Famous Deaths on March 5

  • 254 St Lucius I, Pope and Bishop of Rome (253-54), dies
  • 1291 Sa'ad al'Da'ulah, Jewish grand vizier of Persia, assassinated
  • 1534 Antonio da Correggio, Italian painter (b. 1489)
  • 1539 Nuno da Cunha, Portuguese governor in India (b. 1487)
  • 1574 Philip of Saint-Aldegonde, Flem viceroy Holland/Zealand/Utrecht, dies
  • 1576 Don Luis de Requesens y Zuniga, viceroy of Neth (1573-76), dies at 70
  • 1605 Clement VIII, [Ippolito Aldofireini], Pope (1592-1605), dies at 69
  • 1611 Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1533)
  • 1622 Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza (1592-1622), dies at 52
  • 1644 Louise Juliana, countess of Nassau, dies at 73
  • 1695 Henry Wharton, English writer (b. 1664)
  • 1726 Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician
  • 1732 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, dies at 82

Person of interestCrispus Attucks

1770 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1776 Yeongjo of Joseon, 21st king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty, dies at 81
  • 1778 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), dies at 67

  • 1795 Josef Reicha, composer, dies at 42
  • 1815 Franz Mesmer, Austrian developer of hypnotism (b. 1734)

Person of interestAlessandro Volta

1827 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, dies at 82

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
  • 1827 Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician (b. 1749)
  • 1829 John Adams, last surviving HMS Bounty mutineer (b. 1766)
  • 1849 David Scott, Scottish painter (b. 1806)
  • 1853 Georg A Kestner, German art collector/diplomat, dies at 75
  • 1873 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, dies at 34
  • 1876 Marie d'Agoult, [pen name Daniel Stern], French author and mother of composer Franz Liszt's children, dies at 70
  • 1893 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher/historian, dies at 64
  • 1893 Richard Samuel Hughes, composer, dies at 37
  • 1895 Nikolai Leskow, writer, dies at 64
  • 1895 Henry Rawlinson, British army officer and scholar, dies at 84
  • 1903 George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier (b. 1854)
  • 1904 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal/chief-staff, dies at 71
  • 1907 Friedrich Blass, German classical scholar (b. 1843)
  • 1919 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67
  • 1926 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • 1927 Franz Mertens, German mathematician (b. 1840)
  • 1929 David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-born American automobile pioneer (b. 1854)
  • 1931 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities (b. 1839)
  • 1932 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered
  • 1940 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • 1941 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • 1944 Max Jacob, French poet and writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67

  • 1945 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, dies at 44
  • 1947 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • 1948 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1950 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), dies at 81
  • 1952 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer and professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), dies at 63

Person of interestJoseph Stalin

1953 Joseph Stalin, Dictator and leader of the Soviet Union (1922-53), dies of a stroke at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1953 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • 1953 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1954 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • 1955 Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • 1956 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • 1962 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • 1962 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • 1963 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1963 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1963 Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1963 Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 1965 Chen Cheng, Chinese politician (b. 1897)
  • 1965 Pepper Martin, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1966 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • 1966 Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79
  • 1967 Mischa Auer [Ounskowsky], Russian actor (My Man Godfrey), dies from a heart attack at 61

Person of interestMohammad Mosaddegh

1967 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, dies at 84

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • 1967 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, dies at 78
  • 1971 Winnie Lightner, actress (Gold Dust Gertie, Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • 1972 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1973 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • 1973 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 1974 Billy Dewolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 1974 Sol Hurok, American theatrical impresario, dies at 85
  • 1974 Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1977 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1977 Moses Pergament, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • 1977 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • 1977 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • 1979 Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • 1980 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), dies from a stroke at 67
  • 1980 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • 1981 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • 1981 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • 1982 John Belushi, American comedian (Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • 1982 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, dies at 77
  • 1984 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • 1984 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • 1984 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • 1984 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • 1986 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies
  • 1988 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • 1990 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), dies of a lung cancer at 74
  • 1990 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • 1991 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma, oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109
  • 1992 Andrew Samuel, child actor (Our Gang), dies at 82
  • 1992 Yevgeny Yevstigneev, Russian actor (Welcome Kosta), dies at 65
  • 1993 Diana Ochoa, dies after long illness at 80
  • 1993 Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
  • 1994 Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67), dies
  • 1994 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, dies at 86
  • 1995 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphal-St Elsewhere), dies
  • 1995 Marguerite Kelsey, Engl painter/sculptor model (Haunting), dies at 86
  • 1995 Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Vivian Stanshall, British musician (Magical Mystery Tour), dies at 51
  • 1995 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, dies at 42
  • 1995 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), dies at 85
  • 1996 Joshua Compston, English art impressario, dies at 26
  • 1996 Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed, president of Bangladesh (1975), dies
  • 1996 Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner, spanish courtier, dies at 90
  • 1996 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), dies at 86
  • 1997 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • 1998 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), dies at 91
  • 1999 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet, Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), dies at 76
  • 2004 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

2006 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 2008 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • 2012 William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83

Person of interestHugo Chávez

2013 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • 2014 Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 2016 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • 2016 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74
  • 2017 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • 2017 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • 2017 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • 2018 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • 2018 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), dies at 86
  • 2018 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), dies at 90
  • 2018 Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), dies at 89