Deaths in History on July 1

  • 251 Decius, Roman Emperor (249-251), 1st Roman Emperor to be killed by a foreign enemy, dies in the Battle of Abritus at about 50 (b. 201)
  • 251 Herennius Etruscus, joint Roman Emperor with his father Decius, dies fighting in the Battle of Abritus (b. ca. 227)
  • 868 Ali al-Hadi, 10th Shia Imam, dies at 39
  • 1109 Alfonso VI, King of Castile and Leon (conquered Toledo) (b. c. 1040)
  • 1277 Baibars, Mameluk sultan of Egypt (b. 1223)
  • 1378 Jan I V van Arkel, bishop of Utrecht/Luik, dies
  • 1523 Hendrik Voes, Flemish priest and church reformer, burned at the stake
  • 1523 John of Esschen, Flemish priest and church reformer, burned at the stake
  • 1589 Christophe Plantin, French-Belgian book publisher (Officina Plantiniana), dies
  • 1614 Isaac Casaubon, French-born classical scholar (b. 1559)
  • 1622 William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, English peer and politician who helped stop the Gunpowder Plot, dies at around 47
  • 1627 Nathaniel Bacon, English painter, dies at 41
  • 1681 Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr (later beatified) to die in England, hanged, drawn and quartered for treason at Tyburn at 55
  • 1708 Emperor Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia (b. 1706)
  • 1723 Willem van de Pose, Governor of Cape Colony (1699-1797), dies at about 59
  • 1736 Ahmed III, 23rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1703-30), dies at 62
  • 1774 Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, English corrupt politician (Chiswick), dies at 68
  • 1776 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • 1819 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, dies at 66

Mahmud II

1839 Mahmud II, 30th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1808-39), dies of tuberculosis at 53

  • 1847 George F Kersting, German painter, dies at 61

Charles Goodyear

1860 Charles Goodyear, American chemist and manufacturing engineer who invented the vulcanization process for rubber, dies at 59

  • 1863 John Fulton Reynolds, American Union general-major, dies in the Battle of Gettysburg at 42
  • 1876 Mikhail Bakunin, Russian revolutionary anarchist, dies at 62
  • 1877 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, dies at 36
  • 1885 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens), dies at 73
  • 1894 Allan Pinkerton, American private detective and founder of Chicago detective agency, dies at 64
  • 1894 Julius van Zuylen van Nyevelt, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 77

Harriet Quimby

1912 Harriet Quimby, American pioneering aviator, 1st woman in the US to receive a pilot certificate and to cross the English Channel, dies in a plane crash at 37 after her biplane unexpectedly pitched forward and threw her and her passenger to their deaths [1]

  • 1925 Jan P Veth, Dutch painter/lithographer/art historian, dies at 61
  • 1929 Henry Johnson, American soldier of 369th regiment (aka Harlem Hell Fighters), 1st US WWI soldier to receive the Croix de guerre after fighting a German raid in hand-to-hand combat to rescue a fellow soldier (posthumous Medal of Honour, 2015), dies of myocarditis at 36
  • 1939 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • 1943 Auguste Reitsma, Dutch resistance fighter (census director), executed
  • 1943 C Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 C L Barentsen, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Coos Hartogh, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Cor Roos, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Henri Halberstadt, Dutch resistance fighter (census dir), executed
  • 1943 Johan Brouwer, hispanist/writer/Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943 Koen Limperg, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Sam Bloemgarten, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Willem Arondeus, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1943 Willem Brouwer, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • 1949 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret artist, dies at 65
  • 1950 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Tribune building), dies at 76
  • 1953 Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • 1953 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • 1958 Apie [Adrian P] Prince, Dutch writer (I Go Me Own Way), dies
  • 1958 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), dies at 78
  • 1961 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67
  • 1963 Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
  • 1966 Pauline Boty, English artist, dies of cancer at 29

Juan Perón

1974 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), dies of a heart attack at 78

  • 1976 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
  • 1978 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • 1980 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • 1981 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • 1983 R. Buckminster Fuller, American architect and inventor (geodesic dome), dies at 87
  • 1984 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), dies at 80
  • 1985 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • 1990 Jurriaan Schrofer, graphic designer, dies
  • 1991 Joost Baljeu, painter/founder-editor Structure, dies
  • 1992 Francisco Mendes, Guinea-Bissauan politician (b. 1933)
  • 1994 Johanna Ader-Appels, resistance fighter/author, dies
  • 1995 Ronald Farrow, radio producer and priest, dies at 49
  • 1996 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, dies at 80
  • 1996 William T. Cahill, American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (1970-74), dies at 84
  • 1997 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • 1999 Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (Mars, Inc.) dies at 95
  • 1999 Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean revolutionary (ZAPU), and Matabeleland politician (Vice-President of Zimbabwe, 1990-99), dies of prostate cancer at 82
  • 2000 Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • 2001 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • 2004 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1996-98), dies at 68
  • 2009 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • 2009 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • 2013 William Gray III, American politician, dies from natural causes at 71
  • 2013 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), dies at 71
  • 2014 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician, dies at 76
  • 2014 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • 2015 Lawrence Herkimer, American "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), dies at 89
  • 2015 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • 2017 Norman Dorsen, American lawyer, human rights advocate and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies of complications from a stroke at 86