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
  • 1447 John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter, English military leader during the Hundred Years' War, dies at 52
  • 1579 Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (b. 1504)
  • 1610 Alonso García de Ramón, Spanish soldier and twice Royal Governor of Chile (b. c. 1552)
  • 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)

Frederick NorthFrederick North (1732-1792)

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

  • 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 František Čelakovský, Czech slavist, linguist and 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

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels (1820-1895)

German social philosopher and revolutionary socialist who co-authored "The Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx, dies of throat cancer 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

Arthur MeighenArthur Meighen (1874-1960)

9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), dies at 86

  • 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 Rudolf Hagelstange, German writer, dies at 72
  • 1985 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • 1990 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • 1991 Soichiro Hondo, Japanese CEO & founder of Honda, dies of liver cancer at 84

Robert MuldoonRobert Muldoon (1921-1992)

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

  • 1994 Audrey Langford, English singing teacher, dies at 82
  • 1994 Clive Robertson Caldwell, British fighter pilot, dies at 84
  • 1995 Agha Hasan Abedi, Pakistani banker and felon (BCCI), dies at 73
  • 1995 Anthony Barber Doncaster, English bookseller, dies at 81
  • 1996 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, Zanzibar-born revolutionary, politician and pan-Africanist, dies at 72
  • 1996 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, dies at 68
  • 1997 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • 1997 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1998 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander, dies at 86
  • 1998 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria communist leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB), 1954-89, dies at 86
  • 1999 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • 2000 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", dies at 84
  • 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 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • 2006 Susan Butcher, American dog musher and 4 x winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dies of graft-versus-host disease while fighting acute myelogenous leukemia at 51
  • 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 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • 2014 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 2017 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison (1931-2019)

American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010), dies at 88

  • 2020 Aritana Yawalapiti, Brazilian indigenous cacique (leader) of Yawalapiti people, who sought to preserve the Amazon, dies of COVID-19 at 71
  • 2022 Mark Paterson, New Zealand sailor (World C'ship gold Cherub 1978), dies at 74