On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 3

  • 808 P'ang Yun [Layman P'ang], Exemplary Zen practitioner, dies in China
  • 1387 Olaf V Haakonsson, King of Denmark (1376-87)/Norway (1380-87), dies
  • 1460 King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)
  • 1527 Scaramuccia Trivulzio, Italian cardinal
  • 1530 Philibert Chalon, prince of Orange/viceroy of Naples, dies
  • 1546 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, dies at 62
  • 1546 Étienne Dolet, French scholar and printer, dies on his 37th birthday
  • 1604 Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander
  • 1621 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, dies at 65
  • 1667 Francesco Borromini, Italian sculptor and architect, dies at 67
  • 1712 Joshua Barnes, English scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1716 Sebastián Durón, Spanish composer, dies at 56
  • 1720 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1721 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, dies at 73
  • 1761 Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar, dies at 70
  • 1773 Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (b. 1700)
  • 1779 Henry Kobell, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 27
  • 1780 Etienne B de Condillac, French philosopher (sensualism), dies at 64
  • 1784 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, dies at 78
  • 1797 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1802 Henry DFL, prince of Prussia/general/diplomat, dies
  • 1805 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), dies at 80
  • 1811 Sebastiaan C Nederburgh, Dutch dir-gen of East Indies Co, dies at 49
  • 1823 Jacob Abraham de Mist, Dutch statesman, dies at 74
  • 1825 Ambrogio Minoja, Italian classical composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, dies at 68
  • 1833 Stoffel Muller, Dutch sect leader, dies
  • 1835 Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1839 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • 1857 Eugène Sue, French novelist (b. 1804)
  • 1867 Philipp August Böckh, German scholar and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • 1877 Karl Georg Lickl, Austrian pianist, physharmonica player, and composer, dies at 75
  • 1877 William Butler Ogden, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, dies at 72
  • 1879 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • 1886 Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • 1894 George Inness, American landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap), dies at 69
  • 1902 August Klughardt, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1907 August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59
  • 1910 Nicolas Kinet, Belgian pilot, dies
  • 1916 Roger Casement, Irish diplomat, ardent Irish nationalist (Easter uprising 1916) and poet, hanged after conviction for treason by the British at 51
  • 1917 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae), dies at 67
  • 1918 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (Het Volk), dies at 41

Joseph Conrad

1924 Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

  • 1925 William Bruce, cricketer (drowns 14 Tests for Australia 1885-95), dies
  • 1929 Thorstein Veblen, American economist (Theory of the Leisure Class-1899), dies at 72
  • 1929 Emil Berliner, German-born telephone and recording pioneer (b. 1851)
  • 1933 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • 1934 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1938 Alexander Malyschkin, writer, dies
  • 1939 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80
  • 1940 Willard Hershberger, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30
  • 1942 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), dies at 69
  • 1943 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), dies of kidney failure at 28
  • 1944 Felix Nussbaum, German painter (Widerstandskunst), dies in Auschwitz
  • 1944 Felka Platek, wife of painter Felix Nussbaum, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1948 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • 1948 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), dies at 78
  • 1951 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket-keeper (Test for England 1910), dies

Colette

1954 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

  • 1957 John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • 1958 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), dies in race accident at German GP at 26
  • 1964 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • 1966 Lenny Bruce [Leonard Schneider], American comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • 1968 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • 1972 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer, dies at 64
  • 1973 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • 1973 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)
  • 1974 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • 1975 Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • 1977 Alfred Lunt, American actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 83
  • 1977 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • 1978 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • 1979 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1981 Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • 1981 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of colon cancer at 53
  • 1984 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • 1986 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), dies at 87
  • 1986 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • 1986 Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show), dies at 41
  • 1989 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • 1990 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1991 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), dies at 53
  • 1992 Wang Hongwen, vice-President Chinese Comm Party (1973-76), dies
  • 1993 James Donald, Scottish actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings, In Which We Serve, Way Ahead), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • 1994 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter, dies at 77
  • 1994 Christy Henrich, US turnster, dies of anorexia nervosa at 22
  • 1994 Innokenti Smoktunovski, Russian actor (Hamlet), dies at 69
  • 1994 Hidalgo Moya, American architect and designer (Skylon), dies at 74
  • 1994 John van Raay [John Oradi], radio-imitator (Paul Flanders)
  • 1995 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, dies at 80
  • 1995 Ida Lupino, British-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies from a stoke while undergoing cancer treatment at 77
  • 1995 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • 1995 Marcus Chenault, killer of Martin Luther King Jr's mother, dies at 54
  • 1995 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1996 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • 1997 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), dies at 83
  • 1998 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • 1999 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • 1999 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2000 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79
  • 2001 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Lars Johan Werle, Swedish avant-garde composer (Pentagram; Resan - The Journey), singer, and jazz musician, dies at 75
  • 2002 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2003 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2005 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), dies at 90
  • 2007 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • 2011 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), dies of acute drug intoxication and heart disease at 66
  • 2011 Allan Watkins, Welsh cricket all-rounder, (15 Tests, England @ 40.15, 11 wickets; Glamorgan), dies at 89
  • 2013 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2015 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • 2015 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2015 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92
  • 2015 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • 2015 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70
  • 2016 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • 2017 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91
  • 2017 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • 2017 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), dies at 87
  • 2018 Moshe Mizrahi, Israeli film director (Madame Rosa), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2019 Mike Troy, American swimmer (Olympics 2 x gold 200m butterfly, 4×200m freestyle relay 1960), dies at 78
  • 2019 Henri Belolo, French disco music producer and songwriter (The Village People; The Ritchie Family), dies at 82
  • 2020 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), dies at 83 [1]
  • 2020 Ralph Barbieri, American sports radio personality (KNBR San Francisco; 'The Razor and Mr. T' 1996-2012), dies of Parkinson's disease at 74
  • 2021 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1972; Canadian Open 1973), dies at 74
August 3 Highlights