On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 3

  • 683 Leo II, Pope (681-83), dies
  • 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 biologist (b. 1635)
  • 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 (b. 1746)
  • 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)

  • 1862 William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 40
  • 1863 Alonzo Hersford Cushing, US Union lt, dies in battle at about 22
  • 1863 Lewis Addison Armistead, Confederate brigadier general Gettysburg/dies in battle at 46
  • 1863 Little Crow, [Ta-oya-te-duta], Santee Sioux indian chief, dies
  • 1863 Richard Brooke Garnett, US Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at 45
  • 1863 Samuel Kosciuzko Zook, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 40
  • 1863 Richard B. Garnett, 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 at 37
  • 1863 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 25
  • 1868 Lafayette Curry Baker, American investigator spy and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 41
  • 1873 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, 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, Belgian writer, dies
  • 1910 Mordecai Sherwin, English cricket wicket-keeper (Aust 1886-88), dies
  • 1912 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 75

Person of interestHetty 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

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green

  • 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 (help cure yellow fever), dies at 65
  • 1929 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), dies at 55

Person of interestHipólito Yrigoyen

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

Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen
Argentine President
Hipólito Yrigoyen
  • 1934 Henry WAE, Prince of Netherlands/father of Queen Juliana, dies
  • 1934 Hendrik Vladimir Albrecht Ernst, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince consort of the Netherlands (1901-34), dies at 58
  • 1935 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1940 George Shepstone, 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, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1952 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, dies at 64
  • 1952 Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies
  • 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, composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • 1969 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84

Person of interestJim Morrison

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

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1971 Renie Riano, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • 1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1973 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 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 Ludi Claire Hugo, entertainer, dies at 70
  • 1990 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • 1991 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US 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, entertainer, dies of natural causes at 99
  • 1992 Marc Tannenbaum, rabbi (only Jew to attend Vatican II), dies at 66
  • 1993 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], American Major League Baseball player, 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
  • 1994 Harry Ebbeling, PC-corrector, dies at 54

Person of interestLew 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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1994 Pieter Hennipman, Dutch economist, dies at 85
  • 1995 Bert Hardy, English photographer (Picture Post), dies at 82
  • 1995 Brad Lee Sexton, 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, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2000 Kemal Sunal, Turkish actor (b. 1944)
  • 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 (b. 1931)
  • 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 (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 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 actor (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (b. 1915)
  • 2007 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2008 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer (b. 1980)

  • 2008 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • 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, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies at 41