On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 3

  • 1090 Egbert II van Brunswick, Fries count, dies in battle
  • 1570 Antonio Paleario, Italian humanist, executed by inquisition at 67
  • 1642 Maria de' Medici, French queen-mother, dies at about 69
  • 1672 Francis Willughby, English ornithologist and ichthyologist, dies at 36
  • 1704 Sophia Alekseyevna, Regent of Russia (1682-89), dies at 46
  • 1741 Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine, Queen consort of Sardinia (1737-41), dies at 29
  • 1749 William Jones, Welsh mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1775 Colonel Thomas Gardner, American heroic political figure and soldier, dies at 51
  • 1778 Anna Maria Pertl Mozart, mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1720)
  • 1795 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (b. 1714)
  • 1795 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general and governor of Louisiana (b. 1716)
  • 1801 Johann Nepomuk Went, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1809 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), dies at 62
  • 1816 Dorothy Jordan, Irish-English actress, courtesan, mistress of future King William IV of the United Kingdom, dies at 65
  • 1858 Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, Russian painter (b. 1806)
  • 1863 William Barksdale, American Confederate Brigadier General, dies in the Battle of Gettysburg while leading his brigade's attack at 41
  • 1863 Alonzo Cushing, American Union officer, dies at the Battle of Gettsburg at about 22
  • 1863 Little Crow [Ta-oya-te-duta], Mdewakanton Dakota leader (Treaty of Mendota), shot and killed by settlers at about 53
  • 1863 Samuel K. Zook, American Union general-major, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg at 40
  • 1863 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, killed during Pickett's Charge, Battle of Gettysburg at 45
  • 1863 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, dies of his wounds at the Battle of Gettysburg at 37
  • 1863 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at the battle of Gettysburg at 25
  • 1868 Lafayette Curry Baker, American investigator spy and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 41
  • 1873 Josef Michal Poniatowski, Polish composer, dies at 57
  • 1890 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union Army) and politician (R-NH), dies at 78
  • 1891 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1904 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and founder (Zionist movement), dies at 44
  • 1904 Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)
  • 1908 Joel Chandler Harris, American writer (created Uncle Remus stories), dies at 59
  • 1910 Julius Slabbe, Flemish writer and editor (De Halletoren), dies at 64
  • 1910 Mordecai Sherwin, English cricket wicket-keeper (Aust 1886-88), dies
  • 1912 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 75

Hetty Green

1916 Henrietta "Hetty" Green, American businesswoman and financier whose wealth and miserliness saw her known as the "Witch of Wall Street", dies of a stroke at 81

  • 1918 Mehmed V, 35th Ottoman Sultan (1909-18), dies at 73
  • 1918 David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda, Welsh coal-mining entrepreneur, dies at 62
  • 1920 William Crawford Gorgas, American physician and 22nd Surgeon-General of the U.S. Army (controlled yellow fever during building of the Panama Canal), dies at 65
  • 1929 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), dies at 55

Hipólito Yrigoyen

1933 Hipólito Yrigoyen, President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30), dies at 80

  • 1934 Henry, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince consort of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1901-34), dies at 58
  • 1935 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1940 George Shepstone, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • 1942 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general during WWI, dies at 86
  • 1948 Adrien H. Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • 1948 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), dies at 44
  • 1952 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, dies at 64
  • 1952 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch composer, dies of cancer at 56
  • 1954 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • 1957 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • 1957 Judy Tyler [Judith Mae Hess], American actress (Jailhouse Rock, Bop Girl Goes Calypso) and Miss Stardust (1949), dies in car crash with 2nd husband Gregory Lafayette (19) at 24
  • 1957 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, dies at 66
  • 1960 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Trigger, horse (Roy Rogers), dies at 25
  • 1966 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Kees Boeke, Dutch reformist educator (Cosmic View), dies at 81
  • 1966 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, dies at 80
  • 1969 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • 1969 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84

Jim Morrison

1971 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure at 27

  • 1971 Renie Riano, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • 1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell, American jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1973 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Czech Philharmonic, 1950-68; Toronto Symphony, 1968-73), composer, and Auschwitz survivor, dies at 65
  • 1974 John Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (God Without Thunder), dies at 86
  • 1976 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), dies at 58
  • 1977 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered by Moslem extremists at 64
  • 1978 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 1979 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1980 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, dies at 66
  • 1981 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1982 Henry King, US film director (Song of Bernadette, Gunfighter), dies at 96
  • 1983 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, South African nutritional scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, dies at 78
  • 1984 Raoul Salan, French Army general and leader of OAS; Secret Army Organization (Algeria), dies at 85
  • 1985 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • 1985 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • 1986 Rudy Vallee, American singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • 1987 Viola Dana, American silent screen actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • 1988 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 1989 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • 1989 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • 1990 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • 1991 Irina Nijinska, Russian American dancer, dies at 77
  • 1991 Jimmy [James Henry] Van Alen, American tennis official who created Simplified Scoring System for tennis, dies at 88
  • 1992 Arline Bletcher, American actress, dies of natural causes at 99
  • 1992 Marc Tannenbaum, American rabbi (only Jew to attend Vatican II), dies at 66

Don Drysdale

1993 Don Drysdale, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1959, 63, 65; 9 x MLB All Star; Cy Young Award 1962; Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 56

  • 1993 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges) dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1994 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, dies at 80

Lew Hoad

1994 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), dies of a heart attack at 59

  • 1994 Pieter Hennipman, Dutch economist, dies at 85
  • 1995 Bert Hardy, English photographer (Picture Post), dies at 82
  • 1995 Brad Lee Sexton, American bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 1995 Gil Wolman, French artist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Eddie Mazur, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 65
  • 1995 Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1948-49), dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 1996 Raaj Kumar, Hindi actor (Tiranga, Saudagar), dies at 69
  • 1996 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • 1998 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • 1998 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • 1998 Duncan White, Ceylonese hurdler (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), dies at 80
  • 1999 Mark Sandman, Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right) dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2000 Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2000 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2001 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz), dies at 70
  • 2001 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), dies of renal failure at 64
  • 2003 Gaetano Alibrandi, Papal diplomat (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Sir Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive, former chairman (Whitbread & Company), dies at 77
  • 2004 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 3), dies at 73
  • 2005 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director, dies at 90
  • 2005 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (founder of Earth Day, dies at 89
  • 2006 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford), dies at 65
  • 2006 Benjamin Hendrickson, American stage and screen actor (As The World Turns, 1985-2006 - "Hal Munson"), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 55
  • 2007 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist and red carpet queen, dies at 91
  • 2007 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2008 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer, dies of cancer at 28
  • 2008 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (Bozo the Clown), dies at 83
  • 2008 Clive Hornby, English soap actor (Emmerdale), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2008 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer, dies of Leukemia at 52
  • 2008 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • 2009 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2013 Radu Vasile, Prime Minister of Romania (1998-99), dies at 70
  • 2015 Phil Walsh, Australian Rules Football wing, coach (Adelaide Crows), dies - murdered by son at 55
  • 2015 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, dies at 90
  • 2015 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • 2015 Jacques Sernas [Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas], Lithuanian actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy), dies at 89
  • 2016 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), dies at 95
  • 2016 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84
  • 2017 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2018 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), dies at 78
  • 2018 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Richard Swift [Ochoa], American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies of complications from hepatitis at 41
  • 2019 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 90
  • 2019 Duncan Lamont, Scottish jazz and session trumpet and saxophone player, arranger, and songwriter ("I Told You So"), dies at 87
  • 2020 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), dies at 91
  • 2020 Leonardo Villar, Brazilian actor (The Given Word), dies at 96
  • 2020 Emily Howell Warner, American pilot, 1st woman to captain a commercial American airline plane, dies at 80
  • 2021 Ted Nash, American rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1960), dies at 88
July 3 Highlights