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, 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 (b. 1788)
  • 1877 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden, dies at 77
  • 1880 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • 1889 Willem Ruys J Dz, 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, Emperor of Germany/Queen of Prussia, dies at 60
  • 1923 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian slavist (b. 1835)
  • 1929 Millicent Fawcett, English suffragist, dies at 82
  • 1932 Israel Querido, writer (Jordan), dies
  • 1940 Frederick A 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, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
  • 1947 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • 1950 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • 1952 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • 1957 Heinrich O Wieland, German chemist (Nobel 1927), dies at 80
  • 1959 Edgar Albert Guest, American poet and newspaperman, dies at 77

Person of interestArthur Meighen

1960 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

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, poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • 1980 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 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 Ulrich Marcus, playwright/critic, dies at 68
  • 1997 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1998 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2007 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 2010 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), dies at 93
  • 2011 Andrzej Lepper, former Polish Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1954)
  • 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