Famous Deaths on August 5

  • 882 King Louis III of France (b. 863)
  • 1063 Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
  • 1157 Dirk VI, Count of Holland, dies
  • 1364 Emperor Kogon of Japan (b. 1313)
  • 1579 Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (b. 1504)
  • 1610 Alonso García de Ramón, Spanish soldier and twice Royal Governor of Chile
  • 1644 J Henry Alting, theologist (Statenvertaling), dies at 61
  • 1678 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer (b. 1619)
  • 1743 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (b. 1696)
  • 1778 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • 1778 Charles Clémencet, French historian (b. 1703)

Person of interestFrederick North

1792 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", dies at 60

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • 1799 Richard Howe, British admiral, dies at 73
  • 1830 Karl Friedrich Horn, composer, dies at 68
  • 1834 Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp, Dutch count and Minister of Foreign affairs (1813-14), dies at 71
  • 1852 Frantisek L Celakovsky, Czech slavist/poet, dies at 53
  • 1856 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1862 Thomas Williams, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1863 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1864 Griffin A Stedman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies in battle at 26
  • 1868 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (b. 1788)
  • 1877 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden, dies at 77
  • 1880 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • 1889 Willem Ruys J Dz, ship owner, dies at 80
  • 1891 Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
  • 1895 Friedrich English, German textile manufacturer/marxist, dies
  • 1895 Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher (Communism), dies at 74
  • 1900 James Augustine Healy, African American Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80
  • 1901 Victoria, Emperor of Germany/Queen of Prussia, dies at 60
  • 1907 Gentil T Antheunis, Flemish poet/music/composer, dies at 66
  • 1910 Wojciech Gawronski, Polish composer, dies at 42
  • 1911 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • 1916 George Butterworth, English composer, dies at 31
  • 1916 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer, dies at 46
  • 1923 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian slavist (b. 1835)
  • 1925 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), dies at 76
  • 1927 Tom Groube, cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies
  • 1929 Millicent Fawcett, English suffragist, dies at 82
  • 1931 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), accidentally shot at 43
  • 1932 Israel Querido, writer (Jordan), dies
  • 1934 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • 1940 Frederick A Cook, American explorer, claimed to have 1st discovered North Pole, dies at 75
  • 1943 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, is executed during WWII at 55
  • 1944 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • 1946 Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
  • 1947 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • 1950 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • 1952 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • 1955 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
  • 1957 Heinrich O Wieland, German chemist (Nobel 1927), dies at 80

  • 1958 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • 1959 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77

Person of interestArthur Meighen

1960 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1961 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • 1961 Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), dies at 67

Person of interestMarilyn Monroe

1962 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • 1963 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • 1964 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73
  • 1964 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • 1966 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92
  • 1968 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • 1971 Josef Stanislav, composer, dies at 74
  • 1972 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • 1972 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • 1976 Adrian Roland Holst, poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • 1976 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 45
  • 1977 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 91
  • 1978 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • 1980 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1982 Wanda Rotha, actress (Mrs Fitzherbert), dies at 72
  • 1983 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1984 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • 1984 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral haemorrhage at 58
  • 1985 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • 1987 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor (Cold Summer of 1953) named as a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), dies at 64
  • 1989 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1990 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies

Person of interestPaul Brown

1991 Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1991 Soichiro Hondo, CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84
  • 1992 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38

Person of interestRobert Muldoon

1992 Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), dies at 70

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • 1993 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • 1994 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1994 Audrey Langford, sInging teacher, dies at 82
  • 1994 Clive Robertson Caldwell, British fighter pilot, dies at 84
  • 1994 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, dies at 47
  • 1995 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker, dies at 73
  • 1995 Anthony Barber Doncaster, bookseller, dies at 81
  • 1996 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, politician, dies at 72
  • 1996 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46
  • 1996 Frank Ulrich Marcus, playwright/critic, dies at 68
  • 1997 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1998 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)

Person of interestAlec Guinness

2000 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86

  • 2000 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, dies at 80
  • 2001 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2002 Chick Hearn, American basketball announcer (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Polina Astakhova, Russian gymnast (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Raul Roco, Philippine senator (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Edward "Ed" Thrasher, American art director and photographer (Come & Gone), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 2008 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • 2009 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2010 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), dies at 93
  • 2011 Andrzej Lepper, former Polish Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1954)
  • 2013 George Duke, American Grammy-Award winning musician, dies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at 67
  • 2014 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 2014 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • 2015 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90
  • 2017 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77