On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 3

  • 545 Chlotilde, wife of French King Clovis and saint, dies at about 70
  • 1107 Kilidj Arslan I, Seldjoeken-sultan, dies in battle
  • 1395 Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria
  • 1397 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader, dies at 68
  • 1411 Duke Leopold IV of Austria (b. 1371)
  • 1548 Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)
  • 1568 Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer, dies at 69
  • 1594 Michel Renichon, priest, executed
  • 1594 John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)
  • 1615 Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
  • 1640 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician, dies at 55
  • 1649 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (b. 1590)
  • 1657 William Harvey, English physician (discovered blood circulation), dies at 79
  • 1659 Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
  • 1661 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1688 Maximilian Henry of Bayern, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Bishop of Hildesheim and Bishop of Liège, dies at 66
  • 1732 Pieter Vuyst, Dutch GovernorGeneral of Ceylon, executed
  • 1764 Hans Adolph Brorson, Danish Pietist bishop, dies at 69
  • 1780 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, dies at 68
  • 1804 Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, Belgian composer, dies at 35
  • 1809 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1826 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (b. 1766)
  • 1841 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), dies at 91
  • 1844 Louis Antoine, French Duke of Angoulême and General of France, dies at 68
  • 1849 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1858 Julius Reubke, German organist, pianist, and composer (Sonata on the 94th Psalm in c), dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1861 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), dies at 48
  • 1864 James P McMahon, US Union colonel (164th NY), dies in battle
  • 1864 Peter A Porter, US Union colonel (8th NY), dies in battle
  • 1865 Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)
  • 1872 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53
  • 1877 Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo while travelling with Stanley
  • 1877 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1877 Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of Netherlands as wife of William III, dies at 58
  • 1881 Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • 1882 Christian Wilberg, German painter, dies at 42
  • 1888 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1890 Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Polish folklorist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1894 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German expert on Byzantine Law (b. 1812)
  • 1898 Nikolai Afanisev, Russian composer, dies at 77
  • 1898 Samuel Plimsoll, English MP (Folkestone), dies at 74
  • 1899 Johann Baptist Strauss Jr., Austrian composer (Waltz King), dies at 73
  • 1900 Mary Kingsley, English ethnographer and explorer who became the first European to enter parts of Gabon, Africa, dies of typhoid at 37
  • 1904 Vincent Tancred, South African cricketer (Bernard & Louis bro, Test for S A), commits suicide at 28
  • 1912 Julius A. De Lagnel, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 84
  • 1913 Josef Richard Rozkošný, Czech composer, dies at 79

Franz Kafka

1924 Franz Kafka, Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40

  • 1928 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • 1933 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", dies at 88
  • 1936 Clara Noyes, American nurse (head of the American Red Cross WW1), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1943 Folkert E Posthuma, Min of Agriculture, dies
  • 1946 Mikhail Kalinin, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1938-46), dies at 60

Amadeo Giannini

1949 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), dies at 79

  • 1953 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66
  • 1955 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
  • 1959 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73

John XXIII

1963 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • 1963 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1963 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • 1964 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1966 Alice Calhoun, American silent film actress (Flowing Gold; Between Friends; Pampered Youth), and movie theater owner, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1967 Arthur Mitchell Ransome, British journalist, critic, and children's book author (Swallows and Amazons), dies at 83
  • 1967 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British Air Marshal (WWII), dies at 76
  • 1967 Gertrude "Mickey" MacFadden, American entertainer, dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1970 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, dies at 70
  • 1970 H G Hjalmar Schacht, pres Germany Kingdom bank/minister of Eco, dies
  • 1970 Adrian Conan Doyle, youngest son of Arthur Conan Doyle, dies at 59
  • 1971 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • 1973 Dory Funk, professional wrestler (b. 1919)
  • 1975 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies from cancer at 69
  • 1975 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel 1974), dies at 74
  • 1977 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)

Roberto Rossellini

1977 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (General della Rovere, Open City), dies at 71

  • 1979 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1981 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), dies at 76
  • 1981 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), dies at 74
  • 1983 Miroslav "Standa" Bares, actress (Te Gkek Om Los te Lopen), dies at 60
  • 1983 Nanna, Rafi Khawar, Lollywood actor, Lahore
  • 1986 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), dies at 81
  • 1986 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • 1986 Patricia Wheel, actress (Christine-Woman to Remember), dies at 42
  • 1987 Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54

Ayatollah Khomeini

1989 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

  • 1989 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • 1989 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 1990 Tom Brown, American actor (Buck Privates Come Home, In Old Chicago), dies from cancer at 77
  • 1990 Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys; The Lords of the New Church), dies from brain injury after being struck by a car in Paris, at 40
  • 1991 Andy Milligan, cinematographer/director (Sweeney Todd), dies at 62
  • 1991 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), dies at 92
  • 1991 Harry Glicken, volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan
  • 1991 Thomas C. "Spunky" Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • 1991 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Patrick Peyton, Rosary Priest, dies of kidney failure at 83
  • 1992 Robert Morley, British actor (Marie Antoinette, The Young Ones, How the Other Half Loves), dies at 84
  • 1992 William E Gaines, publisher (Mad Magazine), dies at 70
  • 1993 Bob Fitzsimmons, NY radio DJ (WNEW AM/WABC AM/WHN AM), dies at 53
  • 1993 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), dies at 82
  • 1994 Hub Matthijsen, Dutch violinist and bandmaster, dies at 52
  • 1994 Jack Cowie, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 45 wkts at 21 53), dies
  • 1994 Parmeso Emekrasha, buddhist Monk, dies
  • 1994 Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist, dies at 89
  • 1995 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher, dies at 69
  • 1995 Dilys Powell, film Critic, dies at 93
  • 1995 Estelle Brody, actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), dies at 94
  • 1995 Frank Waters, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), dies at 52
  • 1995 J. Presper Eckert, Jr., American engineer and co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC), dies at 76
  • 1996 Len Creed, bookmaker, dies at 79
  • 1996 Peter Glenville, English actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), dies at 82
  • 1996 Tito Okello, Ugandan general, dies at 81
  • 1997 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), dies at 73
  • 1997 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • 1998 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 2000 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • 2001 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), dies from complications of throat cancer at 86
  • 2003 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), dies at 96
  • 2004 Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), dies of a congenital heart issue at 38
  • 2004 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • 2005 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 2005 Leon Askin, Austrian actor (One, Two, Three, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 97
  • 2006 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2009 David Carradine, American actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), dies at 72
  • 2009 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2009 Sam Butera, American big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2010 John Hedgecoe, English photographer (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Rue McClanahan, American actress ("The Golden Girls"), dies at 76
  • 2010 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), dies at 72

Jack Kevorkian

2011 Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist and right-to-die activist, dies of a thrombosis at 83

  • 2011 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2011 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59
  • 2013 Frank Lautenberg, American Politician, dies from complications from pneumonia at 89
  • 2013 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2014 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2015 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • 2016 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), dies pneumonia at 75

Muhammad Ali

2016 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

  • 2017 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87
  • 2018 Frank Carlucci, American National Security Adviser under Reagan and Secretary of Defense (1987-89), dies at 87
  • 2018 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88
  • 2019 Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer, actress, and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, dies at 84
  • 2020 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), dies at 85
  • 2020 Pleasantly Perfect, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic 2003; Dubai World Cup 2004), dies at 22
  • 2020 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), dies at 87
  • 2021 F. Lee Bailey, American criminal defense attorney (Sam Shepard; Boston Strangler; Patty Hearst; OJ Simpson), dies at 87
June 3 Highlights