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, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  • 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)
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57 [OS=Sept 20]
  • 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
  • 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, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • 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 Johnstone Lipton, sportsman/merchant, dies
  • 1936 G H Simpson-Hayward, cricketer (Eng 1910, great lob bowlers), dies
  • 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)
  • 1955 O B Clarence, actor (Penn of Pensnsylvania), dies
  • 1956 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • 1956 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • 1958 Marie Stopes, birth control pioneer, dies
  • 1960 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1961 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies
  • 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)
  • 1965 [John] Selwyn (Brooke) Lloyd, British statesman, dies
  • 1967 Albertina Rasch, ballerina/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, novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • 1970 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Anders Bo Leif Linde, 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, writer, 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, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 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, actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1985 Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • 1987 Madeleine Carroll, 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 (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • 1991 Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies
  • 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, oldest triplets (Charity & Hope survive), dies at 95
  • 1994 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Synder], American actress, dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 1994 Ronald James Herron, architect, dies at 64
  • 1995 Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, artist/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1995 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician, dies at 74
  • 1996 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), assassinated at 58
  • 1996 Frideswide Frances Emma Knight, musician/socialist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Robert Bourassa, PM 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
  • 1998 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • 1998 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 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, Belgian neo-Nazi (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), dies at 87
  • 2005 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60
  • 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 football player (b. 1924)
  • 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 Steven Camacho, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early seventies), 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