Deaths in History on January 3

  • 236 St Anterus, Catholic Pope (235-36), dies in office and buried in Rome
  • 1028 Fujiwara Michinaga, Japanese regent (wrote world's oldest autographic diary), dies (b. 966)
  • 1098 Walkelin, first Norman bishop of Winchester (b. unknown)
  • 1322 Philip V, the Tall, King of France (1316-22), dies
  • 1437 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, dies at 35
  • 1501 Ali-Shir Nava'i, Timurid poet and writer (Mahbub ul-Qulub) considered a founder of early Turkic literature, dies at 59

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo (1499-1543)

Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

  • 1552 Henry II of Bavaria, Bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), Worms (1523-52) and Freising (1541-52), dies at 64
  • 1560 Peder Palladus, Danish church reformer (Visitasbog), dies at about 56
  • 1570 Bartholomeus Latomus [Steinmetz], Flemish archbishop of Trier, dies
  • 1571 Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (1535-71), dies at 65
  • 1641 Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer who was 1st to demonstrate the Moon moves around the Earth in an elliptical orbit and predicted the 1639 transit of Venus, dies of unknown causes at 22
  • 1656 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • 1670 George Monck, English general, dies at 61
  • 1690 Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
  • 1701 Prince Louis I of Monaco (b. 1642)
  • 1743 Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect and designer, dies at 85
  • 1759 Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
  • 1779 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon, dies at 66

Josiah WedgwoodJosiah Wedgwood (1730-1795)

English pottery designer and manufacturer (Wedgwood), dies at 64

  • 1813 Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)
  • 1826 Louis-Gabriel Suchet, French nobleman (Duke of Albufera), and military commander (Marshal of the Empire), dies at 55
  • 1841 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch (Official) Gazette, dies at 82
  • 1858 Henry Darcy, French hydraulic engineer (Darcy's Law), dies at 54
  • 1865 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, dies at 43
  • 1870 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, dies at 46
  • 1875 Pierre Larousse, French editor (b. 1817)
  • 1882 Clement Claiborne Clay, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alabama), dies at 65
  • 1882 William Harrison Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76
  • 1895 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), dies at 70
  • 1898 James Wimshurst, British designer and inventor (electrostatic generator), dies at 70
  • 1903 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, dies at 65
  • 1911 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (b. 1851)
  • 1912 Felix Dahn, German historian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • 1915 James Elroy Flecker, English poet and dramatist (Hassan), dies at 30

Grenville M. DodgeGrenville M. Dodge (1831-1916)

American railroad engineer (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific) and Major General (Union Army), dies at 84

  • 1920 Zygmunt Janiszewski, Polish mathematician, dies at 31
  • 1923 Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (The Good Soldier Švejk), dies of heart failure at 39
  • 1927 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German mathematician and physicist, dies at 70
  • 1931 Joseph Joffre, French army Chief of Staff (Indo China, WWI Battle of Marne), dies at 78
  • 1933 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23) and businessman, dies at 56
  • 1938 Arthur Boon, Flemish priest/philologist, dies at 54
  • 1943 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia, dies at 79 (b. 1863)
  • 1944 Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)
  • 1945 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (Lenin: God of the Godless), dies at 68

William JoyceWilliam Joyce (1906-1946)

American-born Irish Fascist politician and NAZI propagandist, hanged in Britain for treason at 39

  • 1956 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Germany (Stalin Peace Prize), dies at 76
  • 1960 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), dies at 80
  • 1965 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82

Jack RubyJack Ruby (1911-1967)

American nightclub owner who murdered assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of pulmonary embolism at 55

  • 1969 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 1970 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 1972 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • 1974 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1975 Robert Neumann, Austrian-British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • 1975 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor (1948 Olympics), dies at 71
  • 1976 Michael V. Love, American test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • 1977 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • 1977 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • 1979 Conrad Hilton, American hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels, world's 1st international hotel chain), dies at 91
  • 1980 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38

Joy AdamsonJoy Adamson (1910-1980)

Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

  • 1981 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)

Gaston EyskensGaston Eyskens (1905-1988)

Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82

  • 1988 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • 1989 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • 1992 Radomiro Tomic, Chilean president (1970), dies
  • 1993 Johnny Most, American sports announcer (b. 1923)
  • 1994 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), dies at 92
  • 1994 Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten & The Bie), dies at 48
  • 1995 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Nesbitt, English theatre impresario (Royal Variety Show), dies at 88
  • 1996 Geoffrey Pardoe, British engineer (Project Manager for the Blue Streak ballistic missile programme), dies at 67
  • 1996 Terence Cuneo, English artist (official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953), dies at 88
  • 2002 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer brewer (Heineken), dies at 78
  • 2004 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Edward R. Roybal, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-93), dies at 89
  • 2005 JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • 2007 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Alan Walters, British political economist (Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), dies at 82
  • 2009 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2009 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • 2012 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • 2012 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer & publisher, dies at 87
  • 2012 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist & judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • 2012 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator & writer (The Outer Lands), dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012 Wylie Walker Vale, American endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70
  • 2014 Saul Zaentz, American record company executive (Fantasy), and film producer (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Amadeus; The Unbearable Lightness Of Being; The English Patient), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 92

Edward W. BrookeEdward W. Brooke (1919-2015)

American politician and 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate (R-Mass: 1967-79), dies at 95

  • 2017 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) & test pilot, dies at 79
  • 2020 Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killed at 62 in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport, Iraq
  • 2023 Walter Cunningham, American astronaut (Apollo 7), dies at 90 from complications after a fall