Deaths in History on February 5

  • 995 William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 937)
  • 1520 Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)
  • 1578 Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
  • 1591 Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher and cartographer, dies at about 82
  • 1658 Maria Margaretha van Angels, Dutch prioress at Oirschot, dies at 52
  • 1661 Shunzhi Emperor of China (1644-1661) Third Qing Emperor, dies of smallpox at 22
  • 1679 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
  • 1705 Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (b. 1635)
  • 1721 James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
  • 1754 Nicolaas S Cruquius, hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • 1766 Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1775 Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (b. 1692)
  • 1790 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist (b. 1710)
  • 1807 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • 1822 Ali Paşa Tepelenë, known as 'The Lion of Janina", Ottoman Albanian ruler, Pasha of Yanina (1788-1822), dies aged somewhere between 78-82
  • 1831 John CJ van Speijk, commits suicide at 29
  • 1867 Salomon Munk, published Arabic edition of Maimounides, dies

Person of interestThomas Carlyle

1881 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist (The French Revolution), dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1888 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • 1892 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • 1911 Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
  • 1917 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • 1919 Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher/writer, dies at 62
  • 1922 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1927 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (founder of the Sufi Order in the West (London) in 1914), dies at 44
  • 1937 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
  • 1938 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1943 Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • 1944 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1945 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, is executed by Nazis at 23
  • 1947 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • 1947 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • 1948 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • 1957 Joseph Ben Hardaway, American storyboard artist, director, and creator of Bugs Bunny, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1957 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • 1958 H. M. Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • 1961 Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1967 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
  • 1967 Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • 1971 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • 1972 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • 1973 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • 1973 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • 1977 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1978 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • 1978 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1981 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • 1981 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • 1982 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • 1982 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • 1983 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67

  • 1985 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • 1991 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • 1992 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • 1992 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 Joseph L Mankiewicz, US writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
  • 1993 Tip Tipping, [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34
  • 1993 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • 1994 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler and Konrad Adenauer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Frederick Craig Riddle, British violist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Judith Fluks, Amsterdam's activist, dies
  • 1995 Kimberley Leston, journalist, dies at 35
  • 1996 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, dies at 84
  • 1997 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • 1997 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • 1999 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1999 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • 2003 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • 2004 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86

Person of interestGnassingbé Eyadéma

2005 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, General and President of Togo (1967-2005), dies of heart attack at 69

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 2007 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • 2010 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2011 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Stuart Freeborn, English motion picture make-up artist, dies at 98
  • 2017 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70