Deaths in History on October 2

  • 472 Olybrius, emperor of Westromeinse republic (472), dies
  • 939 Gilbert (Giselbert), Duke of Lorraine drowns trying to cross the Rhine at about 49
  • 1113 Mawdoed, Selchuk emir/governor of Mosul, dies
  • 1264 Urbanus IV [Jacques Pantaleon], French Pope (1261-64), dies
  • 1517 John Murmelius, humanist/theory/school book writer, dies at about 37

Andreas VesaliusAndreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

Flemish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), dies after being shipwrecked at 49

  • 1588 Bernardino Telesio, Italian philosopher (Rerum in Child), dies
  • 1617 Isaac Oliver, miniature painter, dies
  • 1626 Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, 1st Count of Gondomar, Spanish diplomat, dies at 58
  • 1678 Wu San-kuei, gen, invited Manchus to China, dies trying to expel them
  • 1707 Anne Jules duke the Noailles, marshal of France (huguenot), dies at 57
  • 1721 Benott Audran, artist/engraver, dies
  • 1724 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), dies at on his 80th birthday
  • 1729 Arnold Boonen, Dutch portrait painter, dies at 60
  • 1746 Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  • 1764 William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, 5th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1756-57), dies at 44
  • 1775 Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • 1780 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • 1782 Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (b. 1732)
  • 1786 Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral, dies at 61

Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams (1722-1803)

American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

  • 1804 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French inventor who designed & built 1st automobile, dies at 79
  • 1809 Wybo Fijnje, Dutch politician, and journalist, dies at 59
  • 1817 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1842 William Ellery Channing, cleric/writer, dies
  • 1846 Benjamin Waterhouse, American physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School, and smallpox vaccine pioneer, dies at 92
  • 1850 Sarah Biffin [Beffin], English limbless miniature painter, dies at 65 or 66
  • 1853 François Arago, French astronomer, physicist (chromosome) and politician, dies at 67
  • 1860 Louis Hersent, painter, dies
  • 1863 Justinus van de Brugghen, lawyer/minister of Justice, dies
  • 1872 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies at 78
  • 1873 Cornelius Varley, water-color painter, dies
  • 1883 Joshua Ratoon Sands, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 88
  • 1901 Rudolph Koenig, German physicist, dies at 68
  • 1905 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), dies at 62
  • 1916 Benjamin Kidel, English sociologist (Social Evolution), dies at 58
  • 1920 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1927 Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist (1903 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), dies at 68
  • 1938 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1944 Rudolf Schmundt, German gen/Hitlers army adjunct, dies from injuries
  • 1947 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1956 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • 1958 Marie Stopes, British birth control pioneer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

  • 1969 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • 1974 Ina Seidel, German poet and novelist, dies at 89
  • 1975 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1980 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • 1981 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • 1982 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, dies at 71
  • 1987 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), dies at 72
  • 1988 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British automotive designer who designed the Mini, dies at 81
  • 1989 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • 1991 Dimitrios I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), dies at 77
  • 1991 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 1993 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), dies at 83
  • 1994 Faith Davis, American triplets, world's oldest surviving triplets (Charity & Hope survive), dies at 95
  • 1994 Ron Herron, English architect (Archigram), dies at 64
  • 1995 Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, artist/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1996 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), assassinated at 58
  • 1996 Ivan Mark Waller, English mountaineer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Robert Bourassa, Prime Minister of Quebec province (1970-76, 85-93), dies at 63
  • 1996 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman, dies at 79
  • 1996 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian, dies at 93
  • 1998 D. French Slaughter Jr, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1985-91), dies at 73
  • 1999 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2003 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)

August WilsonAugust Wilson (1945-2005)

American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60

  • 2005 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, dies at 74
  • 2006 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • 2007 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007 Lady Katherine Brandram, Princess of Greece, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 94
  • 2008 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • 2010 Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)
  • 2015 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86

Jamal KhashoggiJamal Khashoggi (1958-2018)

Saudi Arabian dissident, author, Washington Post columnist and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at 59, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman