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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 Abu Amir Mohammed ibn Abd allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir, dies at 64
  • 1075 John VIII Xiphilinus, theologian and patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1100 William II [Rufus], king of England, shot in 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 Governor Muhammad Ali of Egypt (b. 1769)

Person of interestHorace Mann

1859 Horace Mann, American education advocate, dies at 63

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 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

Person of interestWild Bill Hickok

1876 Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, shot dead from behind by Jack McCall while playing poker (he held a pair of Aces and a pair of 8's), dies at 39

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • 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

Person of interestAlexander Graham Bell

1922 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British American inventor (telephone), dies of diabetes complications at 75

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

Person of interestWarren G. Harding

1923 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

Person of interestPaul von Hindenburg

1934 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), dies of lung cancer at 86

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 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, dies at 77
  • 1972 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • 1972 Helen Hoyt, American poet, dies at 85
  • 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 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • 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

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1997 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • 2003 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), dies at 79
  • 2003 Charles Kerruish, Manx politician and President of Tyndwald Isle of Man, dies at 86
  • 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