Deaths in History on May 7

  • 685 Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
  • 973 Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
  • 1092 Remigius de F├ęcamp, first bishop of Lincoln (b. unknown)
  • 1166 Willem I, the Bad, king of Sicily (1154-66)
  • 1205 Ladislaus III Arpad, King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
  • 1427 Thomas la Warr, 5th Baron De La Warr, English churchman
  • 1523 Franz von Sickingen, Germ knight/protect of poor, dies of wounds at 42
  • 1539 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (b. 1466)
  • 1617 David Fabricius, German astronomer, dies at 53
  • 1671 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of Opperkrijgshof, dies at 62
  • 1673 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • 1682 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (b. 1661)
  • 1718 Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)
  • 1792 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter, dies at 82
  • 1793 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt admiral (battle of Doggersbank), dies at 68
  • 1800 Laurens P van Spiegel, regent/pension advisor (1787-95), dies at 64

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1805 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), dies at 68

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1840 Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Amiel Weeks Whipple, US Union gen-major, dies of injuries at 46
  • 1868 Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)
  • 1871 Louis Papineau, political reformer, dies
  • 1876 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • 1884 Judah P Benjamin, confederate minister of War, dies at 72
  • 1887 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1890 James Nasmyth, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer, dies at 81

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1896 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer executed by hanging at 34

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1904 Peter Hille, writer, dies
  • 1915 Alfred G Vanderbilt, US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1915 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr, US Lusitania officer, dies
  • 1915 Charles Frohman, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1925 William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
  • 1929 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1932 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • 1940 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • 1941 David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
  • 1941 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • 1946 Anton A Mussert, engineer/NSB leader, executed
  • 1958 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • 1962 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • 1967 Judith Evelyn, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1968 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • 1971 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • 1982 Alfred Adam, dies at 72
  • 1983 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 1986 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • 1987 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • 1988 Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • 1994 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • 1994 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • 1995 Ernest H Martin, impressario, dies at 75
  • 1995 Lawrence Josset, engraver, dies at 84
  • 1995 Maria Luisa Bemberg, fil maker, dies at 73
  • 1996 Albert Meltzer, anarchist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • 1996 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head of MI5, dies at 76
  • 1998 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • 2006 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • 2009 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Ray Harryhausen, American visual effects creator, dies at 92
  • 2016 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76