Deaths in History on May 3

  • 1010 Ansfried, 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010)/saint, dies at about 69
  • 1152 Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  • 1160 Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c.1100)
  • 1270 King Béla IV of Hungary (b. 1206)
  • 1294 John I, Duke of Brabant and Limburg and poet, dies murdered aged 41 or 42
  • 1410 Alexander V [Petros Philargi], Kreta's Pope (1409-10), dies
  • 1442 Engelbert I, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies

Mehmed the ConquerorMehmed the Conqueror (1432-1481)

Ottoman Sultan (1444-45 and 1451-81) who conquered Constantinople, dies possibly from poison at 49

  • 1606 Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  • 1614 Sasbout Vosmeer, Dutch Catholic theologist and apostole vicar, dies at 66
  • 1622 Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary (b. 1564)
  • 1654 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1679 James Sharp, English archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1613)
  • 1693 Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (b. 1607)
  • 1703 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies
  • 1707 Michiel de Swaen, Dutch physician and poet, dies at 53
  • 1724 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard, dies at 61
  • 1737 Abraham Patras, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
  • 1750 John Willison, Scottish minister and writer (b. 1680)
  • 1752 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • 1758 Benedict XIV [Prospero L Lambertini], Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
  • 1763 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)
  • 1764 Francesco Algarotti, Italian art collector and encyclopedist (Viaggio in Russia), dies at 53
  • 1779 John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  • 1783 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • 1841 Cornelis T Elout, Dutch minister of Finance/Navy/Colonies, dies at 74
  • 1863 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
  • 1880 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • 1881 Josip Jurcic, Slovic writer (Schone Vida), dies
  • 1902 David Capriles, Curacaos director of psychiatry, dies at 64
  • 1910 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), dies of typhus at 39
  • 1918 Charlie Soong, Chinese Methodist missionary and key player in the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, dies at 55
  • 1926 Victor, Prince Napoléon [Napoléon V], French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • 1932 Anton Wildgans, Austrian poet and playwright (Armut), dies at 51
  • 1932 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (specialized in anomalous phenomena), dies at 57
  • 1939 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940)

American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

  • 1942 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), executed at 61
  • 1942 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), dies at 68
  • 1955 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1955 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer, dies at 64
  • 1961 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1965 Howard Spring, Welsh writer and critic (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • 1965 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • 1969 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, dies at 72
  • 1975 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
  • 1976 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • 1978 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), dies at 71
  • 1988 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, dies at 79
  • 1988 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 1988 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • 1989 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • 1989 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • 1990 Pimen [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • 1991 Gerrit Mik, Dutch psychiatrist and politician (D66), dies
  • 1991 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), dies at 57
  • 1992 Peter Bruni, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 1994 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • 1994 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), dies at 63
  • 2000 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Earl Woods, American author (father of Tiger Woods; 2 x books about upbringing & coaching), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 2006 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), dies at 85
  • 2006 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Michael Kaye, British arts director (LSO, South Bank), dies at 83
  • 2009 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • 2014 Gary Becker, American economist (Nobel 1992) and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom 2007, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • 2014 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • 2016 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • 2016 Thomas W. Libous, American politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2018 Alfonso Dhlakama, Mozambican politician and opposition leader (RENAMO), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2018 David Pines, American physicist, dies at 93
  • 2018 Demetrio Túpac Yupanqui, Peruvian academic and Quechua translator, dies at 94
  • 2018 Doina Cornea, Romanian human rights activist and professor, dies at 88
  • 2018 H. Basil S. Cooke, South African-Canadian geologist and paleontologist, dies at 102
  • 2018 Jim Argue, American politician (Arkansas Senate, 1996–2008), dies of kidney cancer at 66
  • 2018 Junior Rodriguez, American Louisiana politician who criticized FEMA's Hurricane Katrina response, dies at 82
  • 2018 Monica Barnes, Irish politician (Teachta Dála, 1982–1992, 1997–2002; Senator, 1982), dies at 82
  • 2022 Norman Mineta, American politician and 1st cabinet member of Asian descent (Secretary of Transportation, 2001-06; US Representative (D)-CA, 1975-95), dies of a heart ailment at 90