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Famous Deaths on March 7

Aristotle

322 BC Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath known as the father of logic, biology and zoology, dies at around 61 or 62

Antoninus Pius

161 Antoninus Pius [Titus Aurelius], 15th Emperor of Rome (138-161 AD), dies at 74

  • 203 Perpetua and Felicitas, Christian martyrs (perhaps after 209)
  • 308 Saint Eubulus, Christian martyr. killed in Caesarea
  • 851 Nominoe, first Duke of Brittany "father of the country" (Tad ar Vro)
  • 1111 Bohemond I, Prince of Otranto, ruler of Antioch, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, dies
  • 1226 William de Longespee, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader

Thomas Aquinas

1274 Thomas Aquinas, Italian theologian, Philosopher and Doctor of the Church (Summa Theologica), dies at 48 or 49 [birth date uncertain]

  • 1305 Gwijde van Dampierre, count of Flanders/count of Namur, dies at 78
  • 1517 Maria of Aragon, queen of Portugal (1500-17), dies at 34
  • 1578 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, niece of Henry VIII and whose son married Mary Queen of Scots, dies at 62
  • 1625 Johann Bayer, German astronomer (b. 1572)
  • 1719 Steven Jacobsz Vennekool, Amsterdam architect, buried
  • 1724 Innocent XIII [Michelangiolo dei Conti], Pope (1721-24), dies at 68
  • 1737 Guido Starhemberg, Austrian earl and fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars), dies at 79
  • 1750 Cornelis Troost, Dutch portrait painter (Beslikte Zwaentje), dies at 52
  • 1761 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, dies at 68
  • 1767 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, French colonial administrator (French Louisiana), dies at 87
  • 1778 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist, dies at 58
  • 1786 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1802 Johann Georg Witthauer, German composer, dies at 50
  • 1809 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • 1810 Albertus Henricus Wiese, governor-general of Netherlands Indies, dies at about 48
  • 1810 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral, dies at 61
  • 1833 Rahel Varnhagen von Ense-Levin, German literary hostess, dies at 61
  • 1842 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1862 Ben McCulloch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 50
  • 1862 John Baillie McIntosh, US general-major (Union Army), dies at 32
  • 1862 William Slack, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1902 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), dies at 45
  • 1904 Ferdinand André Fouqué, French geologist (b. 1828)
  • 1907 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1911 Antonio Fogazzarro, Italian writer and poet (Il Santo, Leila), dies at 68
  • 1913 Emily Pauline Johnson [Tekahionwake], Native Canadian poet, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1924 Pat Moran, American baseball player and manager (Cincinnati Reds), dies of Bright's Disease at 48
  • 1926 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1928 Robert Abbe, American surgeon and radiologist, dies at 76
  • 1931 Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter known for his illustrations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, dies at 65 [1]
  • 1931 Theo van Doesburg [Christian Emil Marie Küpper], Dutch painter and architect, dies at 47

Aristide Briand

1932 Aristide Briand, 11 time Prime Minister of France (1909-22) and 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 69

  • 1938 Andreas Michalakopoulos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (1924-25) (b. 1876)
  • 1939 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, dies at 38
  • 1939 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer and philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1940 Edwin Markham, American poet (1st winner of American Academy of Poets Award 1937), dies at 87
  • 1941 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), dies at 63
  • 1941 Gunther Prien, German commandant (U-47), dies in battle
  • 1941 Julian Eltinge [Dalton], American vaudeville, Broadway, and silent film female impersonator star (The Crinoline Girl), dies of a suspected cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • 1945 Adolf Bartels, German journalist and poet, dies at 82
  • 1949 Francis Dodd, English artist (official war artist WWI), commits suicide at 74
  • 1949 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer who threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football in 1906, dies from complications following routine surgery at 65
  • 1951 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), assassinated at 49
  • 1952 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (Autobiography of a Yogi), dies at 59
  • 1953 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1954 Otto Diels, German organic chemist (1950 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for cyclic organic compounds), dies at 78
  • 1955 Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), dies at 66
  • 1957 Wyndham Lewis, English author (Tarr, Apes of God) and co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, dies at 74
  • 1959 Arthur Cecil Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies at 81
  • 1959 Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • 1959 Ichirō Hatoyama, Japanese politician, Prime Minister (1954-56), dies at 76
  • 1961 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • 1961 Max Hymans, French WW II resistance fighter and Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • 1964 Franz Alexander, Hungarian American psycho analyst, dies at 73
  • 1966 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • 1967 Alice B. Toklas, American-Parisian avant-garde and companion to Gertrude Stein, dies at 89
  • 1971 Harold McNair, British-Jamaican calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies of lung cancer at 39
  • 1973 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
  • 1974 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1975 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 73
  • 1975 Francine Larrimore, French actress (John Meade's Woman), dies at 76
  • 1975 Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher, dies at 79
  • 1976 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • 1976 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • 1979 Guiomar Novaes, Barzilain concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • 1979 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • 1981 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • 1981 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), dies at 67
  • 1981 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931, 1936 runner-up), dies at 72
  • 1982 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer, dies at 68
  • 1983 Robert Bray, actor (Corey-Lassie, Simon-Stagecoach West), dies at 65
  • 1983 Igor Markevitch, Russian composer and conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), dies at 70
  • 1984 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • 1985 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1985 Robert W. Woodruff, American CEO (Coca-Cola) and philanthropist, dies at 95
  • 1985 Victor W. Farris, American inventor (paper milk carton), dies at 75
  • 1986 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • 1988 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), dies at 83 of emphysema
  • 1988 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos), dies of natural causes at 42

Cool Papa Bell

1991 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

  • 1991 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1993 Arnold Franchetti, Italian American composer, dies at about 84
  • 1993 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 1993 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76
  • 1995 Don Cook, British foreign correspondent, dies at 74
  • 1995 Jaap van den Hurk, TV-director (NCRV), dies
  • 1995 Jacques Lefebvre, Belgian air force general, commits suicide at 64
  • 1995 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • 1995 Paul-Emile Victor, French polar explorer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Thijmen Kuijt, resistance fighter/co-found paper (Typhoon), dies at 82
  • 1996 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, dies at 74
  • 1997 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • 1997 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • 1997 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73
  • 1998 Leopoldine "Leonie" Rysanek, Austrian dramatic soprano (Vienna State Opera 1954-96; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-96), dies of bone cancer at 71
  • 1999 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, dies at 80

Stanley Kubrick

1999 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

  • 1999 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • 2000 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 71
  • 2000 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2000 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), dies at 88
  • 2001 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • 2002 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), dies at 69
  • 2004 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), dies at 64
  • 2004 Jack Holden, English long-distance runner (International Cross Country C'ship gold, individual 1933, 34, 35, 39; Empire Games marathon gold 1950), dies at 96
  • 2005 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), dies at 54
  • 2006 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, dies at 66
  • 2006 Gordon Parks, American photographer, dies at 83
  • 2006 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • 2006 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • 2007 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • 2009 Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress, commits suicide at 29
  • 2010 Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian-American supercentenarian, dies at 114
  • 2012 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • 2012 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), dies at 54
  • 2013 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 2013 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), dies at 90
  • 2013 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2013 Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect, dies at 92
  • 2014 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), dies at 83
  • 2016 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 80
  • 2017 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • 2017 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), dies at 77
  • 2017 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • 2018 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), dies of a hip fracture and heart failure at 90
  • 2018 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, dies at 108
  • 2018 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84
  • 2019 Kelly Catlin, American road cyclist (Olympic silver 2016, World C'ship gold 2016-18), dies from suicide at 23
  • 2019 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), dies at 90
  • 2020 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), dies from pelvic cancer at 41
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