On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 1

  • 589 Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales, dies at ~90
  • 965 Leo VIII, Roman prelate who claimed the Holy See (963-65), dies at ~50
  • 986 Lothair of France, Carolingian king of West Francia, dies at 44
  • 1131 Stephen II, King of Hungary (1116-31), dies at 42
  • 1233 Thomas, Count of Savoy, dies at 55
  • 1244 Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Welsh leader Llywelyn the Great, dies trying to escape from the Tower of London (b. 1200)
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy, dies at 49
  • 1510 Francisco de Almeida, Portuguese soldier, explorer and 1st Viceroy of India dies at Table Bay, Africa at about 59
  • 1535 Bernardo Accolti [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia), dies at 70
  • 1546 George Wishart, Scottish religious reformer, martyred at 33
  • 1619 Thomas Campion, English physician, composer, poet (Poemata), dies at 53
  • 1633 George Herbert, English poet, dies at 39
  • 1643 Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1661 Richard Zouch, English jurist, dies at 71
  • 1693 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1697 Francesco Redi, Italian physician, dies at 71

  • 1706 Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and Governor of Berlin, dies at 73
  • 1734 Roger North, English biographer, dies at 82
  • 1757 Edward Moore, English writer & dramatist (The Gamester), dies at 44
  • 1768 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher & writer, dies at 74
  • 1771 Isfrid Kayser, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1773 Jan Wagenaar, Dutch historian, dies at 63
  • 1773 Luigi Vanvitelli [Louis van Wittel], Italian architect, dies at 72
  • 1777 Georg Christoph Wagenzeil, Austria (court) composer & pianist, dies at 62
  • 1788 Orazio Mei, Italian composer, dies at 56

Person of interestLeopold II

1792 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), dies at 44

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 1797 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, dies at 36
  • 1804 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1817 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1822 Jack Jouett, American politician & patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), dies at 67
  • 1826 Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect, dies at 59
  • 1827 Christopher Gore, American lawyer & politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 68
  • 1841 Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, French marshal, dies at 76
  • 1859 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, dies at 61
  • 1862 Peter Barlow, English mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1865 Anna Pavlovna, Russian queen consort of the Netherlands, dies at 70

  • 1869 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, French poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78

Person of interestFrancisco Solano López

1870 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), shouts "¡Muero con mi patria!" (I die with my nation) and dies in a struggle with Brazilian soldiers attempting to disarm him at 43

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 1875 Tristan Corbière, French poet, dies at 29
  • 1879 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician, dies at 54
  • 1884 Isaac Todhunter, English mathematician, dies at 63
  • 1892 Archibald Scott Couper, Scottish chemist, dies at 60
  • 1896 Giuseppe Arimondi, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 49
  • 1896 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 53
  • 1898 George Bruce Malleson, English officer in India and author, dies at 72
  • 1899 Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian politician, dies at 90
  • 1906 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist, dies at 73
  • 1906 Moritz Heyne, German germanist (Beowulf), dies at 68
  • 1911 Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Dutch chemist & physicist (Nobel 1901), dies at 58
  • 1912 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), dies at 64
  • 1912 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Danish politician (Council President of Denmark), dies at 72
  • 1914 Tor Aulin, Swedish composer, dies at 47
  • 1914 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, dies at 63
  • 1918 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • 1920 Joseph Trumpeldor, Zionist activist, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
  • 1920 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator from Alabama, dies at 77
  • 1921 Nicholas Petrovic Njegos, King of Montenegro (1910-18), dies at 79
  • 1922 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), dies from typhus at 29
  • 1923 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, dies at 73
  • 1924 Princess Louise of Belgium, eldest daughter of Leopold II, dies at 66
  • 1926 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), dies at 58
  • 1928 Herbert Brewer, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1928 Jacob Adolf Hägg, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 1929 Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 47
  • 1932 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti Orfici), dies at 46
  • 1932 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 25
  • 1933 Uładzimir Žyłka, Belarusian poet, dies at 32
  • 1938 Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italian poet, writer (Il fuoco, Intruder), playwright and military hero as part of the elite Arditi storm troops, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1940 Josef Swickard, German actor (The Wizard of Oz, Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • 1940 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (Truth and Justice), dies at 62
  • 1942 George S. Rentz, U.S. Navy Chaplain (awarded the Navy Cross during WW II), dies at 59
  • 1950 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist & philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1952 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dies at 79
  • 1958 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter (Dog at a Rope), dies at 86
  • 1959 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1962 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 1963 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), dies at 69
  • 1964 Sergius Kagen, American pianist & composer, dies at 54
  • 1965 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • 1966 Fritz Houtermans, Dutch-Austrian physicist, dies at 63
  • 1968 Georg von der Vring, German painter & writer (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • 1970 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer & poet (Na jaren), dies at 59
  • 1970 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Victor Babin, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • 1972 Violet Trefusis, English writer & socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • 1974 Jos de Haes, Flemish philologist & poet (Azuren Holte), dies at 53
  • 1974 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist, dies at 38
  • 1974 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 87
  • 1976 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • 1979 Dolores Costello, American actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73

  • 1979 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • 1980 John Jacob Niles, American composer & singer, dies at 87
  • 1980 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1980 Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch-American model and founder of Wilhelmina Models, dies at 40
  • 1983 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77

Person of interestJackie Coogan

1984 Jackie Coogan, American actor (Addams Family, The Kid, Oliver Twist), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • 1985 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • 1988 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • 1988 Joe Besser, American actor & comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), dies from heart failure at 80
  • 1989 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist & VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • 1989 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress & director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71

Person of interestEdwin Land

1991 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography & co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, dies at 81

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1991 Katharine Blake, South African-born British actress (To Have & To Hold), dies at 62
  • 1991 Scott Huston, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1991 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • 1993 Luis Kutner, American co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
  • 1993 Terry Frost, American actor (Waterfront, Dead Man's Trail), dies at 86
  • 1994 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • 1994 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), dies at 57
  • 1994 Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
  • 1994 Walter Kent, American composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • 1994 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer & pianist, dies at 87
  • 1994 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), dies at 80
  • 1995 Edmund Boyd Fisher, British publisher, dies at 56
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, Russian journalist, murdered at 38
  • 1995 Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), dies at 85
  • 1995 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 1996 Margaret McKay, British politician, dies at 85
  • 2000 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
  • 2001 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86

  • 2005 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent, dies at 77
  • 2006 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • 2006 Johnny Jackson, American drummer (The Jackson 5), dies at 54
  • 2006 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2006 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), dies of tongue and throat cancer at 53
  • 2007 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), dies of respiratory and heart failure at 86
  • 2007 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67 [1]
  • 2009 Carolyn Cudone, American golfer (US Senior Women's Amateur 1968-72; most consecutive wins in any USGA championship), dies at 90
  • 2009 Ken Henry, American speed skater (Olympic gold 500m 1952), dies at 80
  • 2010 Kristian Digby, British television presenter & director, dies at 32
  • 2011 John M. Lounge, American engineer & astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), dies at 64
  • 2012 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger & publisher, dies at 43
  • 2012 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), dies at 85
  • 2013 Bonnie Franklin, American actress, dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2013 Sammy Guillen, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests West Indies & 3 Tests New Zealand), dies at 88
  • 2013 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), dies at 81
  • 2014 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), dies at 91
  • 2015 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), dies of heart disease at 92
  • 2015 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records label, dies at 91
  • 2016 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], English actor & screenwriter (Coronation Street), dies at 79
  • 2016 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • 2016 Martha Wright, American actress & singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), dies at 92
  • 2017 Paula Fox, American writer (The Slave Dancer), dies at 92
  • 2018 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), dies at 37
  • 2018 Orin C Smith, American businessman & CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), dies of pancreatic cancer 75
  • 2018 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), dies at 86
  • 2019 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), dies at 96
  • 2019 Zhores Alferov, Soviet/Russian physicist (2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), dies at 88
  • 2019 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62

Person of interestJack Welch

2020 Jack Welch, American businessman & CEO of General Electric (GE), dies of renal failure at 84

Businessman and CEO of GE Jack Welch
Businessman and CEO of GE
Jack Welch
  • 2020 Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), dies from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 52
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