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Famous Deaths on November 5

  • 1370 Casimir III the Great, King of Poland (1333-70), dies at 61
  • 1515 Mariotto Albertinelli, Italian painter, dies at 41
  • 1559 Kano Motonobu, Zen co-founder (Kano school of painting), dies at 83
  • 1603 Irini Fedorovna, Russian daughter of Boris Godunov, dies
  • 1660 Lucy Hay, Countess of Carlisle, English socialite (b. 1599)
  • 1660 Alexandre de Rhodes, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1669 John Coccejus, German/Neth reformed theologist, dies at about 66
  • 1675 Kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship designer, dies at 52
  • 1680 Gillis Valckenier, mayor of Amsterdam (1665..80), dies at about 57
  • 1701 Charles Gerard, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, French-born English politician, dies at about 40
  • 1714 Bernardino Ramazzini, Italian physician (founder of occupational medicine), dies at 81
  • 1737 Johan Willem, Duke of Ripperda, Dutch political adventurer, dies at 55
  • 1743 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, dies at 44
  • 1752 Carl Andreas Duker, German classical scholar (b. 1670)
  • 1758 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (b. 1686)
  • 1772 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, dies at 50
  • 1772 Pieter Steyn, Dutch grand pensionary (1749-72), dies at 66
  • 1801 Norinaga Motoori, Japanese scientist, dies at 71
  • 1803 Ch de Laclos, writer, dies
  • 1804 Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker, poetess (Sara Burgerhart), dies at 66
  • 1807 Angelica Kauffmann, Swiss Neoclassical painter, dies at 66
  • 1819 Dirk van den Boetzelaer, Regent of Holland, dies at 55
  • 1828 Maria Feodorovna of Russia, second wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia, dies at 69
  • 1834 Aernout Drost, Dutch literary/founder (The Guide), dies at 24
  • 1836 Karel Hynek Mácha, Czech poet (b. 1810)
  • 1850 Ferdinand Karl Joseph, Archduke of Austria-Este, dies at 69
  • 1854 Soimonov, Russian general, dies in battle of Inkermann
  • 1860 Carl Binder, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1869 Otis Tufts, American machinist and inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, dies at 65
  • 1872 Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (Queen Victoria), dies at 89

James Clerk Maxwell

1879 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48

  • 1883 William Hicks, British col/commander (Egyptian army), dies in battle
  • 1923 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French novelist (b. 1880)
  • 1933 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, dies of amoebic dysentery at 49
  • 1935 Mina Dilis-Beersmans, Flemish actress/wife of John Dilis, dies at 71
  • 1939 Charles Barrois, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 88
  • 1941 Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish pacifist (b. 1905)

George M. Cohan

1942 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President; Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

  • 1943 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies at 62
  • 1944 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), dies at 71
  • 1946 Sigismond Stojowski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1951 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer and pedagogue (Fundamentals of the Classical Dance), dies at 72
  • 1951 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), dies at 62
  • 1955 Maurice Utrillo, French artist (b. 1883)
  • 1956 Art Tatum, American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 1960 August Gailit, Estonian writer (Ekke Moor), dies at 69
  • 1960 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 1960 Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • 1960 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1964 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1964 Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (b. 1893)
  • 1964 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator, dies at 85
  • 1964 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • 1968 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • 1968 Robert Ayres, actor (Battle Beneath the Earth), dies at 54
  • 1969 Itih Walracen, Sudanese widow of author William Walraven, dies
  • 1969 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 69
  • 1971 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), dies of neck cancer at 45
  • 1972 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • 1974 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1975 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 1975 Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and author (1969 Poses Award, The Liberal Imagination), dies at 70
  • 1977 Aleksey Stachanov, Russian model miner, dies at 72
  • 1977 (Gaetano) "Guy" Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader ("Auld Lang Syne"), dies of heart attack in Houston at 75

René Goscinny

1977 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

  • 1977 (Jacob) "Jan" Garber, American violinist and sweet jazz bandleader, dies at 82
  • 1978 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • 1979 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • 1979 Amedeo Nazzari [Buffa], Italian actor (Nights of Cabiria; Chains; Caravaggio), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • 1982 Gerarda "Gerda" Brautigam, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), dies
  • 1985 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • 1986 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins; The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood") dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1986 Claude Jutra, Québécois actor and film director (b. 1930)
  • 1987 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • 1987 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • 1987 Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
  • 1989 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot at 49
  • 1989 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Variations on a Theme from Carmen), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 1990 Herbert Berghof, Austrian actor (Belarus File, Harry and Tonto, Target), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1990 Humphrey Gibbs, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (1959-69), dies at 87
  • 1990 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1991 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1991 Robert Maxwell, British billionaire publisher (NY Daily News), dies at 68
  • 1992 Arpad Elo, Hungarian physicist (chess classification system), dies at 89
  • 1992 Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud"), dies at 92
  • 1993 Maurice Cranston, English philosopher and political scientist (John Locke biographies), dies at 73
  • 1994 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer (Clarence Cameron White's "Ouanga"; Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"), dies of cancerat 66
  • 1995 Laura Weber, TV Host, dies at 70
  • 1996 Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Lars-Ake Nilsson, diplomat, dies at 53
  • 1996 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1997 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1997 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1997 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), dies in his sleep at 38
  • 2000 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • 2000 Victor Grinich, American businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2000 Bibi Titi Mohammed, Tanzanian politician (b.1926)
  • 2000 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine"), dies at 101
  • 2001 Roy Boulting, English film director and producer (Desert Victory), dies at 87
  • 2001 Barry Horne, a British animal liberation activist.
  • 2002 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2002 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 80
  • 2003 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), dies of acute cocaine toxicity at 63
  • 2005 Rod Donald, New Zealand environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • 2005 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), dies at 79
  • 2005 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano, dies at 93
  • 2005 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), dies of heart failure at 76 [1]
  • 2006 Bülent Ecevit, four term Turkish Prime Minister (between 1974 and 2002), dies at 81
  • 2006 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), dies at 71
  • 2007 Nils Liedholm, Swedish football midfielder and coach (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 2008 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, dies at 80
  • 2009 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • 2010 Adrian Păunescu, Romanian poet and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), dies of Leukemia at 66
  • 2010 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2011 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker, dies at 85
  • 2012 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), dies from colon cancer at 72
  • 2012 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • 2012 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], American body modifier, dies at 54
  • 2013 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), dies at 57
  • 2015 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), dies at 101
  • 2017 Robert Knight, American pop singer ("Everlasting Love"), dies at 79
  • 2020 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Madness of King George, Butterflies), dies at 93 [1]
  • 2020 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), dies of bone marrow cancer at 78
  • 2021 Marília Mendonça, Brazilian Sertaneja singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 26
  • 2021 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), dies of leukemia at 72
  • 2021 Roger Zatkoff, American football linebacker (Pro Bowl 1954, 55, 56; First Team All Pro 1954, 55; Green Bay Packers), dies at 90
  • 2021 Charlie Burns, Canadian ice hockey forward (world champion Whitby Dunlops 1958) and coach (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 85
  • 2021 Ryszard Grzegorczyk, Polish soccer midfielder (23 caps; Polonia Bytom, RC Lens), dies at 82
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