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Famous Deaths on October 3

Gaius Cassius

42 BC Gaius Cassius Longinus, Roman senator and conspirator against Julius Caesar, dies during the Battle of Philippi

  • 695 "Black Ewald", helper of Willibrord, murdered
  • 695 "White Ewald", helper of Willibrord, murdered
  • 744 Yazid III, Twelfth Umayyad caliph (744), dies
  • 1207 Xin Qiji, Chinese poet and military leader, dies at 67

Francis of Assisi

1226 Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, dies at 44 or 45

  • 1283 Dafydd ap Gruffyd, last monarch of Gwynnedd (North-Wales), dies
  • 1369 Margarete Maultasch, Countess of Tyrol (b. 1318)
  • 1564 Christophorus Fabritius [Christoffel Smit], calvinist vicar, burned
  • 1568 Elisabeth of Valois, daughter of King Henry II of France and 3rd wife of Philip II of Spain, dies in childbirth at 23
  • 1596 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • 1611 Charles, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader, dies at 57
  • 1629 Giorgi Saakadze, Georgian military leader (b. 1570)
  • 1646 Virgilio Mazzocchi, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1649 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman, dies at 73
  • 1653 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, dies at 41
  • 1685 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, dies at 58
  • 1690 Robert Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1648)
  • 1701 Joseph Williamson, English politician (b. 1633)
  • 1703 Pieter van Wooden, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1703 Richard Saab, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • 1704 Jean-Baptiste Denys, French physician who performed the 1st human blood transfusion, a xenotransfusion, dies at about 61
  • 1750 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, dies at 33
  • 1795 Tula, leader of Curacaose slave uprising, executed
  • 1801 Philippe Henri, marquis de Ségur, Marshal of France (b. 1724)
  • 1820 Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, Bohemian horn player and composer, dies at 74
  • 1826 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Labyrinth), dies
  • 1828 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1838 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • 1853 George Onslow, English-French composer (chamber music), dies at 69
  • 1860 Rembrandt Peale, American portrait and historical painter (Margaret Irvine Miller ,1805; Court of Death, 1820), and museum keeper (Baltimore), dies at 82
  • 1862 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47

Elias Howe

1867 Elias Howe, American inventor (invented sewing machine), dies at 48

  • 1873 Kintpuash [Captain Jack], fought Modoc indians, Oregon, dies
  • 1877 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • 1881 Orson Pratt, American mathematician and religious leader, dies at 70
  • 1884 Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz), dies at 44
  • 1889 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), dies at 66
  • 1890 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), dies at 36
  • 1890 Joseph Hergenröther, German historian (b. 1824)
  • 1891 Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (Lucas sequences), dies at 49
  • 1895 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), dies of a lung ailment at 60
  • 1896 William Morris, artist and writer associated with Arts and Crafts movement, dies at 62 London
  • 1903 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1907 Alfred Reisenauer, German pianist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1912 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1919 Daniel Brink Towner, American Hymn composer, dies at 69

Gustav Stresemann

1929 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (1923) who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, dies of a stroke at 51

  • 1929 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1930 Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, Dutch painter and author (Bauer), dies at 73
  • 1931 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1933 Young Stribling, American boxer (vs Max Schmeling, Ring Magazine fight of the year 1931), dies in a motor cycle accident at 28

John Heisman

1936 John Heisman, American football coach (legalised forward pass, originated the center-snap; Heisman Trophy named after him), dies from pneumonia at 66

  • 1941 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • 1952 Alfred Neumann, German playwright (Devil), dies at 56
  • 1953 Arnold Bax, British composer known for his orchestral music (Tintagel), and memoirist (Farewell My Youth), dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1953 Florence Sabin, American Scientist who was the first woman to graduate from Johns Hopkins and the first lifetime woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, dies at 82
  • 1954 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), dies at 87
  • 1959 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1963 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • 1965 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), dies from a malignant brain tumor at 51
  • 1967 [Woodrow Wilson] Woody Guthrie, American folk singer ("This Land Is Your Land"), dies of Huntington's disease at 55
  • 1967 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • 1967 Pinto Colvig, American animation voice actor (Goofy, Pluto), dies at 75
  • 1967 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • 1969 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67
  • 1971 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • 1971 Seán Ó Riada, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • 1975 Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse & I), dies at 75
  • 1975 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • 1976 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, dies at 77
  • 1978 Alfred Strange, English soccer right half (20 caps, 3 as captain; Sheffield Wednesday, 253 games), dies at 78
  • 1979 Charles White, American artist (The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy), dies at 61
  • 1979 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton],, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1969, Playmate of the Year 1970), dies in car crash at 29
  • 1981 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • 1982 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer striker (17 caps; Standard de Liège), dies at 41
  • 1982 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie; The Homecoming; The Offence), dies from alcoholism at 53
  • 1983 John K. M. McCaffery, American TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • 1983 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • 1985 Charles Collingwood, American news commentator (Chronicles), dies at 68
  • 1985 Maurice Copeland, American actor (Ralph-Those Young Charmings), dies at 74
  • 1986 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74

Jean Anouilh

1987 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), dies at 77

  • 1988 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • 1988 Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • 1989 Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • 1989 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1989 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • 1990 Stefano Casiraghi, Italian speedboat racer, businessman and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, dies at 30
  • 1990 Eleanor Steber, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-61), dies following unsuccessful heart surgery at 74
  • 1991 Max Cantor, journalist, dies
  • 1993 Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 35
  • 1993 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 33
  • 1994 Dennis Wolfberg, comedian (Quantum Leap), dies from cancer at 48
  • 1994 Dub Taylor [Walter Clarence Taylor Jr], American character actor (Gunsmoke), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 1994 V, comedian and actor, dies at 48
  • 1994 Virginia Dale, American actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • 1994 Heinz Rühmann, German actor and director (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), dies at 92
  • 1995 Charles Lacy Veach, American astronaut (STS 39, STS 52), dies at 51
  • 1996 Denis Frank Owen, British ecologist and natural historian, dies at 65
  • 1996 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord, dies at 85
  • 1996 Thomas ap Rees, British botanist, dies in a cycling accident at 65
  • 1996 Tony Parker, British oral historian, dies at 73
  • 1997 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, dies at 93
  • 1998 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), dies at 70
  • 1999 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • 2000 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • 2000 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive") dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • 2002 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • 2002 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • 2003 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2003 William Steig, American cartoonist (The New Yorker, 1930-2003) and children's author (Shrek!; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; Doctor De Soto), dies at 95 [1]
  • 2004 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) and broadcaster (Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Janet Leigh

2004 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

  • 2005 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), dies at 76
  • 2005 Adrian Ratiu, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 2006 Alberto Ramento, Filipina bishop (b. 1937)
  • 2006 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • 2007 M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic
  • 2008 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 2009 Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), dies at 61
  • 2010 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), dies at 85
  • 2010 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), dies at 88
  • 2012 "Kathi" McDonald, American blues and rock singer (Ike & Tina Turner revue; Big Brother & The Holding Company), and songwriter, dies at 64
  • 2015 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • 2015 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77

Jalal Talabani

2017 Jalal Talabani, Iraqi-Kurdish politician and President of Iraq (2005-2014), dies at 83

  • 2017 Michel Jouvet, French neuroscientist and medical researcher who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement (REM sleep), dies at 91
  • 2017 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, dies from a brain tumor at 95
  • 2017 Solly Hemus, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1959–61), dies at 94
  • 2018 Leon M. Lederman, American experimental physicist (1982 Nobel Prize for research on quarks and leptons) and author (The God Particle), dies from complications of dementia at 96
  • 2018 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • 2019 Vinnie Bell [Gambella], American session guitarist, electric sitar player, and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music, dies at 87
  • 2021 Cynthia Harris, American stage and screen actress (Edward & Mrs. Simpson; Mad About You - "Sylvia"), dies at 87
  • 2021 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), dies at 97
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