On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 2

  • 855 Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)
  • 986 Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
  • 1122 Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies
  • 1127 Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered
  • 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)
  • 1333 Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies
  • 1572 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • 1589 Alessandro Cardinal Farnese, Italian cardinal (b. 1520)
  • 1619 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England, dies at 44
  • 1729 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, dies at 66
  • 1755 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1758 Johann Baptist Zimmermann, German stucco worker, buried at 78
  • 1772 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1787 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, dies at 73

Person of interestJohn Wesley

1791 John Wesley, English co-founder of Methodism dies at 87 (b. 1703)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley

  • 1793 Carl Gustaf Pilo, Swedish-born artist
  • 1797 Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79
  • 1800 Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
  • 1822 Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, composer, dies at 40
  • 1829 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1830 Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
  • 1835 Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1768)
  • 1840 Wilhelm Olbers, German astronomer and physician who discovered asteroids (Pallas & Vesta), dies at 81
  • 1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
  • 1862 Frederick West Lander, American Union brigadier general and poet, dies at 40
  • 1865 Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
  • 1867 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, dies at 50
  • 1868 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
  • 1879 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, dies at 56
  • 1880 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • 1882 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • 1887 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • 1887 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • 1895 Berthe MP Morisot, French painter/aquarelliste, dies at 54
  • 1895 Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64

  • 1916 Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 1918 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), dies at 85
  • 1919 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • 1921 Champ Clark, American politician (b. 1850)
  • 1921 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917), dies at 61

Person of interestD. H. Lawrence

1930 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

1933 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), dies of a heart attack at 73

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1936 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 59
  • 1937 Gustav Wohlgemuth, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66

Person of interestHoward Carter

1939 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1940 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
  • 1942 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), dies of tuberculosis at 25 [1] [2]
  • 1943 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), dies at 79
  • 1945 Emily Carr, Canadian painter, dies at 73
  • 1946 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), dies at 50
  • 1946 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 73
  • 1949 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, dies at 70
  • 1950 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • 1950 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1953 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), dies at 70
  • 1957 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • 1959 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70
  • 1960 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • 1962 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • 1962 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58
  • 1967 Gordon Harker, British actor (Facts of Love, Champagne, Inspector Hornleigh), dies at 81
  • 1967 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1970 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • 1970 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • 1971 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • 1972 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • 1973 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • 1974 Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1975 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • 1977 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • 1979 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • 1979 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • 1979 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (Cork 65 games, scoring tally [33-208], 8 x All-Ireland medals), dies at 58
  • 1981 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • 1981 Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), dies at 78
  • 1982 Philip K[indred] Dick, US Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
  • 1984 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • 1985 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • 1986 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • 1986 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • 1987 Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), dies at 89
  • 1991 Clark Mollenhoff, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • 1991 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • 1991 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • 1993 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1993 Paul D Zimmerman, American screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
  • 1994 Donald M. MacKinnon, Scottish philosopher, dies at 80

  • 1994 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 1994 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • 1995 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, TV journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jacobo Majluta Azar, 47th President of the Dominican Republic (1978-82), dies at 61
  • 1996 Yrrah [Harry Lammertink], Dutch cartoonist (Vrij Netherland), dies at 63
  • 1998 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • 1999 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • 1999 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), dies at 36
  • 2001 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • 2003 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), dies at 75
  • 2003 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, dies at 71
  • 2004 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • 2004 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 2005 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • 2005 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian, dies at 111
  • 2006 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), dies after exploratory brain surgery at 80
  • 2007 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • 2008 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • 2009 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 2010 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • 2012 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • 2012 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • 2012 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
  • 2014 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Prize 1967), dies at 88
  • 2015 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • 2015 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89
  • 2017 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2018 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63
  • 2018 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus
  • 2020 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, dies at 93
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