Deaths in History on October 5

  • 578 Justinus II, Byzantine emperor (565-78), dies
  • 1056 Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1046-56), dies at 38
  • 1111 Robrecht II of Jerusalem, Count of Flanders (1st Crusader), dies
  • 1112 Sigebert of Gembloux, French chronicler
  • 1285 Philip III "the Bold", King of France (1270-85), dies of dysentery at 40
  • 1392 Yusuf II, ruler of Granada (1391-92), dies possibly killed by a poisoned tunic (b. c. 1356)
  • 1399 Raymundus of Capua, Italian general, dies
  • 1496 Ferdinand II, King of Naples (1495-96), dies at 27
  • 1528 Richard Foxe, English churchman
  • 1557 Il Bacchiacca [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter, dies at 63
  • 1565 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (b. 1522)
  • 1606 Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • 1631 Arabella Holles, wife of English politician Thomas Wentworth, dies
  • 1714 Kaibara Ekiken, Japanese philosopher (b. 1630)
  • 1740 Johann Philipp Baratier, German scholar (b. 1721)
  • 1763 August III, king of Poland, dies at 66
  • 1777 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, dies at 72
  • 1787 Thomas Stone, US attorney and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at about 44
  • 1799 Antonio Dinis da Cruz e Silva, Portuguese poet (O Hissope), dies at 68

Charles CornwallisCharles Cornwallis (1738-1805)

1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), dies of fever at 66

TecumsehTecumseh (c. 1768-1813)

Shawnee Chief (Battle of Thames), dies in battle at 45

  • 1818 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 34
  • 1837 Hortense de Beauharnais, French Queen of Holland (1806-10), dies at 54
  • 1848 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (b. 1781)
  • 1861 Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)
  • 1871 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, dies at 45
  • 1878 George B. Vashon, American, lawyer, academic and poet, first African American lawyer, dies of yellow fever at 54

Doc DurantDoc Durant (1820-1885)

American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), dies at 65

  • 1892 Bill Powers, American outlaw of the Old West (The Dalton Gang), killed in failed bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1892 Bob Dalton, American outlaw of the Old West (leader of the Dalton Gang), killed in failed bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas at 23
  • 1892 Dick Broadwell, American outlaw of the Old West (The Dalton Gang), killed in failed bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas at 30
  • 1892 Grat Dalton, American outlaw of the Old West (The Dalton Gang), killed in failed bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas at 31
  • 1906 Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter, dies at 58
  • 1913 Hans von Bartels, German painter (b. 1856)
  • 1918 Roland Garros, French stunt flyer, dies
  • 1930 Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)
  • 1933 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, dies at 71
  • 1933 Nikolaj N Joedenitsj, Russian general/contra revolutionary, dies at 71
  • 1936 Jan J Slauerhoff, Dutch ship doc/writer (Seaman's Grave), dies at 38
  • 1938 Sister Faustina [Helena Kowalska], Polish Roman Catholic saint, nun and mystic, dies of suspected tuberculosis at 33
  • 1940 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • 1940 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher and politician, dies at 81
  • 1941 Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, dies at 84
  • 1950 Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)
  • 1953 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • 1960 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), dies at 84
  • 1967 Clifton Williams, American major and NASA astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash
  • 1972 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • 1976 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1979 Charlie Smith, self-proclaimed oldest American (137 year), dies; post-mortem research posits age 100 or 105
  • 1983 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1986 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1990 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, assassinated at 58
  • 1992 Cornelis "Cees" Berkhouwer, Dutch politician (VVD), dies
  • 1993 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), dies of high altitude pulmonary edema during an expedition on Mount Everest at 66
  • 1995 Fred Fehl, Austrian-American photographer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
  • 2000 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), dies at 65
  • 2000 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), dies at 91
  • 2001 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • 2001 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 2004 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), dies at 87 [1] [2]
  • 2004 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • 2006 Antonio Peña, Mexican founder of lucha libre promotion AAA (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (b. 1898)
  • 2007 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • 2010 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Steve JobsSteve Jobs (1955-2011)

American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

  • 2012 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • 2014 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, Soviet and Russian director (Taganka Theatre), dies at 97
  • 2015 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016 Michal Kováč, ist President of Slovakia (1993-98), dies at 86