Famous Deaths on February 1

  • 656 Sigebert III, king of Austrasia, dies at about 25
  • 1204 Alexius IV Angelus, regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered
  • 1248 Hendrik II, duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies
  • 1294 Louis II, the Stern, ruler of Upper-Bayern, dies
  • 1328 Charles IV, the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies
  • 1502 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • 1542 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal, dies at 61
  • 1563 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia (died of fever)
  • 1590 Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman and educator
  • 1669 Abandoned child, Huygens friend poet Catharina Questiers, buried at 31
  • 1691 Alexander VIII, [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • 1691 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1694 John L baron van Elderen, 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
  • 1718 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (b. 1660)
  • 1733 August II, the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
  • 1734 John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)

  • 1743 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1747 Jacobus E J Capitein, Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies
  • 1761 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (b. 1682)
  • 1768 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, dies at 82
  • 1793 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (b. 1717)
  • 1795 Giacomo Insanguine, composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1824 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • 1832 Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician (b. 1777)
  • 1838 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • 1839 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect/archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1850 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3

Person of interestMary Shelley

1851 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1864 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, dies at 44
  • 1869 Frederik W Conrad, hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • 1871 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer, dies at 51
  • 1873 Matthew Maury, hydrographer, dies
  • 1875 William Sterndale Bennett, composer, dies at 58
  • 1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer, dies at 71
  • 1878 George Cruikshank, English caricaturist and illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85
  • 1883 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), dies at 64 [NS=Feb 13]
  • 1889 Joseph Gungl, composer, dies at 78
  • 1893 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
  • 1897 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist (b. 1826)

  • 1902 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1903 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist and mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • 1904 Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter, dies at 77
  • 1908 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • 1910 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44
  • 1916 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1922 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director and actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • 1928 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), dies at of meningitis at 58
  • 1929 August Otto Halm, composer, dies at 59
  • 1936 Georgios Kondylis, general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1937 Marguerite Audoux, writer, dies
  • 1940 Philip Francis Nowlan, sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • 1943 Foy Draper, American relay runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 31
  • 1944 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, dies at 72

Person of interestPiet Mondrian

1944 Piet Mondrian, abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • 1945 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
  • 1946 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1949 Herbert Stothart, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1954 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister and daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69
  • 1957 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad, dies at 66
  • 1958 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • 1959 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • 1963 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • 1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • 1966 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • 1966 Buster Keaton, American actor and comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70
  • 1967 Ernie Bromley, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1933-34), dies
  • 1968 Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • 1970 Blaz Arnic, composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1971 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • 1971 Jim Christy, South African righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), dies at 66
  • 1974 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
  • 1975 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1976 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • 1976 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • 1976 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • 1976 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • 1977 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • 1979 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • 1980 Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 1980 Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 1980 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • 1981 Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • 1981 Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • 1981 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • 1983 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies
  • 1986 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • 1986 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • 1986 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1987 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) and actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 1987 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
  • 1988 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • 1988 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • 1988 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • 1989 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • 1991 Carol Dempster, actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • 1991 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies
  • 1991 James G MacDonald, cartoon voice (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • 1991 Phil Watson, NHL coach (NY Rangers), dies
  • 1992 George Berkeley, actor (Life Stinks, Capts & Kings), dies at 70
  • 1992 Irving R Kaufman, federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • 1994 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • 1994 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1995 George Abbot, director (Damn Yankees), dies at 107
  • 1995 John Smith, English chairman of Liverpool F.C. (1973-90), dies at 74
  • 1995 Michael Caesar, pope of pot, dies of liver cancer at 52

  • 1996 Clive Burton, neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • 1997 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • 1997 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1997 Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1999 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • 2001 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2002 Nellie "Irish" McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies at 73
  • 2003 Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)
  • 2003 David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  • 2003 Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  • 2003 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • 2004 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 John Vernon, Canadian actor (b. 1932)
  • 2005 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • 2006 Dick Bass, American football player (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 2007 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • 2010 Jack Brisco, American professional wrestler, dies at 68
  • 2012 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • 2012 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • 2012 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman, dies at 90
  • 2012 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2012 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, dies at 74
  • 2013 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62
  • 2013 Ed Koch, American congressman and New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2013 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian welterweight boxer (Olympic gold, 1956), dies at 80
  • 2013 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian composer, dies at 86

Person of interestMaximilian Schell

2014 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83

  • 2015 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO, dies at 91
  • 2015 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • 2016 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests 1952-59), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2017 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • 2017 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • 2018 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85