On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 2

  • 657 Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies
  • 910 Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1418 Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile
  • 1564 Gellius Faber [Jelle Smit], Fries theologist, dies
  • 1567 Shane O'Neill, Irish chieftain
  • 1572 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, executed at 36
  • 1575 Pieter Aertsen [Long Worm], painter, dies at about 65
  • 1581 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • 1597 Diederik Sonoy, German/Neth governor of Northern quarter, dies at 67
  • 1632 Ernst Casimir, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Friesland, dies at 58
  • 1639 Floris II van Pallandt, Dutch earl of Culemborg and politician, dies at 62
  • 1678 Pieter the Great, regent/diplomat, dies at 63
  • 1678 Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent and diplomat (First Stadtholderless Period of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • 1693 John Wildman, English soldier and politician
  • 1701 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), dies at 93
  • 1716 Ogata Korin, Japanese painter
  • 1750 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine and composer, dies at 68
  • 1754 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • 1761 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • 1785 Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1802 Pemulwuy [Bembilwuyam] Indigenous Australian (Bidjigal) who resisted colonization, shot to death, his head later sent to Joseph Banks (b. c. 1750) [1]
  • 1812 John W de Winter, Dutch vice-adm, dies at battle at Kamperduin at 51
  • 1832 Manuel del Popolo García, Spanish composer and tenor, dies at 57
  • 1833 Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle boxer (Irish heavyweight champion), dies as a result of boxing match injuries at 27
  • 1839 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic painter and lithographer (Wrecked), dies at 26
  • 1864 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brigadier general, dies at 34
  • 1865 Johannes Elias Feisser, Dutch theologist and founder of 1st Dutch baptist church, dies at 59
  • 1865 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, dies at 81
  • 1871 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38
  • 1873 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1875 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1881 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)

Giuseppe Garibaldi

1882 Guiseppi Garibaldi, Italian general and nationalist (Risorgimento) who helped unify Italy, dies at 74

  • 1896 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer and ambassador in Abyssinia, dies at 65
  • 1900 Samori Ture, Muslim leader of the Wassoulou Empire (1878-98), dies in captivity at 69 or 70
  • 1901 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Margaret Fleming), dies
  • 1901 George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary (b. 1844)
  • 1908 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • 1913 Alfred Austin, English poet laureate of England (Garden), dies at 78
  • 1919 Ernest Ford, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1921 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, dies at 92
  • 1927 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (De Hooge Vuursche), dies at 67
  • 1927 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1929 Charles Coventry, cricketer (13 runs in 2 Tests Eng v S Af 1889), dies
  • 1933 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1900), dies at 54
  • 1937 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), dies at the console at 66
  • 1940 Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 66

Lou Gehrig

1941 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), dies of motor neurone disease at 37

  • 1943 Nile Kinnick Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1939; University of Iowa), dies during a WWII training flight at 24
  • 1944 Vera Menchik, Russian born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1947 Herman Darewsky, British composer, dies at 64
  • 1948 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
  • 1948 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • 1948 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (convicted of war crimes for experimenting on concentration camp inmates), executed and hung for his crimes at 50
  • 1948 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • 1948 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician, dies at 42
  • 1949 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1950 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), dies at 70
  • 1951 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher, dies at 83
  • 1951 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), dies at 71
  • 1956 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), dies form cancer at 69
  • 1959 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1961 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), dies at 72
  • 1961 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • 1962 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • 1962 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • 1963 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • 1967 Zamah Cunningham, actress (Menosha the Magnificent), dies at 74
  • 1967 Benno Ohnesorg, German student (b. 1940)
  • 1968 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (Concerto de Québec), dies at 39
  • 1968 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1969 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • 1970 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 1970 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1971 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • 1972 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1974 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1974 Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1974 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25
  • 1974 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), dies at 86
  • 1975 Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (1964-71 Nobel 1974), dies at 74
  • 1976 Alan Dewitt, actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
  • 1976 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • 1976 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1977 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), dies at 77
  • 1977 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1977 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), dies of heart attack at 45
  • 1979 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • 1982 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • 1983 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33
  • 1984 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • 1986 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • 1987 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist and composer, dies at 94
  • 1987 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1988 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • 1988 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • 1989 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies
  • 1989 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64
  • 1990 Frederick Mellinger, founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76

Rex Harrison

1990 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady), dies of cancer at 82

  • 1990 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), dies at 62
  • 1990 Stuart Hall, actor (Cavalcade, Dawn Patrol), dies
  • 1990 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), dies of liver and kidney disease at 57
  • 1990 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", dies at 78
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, founder (Screen Writers Guild), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1993 French JFM of Thiel, Dutch 2nd chamber chairman (1963-72), dies at 86
  • 1993 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 1993 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), dies at 86
  • 1994 David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 1995 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), dies at 73
  • 1996 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • 1996 Leon Garield, writer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49
  • 1996 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • 1996 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1997 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 1998 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • 1999 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • 2000 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • 2000 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • 2001 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • 2001 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster, dies at 95
  • 2004 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, dies at 74
  • 2005 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • 2005 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Tak To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • 2007 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese pianist, composer and arranger for film, anime, and video games, dies of liver cancer at 58
  • 2008 Bo Diddley [Ellas McDaniel], American rock guitarist dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2008 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • 2009 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Erapheael “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), dies at 79
  • 2012 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2012 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2013 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86
  • 2013 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, dies at 82
  • 2015 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • 2015 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), dies at 64
  • 2017 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 96
  • 2018 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • 2018 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, dies at 86
  • 2018 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), dies at 99
  • 2019 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • 2020 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • 2020 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • 2020 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • 2020 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7
  • 2021 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), dies at 75
  • 2021 Bill Scanlon, American tennis player (World #9 1984; 6 x ATP titles), dies from cancer at 64
June 2 Highlights