On This Day

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

Robert Hooke

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

  • 1707 Aurangzeb, 6th Mughal Emperor (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, German violinist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1824 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and 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, British pianist and 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
  • 1908 Karl Josef Rudolph Cornely, German Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 77
  • 1920 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter, dies at 79
  • 1921 P.J.H. [Pierre] Cuypers, Dutch architect (Amsterdam museum), dies at 93
  • 1926 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, 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
  • 1928 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), dies at 56
  • 1932 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • 1932 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), dies from poorly executed kidney surgery at 44
  • 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 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • 1955 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, dies at 96
  • 1956 Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79

Lou Costello

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

  • 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 musicologist (Verdi), 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, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1969 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • 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
  • 1976 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer, dies at 75
  • 1977 Percy Marmont, British actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon, Captain Apache), dies at 93
  • 1979 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1982 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45

Hergé

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

  • 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, Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • 1991 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), dies at 79
  • 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

Albert Sabin

1993 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 86

  • 1993 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), 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, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), dies at 82
  • 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 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (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
  • 1997 Finn Høffding, Danish composer (Karlsvognen), dies at 97
  • 1998 Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcast executive, dies at 82
  • 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 country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2003 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7; Raid on Entebbe), dies at 69
  • 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 cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, dies at 87
  • 2008 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2008 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), dies at 85
  • 2009 Sydney Chaplin, American actor and son of Charlie Chaplin (Limelight, Adding Machine), dies at 82
  • 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
  • 2011 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer (Collage), and teacher (University of Bologna, 1971-92), dies at 85
  • 2012 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer (Star Wars, E.T.), dies at 82
  • 2012 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 64
  • 2012 Alex Webster, American football coach (NY Giants), 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
  • 2012 Frank Marocco, American jazz and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, dies at 81
  • 2013 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2014 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84

Martin Crowe

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

  • 2017 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • 2017 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85

René Préval

2017 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies of cardiac arrest 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
  • 2017 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • 2017 Jim Fuller, American "Godfather of surf guitar" and songwriter (The Safaris - "Wipe Out"), dies at 69

Roger Bannister

2018 Roger Bannister, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

  • 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
  • 2019 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88
  • 2021 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • 2021 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), dies from cancer at 59
March 3 Highlights