Deaths in History on March 2

  • 640 Bilal ibn Rabah, Arabic companion of prophet Muhammad, first mu'azzin in history, (b. 580)
  • 855 Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)
  • 986 Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
  • 1122 Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies
  • 1127 Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered
  • 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)
  • 1333 Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1383 Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies
  • 1572 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • 1589 Alessandro Cardinal Farnese, Italian cardinal (b. 1520)
  • 1606 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, executed at about 43 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 1619 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England, dies at 44
  • 1729 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, dies at 66
  • 1755 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1758 Johann Baptist Zimmermann, German stucco worker, buried at 78
  • 1772 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1787 Jean Allamand, Swiss-Dutch natural philosopher, dies at 73

John WesleyJohn Wesley (1703-1791)

English Christian theologian and co-founder of the Methodist movement, dies at 87

  • 1793 Carl Gustaf Pilo, Swedish-born artist
  • 1797 Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79
  • 1829 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1830 Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
  • 1835 Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1768)
  • 1840 Wilhelm Olbers, German astronomer and physician who discovered asteroids (Pallas & Vesta), dies at 81
  • 1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
  • 1862 Frederick West Lander, American Union brigadier general and poet, dies at 40
  • 1865 Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
  • 1867 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, dies at 50
  • 1879 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, dies at 56
  • 1880 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • 1887 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • 1895 Berthe MP Morisot, French painter/aquarelliste, dies at 54
  • 1895 Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
  • 1916 Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 1918 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), dies at 85
  • 1919 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • 1921 Champ Clark, American politician (b. 1850)

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

  • 1936 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 59

Howard CarterHoward Carter (1873-1939)

British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

  • 1943 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), dies at 79
  • 1945 Emily Carr, Canadian painter, dies at 73
  • 1946 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), dies at 50
  • 1946 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 73
  • 1949 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, dies at 70
  • 1950 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • 1950 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1957 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • 1960 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • 1962 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • 1967 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1970 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • 1971 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • 1973 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • 1974 Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • 1977 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • 1979 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (Cork 65 games, scoring tally [33-208], 8 x All-Ireland medals), dies at 58
  • 1982 Philip K Dick, American Sci-fi author (Hugo-1963; Dr Futurity), dies after a series of strokes at 53
  • 1986 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • 1986 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • 1991 Clark Mollenhoff, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • 1991 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • 1993 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1994 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • 1994 Donald M. MacKinnon, Scottish philosopher, dies at 80
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev, TV journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Jacobo Majluta Azar, 47th President of the Dominican Republic (1978-82), dies at 61
  • 1998 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • 2001 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • 2005 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian, dies at 111
  • 2007 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • 2007 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • 2009 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • 2012 James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • 2012 Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • 2014 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Prize 1967), dies at 88
  • 2015 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • 2020 Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), dies at 93
  • 2022 Tony Walton, British Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award-winning set and costume designer (Pippin; Mary Poppins; All That Jazz), dies from stroke complications at 87