On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 2

  • 943 Queen Emma of France, (b. 894)
  • 1083 Matilda of Flanders, Queen consort (b. 1031)
  • 1171 Baudouin IV, count of Henegouwen (1120-71), dies
  • 1171 Dionysius [Jacob] Bar-Salibi, Syriac Orthodox Church author (Diarbekir), dies
  • 1285 King Peter III of Aragon (b. 1239)
  • 1327 King James II of Aragon (b. 1267)
  • 1483 Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English politician, beheaded at 49
  • 1588 Wilhelmus Damasi, theologist/1st bishop of Roermond, dies at 63
  • 1610 Richard Bancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (1604-10), dies at 66
  • 1618 Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1612-18), dies at 60
  • 1635 Aurelio Signoretti, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1697 Constantine Huygens Jr., Dutch Poet, painter and cartoonist, dies at 69 (burial date)
  • 1716 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler, dies at 65
  • 1717 Johann Jacob Walther, composer, dies
  • 1731 Johann Matthias Leffloth, composer, dies at 26
  • 1752 Johann Albrecht Bengel, German theologian and scholar, dies at 65

  • 1773 John Glas, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman (started Glasite church movement), dies at 78
  • 1781 Jose F de Isla, Spanish Jesuit/author, dies at 78
  • 1804 Armand-Gaston Camus, French revolutionist and Chairman of the Council of 500, dies at 64
  • 1807 Baron de Breteuil, French statesman (b. 1730)
  • 1845 Chretien Urhan, composer, dies at 55
  • 1852 Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, Russian general, dies at 70
  • 1863 Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (b. 1826)
  • 1874 Thomas Anderson, Scottish chemist (discovered pyridine), dies at 55
  • 1875 James W. W. Birch, 1st British resident in Perak, Malaysia is speared to death while in the bath-house of his boat, SS Dragon at 49
  • 1877 Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal, dies at 93
  • 1882 Cenobio Paniagua, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1884 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1887 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67
  • 1895 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), dies from tuberculosis at 32
  • 1898 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, dies at 72
  • 1905 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist and histologist (one of the first to interpret tissue structure in terms of cellular elements), dies at 88
  • 1909 Wilhelm Ahlwardt, German orientalist, dies at 81
  • 1914 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), dies from effects of sunstroke at 52
  • 1920 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburgs coal basin), dies at 73
  • 1925 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 65

  • 1930 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, dies at 84
  • 1931 Arthur James Cook, British trade union leader (coal miners), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1931 Henry Musgrove, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test 1885), dies at 72
  • 1935 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicket-keeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), dies of typhoid at 30
  • 1936 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), dies at 62
  • 1937 Maude Valerie White, composer, dies at 82
  • 1941 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1944 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (b. 1889)
  • 1945 Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1880)
  • 1949 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (b. 1872)

Person of interestGeorge Bernard Shaw

1950 George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist (Pygmalion, Nobel Prize for Literature 1925), dies at 94

  • 1952 Maire O'Neill, Irish actress (Juno & the Paycock, Glamorous Night), dies
  • 1956 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 77
  • 1956 Leo Baeck, President of World Union for Progressive Judaism, dies at 83
  • 1957 Ted Meredith, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m in world record 1:51.9s 1912), dies at 64
  • 1958 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer, dies at 80
  • 1960 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • 1961 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • 1962 Felice Lattuada, composer, dies at 80

MurderNgô Đình Diệm

1963 Ngô Đình Diệm, President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), assassinated in a coup at 62

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1966 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • 1966 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • 1966 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • 1968 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1969 Marion Lloyd Vince, fencer (National champ 1928, 31), dies at 63
  • 1970 Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75
  • 1971 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), dies after long illness at 46
  • 1973 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • 1977 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • 1980 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies

Person of interestWillie Sutton

1980 Willie Sutton, American bank robber, dies at 79

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • 1981 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • 1982 Lester Roloff, Man of God, preacher.
  • 1984 Margie V Barfield, US murderer, 1st woman electrocuted in 22 years
  • 1985 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • 1986 Paul Frees [Solomon Hersh Frees], American voice actor (voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), dies at 66
  • 1989 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), dies at 80
  • 1991 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • 1991 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), dies at 75
  • 1991 Mort Shuman, American singer songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1992 Hal Roach, silent film producer (Keystone Kops), dies of pneumonia at 100
  • 1993 P A Jacob Mees, Dutch banker (Mees & Hope), dies at about 86
  • 1994 David Feinberg, AIDS activist/author, dies at 37
  • 1994 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter, dies at 73
  • 1994 Noah Beery Jr, American actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot, Gung Ho!, Heaven With a Gun), dies at 81
  • 1995 Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, VP of Columbia (1982-84), assassinated
  • 1995 Florence Greenberg, record company founder, dies at 82
  • 1995 Ivan Metropolitan Ioann Snychev, Russian Orthodox Priest, dies at 68
  • 1995 Oliver Wendell Harrington, cartoonist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Gilbert "Gil" Lamb, American actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), dies at 91
  • 1995 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84
  • 1996 Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, Colombian politician, dies
  • 1996 Christ Prater, English screenprinter, dies at 72
  • 1996 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33

Person of interestToni Stone

1996 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • 1997 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer, dies at 69
  • 1997 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1998 Vincent Winter, British actor (b. 1957)
  • 1998 Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler (1 Test 1946), dies at 82
  • 2000 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, dies at 76
  • 2002 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), dies from natural causes at 106
  • 2002 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), dies at 64

Person of interestZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

2004 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • 2004 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), dies at 47
  • 2004 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 2005 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), dies at 86
  • 2007 Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (b. 1978)
  • 2007 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
  • 2007 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (b. 1906)
  • 2007 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
  • 2007 The Fabulous Moolah [Mary Lillian Ellison], American pro wrestler (World Champion 1956-83), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • 2009 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2010 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), dies of heart attack due to acute mixed drug ingestion at 32
  • 2010 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2011 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Sid Melton [Sidney Meltzer], American actor (Green Acres, The Danny Thomas Show), dies from pneumonia at 94
  • 2012 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2013 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of the Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 74
  • 2014 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2015 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), dies from mesothelioma at 79
  • 2015 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81
  • 2018 Kitty O'Neil, American stuntwoman (The Bionic Woman) and racer (female land speed record), dies at 72
  • 2018 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer, popularized martial arts worldwide, dies at 91
  • 2018 Roy Hargrove, American trumpeter, dies of kidney disease at 49
  • 2019 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, dies at about 87