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Famous Deaths on October 5

  • 578 Justinus II, Byzantine emperor (565-78), dies
  • 1056 Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1046-56), dies at 38
  • 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 dysentery at 40
  • 1392 Yusuf II, ruler of Granada (1391-92), dies possibly killed by a poisoned tunic (b. c. 1356)
  • 1399 Raymundus of Capua, Italian general, dies
  • 1496 Ferdinand II, King of Naples (1495-96), dies at 27
  • 1528 Richard Foxe, English churchman
  • 1557 Il Bacchiacca [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter, dies at 63
  • 1564 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer, dies at about 54 [birth date uncertain]
  • 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 and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at about 44
  • 1799 Antonio Dinis da Cruz e Silva, Portuguese poet (O Hissope), dies at 68

Charles 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

Tecumseh

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
  • 1818 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 34
  • 1837 Hortense de Beauharnais, French Queen of Holland (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 Täglichsbeck, German violinist and 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-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61

Doc Durant

1885 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), dies at 65

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant
  • 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 Malherbe, French violinist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1913 Hans von Bartels, German painter (b. 1856)
  • 1915 José María Usandizaga, Spanish Basque composer (Mendi Mendiyan - High in the Mountains), dies of tuberculosis 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 Nicodé, Prussian pianist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Joseph Vézina, Canadian conductor (Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, 1902-24), and composer (Le Rajah), 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 Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, dies at 71
  • 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 classical violinst, conductor, and composer (Cuauhnáhuac; Planos), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1940 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher and politician, dies at 81
  • 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 early jazz clarinetist, dies at 41
  • 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
  • 1961 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 34
  • 1965 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1967 Clifton Williams, American major and NASA astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash
  • 1972 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • 1976 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), dies of complications from organ damage at 47
  • 1976 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1979 Charlie Smith, self-proclaimed oldest American (137 year), dies; post-mortem research posits age 100 or 105
  • 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 Humberto Mauro, Brazilian film director (Ganga Bruta), dies at 86
  • 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 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1986 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1986 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Casablanca; Maltese Falcon; Martin & Lewis; Elvis movies; Barefoot in the Park), dies at 87
  • 1986 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • 1990 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, assassinated at 58
  • 1992 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations, 1960-71 - "I Can't Get Next To You"; "Just My Imagination"), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992 Paul Acket, Dutch music promoter and impresario (Music Express, North Sea Jazz Festival), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1993 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), dies at about 67
  • 1993 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), dies of high altitude pulmonary edema during an expedition on Mount Everest at 66
  • 1995 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing bandleader, and songwriter ("Elmer's Tune"), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1995 Fred Fehl, photographer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
  • 1996 Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
  • 1997 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 1997 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler, dies at 35
  • 1997 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
  • 2000 Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • 2000 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), dies at 91
  • 2000 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), dies at 65
  • 2001 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 2001 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • 2001 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo) dies of leukemia at 41
  • 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

Rodney 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 English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), dies at 87
  • 2004 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • 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
  • 2008 Ken Ogata [Akinobu Ogata], Japanese actor (Okinawan Boys, Taikōki), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 2010 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Steve Lee [Stefan Alois], Swiss rock musician and vocalist (Gotthard), dies in a vehicle crash at 47
  • 2011 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • 2011 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), dies at 75
  • 2011 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Steve 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
  • 2012 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 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, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • 2016 Michal Kováč, ist President of Slovakia (1993-98), dies at 86
  • 2016 Pompeiu Hărăşteanu, Romanian basso profondo singer (Opera Bonn, 1968-72; Romanian National Opera, 1972-2012), dies at 81
  • 2018 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • 2019 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • 2019 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
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