Deaths in History on October 1

  • 303 Bacchus, Roman soldier one of Christianity's earliest saints, whipped and beaten to death
  • 540 Vedastus St Vaast, 1st bishop of Atrecht/saint, dies
  • 552 Teja, king of Ostrogoten, dies in battle
  • 959 King Edwy (Eadwig) of England (955-959) "the All-Fair", dies at about 18
  • 976 Al-Hakam II, Moors kalief of Cordoba, dies
  • 1040 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)
  • 1189 Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar, killed fighting in the Siege of Acre
  • 1310 Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (b. 1257)
  • 1404 Boniface IX [Pietro Tomacelli], Pope (1389-1404), dies
  • 1499 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (b. 1433)
  • 1500 John Alcock, English bishop and chancellor (founded Jesus College, Cambridge), dies at about 70
  • 1567 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist (b. 1508)
  • 1570 Frans Floris, Flemish painter (b. 1520)
  • 1574 Maarten van Heemskerck, Dutch painter (Christ), dies at 76
  • 1578 John of Austria, Spanish military leader (Battle of Lepanto), and governor of the Netherlands, dies of a fever at 31
  • 1588 Blessed Edward James, Catholic martyr and priest, executed (beatified 1929)
  • 1633 Filaret Romanov, patriarch of Moscow, dies (b. 1550)
  • 1640 Claudio Achillini, Italian lawyer and poet, dies at 66
  • 1684 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1693 Pedro Abarca, Spanish theologian (b. 1619)
  • 1704 Cornelis Dusart, Dutch painter and engraver, dies at 44
  • 1768 Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (Simson line), dies at 80
  • 1795 Robert Bakewell, English cattle breeder, dies at about 70
  • 1814 Jacob Isaac of Przysucha, Polish Hasidic leader, dies at 38
  • 1837 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), dies at 60
  • 1838 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, dies at 70
  • 1864 John Dunovant, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), dies at 64
  • 1864 Rose Greenhow, American Confederate spy (b. 1817)
  • 1868 Rama IV [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), dies at 63
  • 1876 James Lick, American land baron in California, dies at 80
  • 1878 Mindon, King of Burma (1853-1878) penultimate ruler of the Konbaung dynasty and founder of Mandalay, dies at 70
  • 1886 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, dies at 76
  • 1901 Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1880-1901)
  • 1904 William Harcourt, British Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 76
  • 1911 Wilhelm Dilthey, German philosopher (Das Leben Schleiermans), dies at 77
  • 1913 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited), dies at 85
  • 1929 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, dies at 67
  • 1942 Ants Piip, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • 1943 Antoine T Broekman, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Anton JT Koreman, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Antoon Pleyte, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1943 Earnest Klijzing, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943 Gideon Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Hans Katan, resistance fighter, executed at 24
  • 1943 Henri H Geul, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Johan Kalshoven, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Johan Roemer, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1943 Johan van Mierlo, resistance fighter, executed at 35
  • 1943 John Charles Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Leo Frijda, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • 1943 Louis Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 21
  • 1943 Maarten van/of Gilse, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • 1943 Olaf T Thomsen, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • 1943 Peter "Pam" Pooters, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • 1943 Sape Kuiper, resistance fighter, executed at 19
  • 1943 Victor van Swieten, resistance fighter, executed at 36
  • 1943 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • 1945 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Traumatic Shock), dies at 73
  • 1949 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist and editor of the New York Evening Post, dies at 77
  • 1958 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1965 Edward E "Doc" Smith, American sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies at 75
  • 1972 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey (1903-1972)

British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge; 1964 Richard Hooper Medal), dies at 68

  • 1974 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), dies at 72

E. B. WhiteE. B. White (1899-1985)

American writer (New Yorker: Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

  • 1988 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • 1990 Curtis LeMay, American air force general (WWII) and VP candidate, dies at 83
  • 1992 Bruce Vorhauer, inventor (Today contraceptive sponge), suicide at 50
  • 1994 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (1966-70), dies at 86
  • 1994 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter, dies at 54
  • 1994 Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 1995 Aditya Biria, India's 1st global industrialist, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1995 Rene Cloke, British illustrator, dies at 90
  • 1996 Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member and hunger striker, dies at 40
  • 1997 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • 1997 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • 2000 Reginald Kray "Reggie", British gangster, one of the Kray Twins, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2001 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 2004 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), dies from drug overdose at 41
  • 2007 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • 2012 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • 2013 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), dies aged 66
  • 2015 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • 2017 Arthur "Art" Janov, American psychologist and psychotherapist notable for creating primal therapy (The Primal Scream), dies of natural causes at 93
  • 2017 Peter Horak, Czech stuntman (Star Trek: Voyager: Throw Momma from the Train), dies at 74
  • 2017 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), dies at 89
  • 2020 Derek Mahon, Irish poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), dies at 78
  • 2020 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, dies in car speed record crash at 47