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Famous Deaths on November 1

  • 921 Richard, Duke of Burgundy
  • 955 Henry I, Duke of Bavaria, dies from an illness at 34 or 36
  • 1296 Guillaume Durand, French writer (b. 1230)
  • 1391 Amadeus VII of Savoy (b. 1360)
  • 1399 John V, Duke of Brittany (b. 1339)
  • 1535 Francesco Sforza, Italian ruler (Milan), dies
  • 1546 Giulio Romano, Italian painter/architect (Ondergang der Titanen), dies
  • 1588 Jean Daurat, French poet (b. 1508)
  • 1596 Pierre Pithou, French lawyer and scholar (Les Libertés de l’église gallicane), dies at 57
  • 1642 Jean Nicolet, French explorer (b. 1598)
  • 1676 Gisbertus Voetius, Dutch theologian (b. 1589)
  • 1678 William Coddington, first Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1601)
  • 1700 Carlos II, King of Spain (reigns 1665-1700), dies at 39
  • 1711 Christian Demelius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1750 Giuseppe Sammartini, composer, dies at 55
  • 1750 Gustaaf W van Imhoff, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1736-40), dies at 45
  • 1768 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, dies at 39
  • 1770 Alexander Cruden "Alexander the Corrector", Scottish biblical scholar and eccentric, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible, dies at 71
  • 1788 Johann Samuel Schroeter, composer, dies
  • 1810 Georg Anton Kreusser, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1814 Alexander Samoylov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1744)
  • 1817 Giovanni Zanotti, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1825 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer, dies at 49
  • 1841 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, dies at 61
  • 1844 August Ferdinand Haeser, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1877 Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, American politician (Governor of Indiana), dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1879 Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (found Republican Party), dies at 65
  • 1881 Jacques Perk, Dutch poet (Iris, Wood Song), dies at 22
  • 1888 Nikolai Przhevalsky, Russian explorer (b. 1838)
  • 1894 Tsar Alexander III of Russia (b. 1845) Reigned from 1881
  • 1895 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer, dies at 61

Theodor Mommsen

1903 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), dies at 85

  • 1907 Alfred Jarry, French writer (ubu Roi), dies at 33
  • 1914 Christopher "Kit" Cradock, English admiral, dies in battle
  • 1922 Alfred Capus, French journalist and playwright, dies at 63
  • 1925 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41
  • 1926 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates), dies at 72
  • 1926 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 69
  • 1927 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • 1935 Émile Francqui, Belgian soldier and diplomat, dies at 72
  • 1938 Francis Jammes, French poet and writer (Jammisme), dies at 69
  • 1941 Camille Melloy [the Paepe], Belgian priest/poet (Requiem), dies at 50
  • 1942 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 34
  • 1947 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes 1920), dies from a heart attack at 30
  • 1949 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test; Cambridge Uni, Hampshire CCC) and soccer goalkeeper (3 caps; Cambridge Uni), dies at 78
  • 1950 Leslie Coffelt, American White House Police officer, killed in the line of duty at 40 [1]
  • 1955 W H van Eemlandt [Haasse], author (Treasure Hunter of Amstel), dies
  • 1955 Dale Carnegie, American writer (b. 1888)
  • 1956 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), dies at 67
  • 1956 Pietro Badoglio, 41st Prime Minister of Italy (1943-44) and Italian General (1922-43), dies at 85
  • 1957 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), dies at 56
  • 1959 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • 1961 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist and author, dies at 97
  • 1961 Joan McCracken, American stage and screen actress, dancer and comedienne (Oklahoma!; Claudia: Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1962 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1962 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), dies in practice accident at 20
  • 1963 Elsa Maxwell, American author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 80
  • 1964 Henry "Doc" Carlson, American Basketball Hall of Fame collegiate coach (University of Pittsburgh, 1922-53: 367–248 [.597]), originated figure 8 play, dies at 70
  • 1967 Benita Hume, British actress (Tarzan Escapes, High Treason, Halls of Ivy), dies at 61
  • 1968 Georgios Papandreou, Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece (1944–45, 1963, 1964–65 dies at 80
  • 1971 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95

Ezra Pound

1972 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • 1974 Ralf Harolde, American actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), dies at 75
  • 1975 Doro Merande, actress (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 77
  • 1975 Jacki Ray, actor (In Like Flint), dies at 58
  • 1975 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Philip James, American composer, conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), dies at 85
  • 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian poet/author/director, murdered at 53
  • 1976 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1979 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 1982 James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1982 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), dies of a heart ailment at 88
  • 1982 Leighton Lucas, British composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1983 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • 1984 Norman Krasna, author (Dear Ruth), dies of a heart attack at 74

Phil Silvers

1985 Phil Silvers, American comedian and actor (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), dies in his sleep at 73

  • 1985 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • 1986 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer ("Women Be Wise") dies on her 88th birthday
  • 1986 Serge Garant, Canadian composer and conductor (Anerca), dies at 57
  • 1987 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, dies at 65
  • 1989 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • 1990 Ray Pohlman, American session upright and electric bass guitarist and arranger (The Wrecking Crew), and jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 1991 Joseph Papp, US theater producer (A Chorus Line, Hair), dies at 70
  • 1992 Jeremias Chitunda, vice-chairman (Angolese Unita-rebellion), dies
  • 1993 Anatoli Voronov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 12a backup), dies at 63
  • 1993 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 1993 A. N. Sherwin-White, English historian (b. 1911)
  • 1993 Severo Ochoa, Spanish-American physician and biochemist (Nobel 1959), dies at 88
  • 1994 Richard Krautheimer, art historian, dies at 97
  • 1994 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), dies at 73
  • 1994 Noah Beery Jr, American actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot, Gung Ho!, Heaven With a Gun), dies of a cerebral thrombosis, at 81
  • 1994 Jan Wegter, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943), dies at 64
  • 1995 Brian Lenihan, snr, Irish politician and minister, dies at 64
  • 1995 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), dies at 88
  • 1995 James Ralph Darling, teacher, dies at 96
  • 1995 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author, dies at 53
  • 1995 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), dies at 58
  • 1996 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • 1996 Maati Bouabid, Prime Minister of Morocco (1979-83), dies at 68
  • 1999 Theodore Hall, American physicist and Atomic Spy for the Soviet Union, dies at 74
  • 1999 Jean Coutu, Canadian actor (b. 1925)

Walter Payton

1999 Walter Payton, American Pro Football HOF running back (NFL MVP 1977; 9 x Pro Bowl; 5 x First Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

  • 2000 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (b. 1934)
  • 2000 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 56
  • 2001 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), dies at 76
  • 2003 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2003 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 76
  • 2004 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • 2004 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered by his daughter's boyfriend defending her during a domestic dispute at 61
  • 2005 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), dies at 87
  • 2005 Michael Piller, American screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2005 Manuel Castillo, Andalusian classical pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 2006 William Styron, American novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice), dies at 81
  • 2006 Adrienne Shelly, American actress and director (The Unbelievable Truth), murdered at 40
  • 2006 Bettye Ackerman, American actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey), dies at 82
  • 2007 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General (b. 1915)
  • 2007 S. Ali Raza, Bollywood Screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), dies after multiple strokes at 64
  • 2008 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano and exotica singer (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • 2008 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • 2008 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2010 Ernesto Presas, Filipino martial artist (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer (Wheel of Fortune), dies of Congestive heart failure at 78
  • 2010 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), dies at 78
  • 2011 Dorothy Howell Rodham, Mother of US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, dies at 92
  • 2011 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, dies at 90
  • 2012 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983; Atlanta Braves), dies during apparent home robbery at 55
  • 2014 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • 2014 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), commits suicide at 46
  • 2015 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), dies at 73
  • 2016 (Martin) "Bap" Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Moonlight Kiss"; "Sailor's Revenge"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • 2017 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • 2017 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), dies of a stroke at 96
  • 2018 Amal Hussain, Yemeni famine victim who raised world's awareness, dies aged 7
  • 2020 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • 2021 Nelson Freire, Brazilian classical pianist, dies at 77
  • 2021 Pat Martino [Azzara], American jazz guitarist (DownBeat Guitar Player of the Year, 2004), dies of chronic respiratory disorder at 77
  • 2021 Alan Igglesden, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets; 4 ODIs; Kent CCC), dies from complications of a brain tumour at 57
  • 2021 Aaron Beck, American psychiatrist (father of cognitive behavioural therapy), dies at 100 [1]
November 1 Highlights