On This Day

Famous Deaths on December 3

  • 450 Petrus Chrysologus, 1st archbishop of Ravenna, dies
  • 1137 Lotharius III, of Supplinburg, Holy Roman Emperor (1133-37), dies at 67 (or dies the 4th)
  • 1154 Anastasius IV, Pope (1153-54), dies
  • 1265 Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1463 Louis Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1469 Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence, dies at about 53
  • 1491 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies
  • 1533 Vasili III of Russia, Great Prince of Moscow (1505-33), dies at 54
  • 1552 St Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary to the East (b. 1506)
  • 1592 Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Italian diplomat, dies at 47
  • 1610 Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general (b. 1548)
  • 1660 Jacques Sarazin, French sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1676 Daniel Stalpaert, Amsterdams master builder, buried
  • 1706 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer, dies at 69
  • 1765 Lord John Sackville, British cricketer (patron of Kent), dies at 52
  • 1789 Claude-Joseph Vernet, French painter, dies at 75
  • 1807 Clara Reeve, English author (old English baron), dies at 78
  • 1815 John Carroll, first Roman Catholic archbishop in the US, also known as the founder of Georgetown University, dies at 80
  • 1823 Joseph Pouteau, French composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 1839 Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
  • 1845 Gregor MacGregor, Scottish con-man (b. 1786)
  • 1857 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • 1866 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, Bohemian violinist, and composer, dies at 65
  • 1876 Hermann Goetz, German composer, dies at 35
  • 1882 Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • 1888 Carl Zeiss, German scientific instrument and lens maker (Carl Zeiss AG), dies at 72
  • 1889 Baltasar Saldoni, Spanish composer and musicologist, dies at 82
  • 1890 Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), dies of insanity at 39
  • 1892 William Bonaparte, grandson of Lucien, dies
  • 1892 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, dies at 71
  • 1894 Joseph Schadde, Flemish architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76
  • 1902 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • 1905 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), dies at 85
  • 1907 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76

Mary Baker Eddy

1910 Mary Baker Eddy, American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health), dies at 89

  • 1912 Prudente José de Morais Barros, 3rd President of Brazil (1894-98), dies at 61

Pierre Auguste Renoir

1919 Pierre Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter and sculptor (Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party), dies at 78

  • 1926 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), dies at 63
  • 1933 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1934 Charles James O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. 1849)
  • 1935 Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, dies at 67
  • 1937 Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies
  • 1941 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • 1941 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • 1941 Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (Rustle of Spring) dies at 85
  • 1942 Arthur Berson, German meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon), dies at 83
  • 1942 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75
  • 1944 Delfien Vanhaute, Flemish pastor/poet (Ark of Noah), dies at 75
  • 1944 Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, dies at 62
  • 1949 Elin Pelin, Bulgarian writer (The Gerak Family; Earth), dies at 72
  • 1949 Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian actress (Spookies), dies at 62
  • 1954 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, dies at 70
  • 1955 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • 1957 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), dies at 81
  • 1960 Hermann Stephani, German organist, and musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1961 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • 1961 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), dies at 71
  • 1961 Pat O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1920, 23), dies at 70
  • 1964 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • 1964 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), dies at 77
  • 1967 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • 1969 Ruth White, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1969 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), dies at 67
  • 1972 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • 1972 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85
  • 1973 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1975 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1976 Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • 1978 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1979 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
  • 1980 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, dies at 84
  • 1981 (Nicolaas) "Cola" Debrot, Dutch lawyer, doctor.author and politician (Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, 1962-70), dies at 79

Walter Knott

1981 Walter Knott, American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

  • 1982 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), dies at 84
  • 1983 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), dies at 84
  • 1984 Virginia Lacy Jones, American librarian and presidential advisor, dies at 72
  • 1984 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1985 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • 1986 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • 1989 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), dies in a car accident at 27
  • 1989 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • 1990 Gavin Reed, actor (Body Beneath), dies at 59
  • 1991 Casey Walters, American actor (True Story of Lynn Stuart), after a stroke at 75
  • 1992 Harry Ellerbe, actor (House of Usher, Magnetic Monster), dies at 91
  • 1992 Luis Alcoriza, Mexican screenwriter, film director, and actor, dies of emphysema at 74
  • 1992 Nureddin Al-Atassi, president of Syria (1966-70), dies
  • 1993 Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • 1994 Dolf Verspoor, Dutch literary figure, translator (M Nijhoff prize 1958), dies at 77
  • 1994 Elizabeth Glaser, American AIDS activist, wife of director Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1994 Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
  • 1994 Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies
  • 1994 Said Mekbel, Algerian editor in chief (Le Matin), murdered at 57
  • 1995 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), dies at 82
  • 1996 Babrak Karmal, Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
  • 1996 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist, dies at 84
  • 1996 George Duby, historian, dies at 77
  • 1997 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • 1997 Violet Carlson, American Broadway actress (The Student Prince), dies at 97
  • 1998 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, dies at 62
  • 1998 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), dies at 88
  • 1999 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 57
  • 1999 Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 1999 John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 1999 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), dies at 65
  • 2000 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2000 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • 2001 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • 2002 Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)
  • 2003 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), dies at 88
  • 2004 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • 2006 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2007 James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), dies at 90
  • 2010 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2011 Dharam Devdutt "Dev" Anand, Indian comedian, actor, director and producer, dies at 88
  • 2011 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2011 Sam Loxton, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests, top score 101; National team selector 1970-81), dies at 90
  • 2013 Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spin bowler (1 Test; 16 years, 352 days, then youngest Test player), dies at 76
  • 2014 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2014 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, dies at 84
  • 2015 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • 2015 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • 2015 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), dies at 93
  • 2015 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • 2015 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • 2016 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, dies at 88
  • 2016 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 81
  • 2016 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, dies at 93
  • 2017 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, dies at 95
  • 2017 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, dies at 85
  • 2018 Philip Bosco, American actor (Trading Places, Lend Me a Tenor), dies at 88
  • 2018 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • 2018 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • 2020 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), dies at 94 [1]
  • 2020 Bill Fitsell, Canadian journalist, writer and historian (International Hockey Hall of Fame curator, historian 1969-2005), dies at 97
  • 2020 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, dies of cancer at 75
December 3 Highlights