On This Day

Deaths in History on March 1

  • 589 Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales (b. 500)
  • 965 Leo VIII, Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65), dies
  • 986 King Lothair of France (b. 941)
  • 1131 Stephen II, King of Hungary (1116-31), dies
  • 1233 Count Thomas I of Savoy (b. 1178)
  • 1244 Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Welsh leader Llywelyn the Great, dies trying to escape from the Tower of London (b. 1200)
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, (Green Earl), earl of Savoy, dies at 49
  • 1510 Francisco de Almeida, Portuguese soldier, explorer and 1st Viceroy of India dies at Table Bay, Africa at about 59
  • 1535 Bernardo Accolti [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia), dies at 70
  • 1546 George Wishart, Scottish religious reformer (martyred) (b 1513)
  • 1633 George Herbert, English poet, dies at 39
  • 1661 Richard Zouch, English jurist (b. 1590)
  • 1697 Francesco Redi, Italian physician (b. 1626)
  • 1706 Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and Governor of Berlin, dies at 73
  • 1734 Roger North, English biographer (b. 1653)
  • 1757 Edward Moore, English writer and dramatist (The Gamester), dies at 44

  • 1768 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer (b. 1694)
  • 1773 Jan Wagenaar, Dutch historian, dies at 63
  • 1773 Luigi Vanvitelli, [Louis van Wittel], Italian architect, dies at 72

Person of interestLeopold II

1792 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), dies at 44

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 1822 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), dies at 67
  • 1826 Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect, dies at 59
  • 1827 Christopher Gore, American lawyer and politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 68
  • 1841 Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, French marshal, dies at 76
  • 1862 Peter Barlow, English mathematician (b. 1776)
  • 1865 Anna Paulowna Romanova, great monarch of Russia, dies at 70
  • 1869 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, Fr poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78

Person of interestFrancisco Solano López

1870 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), shouts "¡Muero con mi patria!" (I die with my nation) and dies in a struggle with Brazilian soldiers attempting to disarm him at 43

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 1875 Tristan Corbière, French poet, dies at 29
  • 1879 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1825)
  • 1884 Isaac Todhunter, English mathematician (b. 1820)
  • 1892 Archibald Scott, Scottish chemist, dies at 60
  • 1896 Giuseppe Arimondi, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 49
  • 1896 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 53
  • 1898 George Bruce Malleson, English officer in India and author, dies at 72
  • 1899 Gyorgy earl Apponyi, Hungarian MP, dies at 90

  • 1906 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist (b. 1833)
  • 1906 Moritz Heyne, German germanist (Beowulf), dies at 68
  • 1911 Jacobus H van 't Hoff, Dutch chemist/physicist (Nobel 1901), dies at 58
  • 1912 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Danish politician (Council President of Denmark), dies at 72
  • 1914 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto (b. 1845)
  • 1920 Joseph Trumpeldor, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
  • 1920 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator from Alabama, dies at 77
  • 1921 Nicholas Petrovic Njegos, King of Montenegro (1910-18), dies at 79
  • 1923 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, dies at 73
  • 1924 Louise MA, princess of Belgium, dies at 66
  • 1926 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), dies at 58
  • 1929 Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 47
  • 1932 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti Orfici), dies at 46
  • 1933 Uładzimir Žyłka, Belarusian poet, dies at 32
  • 1938 Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italian poet, writer (Il fuoco, Intruder), playwright and military hero as part of the elite Arditi storm troops, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1940 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (Truth and Justice), dies at 62
  • 1942 George S. Rentz, U.S. Navy Chaplain (awarded the Navy Cross during WW II), dies at 59
  • 1947 J Boogaard, nazi collaborator, executed
  • 1950 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1952 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1958 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter (Dog at a Rope), dies at 86
  • 1966 Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1968 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • 1970 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer and poet (Na jaren), dies at 59
  • 1972 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • 1974 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological and poet (Azuren Holte), dies at 53
  • 1979 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • 1980 Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • 1983 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77
  • 1989 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • 1990 Claude Spaak, Belgian dramatist, dies

Person of interestEdwin Land

1991 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, dies at 81

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1993 Luis Kutner, US co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
  • 1994 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • 1994 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Edmund Boyd Fisher, publisher, dies at 56
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, Russian TV-journalist, murdered at 38
  • 1995 Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), dies at 85
  • 1996 Margaret McKay, politician, dies at 85
  • 2001 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86
  • 2005 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Harry Browne, American politician and author (b. 1933)
  • 2011 John M. Lounge, American engineer and astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), dies at 64
  • 2012 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger and publisher, dies at 43
  • 2014 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), dies at 91
  • 2016 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • 2017 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • 2018 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), dies at 37
  • 2018 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), dies of pancreatic cancer 75
  • 2019 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), dies at 96
  • 2019 Zhores Alferov, Soviet/ Russian physicist (2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), dies at 88

Person of interestJack Welch

2020 Jack Welch, American businessman and CEO of General Electric (GE), dies of renal failure at 84

Businessman and CEO of GE Jack Welch
Businessman and CEO of GE
Jack Welch