Deaths in History on August 2

  • 257 St Stephen I, bishop of Rome (Pope) (254-57) and heretic fighter, dies
  • 640 Severinus, Italian Pope (640), dies
  • 686 Pope John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86), dies
  • 924 Ælfweard of Wessex, briefly King of the Anglo-Saxons
  • 1002 Almanzor [Abu Amir Mohammed ibn Abd allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir], Arab military leader dies at 64
  • 1075 John VIII Xiphilinus, theologian and patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1100 William II [Rufus], king of England, shot hunting in the New Forest at 44
  • 1222 Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1194-1222), dies at 65
  • 1511 Andrew Barton, Scottish sailor and privateer, killed in a battle at sea
  • 1512 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, dies at 48
  • 1589 Henry III, King of Poland and France (1573-89), assassinated at 37
  • 1600 Arent van Dorp, Dutch governor of East-Zealand, dies at about 70
  • 1611 Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  • 1649 Elisabeth Bas, Dutch business woman and wife of Admiral Swartenhondt, dies at about 78
  • 1655 Alfonso de la Cueva, Spanish marquis of Bedmar and diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1696 Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • 1769 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician, dies at 80
  • 1776 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, dies at 58
  • 1788 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • 1799 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor (1st hot air balloon), dies at 54
  • 1811 William Williams, American merchant (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 80
  • 1815 Guillaume Brune, French marshal, dies at 52
  • 1823 Lazare Carnot, French politician, engineer and mathematician known as the Organizer of Victory in the French Revolutionary Wars, dies at 70
  • 1849 Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Albanian-born Pasha and viceroy of Egypt (founder of modern Egypt), dies at 80

Horace MannHorace Mann (1796-1859)

American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, dies at 63

  • 1869 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer and photographer, murdered trying to cross the Sahara at 33
  • 1872 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59

Wild Bill HickokWild Bill Hickok (1837-1876)

American cowboy and scout, shot dead from behind at 39 by Jack McCall while playing poker (he held a pair of Aces and a pair of 8's)

  • 1881 Marcus Clarke, English born Australian author (For the Term of His Natural Life), dies at 35
  • 1889 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (Juan Moreira), dies at 38
  • 1890 Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (works characterized by a deep sense of pessimism), dies at 76
  • 1891 George Washington Williams, American historian (History of the Negro Race in America), dies from tuberculosis and pleurisy at 41
  • 1895 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1903 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (Louis Pasteur Institute), dies at 53

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

Scottish-born British-American inventor (telephone), dies of diabetes complications at 75

  • 1922 Mina Kruseman, Dutch author and feminist, dies at 82

Warren G. HardingWarren G. Harding (1865-1923)

29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco at 57

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg (1847-1934)

German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), dies of lung cancer at 86

  • 1936 Louis Blériot, French aviator who made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1939 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian author and mystic, dies at 55
  • 1941 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (el Florilegio), dies at 70
  • 1942 Friedrich Aereboe, German landlord and agricultural economist, dies at 77
  • 1955 Rupprecht, last crown prince of Bavaria and German fieldmarshall during WWI, dies at 86
  • 1955 Wallace Stevens, American poet (The Auroras of Autumn), dies at 75
  • 1956 Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109
  • 1961 Giovanni Battista Angioletti, Italian author (Il giorno del giudizio), dies at 64
  • 1963 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • 1965 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • 1967 Claude Albert Barnett, American journalist and founder (Associated Negro Press), dies at 77
  • 1971 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher (Obscene: The history of an indignation), dies at 77
  • 1972 Helen Hoyt, American poet, dies at 85
  • 1972 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • 1976 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American director (M, Metropolis, Fury, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse), dies from a stroke at 85
  • 1978 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • 1978 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, dies at 48
  • 1986 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1987 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • 1988 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • 1988 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1990 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1992 Julio C Fernandez, Cuban/American journalist (founder Alma Mater), dies
  • 1994 Bhagwatpersad Ausan, commandant Suriname military police, dies at 38
  • 1995 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, dies at 80
  • 1996 Michel Debre, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1959-62), dies at 84

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • 2001 Edward Gardner, British barrister and Conservative Party politician (British Nationality Act 1981), dies at 89
  • 2003 Charles Kerruish, Manx politician and President of Tyndwald Isle of Man, dies at 86
  • 2003 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), dies at 79
  • 2004 François Craenhals, Belgian comic artist (Chevalier Ardent), dies at 77
  • 2005 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer, kidnapped and murdered by religious extremists in Iraq at 49
  • 2007 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor, murdered while investigating a crime syndicate at 57
  • 2007 Holden Roberto, Angolan independence leader, founder of the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), dies at 84
  • 2008 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, dies of pneumonia at 72
  • 2008 John F. Seiberling, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1971-86), dies at 89
  • 2011 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), dies at 90
  • 2011 Clarence E. Miller, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1967-93), dies at 93
  • 2015 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • 2016 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70
  • 2022 Hans Bangerter, Swiss football administrator (General Secretary UEFA 1960-89), dies at 98