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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
  • 1564 Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish 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, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  • 1629 Pierre the Barulle, French cardinal/founder (French Oratorio), dies
  • 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, 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

Person of interestSamuel Adams

1803 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1804 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French inventor who designed & built 1st automobile, dies at 79
  • 1809 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/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, limbless miniature painter, dies
  • 1853 D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist (chromosome), dies
  • 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 August Arrhenius, chemist, dies
  • 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, birth control pioneer, dies
  • 1962 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)

Person of interestMarcel Duchamp

1968 Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • 1969 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • 1974 Ina Seidel, writer, 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 Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • 1988 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini, dies at 81
  • 1989 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • 1991 Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies
  • 1991 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 1993 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), dies at 83
  • 1994 Faith Davis, oldest triplets (Charity & Hope survive), dies at 95
  • 1994 Ronald James Herron, architect, 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, mountaineer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Robert Bourassa, Prime Minister of province of Quebec (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
  • 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)
  • 2005 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, dies at 74
  • 2005 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60
  • 2006 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • 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

MurderJamal Khashoggi

2018 Jamal Khashoggi, 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

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi