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Famous Deaths on October 3

Person of interestGaius Cassius

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

Roman Senator Gaius Cassius
Roman Senator
Gaius Cassius
  • 695 "Black Ewald", helper of Willibrord, murdered
  • 695 "White Ewald", helper of Willibrord, murdered
  • 1207 Xin Qiji, Chinese poet and military leader, dies at 67

Person of interestFrancis of Assisi

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

Catholic Friar, Preacher and Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar, Preacher and Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 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, composer, dies at 49
  • 1649 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman, dies at 73
  • 1653 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, dies at 41

Person of interestMyles Standish

1656 Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony leader, dies of strangury at 72

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish

  • 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, 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
  • 1862 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47

Person of interestElias Howe

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

Inventor Elias Howe
Inventor
Elias Howe
  • 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 (Geur), dies at 44

  • 1888 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), dies of bronchitus at 53
  • 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
  • 1929 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (Nobel Peace Prize 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 August Nielsen, composer, dies 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

Person of interestJohn Heisman

1936 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, dies of pneumonia at 66

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1941 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • 1952 Alfred Neumann, German playwright (Devil), dies at 56
  • 1953 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies 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 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1987 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • 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, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • 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 Harriet Nelson, American actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 80
  • 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 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2000 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • 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 and children's author (Shrek!, Doctor De Soto), dies at 95
  • 2004 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Person of interestJanet Leigh

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

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • 2005 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), dies at 76
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestJalal Talabani

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

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • 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