On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 2

  • 640 Bilal ibn Rabah, Arabic companion of prophet Muhammad, first mu'azzin in history, (b. 580)
  • 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

John Wesley

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

  • 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

D. H. Lawrence

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

  • 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

Howard Carter

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

  • 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, American actress (Julia - "Roberta"), dies of Bright's disease 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-songwriter (American Gothic), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 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
  • 2020 Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), dies at 93
  • 2021 Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), dies at 82
  • 2021 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), dies of stroke complications at 73
  • 2021 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), dies at 90
March 2 Highlights