Deaths in History on February 5

  • 1578 Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
  • 1590 Bernardino de Sahagún, Spanish Franciscan friar 'the first anthropologist' (studied Aztec beliefs and culture), dies (b. 1499) [1]
  • 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 and dramatist (Jephtha), 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 Kruik, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • 1757 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, dies at 78
  • 1766 Leopold Joseph Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 60
  • 1775 Eusebius Amort, German Roman Catholic theologian, dies at 82
  • 1790 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist, dies at 79
  • 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 Jan van Speyk, Dutch naval hero, commits suicide by blowing up own gunboat to avoid capture during Belgian Revolution at 29
  • 1867 Salomon Munk, published Arabic edition of Maimounides, dies

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

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

  • 1888 (Anthonij) "Anton" Mauve, Dutch realist painter, and cousin-in-law 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)
  • 1937 Lou Andreas-Salomé, Russian-German author (Im Kampf um Gott), dies of uremia 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, American poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • 1977 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1978 Annie Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • 1978 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1981 Ella Grasso, American politician, Governor of Connecticut (1975-80), dies at 61
  • 1981 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • 1982 Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide
  • 1982 Wies Moens, Belgian writer and historian, dies at 84
  • 1983 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • 1984 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • 1985 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • 1991 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish Jesuit priest (1st responder after the bombing of Hiroshima), dies at 83
  • 1992 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • 1992 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 Joseph L Mankiewicz, American writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
  • 1993 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • 1993 Tip Tipping [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34

Ben EnwonwuBen Enwonwu (1917-1994)

Nigerian painter (Portrait of Tutu), dies at 76

  • 1994 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler & Konrad Adenauer and director of Deutsche Bank (1938-45), 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 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • 1999 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 2003 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • 2004 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86

Gnassingbé EyadémaGnassingbé Eyadéma (1935-2005)

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

  • 2007 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)

Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, dies at 90

  • 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
  • 2016 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), dies at 71
  • 2017 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2019 Dakshayani 'Gaja Muthassi, elephant 'granny' Indian elephant, oldest in captivity, dies in Kerala at 88