Deaths in History on February 7

  • 590 Pelagius II, Gothic Pope (579-90), dies from plague
  • 999 Boleslaus II of Bohemia
  • 1045 Emperor Go-Suzaku, 69th Emperor of Japan (1036-45), dies at 37
  • 1317 Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (b. 1256)
  • 1560 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)
  • 1593 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, dies at 79
  • 1609 Ferdinand I, cardinal/ruler of Toscane, dies
  • 1626 William V, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1548)
  • 1642 William Bedell, English clergyman (b. 1571)
  • 1690 William Morice, English royalist statesman
  • 1693 Paul Pellisson, French writer, dies at 68
  • 1736 Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)
  • 1799 Qianlong, Emperor of China, 6th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, dies at 87
  • 1801 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)
  • 1823 Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest), dies at 58

Gustav IV AdolfGustav IV Adolf (1778-1837)

King of Sweden (1792-1809), dies of a stroke at 58

  • 1839 Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • 1857 Félix de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, dies at 65
  • 1865 John Henry Winder, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and provost marshal, dies at 64
  • 1873 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), dies at 58
  • 1878 Pius IX, "Pio Nono" [Giovanni Ferretti], Pope (1846-78), dies at 85
  • 1881 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73
  • 1897 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist and electrical engineer, dies at 49
  • 1919 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient who survived 31 days at sea in a small boat to seek help for the shipwrecked USS Saginaw, dies at 77
  • 1920 Alexander Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian Imperial Navy Admiral, polar explorer, and anti-communist leader, dies at 45
  • 1933 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), dies at 86
  • 1937 Elihu Root, US min of War/Foreign affairs (Nobel 1912), dies at 91

Harvey S. FirestoneHarvey S. Firestone (1868-1938)

American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

  • 1939 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1942 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator, dies at 65
  • 1958 Betty MacDonald [nee Bard], American humor writer (The Egg and I), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1959 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • 1960 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • 1962 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • 1964 Hermann A. J. Kees, German egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology), dies at 77
  • 1967 Henry Morgenthau Jr., US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45) who helped design the New Deal and Lend Lease programs, dies at 74
  • 1977 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • 1979 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • 1980 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
  • 1985 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • 1986 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • 1988 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • 1990 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • 1990 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • 1990 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • 1991 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • 1991 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • 1991 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • 1991 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • 1992 Jeanne Gerson, dies of cancer & pneumonia at 87
  • 1993 W Sybout A Colenbrander, Dutch historian/journalist, dies at 82
  • 1994 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem minister (CRM 1965-66), dies at 74
  • 1994 Richard Bissell, US under director of CIA (Pig's Bay), dies at 84
  • 1995 Helen Wallis, cartographer/Librarian, dies at 70
  • 1995 Massimo Pallottino, Italian archaeologist (Etruscologia), dies at 86
  • 1996 George Trevelyan, British educational pioneer and a founding father of the New Age movement, dies at 89
  • 1996 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99), dies at 63
  • 1999 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • 1999 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • 2000 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, dies at 52

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea), dies of a stroke at 94

  • 2003 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • 2003 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • 2012 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • 2015 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 88
  • 2015 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher and multi-millionaire (St Ives Group), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2019 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), dies at 92
  • 2020 Harold Strachan, South African writer, anti-apartheid activist, and explosives expert, dies of liver disease complications at 94
  • 2020 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, dies of COVID-19 in Wuhan at 34