Deaths in History on May 1

  • 408 Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (383-406 AD) (b. 337 or 338)
  • 1118 Matilda of Scotland [Edith], first wife of Henry I of England, dies at 38
  • 1171 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1240 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • 1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
  • 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria (1413-43), dies at around 79
  • 1456 Hugues de Lannoy, Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand, dies
  • 1471 Thomas a Kempis, German Dutch spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1539 Isabella of Portugal, Queen consort of Spain, Queen of the Romans, and Lady of the Netherlands (1526-39), and Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Italy (1530-39), dies at 35
  • 1555 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), dies at 53

Pius VPius V (1504-1572)

Italian Pope (1566-72) who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England and arranged the formation of the Holy League (Battle of Lepanto), dies at 68

  • 1700 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1733 Nicolas Coustou, French sculptor (Descente de Croix), dies at 75
  • 1738 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1772 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1813 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1831 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • 1863 Edward D. Tracy, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 29
  • 1872 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies

David LivingstoneDavid Livingstone (1813-1873)

Scottish explorer who was famously found by Henry Morton Stanley in Africa, dies allegedly of malaria and internal bleeding caused by dysentery at 60

  • 1881 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • 1886 Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch writer (Country of Rubens), dies at 59
  • 1892 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1898 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian and archivist (Brussels), dies at 81
  • 1899 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician, dies at 75
  • 1902 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • 1913 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • 1918 Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist (investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah), dies at 74
  • 1924 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • 1926 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1928 Ebenezer Howard, English founder of the garden city movement and author (To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform), dies at 78
  • 1932 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1941 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 1943 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels (1897-1945)

German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife (43) and arranges the death of their 6 children, Heidrun (4), Hedwig (6), Holdine (8), Helmut (9), Hildegard (11), and Helga (12)

  • 1947 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • 1948 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1959 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1963 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • 1968 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behaviour), dies at 71
  • 1970 Yi Un, last Crown Prince of Korea, dies at 72
  • 1972 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • 1976 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1981 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1988 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1989 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • 1989 Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (Vogue magazine) and manager (Lord & Taylor), dies at 76
  • 1991 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • 1993 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa, President of Sri Lanka (1989-93), assassinated by the Tamil Tigers at 68
  • 1996 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist, Black Panther leader turned Republican, dies at 62
  • 2006 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • 2009 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • 2015 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • 2017 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97), dies at 78
  • 2017 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • 2018 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • 2018 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89
  • 2018 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 2018 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • 2018 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • 2018 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • 2018 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2018 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • 2018 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • 2018 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78