Famous Deaths on March 3

  • 1239 Vladimir III Rurikovich, Grand Prince of Kiev (b. 1187)
  • 1459 Ausiàs March, Catalan poet of Valencian literature, dies at 59
  • 1554 Johann Friedrich, the Generous, Elector of Saxony (1532-47) and Head of the Protestant Confederation of Germany (the Schmalkaldic League), dies at 50
  • 1580 Jacob Hillebrand, Dutch mayor of Groningen, dies
  • 1635 Philips de l'Espinoy, historian/mayor of Ghent, dies

Person of interestRobert Hooke

1703 Robert Hooke, English scientific genius (Micrographia), dies at 67

Scientist Robert Hooke
Scientist
Robert Hooke
  • 1707 Aurangzeb, Emperor of India (1658-1707), dies at 88
  • 1717 Pierre Allix, French/British theologist/vicar, dies at about 75
  • 1744 Jean Barbeyrac, French jurist
  • 1765 William Stukeley, English physician and archaeologist (pioneered investigation of Stonehenge and Avebury), dies at 77
  • 1766 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1768 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer, dies at 81
  • 1792 Robert Adam, Scottish architect and designer (Adelphi Terrace, London), dies at 63
  • 1800 Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1806 Heinrich Christian Boie, German author and editor, dies at 61
  • 1808 Johann Christian Fabricius, Danish Entomologist, dies at 63

  • 1822 Franz Adam Veichtner, composer, dies at 81
  • 1824 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violist/composer, dies at 70
  • 1848 Heinrich Olivier, German painter, dies
  • 1850 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), dies at 43
  • 1858 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic, dies at 54
  • 1864 Ulric Dahlgren, Union colonel, dies in battle at 21
  • 1878 Joseph Bonomi the Younger, English artist and Egyptologist, dies at 81
  • 1889 Edward Sydney Smith, composer, dies at 49
  • 1894 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), dies at 36
  • 1899 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
  • 1902 Isaac D France van de Putte, Dutch premier (1866), dies at 79
  • 1920 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter (b. 1840)
  • 1921 P.J.H. [Pierre] Cuypers, Dutch architect (Amsterdam museum), dies at 93
  • 1926 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer, dies at 58
  • 1927 Mikhail Artsybashev, Russian writer (b. 1878)
  • 1927 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1928 Jan [Jean] T Toorop, Dutch graphic artist (3 Brides), dies at 69
  • 1932 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • 1934 Norman O'Neill, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1935 Neville Knox, cricketer (bowled in 2 Tests for England 1907), dies
  • 1941 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • 1941 Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed
  • 1942 Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, viceroy (Ethiopia), dies at 43
  • 1943 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • 1945 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish Internal minister (1940), dies at 61

  • 1945 Koos Speenhoff, Dutch singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1953 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1956 Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79

Person of interestLou Costello

1959 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), dies from a heart attack at 52

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1960 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • 1961 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • 1965 Carlo Gatti, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1966 Alice Pearce, American comedienne and actress (On the Town, Bewitched), dies from ovarian cancer at 48
  • 1966 William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy, My 3 Sons), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1967 Georges Lonque, composer, dies at 66
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, actress (Carousel, Fearless Fagan), dies at 43
  • 1974 Frank Wilcox, American actor (Beverly Hillbillies), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1976 Alfred Sendrey, composer, dies at 92
  • 1977 Percy Marmont, British actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon, Captain Apache), dies at 93
  • 1982 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45

Person of interestHergé

1983 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75

Cartoonist Hergé
Cartoonist
Hergé
  • 1984 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1985 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • 1987 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1988 Lois Wilson, actress (Crash, Deluge, Bright Eyes), dies
  • 1988 Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
  • 1990 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Parool), dies at 86
  • 1990 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 1991 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • 1992 Robert Beatty, Canadian actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Where Eagles Dare), dies from pneumonia at 82
  • 1992 Sandy Dennis, American actress (Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1992 Ted Liss, actor (Child's Play), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1993 Albert Sabin, physician (oral polio vaccine), dies at 86
  • 1993 Carlos Montoya, flamenco guitarist, dies at 89
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • 1993 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  • 1994 Anita Morris, actress (Nine), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1994 Bob Crisp, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 20 wickets at 37 35), dies
  • 1994 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, dies at 49
  • 1994 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), dies in a road accident at 76
  • 1994 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, dies at 90
  • 1995 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995 Howard Hunter, US leader of Mormon Church (1994-95), dies at 87
  • 1995 Howard Yanks, founder of the Philadelphia folk festival, dies at 65
  • 1995 Pierre Tisseyre, publisher (Circle du livre de France), dies at 85
  • 1996 David Bowman, trade unionist, dies at 82
  • 1996 John Joseph Krol, cardinal, dies at 95
  • 1996 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, German journalist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Lyle Talbot [Lysle Henderson], American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 94
  • 1996 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), dies at 81
  • 1996 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 1997 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • 1998 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • 1999 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1999 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 72
  • 2000 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
  • 2001 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • 2003 Peter Smithson, English architect, dies at 79
  • 2004 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2005 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • 2006 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian catoonist, creater of La Linea.
  • 2008 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2010 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • 2010 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • 2011 May Cutler, Canadian politician and publisher (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedienne (Siedem Kotów, Kabaret Starszych Panów), dies at 98
  • 2012 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer, dies at 82
  • 2012 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
  • 2012 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80
  • 2012 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • 2013 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2014 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84

Person of interestMartin Crowe

2016 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 2017 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85
  • 2017 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies at 74
  • 2017 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2017 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73

Person of interestRoger Bannister

2018 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 2018 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), dies of bladder cancer at 75
  • 2018 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls, Boys Forever), dies at 32