Deaths in History on May 3

  • 1010 Ansfried, 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010)/saint, dies at about 69
  • 1152 Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  • 1160 Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c.1100)
  • 1270 King Béla IV of Hungary (b. 1206)
  • 1294 Jan I, duke of Brabant/Limburg/poet, dies
  • 1410 Alexander V, [Petros Philargi], Kreta's Pope (1409-10), dies
  • 1442 Engelbert I, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies
  • 1481 Mehmed II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1432)
  • 1606 Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  • 1614 Sasbout Vosmeer, RC theologist/apostole vicar, dies at 66
  • 1622 Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564)
  • 1654 Francois van Kinschot, treasurer-gen/chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1679 James Sharp, English archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1613)
  • 1693 Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (b. 1607)
  • 1703 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies
  • 1707 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
  • 1724 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (b. 1662)
  • 1737 Abraham Patras, gov-gen of East-Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
  • 1750 John Willison, Scottish minister and writer (b. 1680)
  • 1752 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • 1758 Benedict XIV, [Prospero L Lambertini], Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
  • 1763 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)
  • 1764 Francesco Algarotti, Italian earl/encyclopedist, dies at 53
  • 1779 John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  • 1783 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • 1841 Cornelis T Elout, Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
  • 1863 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, US Confederate brig-gen, dies at 35
  • 1880 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • 1881 Josip Jurcic, Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
  • 1902 David R Capriles, Curacaos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
  • 1918 Charlie Soong, Chinese Methodist missionary and key player in the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, dies at 55
  • 1926 Napoleon V Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • 1932 Anton Wildgans, Austr writer (Dies Irae)/dir Burgtheater, dies at 51
  • 1939 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71

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1940 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • 1942 Johan H Westerveld, lt-col/leader Order Service, executed
  • 1942 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Louis L H de Visser, Dutch MP (CPN), dies at 66
  • 1955 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1961 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1964 Diana Wynyard, dies at 58
  • 1965 Howard Spring, British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • 1965 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat/genealogist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • 1969 Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • 1975 Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
  • 1976 David Bruce, dies at 62
  • 1976 Ernie Nevers, college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
  • 1978 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, act (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebal hemmorrhage at 72
  • 1988 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • 1988 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • 1989 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • 1989 Muriel Ostriche, dies
  • 1989 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • 1990 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • 1991 Gerrit Mik, child psychiatrist and Dutch MP (D66), dies
  • 1991 Jersy Kosinski, Polish-American author (Being There), dies at 57
  • 1992 Peter Bruni, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 1994 Gustaaf AWC baron van Hemert Dingshof, mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • 1994 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch MP (CDA), dies at 63
  • 1994 Richard Scarry, author/illustrator of children's books, dies at 74
  • 2000 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • 2014 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • 2014 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • 2016 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2016 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81