On This Day

Famous Deaths on October 1

  • 290 [Christian] Bacchus, roman soldier/martyred saint, killed
  • 540 Vedastus St Vaast, 1st bishop of Atrecht/saint, dies
  • 552 Teja, king of Ostrogoten, dies in battle
  • 959 King Edwy (Eadwig) of England (955-959) "the All-Fair", dies at about 18
  • 976 Al-Hakam II, Moors kalief of Cordoba, dies
  • 1040 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)
  • 1189 Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar
  • 1310 Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (b. 1257)
  • 1404 Boniface IX [Pietro Tomacelli], Pope (1389-1404), dies
  • 1499 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (b. 1433)
  • 1500 John Alcock, English Catholic bishop
  • 1567 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist (b. 1508)
  • 1570 Frans Floris, Flemish painter (b. 1520)
  • 1574 Maarten van Heemskerck, Dutch painter (Christ), dies at 76
  • 1578 Don John of Austria, Spanish military leader, dies at 31
  • 1588 Blessed Edward James, Catholic martyr and priest, executed (beatified 1929)
  • 1602 Hernando de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1609 Gianmatteo Asola, Italian composer
  • 1633 Filaret [Fjodor N Romanov], patriarch of Moscow, dies
  • 1640 Claudio Achillini, Italian lawyer and poet, dies at 66
  • 1684 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1693 Pedro Abarca, Spanish theologian (b. 1619)
  • 1704 Cornelis Dusart, Dutch painter and engraver, dies at 44
  • 1708 John Blow, English baroque composer (Venus & Adonis), dies at 59
  • 1768 Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (Simson line), dies at 80
  • 1770 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1795 Robert Bakewell, English cattle breeder, dies at about 70
  • 1814 Jakob I van Przysucha, Polish hassidic leader, dies
  • 1837 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), dies at 60
  • 1838 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, dies at 70
  • 1864 John Dunovant, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Rose Greenhow, American Confederate spy (b. 1817)
  • 1864 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), dies at 64
  • 1868 Rama IV [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), dies at 63
  • 1876 Henri Bertini, French classical composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1876 James Lick, American land baron in California, dies at 80
  • 1886 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, dies at 76
  • 1901 Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1880-1901)
  • 1904 William Harcourt, British Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 76
  • 1911 Wilhelm Dilthey, German philosopher (Das Leben Schleiermans), dies at 77
  • 1912 Mary Frances Allitsen, Nritish mezzo-soprano, voice coach, and composer (Psalm 27: "The Lord is My Light"), dies at 63
  • 1913 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited), dies at 85
  • 1922 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1927 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, dies at 67
  • 1929 Lee Richmond, American baseball pitcher (first ever MLB perfect game, 1880), dies at 72
  • 1930 Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • 1936 Oscar Da Costa, West Indian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 29
  • 1942 Ants Piip, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • 1943 Antoine T Broekman, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Anton JT Koreman, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Antoon Pleyte, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1943 Earnest Klijzing, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943 Gideon Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Hans Katan, resistance fighter, executed at 24
  • 1943 Henri H Geul, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Johan Kalshoven, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Johan Roemer, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Johan van Mierlo, resistance fighter, executed at 35
  • 1943 John Charles Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Leo Frijda, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Louis Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 21
  • 1943 Maarten van/of Gilse, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Olaf T Thomsen, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Peter "Pam" Pooters, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Sape Kuiper, resistance fighter, executed at 19
  • 1943 Victor van Swieten, resistance fighter, executed at 36
  • 1943 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • 1945 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Traumatic Shock), dies at 73
  • 1949 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist and editor of the New York Evening Post, dies at 77
  • 1955 Charles Christie, American film studio owner, dies at 75
  • 1956 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), dies in track cycling accident at 36
  • 1958 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1961 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • 1964 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), dies at 76
  • 1965 Edward E "Doc" Smith, American sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies at 75
  • 1965 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
  • 1970 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1970 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • 1972 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87
  • 1973 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 77
  • 1974 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), dies at 72
  • 1975 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • 1975 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39 [1]
  • 1979 Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
  • 1984 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies from heart attack complications at 72
  • 1984 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), dies of cancer at 58

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1985 E. B. White, American author (New Yorker: Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

  • 1988 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • 1990 Christine Forrest, actress (Martin), dies
  • 1990 Curtis E LeMay, USAF General/VP candidate, dies at 83
  • 1990 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), dies at 49
  • 1992 Bruce Vorhauer, inventor (Today contraceptive sponge), suicide at 50
  • 1992 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies of a stroke at 45
  • 1993 Reizl Bozyk, Polish/American actress (Crossing Delancey), dies at 79
  • 1993 Janine Darcey, French actress (Priez pour nous), dies at 75
  • 1993 Joseph Warren, actor (Gift of Love, Urban Warriors), dies at 77
  • 1994 Brad O'Hare, American actor dies of complications due to AIDS at 43
  • 1994 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (1966-70), dies at 86
  • 1994 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter, dies at 54
  • 1994 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Marjorie Weaver, American actress (Michael Shayne: Private Detective, Young Mr Lincoln), dies from a stroke at 81
  • 1994 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), dies at 93
  • 1995 Aditya Biria, India's 1st global industrialist, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1995 Margaret Gorman Cahill, 1st Miss America (1921), dies at 90
  • 1995 Rene Cloke, British illustrator, dies at 90
  • 1996 Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member and hunger striker, dies at 40
  • 1997 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • 1997 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • 1998 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, takes her own life after a brain disease diagnosis, at 70
  • 1999 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and child star ("Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me)"), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 35
  • 2000 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"; "Chances Are"), dies of colon cancer at 73
  • 2000 Reginald Kray "Reggie", British gangster, one of the Kray Twins, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2001 Guy Beaulne, French Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 2003 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 84
  • 2004 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2006 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • 2006 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), dies from cancer at 54
  • 2007 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), dies from drug overdose at 41
  • 2007 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies of heart failure aged 71
  • 2007 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • 2008 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), dies from respiratory disease at 75
  • 2008 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), dies at 92
  • 2009 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), dies from stroke complications at 80
  • 2010 Ian Buxton, English football forward (Derby County) and cricket all-rounder (Derbyshire captain), dies at 72
  • 2010 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • 2011 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, golf course designer, dies of a hip infection at 80
  • 2011 Johnny Schmitz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1946, 48; NL saves leader 1946), dies at 90
  • 2011 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, dies at 74
  • 2012 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • 2013 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), dies aged 66
  • 2014 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 2015 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • 2016 Edda Heiðrún Backman, Icelandic stage and screen actress, singer, theater director, and painter, dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at 58
  • 2017 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), dies at 89
  • 2017 Arthur "Art" Janov, American psychologist and psychotherapist notable for creating primal therapy (The Primal Scream), dies of natural causes at 93
  • 2018 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer-songwriter ("She"; "Monsieur Carnavel"; "Tin Drum"), dies at 94
  • 2019 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • 2019 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • 2019 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2020 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, dies in car speed record crash at 47
  • 2020 Derek Mahon, Irish poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), dies at 78
  • 2021 Fred Hill, English soccer forward (2 caps; Bolton Wanderers 375 games), dies at 81
  • 2021 Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1964), dies at 87
October 1 Highlights