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Deaths in History on August 5

  • 882 King Louis III of France (b. 863)
  • 1063 Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
  • 1157 Dirk VI, Count of Holland, dies
  • 1364 Emperor Kōgon of Japan (Ashikaga Pretenders), 1st Northern Emperor, dies at 51
  • 1579 Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (b. 1504)
  • 1610 Alonso García de Ramón, Spanish soldier and twice Royal Governor of Chile
  • 1644 J Henry Alting, German theologist (Statenvertaling), dies at 61
  • 1743 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (b. 1696)
  • 1778 Charles Clémencet, French historian (b. 1703)

Person of interestFrederick North

1792 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", dies at 60

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • 1799 Richard Howe, British admiral, dies at 73
  • 1834 Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp, Dutch count and Minister of Foreign affairs (1813-14), dies at 71
  • 1852 Frantisek L Celakovsky, Czech slavist/poet, dies at 53
  • 1862 Thomas Williams, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 47
  • 1864 Griffin A Stedman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies in battle at 26
  • 1868 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (discovered flint tools in the gravels of the Somme valley), dies at 79

  • 1877 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden, dies at 77
  • 1880 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • 1889 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner, dies at 80
  • 1895 Friedrich English, German textile manufacturer/marxist, dies
  • 1895 Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher (Communism), dies at 74
  • 1900 James Augustine Healy, African American Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80
  • 1901 Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III, dies at 60
  • 1923 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian scholar of Slavic studies, dies at 85
  • 1929 Millicent Fawcett, English suffragist, dies at 82
  • 1932 Israël Querido, Dutch writer (Jordan), dies at 59
  • 1940 Frederick Cook, American explorer, claimed to have 1st discovered North Pole, dies at 75
  • 1943 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, is executed during WWII at 55
  • 1946 Wilhelm Marx, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (1923-25, 1926-28), dies at 83
  • 1950 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • 1952 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • 1957 Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), dies at 80
  • 1959 Edgar Albert Guest, American poet and newspaperman, dies at 77
9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1961 Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), dies at 67
  • 1964 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73

  • 1972 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • 1976 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • 1980 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1983 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), dies at 77
  • 1984 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • 1985 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • 1990 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • 1991 Soichiro Hondo, CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84

Person of interestRobert Muldoon

1992 Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), dies at 70

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • 1994 Audrey Langford, sInging teacher, dies at 82
  • 1994 Clive Robertson Caldwell, British fighter pilot, dies at 84
  • 1995 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker, dies at 73
  • 1995 Anthony Barber Doncaster, bookseller, dies at 81
  • 1996 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, politician, dies at 72
  • 1996 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, dies at 68
  • 1997 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1997 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • 1998 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander, dies at 86
  • 1998 Todor Zjivkov, Bulgaria communist leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB), dies at 86
  • 1999 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • 2000 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, dies at 80
  • 2000 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", dies at 84
  • 2001 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Raul Roco, Philippine senator (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Edward "Ed" Thrasher, American art director and photographer (Come & Gone), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2006 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • 2007 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 2007 Oliver Hill, American civil rights attorney (Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999), dies at 100
  • 2010 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), dies at 93
  • 2011 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), dies at 57
  • 2014 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 2014 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • 2017 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77

Person of interestToni Morrison

2019 Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Wofford], American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010) , dies at 88