On This Day

Deaths in History on January 2

  • 17 Ovid, Roman poet (Metamorphoses), dies at ~59
  • 1512 Svante, Regent of Sweden, dies at ~52
  • 1514 William Smyth, English bishop & statesman, dies at ~54
  • 1557 Pontormo, Italian painter (Sepulture of Christ), dies at 62
  • 1685 Harbottle Grimston, English politician, dies at 82
  • 1694 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician, dies at 42
  • 1763 John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (C) & English chief minister (1722-42), dies at 72
  • 1790 Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, German rococo sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1801 Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss writer, philosopher, founder of physiognomics, dies at 59
  • 1819 Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Charles IV of Spain, dies at 67
  • 1861 Frederick William IV, King of Prussia (1840-61) & Germany (1849-61), dies at 65
  • 1863 Roger Weightman Hanson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Murfreesboro at 35
  • 1892 George Biddell Airy, English astronomer & writer, dies at 90
  • 1892 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman & scientist, dies at 78
  • 1892 George Biddell Airy, English mathematician & 7th Astronomer Royal, dies at 90
  • 1893 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, dies at 87

  • 1904 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess (daughter of Napoleon's brother Jérôme Bonaparte and his second wife, Catharina of Württemberg, daughter of King Frederick I of Württemberg) and socialite, dies at 83
  • 1911 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji at 29
  • 1913 Léon Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere), dies at 57
  • 1917 Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (Primitive Culture), dies at 84
  • 1918 Sybe Kornelis Bakker, Dutch Christian socialist & reformed preacher, dies at 42
  • 1921 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Chancellor of the German Empire (1909-17), dies at 64
  • 1923 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched by in the Rosewood Massacre
  • 1929 Erich Wichmann, Dutch fascist painter & sculptor, dies at 38
  • 1936 Sir Francis Newdegate, English politician (Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia), dies at 73
  • 1939 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician, dies at 74
  • 1945 Betram Home Ramsay, Engl admiral (Normandy), dies at 61
  • 1948 Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet, dies at 69
  • 1950 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • 1951 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia, dies at 80
  • 1953 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, dies at 71
  • 1955 Jose Antonio Remon, President of Panama (1952-55), assassinated at 46
  • 1960 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • 1960 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • 1960 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52

  • 1968 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • 1971 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • 1975 Theo Osterkamp, German fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1985 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author & first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • 1988 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist, dies at 86
  • 1991 Irving Johnson, American sail training pioneer & adventurer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (17th Governor of Washington) & chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), dies at 79
  • 1994 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81
  • 1994 Sammy Taft, Canadian businessman (coined term "hat trick"), dies at 81
  • 1995 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter & co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67
  • 1995 Siad Barre, Somalia politician (President, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1996 Sydney Thompson, British rock climber, dies at 81
  • 1996 Thornton Page, American astrophysicist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist & Holocaust survivor, dies at 80
  • 1998 Frank Muir, English writer & raconteur, dies at 77
  • 1999 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist & author, dies at 91
  • 2000 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist, dies at 85
  • 2000 Elmo Zumwalt, American admiral, dies at 79
  • 2001 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • 2004 Jess Collins, American artist, dies at 80
  • 2005 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist, dies at 93
  • 2005 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, dies at 83
  • 2005 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist, dies at 82
  • 2005 Ronald "Bo" Ginn, American politician, dies at 70
  • 2006 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice, dies at 92
  • 2007 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • 2007 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist, dies at 87
  • 2007 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • 2007 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister, dies at 77
  • 2007 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian, dies at 65
  • 2007 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy, dies at 64
  • 2007 A. Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer & professor, dies at 55
  • 2007 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink, dies at 49
  • 2008 Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas, dies at 84
  • 2008 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • 2008 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician, dies at 81
  • 2009 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian, dies at 115
  • 2010 Oscar Sala, Italian-born Brazilian nuclear physicist, dies at 87
  • 2011 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician & educationalist, dies at 79
  • 2011 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer, dies at 92
  • 2012 David Barron, British physicist & computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • 2012 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President & Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • 2012 William Carey, American businessman & philanthropist (W. P. Carey & Co.), died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • 2012 Gordon Hirabayashi, American sociologist & opponent to Japanese-American internment, dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2013 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier & first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • 2014 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • 2016 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader & non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • 2017 John Berger, English art critic & author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • 2018 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90
  • 2019 Julia Grant [prev George Roberts], transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", dies at 64