Deaths in History on November 2

  • 943 Queen Emma of France, (b. 894)
  • 1083 Matilda of Flanders, Queen consort (b. 1031)
  • 1171 Dionysius [Jacob] Bar-Salibi, Syriac Orthodox Church author (Diarbekir), dies
  • 1327 King James II of Aragon (b. 1267)
  • 1483 Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English politician, beheaded at 49
  • 1588 Wilhelmus Damasi, theologist/1st bishop of Roermond, dies at 63
  • 1610 Richard Bancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (1604-10), dies at 66
  • 1618 Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1612-18), dies at 60
  • 1697 Constantine Huygens Jr., Dutch Poet, painter and cartoonist, dies at 69 (burial date)
  • 1716 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler, dies at 65
  • 1752 Johann Albrecht Bengel, German theologian and scholar, dies at 65
  • 1773 John Glas, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman (started Glasite church movement), dies at 78
  • 1781 Jose F de Isla, Spanish Jesuit/author, dies at 78
  • 1804 Armand-Gaston Camus, French revolutionary and Chairman of the Council of 500, dies at 64
  • 1807 Baron de Breteuil, French statesman (b. 1730)
  • 1852 Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, Russian general, dies at 70
  • 1863 Theodore Judah, American civil engineer (1st transcontinental railroad), dies of yellow fever at 37
  • 1874 Thomas Anderson, Scottish chemist (discovered pyridine), dies at 55
  • 1875 James W. W. Birch, 1st British resident in Perak, Malaysia is speared to death while in the bath-house of his boat, SS Dragon at 49
  • 1877 Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal, dies at 93
  • 1898 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, dies at 72
  • 1905 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist and histologist (one of the first to interpret tissue structure in terms of cellular elements), dies at 88
  • 1909 Wilhelm Ahlwardt, German orientalist, dies at 81
  • 1920 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburgs coal basin), dies at 73
  • 1925 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 65
  • 1930 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, dies at 84
  • 1931 Arthur James Cook, British trade union leader (coal miners), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1936 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), dies at 62
  • 1941 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1944 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (b. 1889)
  • 1945 Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1880)
  • 1949 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (rep-NY 1918-21), dies at 77

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish dramatist (Pygmalion, Nobel Prize for Literature 1925), dies at 94

  • 1956 Leo Baeck, President of World Union for Progressive Judaism, dies at 83

Ngô Đình DiệmNgô Đình Diệm (1901-1963)

President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), assassinated in a coup at 62

  • 1966 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • 1966 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • 1969 Marion Lloyd Vince, fencer (National champ 1928, 31), dies at 63
  • 1970 Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75
  • 1977 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • 1981 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • 1982 Lester Roloff, Man of God, preacher.
  • 1984 Margie V Barfield, US murderer, 1st woman electrocuted in 22 years
  • 1989 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), dies at 80
  • 1993 P A Jacob Mees, Dutch banker (Mees & Hope), dies at about 86
  • 1994 David Feinberg, American AIDS activist and author, dies at 37
  • 1995 Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, Columbian politician (helped write Colombian Constitution), assassinated at 76
  • 1995 Florence Greenberg, record company founder, dies at 82
  • 1995 Ivan Metropolitan Ioann Snychev, Russian Orthodox Priest, dies at 68
  • 1995 Oliver Wendell Harrington, cartoonist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Christ Prater, English screenprinter, dies at 72
  • 1997 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer, dies at 69
  • 2000 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, dies at 76
  • 2002 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), dies at 64
  • 2003 Jimmy Quillen, American politician (Rep-R-TN, 1963-97), dies at 87

Zayed bin Sultan Al NahyanZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004)

1st President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

  • 2007 Charmaine Dragun, Australian broadcast journalist, takes her own life at 29
  • 2007 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer, dies at 101
  • 2018 Kitty O'Neil, American stuntwoman (The Bionic Woman) and racer (female land speed record), dies at 72
  • 2021 Tomas Leandersson, Swedish ten-pin bowler (FIQ World C'ships 1999; World Tenpin Team Cup 1994; World Games 1993), dies at 55