On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 3

  • 361 Constantius II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (337-61), dies at 44
  • 753 Pirmin [Pirminius], German saint, missionary and monk (b. before 700)
  • 1254 Johannes III Doukas Vatatzes, Byzantine Emperor (1222-54)/saint, dies
  • 1344 Adolf van der Mark, prince-bishop of Liege (1313-44), dies at 56
  • 1378 Jan II, ruler of Polanen, Leck and Breda, dies
  • 1428 Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1388)
  • 1456 Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and patriarch of the Tudor Dynasty, dies of bubonic plague imprisoned in Carmarthen Castle at 26
  • 1580 Jeronimo Zurita y Castro, Spanish historian (b. 1512)
  • 1584 Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and Archbishop of Milan (1564-84), dies at 46
  • 1600 Richard Hooker, English theologian (b. 1554)
  • 1639 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice), dies at 69
  • 1643 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (Guldinus theorem), dies at 66
  • 1643 John Bainbridge, English astronomer (b. 1582)
  • 1708 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, daughter of Frederick Henry, dies at 71
  • 1711 Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian Baroque composer, dies at 60
  • 1711 John Ernest Grabe, German-born Anglican theologian, dies at 45
  • 1787 Robert Lowth, British Bishop of the Church of England and grammarian (A Short Introduction to English Grammar), dies at 76

ExecutionOlympe de Gouges

1793 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), executed by guillotine at 45

  • 1794 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman, dies at 79
  • 1803 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, dies at 75
  • 1808 Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian and clergyman, dies at 85
  • 1832 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1845 Johan G Verstolk van Soelen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 69
  • 1864 Antonio Goncalves Dias, Brazilian national poet, dies at sea
  • 1867 Pieter J Jong, Dutch Zouave, dies in battle
  • 1869 Andreas Kalvos, Greek poet, dies at 77
  • 1873 Kintpuash, "Captain Jack", chief of Modoc-indians, dies
  • 1890 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1811)
  • 1904 Gaston Serpette, French composer, dies at 57
  • 1911 Salvador Giner y Vidal, Spanish composer, dies at 79
  • 1913 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, Prussian composer, dies at 83
  • 1914 Georg Trakl, Austria poet (Totentag, Cocaine Overdose), dies at 27
  • 1917 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, dies at 71
  • 1918 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (Lyapunov exponent), dies at 61

Annie Oakley

1926 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies of pernicious anemia at 66

  • 1927 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (b. 1860)
  • 1929 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet (b. 1883)

Alfred Wegener

1930 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher and meteorologist (continental shift), dies while on an expedition to Greenland at 50 (date is approximate)

  • 1931 Rudolf Wilhelm Canne, Fries playwright (Peaske), dies at 60
  • 1933 Emile Roux, French scientist (b. 1853)
  • 1936 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, dies at 42
  • 1937 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), dies at 66
  • 1939 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • 1942 Carl Sternheim, German playwright (Trousers, Snob), dies at 64
  • 1944 Jack Miner, Canadian naturalist and conservationist, dies at 79
  • 1945 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80
  • 1949 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and art collector (Guggenheim Museum New York), dies at 88

Henri Matisse

1954 Henri Matisse, French painter and sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

  • 1957 Wilhelm Reich, Austria/US psycho analyst (sexual), dies at 60
  • 1958 Harry Revel, American film score composer (Sitting Pretty, Gay Divorcee), dies
  • 1959 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer (Buechfinkeliedli; Nach dem Regen), dies at 83
  • 1960 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack; Little Kaintuck), dies at 59
  • 1960 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, dies at 70
  • 1960 Bobby Wallace, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, pitcher, manager, umpire and scout (St. Louis Browns), dies at 86

Harlow Curtice

1962 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69

  • 1964 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)
  • 1966 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • 1968 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1969 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), dies at 71
  • 1970 Peter II Karadjordjevic, last King of Yugoslavia (1934-45), dies at 57
  • 1971 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), dies at 48
  • 1973 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), dies from a stroke at 66
  • 1973 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1977 Florence Vidor, American actress (Jack Knife Man), dies at 82
  • 1977 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1980 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • 1981 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, dies at 85
  • 1982 E. H. Carr, English historian (History of Soviet Russia), dies at 90
  • 1982 Jack Westland, American politician (US House of Representatives 1953-65) and golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1952), dies at 77
  • 1983 Alfredo Antonini, conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82
  • 1986 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1986 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • 1988 Henri van Praag, Dutch para-psychologist, dies

Mary Martin

1990 Mary Martin, American actress (Peter Pan), and Larry Hagman's mom, dies of cancer at 76

  • 1990 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), dies of leukemia at 62
  • 1990 Sashadhar Mukherjee, Indian film producer (Jagrit), dies at 81
  • 1992 Jean Daskalides, Belgian chocolate factory, dies at 70
  • 1992 John H Davis, actor (Our Gang), dies of respiratory failure at 78
  • 1993 Duncan Gibbins, director (Fire With Fire), dies in California fire at 41
  • 1993 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instrument inventor, dies at 97
  • 1993 William Lanteau, actor (On Golden Pond), dies at 70
  • 1993 Aidan Crawley, British journalist and politician (Labour MP 1945-51), dies at 85
  • 1993 John Lupton, American actor (Tom-Broken Arrow), dies at 65
  • 1994 Dennis C Ott, American actor (Star Trek 3/4), dies of AIDs
  • 1994 Richard Krautheimer, US art historian, dies at 97
  • 1994 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, dies at 97
  • 1995 Arthur George Bottomley, politician, dies at 88
  • 1995 Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association, dies at 108
  • 1995 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, dies at 78
  • 1995 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), dies at 66
  • 1995 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), dies at 88
  • 1996 Bernard Frank, French oriental scholar and writer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57

Jean-Bédel Bokassa

1996 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1977) and later Emperor (1977-1979) of the Central African Republic, dies of a heart attack at 75

  • 1996 Abdullah Çatlı, a Turkish nationalist and neofascist activist (b. 1956)
  • 1998 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, dies at 83
  • 1998 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), dies at 76
  • 1999 Ian Bannen, Scottish character actor (Eye of the Needle, Gorky Park), dies in a car crash at 71
  • 2001 Ernst Gombrich, Austrian art historian (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, dies at 56
  • 2002 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • 2002 Jonathan Harris, American actor (Dr Zachary Smith-Lost in Space), dies at 87
  • 2003 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (Bunny Berigan; Tommy Dorsey; Bing Crosby), composer ("Oh! Look At Me Know"), and TV host (A Couple of Joes), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2006 Paul Mauriat, French easy listening orchestra leader, composer, and arranger ("Love Is Blue"), dies at 81
  • 2006 Marie Rudisill, American author and "Fruitcake Lady" (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores [54] 1960-72), dies of heart failure at 68
  • 2007 Martin Meehan, Irish republican (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • 2008 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84
  • 2009 Francisco Ayala, Spanish novelist (b. 1906)
  • 2010 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician (Prime Minister of Russia), dies at 72
  • 2010 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2010 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine; Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2010 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, dies of an asthma attack at 69
  • 2011 Matty Alou, Dominican baseball outfielder (NL batting champion 1966; MLB All-Star 1968-69), dies of diabetes complications at 72
  • 2012 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), dies at 91
  • 2013 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), dies at 86
  • 2015 Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi politician (supported US 2003 invasion), dies at 71
  • 2015 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests; top score 258; 732 first class games), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2015 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), dies at 84
  • 2016 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American pop singer ("Wheel of Fortune"), dies at 94
  • 2017 Abdur Rahman Biswas, President of Bangladesh, 1991-96, dies at 91
  • 2018 Sondra Locke, American actress and director (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), dies at 74
  • 2019 Yvette Lundy, French resistance fighter during WWII, dies at 103
  • 2020 Don Talbot, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87
  • 2021 Warren Powers, American football running back (Oakland Raiders) and coach (Washington State University 1977, University of Missouri 1978-84), dies from Alzheimers at 80
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