Deaths in History on July 2

  • 862 St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester (his medieval shrine famed for its healing powers) (b. 789)
  • 936 Henry I the Vogelaar, German king (919-36), Duke of Saxon 912-36, dies
  • 1298 Adolf, German Count of Nassau, King of the Roman (1292-98), dies in the battle of Göllheim at about 43
  • 1504 Stephen III (Stefan the Great), ruler of Moldavia (1457-1504), dies

NostradamusNostradamus (1503-1566)

French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), dies at 62

  • 1582 Akechi Mitsuhide, Japanese samurai, killed fleeing the battle of Yamazaki (b. 1528)
  • 1619 Olivier de Serres, French farming pioneer (silkworms), dies
  • 1621 Thomas Harriot, English astronomer (1st person to draw map of the Moon with a telescope), dies at 61 or 62
  • 1633 Trijntje Keever, presumed to have been the tallest woman ever at 2.49 m (8 ft 2 in), dies at 17
  • 1644 William Gascoigne, English astronomer and mathematician (introduced telescopic sights), is killed in the Battle of Marston Moor at 24
  • 1656 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander, dies at 44
  • 1674 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1614)
  • 1684 John Rogers, English Puritan minister and President of Harvard College (1682-84), dies at 54
  • 1700 Lambert Doomer, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at about 77

Spencer ComptonSpencer Compton (c. 1674-1743)

Prime Minister of Great Britain (Whig: 1742-43) statesman who served in government from 1715 until his death, dies at about 70

  • 1746 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian, dies at 89
  • 1778 Bathsheba Spooner, American first woman executed after US Independence for arranging husband's murder, hanged while pregnant at 32
  • 1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, eminent political theorist, and writer whose influential works inspired French Revolution leaders and Romantic academics (Confession), dies of cerebral bleeding from a stroke at 66
  • 1798 John Fitch, American inventor and clockmaker (1st US steamboat service), dies of an opium overdose at 55
  • 1822 Denmark Vesey, American carpenter and ex-slave who planned an unsuccessful slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina, hanged with 5 others at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina at about 55
  • 1833 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician and 1st Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, dies at 76
  • 1843 Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, originator of homeopathy, dies at 88

Robert PeelRobert Peel (1788-1850)

British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and the modern police force (Bobbies), dies after falling from a horse at 62

  • 1857 Carlo Pisacane, Italian patriot and revolutionary, killed leading an uprising (b. 1818)
  • 1861 Petrus Augustus de Génestet, Dutch vicar and poet, dies at 31
  • 1863 Stephen Hinsdale Weed, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle at 28
  • 1914 Joseph Chamberlain, British statesman, minister to Germany, dies at 78
  • 1915 José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, President of Mexico (1877-1911), dies at 84
  • 1918 Mehmed V Resjad, Sultan of Turkey (1909-18), dies at 73
  • 1919 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, dies at 72
  • 1920 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer, dies at 74
  • 1924 Matsukata Masayoshi, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1891-1892, 1896 -1898), dies at 89
  • 1926 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
  • 1931 Stephen Babcock, American agricultural chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • 1932 Manuel II, last King of Portugal (1908-10), dies at 43
  • 1937 Fred L Noonan, US navigator, disappeared over Pacific Ocean
  • 1940 Ben Turpin, American comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies at 65
  • 1943 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, dies at 84
  • 1946 Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
  • 1949 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
  • 1951 Ernst Ferdinand Sauerbruch, German Nazi surgeon, dies at 75
  • 1955 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 82

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway (1899-1961)

American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), dies from suicide at 61

  • 1963 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • 1966 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), dies at 67
  • 1968 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • 1970 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, dies at 81
  • 1972 Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), dies at 95
  • 1973 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, dies at 81

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), dies at 78

  • 1978 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • 1984 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • 1987 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • 1987 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1990 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, dies in automobile accident at 39
  • 1992 Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
  • 1993 Sir Edward Dunlop, Australian war hero (b. 1907)
  • 1994 Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
  • 1994 Ralph C Rinzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys), dies at 59
  • 1995 George Seldes, American investigative journalist, dies at 104
  • 1995 Gervase Jackson-Stops, British architectural adviser to the National Trust, dies at 48
  • 1996 Hugh Davson, English physiologist (protein sandwich model), dies at 86

Mario PuzoMario Puzo (1920-1999)

American novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), dies at 78

  • 2003 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, dies at 80
  • 2003 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • 2004 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, dies at 85
  • 2004 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer and editor (Twilight in Jakarta), dies at 82
  • 2004 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), dies at 84
  • 2010 Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Itamar Franco, 33rd President of Brazil (1992-94), dies at 81
  • 2013 Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American scientist and NASA astronaut, dies at 80
  • 2013 Arlan Stangeland, American politician, dies at 83

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart (1925-2013)

American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), dies at 88

  • 2013 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, dies at 91
  • 2013 Sef Imkamp, Dutch politician, dies at 88

Elie WieselElie Wiesel (1928-2016)

Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87

  • 2016 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • 2016 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • 2016 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • 2019 Lee Iacocca, American automotive executive (CEO of Chrysler Corp), dies at 94
  • 2021 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist, dies at 92