Deaths in History on June 3

  • 545 Chlotilde, wife of French King Clovis and saint, dies at about 70
  • 1107 Kilidj Arslan I, Seldjoeken-sultan, dies in battle
  • 1395 Ivan Shishman, Tsar of Bulgaria (1371-95), reportedly captured and killed on orders of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I at about 45
  • 1397 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader, dies at 68
  • 1411 Duke Leopold IV of Austria (b. 1371)
  • 1548 Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)
  • 1568 Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer, dies at 59 [exact birthdate uncertain, late 1507 - early 1508)
  • 1594 John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)
  • 1594 Michel Renichon, Dutch priest, executed
  • 1615 Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
  • 1640 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician, dies at 55
  • 1649 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (b. 1590)
  • 1657 William Harvey, English physician (discovered blood circulation), dies at 79
  • 1659 Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
  • 1688 Maximilian Henry of Bayern, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Bishop of Hildesheim and Bishop of Liège, dies at 66
  • 1732 Pieter Vuyst, Dutch Governor of Ceylon, executed in Batavia after being convicted of multiple murders and other crimes at about 41
  • 1764 Hans Adolph Brorson, Danish Pietist bishop, dies at 69
  • 1780 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, dies at 68
  • 1826 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (b. 1766)
  • 1841 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), dies at 91
  • 1844 Louis Antoine, French Duke of Angoulême and General of France, dies at 68
  • 1861 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), dies at 48
  • 1864 James P. McMahon, US Union colonel (164th NY), dies in the Battle of Cold Harbour at about 29
  • 1864 Peter A. Porter, US Union colonel (8th NY), dies in the Battle of Cold Harbour at 36
  • 1865 Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)
  • 1877 Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo while travelling with Stanley
  • 1877 Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of Netherlands as wife of William III, dies at 58
  • 1881 Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • 1882 Christian Wilberg, German painter, dies at 42
  • 1894 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German expert on Byzantine Law (b. 1812)
  • 1898 Samuel Plimsoll, English MP (Folkestone), dies at 74
  • 1900 Mary Kingsley, English ethnographer and explorer who became the first European to enter parts of Gabon, Africa, dies of typhoid at 37
  • 1912 Julius A. De Lagnel, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 84

Franz KafkaFranz Kafka (1883-1924)

Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40

  • 1928 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • 1936 Clara Noyes, American nurse (head of the American Red Cross WW1), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1943 Folkert Posthuma, Dutch Minister of Agriculture, assassinated at 69
  • 1946 Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1938-46), dies at 60

Amadeo GianniniAmadeo Giannini (1870-1949)

American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), dies at 79

  • 1955 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31

John XXIIIJohn XXIII (1881-1963)

Italian priest and 261st Pope (1958-63), dies of stomach cancer at 81

  • 1963 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • 1964 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1967 Arthur Mitchell Ransome, British journalist, critic, and children's book author (Swallows and Amazons), dies at 83
  • 1967 Arthur Tedder, British Air Marshal (WWII), dies at 76
  • 1967 Gertrude "Mickey" MacFadden, American entertainer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1970 Adrian Conan Doyle, youngest son of Arthur Conan Doyle, dies at 59
  • 1970 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Hjalmar Schacht, German economist, banker and politician (co-founder German Democratic Party), dies at 93
  • 1971 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • 1975 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel Peace Prize 1974), dies at 74
  • 1977 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist (1922 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - discovery of production of heat in muscle), dies at 90
  • 1979 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1981 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), dies at 76

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini (1902-1989)

Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), religious figure and political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, dies of a heart attack at 89

  • 1991 Harry Glicken, American volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan at 33
  • 1991 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist, dies at 78
  • 1992 Patrick Peyton, Irish priest 'The Rosary Priest', dies of kidney failure at 83
  • 1992 William Gaines, American publisher (Mad Magazine), dies at 70
  • 1994 Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist (1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, work with split-brain research), dies at 89
  • 1995 Alastair Webster Mackie, Scottish poet and teacher, dies at 69
  • 1995 Frank Waters, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1995 J. Presper Eckert, Jr., American engineer and co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC), dies at 76
  • 1995 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), dies at 52
  • 1996 Len Creed, British bookmaker (discovered Viv Richards), dies at 79
  • 1996 Tito Okello, Ugandan general, dies at 81
  • 2000 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • 2003 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), dies at 96
  • 2004 Frances Shand Kydd, English aristocrat, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 68
  • 2004 Victor Reuther, American labor leader (United Automobile Workers union), dies at 92 [1]
  • 2005 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 2010 John Hedgecoe, English photographer (Royal College of Art), dies at 78
  • 2010 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), dies at 72

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian (1928-2011)

American pathologist and right-to-die activist, dies of a thrombosis at 83

  • 2013 Frank Lautenberg, American Politician, dies from complications from pneumonia at 89
  • 2018 Frank Carlucci, American National Security Adviser under Reagan and Secretary of Defense (1987-89), dies at 87
  • 2021 F. Lee Bailey, American criminal defense attorney (Sam Shepard; Boston Strangler; Patty Hearst; OJ Simpson), dies at 87
  • 2022 John Porter, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1980-2001), dies at 87