Deaths in History on August 3

  • 808 P'ang Yun [Layman P'ang], Exemplary Zen practitioner, dies in China
  • 1387 Olaf V Haakonsson, King of Denmark (1376-87)/Norway (1380-87), dies
  • 1460 King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)
  • 1527 Scaramuccia Trivulzio, Italian cardinal
  • 1530 Philibert Chalon, prince of Orange/viceroy of Naples, dies
  • 1546 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, dies at 62
  • 1546 Étienne Dolet, French scholar and printer, dies on his 37th birthday
  • 1604 Bernardino de Mendoza, Spanish military commander
  • 1621 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, dies at 65
  • 1667 Francesco Borromini, Italian sculptor and architect, dies at 67
  • 1712 Joshua Barnes, English scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1720 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1721 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, dies at 73
  • 1761 Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar, dies at 70
  • 1773 Stanisław Konarski, Polish political writer and Catholic priest who influenced education reform in Poland, dies at 72
  • 1779 Henry Kobell, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 27
  • 1780 Etienne B de Condillac, French philosopher (sensualism), dies at 64

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright (1732-1792)

English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame, built Cromford Mill), dies at 59

  • 1797 Jeffrey Amherst, English army general (commanded British forces in North America) and Royal Governor of Virginia (1759-1768), dies at 80
  • 1802 Henry, Prince of Prussia and diplomat (led armies during Silesian Wars and the Seven Years' War), dies at 76
  • 1805 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), dies at 80
  • 1811 Sebastiaan C. Nederburgh, Dutch director-general of East Indies Co, dies at 49
  • 1823 Jacob Abraham de Mist, Dutch statesman, dies at 74
  • 1833 Stoffel Muller, Dutch sect leader, dies
  • 1839 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • 1857 Eugène Sue, French novelist (b. 1804)
  • 1867 Philipp August Böckh, German scholar and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • 1877 William Butler Ogden, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, dies at 72
  • 1879 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • 1894 George Inness, American landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap), dies at 69
  • 1907 August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59
  • 1910 Nicolas Kinet, Belgian pilot, dies
  • 1916 Roger Casement, Irish diplomat, ardent Irish nationalist (Easter uprising 1916) and poet, hanged after conviction for treason by the British at 51
  • 1917 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae), dies at 67
  • 1918 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (Het Volk), dies at 41

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Polish-English novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

  • 1929 Emil Berliner, German-born telephone and recording pioneer (b. 1851)
  • 1929 Thorstein Veblen, American economist (Theory of the Leisure Class-1899), dies at 72
  • 1938 Alexander Malyschkin, writer, dies
  • 1942 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), dies at 69
  • 1944 Felix Nussbaum, German painter (Widerstandskunst), dies in Auschwitz
  • 1944 Felka Platek, wife of painter Felix Nussbaum, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1948 Albert Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • 1955 Lida Durdikova, Czech children's author (Children with extinguished eyes) and publisher (Père Castor), dies at 56
  • 1957 John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • 1964 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • 1968 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • 1973 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)
  • 1977 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • 1978 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • 1979 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1981 Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • 1984 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • 1986 Beryl Markham (née Clutterbuck), British-Kenyan; racehorse trainer, aviator, and memoirist, dies at 83
  • 1986 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), dies at 87
  • 1990 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 1992 Wang Hongwen, vice-President Chinese Comm Party (1973-76), dies
  • 1994 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter, dies at 77
  • 1994 Christy Henrich, US turnster, dies of anorexia nervosa at 22
  • 1994 Hidalgo Moya, American architect and designer (Skylon), dies at 74
  • 1994 John van Raay [John Oradi], radio-imitator (Paul Flanders)
  • 1995 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1995 Marcus Chenault, killer of Martin Luther King Jr's mother, dies at 54
  • 1997 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), dies at 83
  • 1999 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • 2000 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79

Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', dies at 95

  • 2005 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)
  • 2007 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)

Aleksandr SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

Russian writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel Prize for Literature 1970), dies at 89

  • 2008 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2015 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • 2015 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2017 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • 2020 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), dies at 83 [1]
  • 2020 Ralph Barbieri, American sports radio personality (KNBR San Francisco; 'The Razor and Mr. T' 1996-2012), dies of Parkinson's disease at 74
  • 2020 Shirley Ann Grau, American Pulitzer winning author (Keepers of the House), dies at 91
  • 2022 Jackie Walorski, American politician (Rep-R-Indiana 2013-22), dies in a car accident at 58 [1]