Deaths in History on June 2

  • 657 Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies
  • 910 Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1418 Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile
  • 1564 Gellius Faber [Jelle Smit], Fries theologist, dies
  • 1567 Shane O'Neill, Irish chieftain
  • 1572 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, English nobleman and Earl Marshal who participated in the Ridolfi plot and executed, executed for treason at 36
  • 1575 Pieter Aertsen [Long Worm], painter, dies at about 65
  • 1581 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • 1597 Diederik Sonoy, German/Neth governor of Northern quarter, dies at 67
  • 1632 Ernst Casimir, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Friesland, dies at 58
  • 1639 Floris II van Pallandt, Dutch earl of Culemborg and politician, dies at 62
  • 1678 Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent and diplomat (First Stadtholderless Period of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • 1678 Pieter the Great, regent/diplomat, dies at 63
  • 1693 John Wildman, English soldier and politician
  • 1701 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), dies at 93
  • 1716 Ogata Korin, Japanese painter
  • 1754 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • 1761 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • 1785 Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1802 Pemulwuy [Bembilwuyam] Indigenous Australian (Bidjigal) who resisted colonization, shot to death, his head later sent to Joseph Banks (b. c. 1750) [1]
  • 1812 John W de Winter, Dutch vice-adm, dies at battle at Kamperduin at 51
  • 1839 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic painter and lithographer (Wrecked), dies at 26
  • 1864 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brigadier general, dies at 34
  • 1865 Johannes Elias Feisser, Dutch theologist and founder of 1st Dutch baptist church, dies at 59
  • 1865 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, dies at 81
  • 1875 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1881 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882)

Italian general and nationalist (Risorgimento) who helped unify Italy, dies at 74

  • 1896 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer and ambassador in Abyssinia, dies at 65
  • 1900 Samori Ture, Muslim leader of the Wassoulou Empire (1878-98), dies in captivity at 69 or 70
  • 1901 George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary (b. 1844)
  • 1901 James A. Herne, American playwright (Hearts of Oak; Margaret Fleming), dies at 62
  • 1908 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • 1913 Alfred Austin, English poet laureate of England (Garden), dies at 78
  • 1921 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, dies at 92
  • 1927 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (De Hooge Vuursche), dies at 67

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)

American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), dies at 71

  • 1940 Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 66
  • 1948 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • 1948 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (convicted of war crimes for experimenting on concentration camp inmates), executed and hung for his crimes at 50
  • 1948 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
  • 1948 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • 1948 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician, dies at 42
  • 1950 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), dies at 70
  • 1951 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher, dies at 83
  • 1951 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), dies at 71
  • 1961 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), dies at 72
  • 1962 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • 1962 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • 1967 Benno Ohnesorg, German student (b. 1940)
  • 1971 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • 1974 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), dies at 86

Eisaku SatōEisaku Satō (1901-1975)

Prime Minister of Japan (1963-72) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1974), dies of a stroke at 74

  • 1976 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • 1976 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1982 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • 1988 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • 1990 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), dies at 62
  • 1990 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", dies at 78
  • 1993 French JFM of Thiel, Dutch 2nd chamber chairman (1963-72), dies at 86
  • 1993 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), dies at 86
  • 1994 David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 1996 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • 1996 Leon Garield, writer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49
  • 2000 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2000 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • 2009 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2013 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86
  • 2015 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • 2018 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, dies at 86
  • 2018 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), dies at 99