Deaths in History on September 2

  • 421 Flavius Constantine III, Emperor of Western Roman Empire, dies at about 51
  • 1031 Saint Emeric of Hungary [Prince Emeric], killed by a boar at 24
  • 1274 Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)
  • 1384 Louis I, duke of Anjou/king of Naples (Battle of Poitiers), dies
  • 1418 Jan III Chalon, prince of Orange/gov of Burgundy, dies
  • 1540 Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 1566 Taddeo Zuccari, Italian painter, dies at 37
  • 1606 Carel van Mander, Flemish painter/art historian, dies at 58
  • 1645 Alice Lisle, Last woman to be executed by a judicial sentence of beheading in England, beheaded for harboring fugitives after the defeat of the Monmouth Rebellion at around 68
  • 1680 Per Brahe, Swedish soldier and statesman (b. 1602)
  • 1688 Robert Viner, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1631)
  • 1690 Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1615)
  • 1698 Justus Vingboons, Architect, buried
  • 1764 Nathaniel Bliss, English Astronomer Royal (b. 1700)
  • 1765 Henry Bouquet, Swiss-born British army officer (b. 1719)
  • 1768 Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (b. 1703)
  • 1779 Onno Zwier van Hairs, Fries poet (Agon), dies at 66
  • 1790 Johann N von Hontheim, German religious historian/Bishop, dies
  • 1813 Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1820 Jiaqing, 5th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, dies at 59
  • 1832 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer (b. 1754)
  • 1834 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (b. 1757)
  • 1862 Thornton F Brodhead, US lawyer/politician/brigadier general, dies at 40
  • 1872 Nicolai Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher (b. 1783)
  • 1877 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • 1898 Hubert Howard, British journalist (Times), dies through friendly fire
  • 1898 Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1807)
  • 1910 Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter (The Dream, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), dies of a blood clot at 66
  • 1915 August Stramm, German poet and playwright dies in battle during WWI at 41
  • 1921 Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
  • 1921 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil pioneer (b. 1855)
  • 1942 Tom Williams, Irish republican (b. 1924)
  • 1944 Manfred Freiherr von Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide after Romanian coup
  • 1944 George W. Norris, US senator (R-Nebraska 1913-43), lame duck-amendment, dies at 83
  • 1944 Bella Rosenfeld, Jewish Belarrusian writer, subject of Marc Chagall's paintings and his 1st wife, dies at 48
  • 1948 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • 1953 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American army officer, dies at 70
  • 1957 William A Craigie, Scottish lexicographer, dies at 90
  • 1964 Francisco H Craveiro Lopes, Portuguese gen/pres (1951-58), dies at 70
  • 1964 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, dies at 64
  • 1964 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • 1965 Johannes Bobrowski, writer, dies at 48
  • 1968 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (The White), dies at 82
  • 1969 Harry Williams Millard, producer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1976 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)
  • 1979 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican foreign minister (Nobel 1982), dies
  • 1992 Barbara McClintock, American geneticist (Nobel 1983), dies at 90
  • 1992 Piotr Jaroszewicz, premier of Poland (1970-80), dies
  • 1993 John/Eoin Higgins, N Ire supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • 1994 Harry Vincent Kemp, poet, dies at 82
  • 1994 Mildred Mcafee Horton, US 1st head mistress of WAVES, dies
  • 1994 Richard M Major, US anti-terror specialist (CIA Red Book), dies at 72
  • 1996 Emily Kngwarreye, artist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Kenneth M Stewart, euro MP for Merseyside West, dies at 71
  • 1997 Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • 1998 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Max McNab, National Hockey League executive (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • 2011 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • 2013 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author, dies at 93
  • 2013 Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician, dies at 78
  • 2013 Ronald Coase, British economist (Nobel Prize in Economics 1991), dies at 102
  • 2015 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • 2016 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), dies at 78