Famous Deaths on October 5

  • 578 Justinus II, Byzantine emperor (565-78), dies
  • 1056 Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1017)
  • 1111 Robrecht II of Jerusalem, Count of Flanders (1st Crusader), dies
  • 1112 Sigebert of Gembloux, French chronicler
  • 1285 Philip III "the Bold", King of France (1270-85), dies of dysentry at 40
  • 1399 Raymundus of Capua, Italian general, dies
  • 1496 Ferdinand II, king of Naples, dies
  • 1528 Richard Foxe, English churchman
  • 1557 Il Bacchiacca, [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter, dies at 63
  • 1564 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer
  • 1565 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (b. 1522)
  • 1606 Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • 1631 Arabella Holles, wife of English politician Thomas Wentworth, dies
  • 1707 Daniel Speer, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1714 Kaibara Ekiken, Japanese philosopher (b. 1630)
  • 1740 Johann Philipp Baratier, German scholar (b. 1721)
  • 1763 August III, king of Poland, dies at 66
  • 1777 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, dies at 72
  • 1787 Thomas Stone, US attorney/signer (Dec of Ind), dies at about 44
  • 1799 Antonio Dinis da Cruz e Silva, Portuguese poet (O Hissope), dies at 68

Person of interestCharles Cornwallis

1805 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), dies of fever at 66

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis
  • 1813 Etienne Ozi, French composer, dies at 58

Person of interestTecumseh

1813 Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief (Battle of Thames), dies in battle at 45

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
Tecumseh
  • 1837 Hortense de Beauharnais, French queen of Neth (1806-10), dies at 54
  • 1837 Hortense de Beauharnais, French queen of Netherlands (1806-10), dies at 54
  • 1848 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (b. 1781)
  • 1861 Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)
  • 1867 Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer, dies at 67
  • 1871 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, dies at 45
  • 1878 George B. Vashon, American, lawyer, academic and poet, first African American lawyer, dies of yellow fever at 54
  • 1880 Jacques Offenbach, German-born composer (b. 1819)
  • 1892 Bill Powers, US member of Daltonbende, dies
  • 1892 Bob Dalton, US leader of Daltonbende, dies
  • 1892 Dick Broadwell, US member of Daltonbende, dies
  • 1892 Grat Dalton, US member of Daltonbende, dies
  • 1899 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1906 Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter, dies at 58
  • 1911 Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer, dies at 58
  • 1913 Hans von Bartels, German painter (b. 1856)
  • 1915 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28
  • 1915 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • 1918 Roland Garros, French stunt flyer, dies
  • 1919 Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
  • 1924 Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies
  • 1930 Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)
  • 1933 Nikolaj N Joedenitsj, Russian general/contra revolutionary, dies at 71
  • 1933 Renee Adoree, actress (Big Parade), dies at 35
  • 1933 Nikolai Nikolaevich Yudenich, Russian general (b. 1862)
  • 1934 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), dies of complications from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1936 Jan J Slauerhoff, Dutch ship doc/writer (Seaman's Grave), dies at 38

  • 1938 Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)
  • 1940 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, dies at 40
  • 1940 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)
  • 1940 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • 1941 Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, dies at 84
  • 1943 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1944 Joseph B "Aristide" Maillol, French sculptor/graphic artist, dies
  • 1950 Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)
  • 1952 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, dies at 68
  • 1953 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • 1954 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • 1960 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), dies at 84
  • 1965 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1967 Clifton C Williams Jr, astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash
  • 1976 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), dies of complications from organ damage at 46
  • 1976 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1979 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • 1981 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55
  • 1981 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
  • 1983 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1984 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1985 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1986 Hall B Wallis, US movie production (Barefoot in Park), dies at 87
  • 1986 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1986 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1990 Meir Kahane, founder of Jewish defense league, assassinated at 58
  • 1992 Cornelis "Cees" Berkhouwer, Dutch politician (VVD), dies
  • 1992 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992 Paul Acket, organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz Festival), dies
  • 1993 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), dies at about 67
  • 1993 Karl G Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 1995 Dick Henry Jurgen, bandleader, dies at 85
  • 1995 Fred Fehl, photographer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • 1996 Catherine Elizabeth Pennington, personal assistant, dies at 77
  • 1996 Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
  • 1997 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • 1997 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • 1997 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 1997 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
  • 2000 Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • 2001 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 2002 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • 2003 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

2004 Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (Caddyshack), dies at 82

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • 2004 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine nominee (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Jennifer Moss, English Actress (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Antonio Peña, Mexican founder of lucha libre promotion AAA (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (b. 1898)
  • 2007 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • 2010 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • 2011 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), dies at 75

Person of interestFred Shuttlesworth

2011 Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • 2011 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Person of interestSteve Jobs

2011 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 2012 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • 2014 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), dies at 84
  • 2015 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65