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Deaths in History on February 1

  • 656 Sigebert III, King of Austrasia, dies at about 25
  • 1204 Alexius IV Angelus, Regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered at 21
  • 1248 Hendrik II, Duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies at 40
  • 1328 Charles IV, the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies at 33
  • 1502 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish soldier & poet, dies at 77
  • 1542 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal, dies at 61
  • 1563 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of fever
  • 1590 Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman & educator, dies at 63
  • 1691 Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • 1691 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • 1694 John L baron van Elderen, 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
  • 1705 Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, 1st Queen consort of Prussia (1701-05), dies at 36
  • 1718 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician, dies at 57
  • 1733 August II, the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
  • 1734 John Floyer, English physician & writer, dies at 84
  • 1747 Jacobus Capitein, Dutch Christian minister, dies at ~30

  • 1761 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince & historian, dies at 78
  • 1768 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, dies at 82
  • 1793 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman, dies at 76
  • 1832 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • 1832 Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician, dies at 55
  • 1839 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect & archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1850 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3

Person of interestMary Shelley

1851 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1864 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, dies at 44
  • 1869 Frederik Willem Conrad, Dutch hydraulic engineer & railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • 1873 Matthew Maury, American oceanographer, dies at 67
  • 1878 George Cruikshank, English caricaturist & illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85
  • 1883 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), dies at 64 [NS=Feb 13]
  • 1893 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco, dies at 70
  • 1897 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist, dies at 70
  • 1903 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist & mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • 1904 Peter Paul Maria Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian & writer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter, dies at 77
  • 1908 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • 1910 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44

  • 1936 Georgios Kondylis, Prime Minister of Greece & general of the Greek army, dies at 56
  • 1937 Marguerite Audoux, French novelist, dies at 73
  • 1940 Philip Francis Nowlan, American sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)

Person of interestPiet Mondrian

1944 Piet Mondrian, Dutch painter & theoretician (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • 1945 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
  • 1946 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1954 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister & daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69

Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1957 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, dies at 66

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1958 Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), dies at 76
  • 1963 Fleetwood Lindley, American man & last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face, dies at 75
  • 1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • 1970 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 48
  • 1974 Lynda Ann Healy, 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle at 22
  • 1976 Edgar Pangborn, American author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • 1976 George Whipple, American scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 97
  • 1976 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • 1977 Edmond Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72

Person of interestDonald Wills Douglas

1981 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) & aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), dies at 88

Aviation Pioneer Donald Wills Douglas
Aviation Pioneer
Donald Wills Douglas
  • 1986 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • 1987 Sala Burton, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-87), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1988 Heather O'Rourke, American child actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • 1988 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • 1989 Elaine de Kooning, American artist, dies at 70
  • 1991 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies at 77
  • 1992 Irving Kaufman, American federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • 1994 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • 1995 Michael Cesar, American man & self-proclaimed 'Pope of Pot', dies of liver cancer at 52
  • 1996 Clive Burton, British neuropathologist, dies at 54
  • 1997 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • 1997 Mitchell Goodman, American writer, dies at 71
  • 1997 Peter Morris, British historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1997 Thelma Moss, American actress & psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1999 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • 2001 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist, dies at 71
  • 2003 Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 43
  • 2003 David Brown, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 46
  • 2003 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, dies in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 40
  • 2003 Laurel Clark, American astronaut and member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • 2003 Rick D. Husband, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 45
  • 2003 Willie McCool, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • 2003 Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut & member of STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 48
  • 2003 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain & NASA astronaut, dies at 46
  • 2005 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, dies at 95
  • 2006 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat, dies at 74
  • 2007 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader, dies at 60
  • 2012 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • 2012 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet & Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2013 Ed Koch, American congressman & New York City Mayor (1977-89), dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2015 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, dies at 91
  • 2017 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • 2018 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist & physician, dies at 87