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Famous Deaths on October 2

  • 472 Olybrius, emperor of Westromeinse republic (472), dies
  • 939 Gilbert (Giselbert), Duke of Lorraine drowns trying to cross the Rhine at about 49
  • 1113 Mawdoed, Selchuk emir/governor of Mosul, dies
  • 1264 Urbanus IV, [Jacques Pantaleon], French Pope (1261-64), dies
  • 1517 John Murmelius, humanist/theory/school book writer, dies at about 37
  • 1559 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1564 Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), dies after being shipwrecked at 49
  • 1588 Bernardino Telesio, Italian philosopher (Rerum in Child), dies
  • 1617 Isaac Oliver, miniature painter, dies
  • 1626 Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, 1st Count of Gondomar, Spanish diplomat, dies at 58
  • 1629 Pierre the Barulle, French cardinal/founder (French Oratorio), dies
  • 1629 Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1656 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1678 Wu San-kuei, gen, invited Manchus to China, dies trying to expel them
  • 1707 Anne Jules duke the Noailles, marshal of France (huguenot), dies at 57
  • 1721 Benott Audran, artist/engraver, dies

  • 1724 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), dies at on his 80th birthday
  • 1729 Arnold Boonen, portrait painter, dies at 60
  • 1746 Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  • 1764 William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, 5th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1756-57), dies at 44
  • 1775 Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • 1780 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • 1782 Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (b. 1732)
  • 1786 Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral, dies at 61

Person of interestSamuel Adams

1803 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1804 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French inventor who designed & built 1st automobile, dies at 79
  • 1809 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/journalist, dies at 59
  • 1817 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1842 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, dies at 56
  • 1842 William Ellery Channing, cleric/writer, dies
  • 1846 Benjamin Waterhouse, American physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School and smallpox vaccine pioneer, dies at 92
  • 1850 Sarah Biffin/Beffin, limbless miniature painter, dies
  • 1853 D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist (chromosome), dies
  • 1860 Louis Hersent, painter, dies
  • 1863 Justinus van de Brugghen, lawyer/minister of Justice, dies
  • 1872 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies at 78

  • 1873 Cornelius Varley, water-color painter, dies
  • 1883 Joshua Ratoon Sands, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 88
  • 1901 Rudolph Koenig, German physicist, dies at 68
  • 1905 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), dies at 62
  • 1915 Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38
  • 1916 Benjamin Kidel, English sociologist (Social Evolution), dies at 58
  • 1919 Ernest Halliwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests), dies at 55
  • 1920 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • 1920 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1927 Svante August Arrhenius, chemist, dies
  • 1931 Thomas Lipton, Scottish yachtsman (5-time America's Cup challenger) and tea merchant (Lipton Tea), dies at 81
  • 1931 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), dies at 79
  • 1936 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), dies at 61
  • 1938 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1943 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1944 Rudolf Schmundt, German gen/Hitlers army adjunct, dies from injuries
  • 1947 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1949 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), dies at 67
  • 1955 O B Clarence, English actor (Penn of Pensnsylvania), dies at 85
  • 1956 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • 1956 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • 1958 Marie Stopes, British birth control pioneer, dies at 77
  • 1960 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1961 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), dies at 80
  • 1962 Frank Lovejoy, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 1962 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • 1963 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • 1967 Albertina Rasch, Austrian-born American ballerina and choreographer, dies at 76

Person of interestMarcel Duchamp

1968 Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • 1969 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • 1970 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Bo Linde, Swedish composer, dies at 37
  • 1971 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

1973 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1973 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), dies at 69
  • 1974 Ina Seidel, German poet and novelist, dies at 89
  • 1975 Wade Crosby, American actor (Sign of Wolf, Tales of Robin Hood), dies at 70
  • 1975 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1980 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • 1981 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • 1981 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • 1981 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1982 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, dies at 71
  • 1983 Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75
  • 1985 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), dies of leukaemia at 58
  • 1985 Rock Hudson, American actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms, Ice Station Zebra), dies of AIDS-related complications at 59
  • 1985 Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • 1987 Madeleine Carroll, English actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • 1987 Peter Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • 1988 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini, dies at 81
  • 1989 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • 1991 Dimitrios I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), dies at 77
  • 1991 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 1993 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), dies at 83
  • 1993 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), dies of prostate cancer at 65

  • 1994 Faith Davis, American triplets, world's oldest surviving triplets (Charity & Hope survive), dies at 95
  • 1994 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Synder], American actress, dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 1994 Ron Herron, English architect ( Archigram), dies at 64
  • 1995 Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, artist/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1996 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), assassinated at 58
  • 1996 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • 1996 Ivan Mark Waller, English mountaineer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Robert Bourassa, Prime Minister of province of Quebec (1970-76, 85-93), dies at 63
  • 1996 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman, dies at 79
  • 1996 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian, dies at 93
  • 1996 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner, constructer (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), dies of heart and respiratory disease at 64
  • 1998 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • 1998 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), dies at 74
  • 1999 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • 2002 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2003 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, dies at 74
  • 2005 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), dies at 87
  • 2005 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60
  • 2005 Hamilton Camp, English-American actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), dies at 70
  • 2006 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), dies at 73
  • 2007 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), dies at 82
  • 2007 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • 2007 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), dies at 79
  • 2007 Lady Katherine Brandram, Princess of Greece, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 94
  • 2008 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • 2010 Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)
  • 2015 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • 2015 Steve Camacho, West Indian cricket batsman, author, administrator (11 Tests, CEO WI Cricket Board), dies at 69
  • 2016 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), dies at 92
  • 2017 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), dies of an accidental overdose at 66
  • 2017 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), dies from cancer at 74

MurderJamal Khashoggi

2018 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian dissident, author, Washington Post columnist and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at 59, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • 2019 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), dies at 88