monarch, murdered
  • 1738 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1772 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1813 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1831 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • 1863 Edward Dorr Tracy, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 29
  • 1870 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • 1872 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies

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1873 David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1886 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • 1892 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1898 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • 1899 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (b. 1824)
  • 1902 John Glover, English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • 1913 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • 1924 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • 1926 Nicolaus Adriani, translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1932 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1941 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 1943 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71

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1945 Paul Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife and arranges the death of his 6 children aged

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1947 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • 1948 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1952 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
  • 1959 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1963 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • 1968 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • 1970 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1972 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • 1976 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1982 William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
  • 1988 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1989 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • 1989 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • 1993 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • 1996 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • 2009 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (b. 1920)
  • 2017 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78
  • 2017 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84