Famous Deaths on May 3

  • 1010 Ansfried, 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010)/saint, dies at about 69
  • 1152 Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  • 1160 Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c.1100)
  • 1270 King Béla IV of Hungary (b. 1206)
  • 1294 John I, Duke of Brabant and Limburg and poet, dies murdered aged 41 or 42
  • 1410 Alexander V, [Petros Philargi], Kreta's Pope (1409-10), dies
  • 1442 Engelbert I, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies
  • 1481 Mehmed II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1432)
  • 1567 Leonhard Paminger, composer, dies at 72
  • 1598 Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
  • 1606 Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  • 1614 Sasbout Vosmeer, RC theologist/apostole vicar, dies at 66
  • 1622 Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564)
  • 1654 Francois van Kinschot, treasurer-gen/chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1679 James Sharp, English archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1613)
  • 1693 Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (b. 1607)
  • 1703 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies
  • 1704 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Austrian violist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1707 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherlands physician/poet, dies at 53
  • 1724 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard, dies at 61
  • 1737 Abraham Patras, gov-gen of East-Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
  • 1750 John Willison, Scottish minister and writer (b. 1680)
  • 1752 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • 1758 Benedict XIV, [Prospero L Lambertini], Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
  • 1763 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)
  • 1764 Francesco Algarotti, Italian earl/encyclopedist, dies at 53
  • 1779 John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  • 1783 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • 1792 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1839 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67
  • 1841 Cornelis T Elout, Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
  • 1854 William Beale, composer, dies at 70
  • 1856 Adolfo Fumagalli, composer, dies at 27
  • 1856 Adolphe Charles Adam, French composer/critic (Giselle), dies at 52
  • 1861 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer, dies at 80
  • 1863 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • 1868 Olof Wilhelm Udden, composer, dies at 68
  • 1880 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • 1881 Josip Jurcic, Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
  • 1893 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, composer, dies at 73
  • 1902 David R Capriles, Curacaos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
  • 1910 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), dies of typhus at 39
  • 1917 Norman Callaway, NSW bat, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
  • 1918 Charlie Soong, Chinese Methodist missionary and key player in the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, dies at 55
  • 1921 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (b. 1883)
  • 1926 Napoleon V Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • 1931 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer, dies at 59
  • 1931 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • 1932 Anton Wildgans, Austr writer (Dies Irae)/dir Burgtheater, dies at 51
  • 1939 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71

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1940 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper

  • 1942 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), executed at 61
  • 1942 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), dies at 68
  • 1943 Leslie Heward, composer, dies at 45
  • 1955 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1958 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • 1961 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1964 Diana Wynyard, dies at 58
  • 1965 Howard Spring, British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • 1965 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat/genealogist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • 1968 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer, dies at 86
  • 1969 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • 1969 Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • 1969 Zakir Husain, Indian scholar and leader, Third President of India (1967-69), dies at 72
  • 1970 Candelario Huizar, composer, dies at 82
  • 1972 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • 1972 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • 1975 Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
  • 1976 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1976 Ernie Nevers, college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
  • 1978 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • 1979 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, act (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebal hemmorrhage at 72
  • 1986 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), dies at 72
  • 1987 Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • 1987 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • 1988 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • 1988 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • 1989 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • 1989 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • 1989 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • 1990 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • 1991 Gerrit Mik, Dutch psychiatrist and politician (D66), dies
  • 1991 Jersy Kosinski, Polish-American author (Being There), dies at 57
  • 1991 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77
  • 1991 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • 1992 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

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1992 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), dies of leukemia at 89

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1992 Peter Bruni, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 1994 Gustaaf AWC baron van Hemert Dingshof, mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • 1994 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 63
  • 1994 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994 Richard Scarry, author and illustrator of children's books, dies at 74
  • 1995 Michael Horden, actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83
  • 1996 Jack Weston, American actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 1996 Timothy Gullikson, tennis player/coach, dies at 45
  • 1997 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • 1999 Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 1999 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2000 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • 2001 Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • 2002 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • 2003 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • 2004 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • 2006 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • 2009 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • 2011 Thanasis Veggos, Greek actor (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Jackie Cooper, American actor, dies at 88
  • 2011 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2013 Joe Astroth, American MLB player, dies at 90
  • 2014 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • 2014 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • 2016 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2016 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • 2017 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), dies at 74
  • 2017 Lukas Ammann, Swiss actor (Graf Yoster, Day of Anger, Class Reunion, Palace Hotel), dies of complications from surgery at 104