Died On February 3rd

Discover the most famous people who died on February 3. The list includes people like Woodrow Wilson, Buddy Holly, Johannes Gutenberg, Ritchie Valens, Ernst Mayr. Famous personalities featured on this list, include mathematicians, political leaders, actresses and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Buddy Holly
(Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll)
Buddy Holly
74
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: 1959

Musician and singer-songwriter Buddy Holly was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Born to a musical family, he learned to sing and play the guitar as a child. He began his career as a teenager and found much success within a short period. Sadly, he died in an aircraft crash when he was just 22 years old.

 2 
Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1959

Widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin rock and Chicano rock, Ritchie Valens was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. Since his untimely death at the age of 17, Ritchie Valens has inspired several musicians and bands like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and Los Lobos. Valens also inspired Robert Quine, Jimi Hendrix, Keith O'Conner Murphy, and Chris Montez among others.

 3 
Woodrow Wilson
(28th President of the United States (1913 - 1921))
Woodrow Wilson
55
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 4 
John Cassavetes
(One of the Most Influential American Directors of the Later Half of the 20th Century)
John Cassavetes
7
Birthdate: December 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1989
John Cassavetes is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performance in The Dirty Dozen and for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay and direction in Faces and A Woman Under the Influence, respectively. His movies explored the cinéma verité style of filmmaking and included frequent collaborations with his wife, Gena Rowlands.
 5 
Johannes Gutenberg
(German Inventor and Printer Who Introduced Printing to Europe With His Mechanical Movable-Type Printing Press)
Johannes Gutenberg
14
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: 1468

Credit goes to Johannes Gutenberg for transforming book-making from manuscripts to the printed form as he introduced the movable-type printing press in the 15th century. The German printer and publisher’s invention contributed to mass communication during the Renaissance. He was not successful in his business and was exiled during the later years of his life.  He was also a goldsmith.

 6 
The Big Bopper
(Singer, Musician, Disc jockey, Songwriter)
The Big Bopper
5
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Died: 1959
 7 
Nancy Kulp
(Actress)
Nancy Kulp
12
Birthdate: August 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1991

Nancy Kulp was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Miss Jane Hathaway in the popular television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1967. A multi-talented personality, Kulp was also renowned for her comedic skills. She also tried her hand at politics and teaching before succumbing to cancer in 1991.

 8 
Al Lewis
(Actor)
Al Lewis
5
Birthdate: April 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2006
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Ben Gazzara
(Actor, Director)
Ben Gazzara
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2012
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 10 
Audrey Meadows
(American Actress Known for Her Role in the Sitcom 'The Honeymooners')
Audrey Meadows
5
Birthdate: February 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1996

Audrey Meadows was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Alice Kramden in the popular television sitcom, The Honeymooners. Also a banker, Audrey Meadows was the first woman to serve as the director of the First National Bank of Denver, a position which she held for 11 years.

 11 
Anna May Wong
(American Actress and First Chinese American Film Star in 'Hollywood')
Anna May Wong
5
Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1961

Anna May Wong was an American actress and the first Chinese-American to make it big in Hollywood. She is remembered as the first Chinese-American to gain international recognition as an actress. Anna made history in 1951 when she appeared in The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, becoming the first Asian-American to be featured as the lead in a US television show.

 12 
Murad II
(Ottoman Sultan)
Murad II
2
Birthdate: 1404
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amasya
Died: 1451
 13 
John of Gaunt
(British Royal Prince, Military Leader and Duke of Lancaster)
John of Gaunt
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 6, 1340
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Bavo's Abbey, Ghent, Belgium
Died: 1399

John of Gaunt was an English prince, statesman, and military leader. An influential figure, John of Gaunt is credited with founding the royal House of Lancaster, which would later produce men to ascend the royal throne. Early in his career, John spent considerable time in Spain participating in the Hundred Years' War.

 14 
Haya Harareet
(Israeli Actress and Screenwriter)
Haya Harareet
2
Birthdate: September 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: 2021

Haya Harareet was an Israeli screenwriter and actress best remembered for her portrayal of Esther in the 1959 religious epic film Ben-Hur. Among her works as a screenwriter is the 1967 British drama film Our Mother's House, which was directed by Jack Clayton. She was an international star; she appeared in Israeli, Italian, British, and American films.

 15 
Joe Alaskey
(Comedian)
Joe Alaskey
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States
Died: 2016
 16 
Umm Kulthum
(The Voice of Egypt)
Umm Kulthum
12
Birthdate: December 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: El-Senbellawein, Egypt
Died: 1975
 17 
Zaifeng, Prince Chun
(Prince Regent of the Qing Dynasty)
Zaifeng, Prince Chun
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: 1951
 18 
Gia Long
(Emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam)
Gia Long
11
Birthdate: February 8, 1762
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hue
Died: 1820

Gia Long was a Vietnamese emperor who is credited with unifying Vietnam in 1802 before founding the Nguyen dynasty. He reigned as the first emperor of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until his death in 1820. He also ruled as the emperor of Vietnam from 1804 to 1820. Gia Long is also credited with popularizing Confucianism in Vietnam.

 19 
Fukuzawa Yukichi
(Writer, Teacher, Educationist, Philosopher, University teacher, Critic, Journalist)
Fukuzawa Yukichi
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Died: 1901
 20 
Joan Mondale
(Art advocate)
Joan Mondale
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: 2014
 21 
Julie Adams
(Actress Known for Her Small Screen Role as 'Paula Denning' on the 1980s Soap Opera 'Capitol')
Julie Adams
3
Birthdate: October 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Died: 2019

Born to a cotton buyer, Betty May Adams, or Julie Adams, grew up to be a popular actor, best known for her classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon. She had also been part of series such as Murder, She Wrote and had co-written a book with her son.

 22 
Joe Meek
(Record producer)
Joe Meek
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newent, England
Died: 1967
 23 
Marc Mitscher
(Admiral of the navy)
Marc Mitscher
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1947
 24 
Charlie Sifford
(American Professional Golfer)
Charlie Sifford
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2015

Charlie Sifford was an American golfer who won two PGA Tour events. Sifford was the first Black golfer to join the PGA Tour at a time when African-Americans were excluded from PGA events. In 2004, he became the first Black to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 25 
George Steiner
(Literary critic, Essayist, Philosopher, Novelist)
George Steiner
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: 2020
 26 
Jan Steen
(Golden Age painter)
Jan Steen
0
Birthdate: August 21, 1626
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: 1679

Jan Steen was a Dutch Golden Age painter, counted among the leading genre painters of the 17th century. Born into a wealthy family, he received training under prominent painter Nicolaes Knupfer. For several years, he worked with renowned landscape painter Jan van Goyen, whose daughter he later married. He painted portraits, still life, and historical, mythological, and religious scenes.

 27 
Frances Reid
(Actress)
Frances Reid
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Birthdate: December 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
Died: 2010
 28 
Bohumil Hrabal
(One of the Greatest Czech Writers of the 20th Century)
Bohumil Hrabal
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: 1997

Bohumil Hrabal was a Czech writer who adapted an expressive style of writing. Hrabal, whose works have been translated into many languages, is counted among the 20th century's greatest Czech writers along with fellow satirists Karel Čapek, Jaroslav Hašek, and Milan Kundera.

 29 
Christiaan de Wet
(Boer General, Rebel Leader and Politician)
Christiaan de Wet
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Smithfield, South Africa
Died: 1922

Christiaan de Wet was a Boer general, rebel leader, and politician. He served as a field cornet in the First Anglo-Boer War of 1880–81. Following the war, he became a member of the Volksraad. In the Second Boer War, he took part in the Siege of Ladysmith and the surprise attack on Sanna's Post near Bloemfontein. 

 30 
Thomas Mellon
(Entrepreneur, Lawyer)
Thomas Mellon
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cappagh, United Kingdom
Died: 1908
 31 
Dick McGuire
(Basketball Player)
Dick McGuire
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 32 
Édouard Glissant
(Writer)
Édouard Glissant
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sainte-Marie, Martinique
Died: 2011
 33 
Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
(Queen)
Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 2, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: 1919
 34 
Alla Rakha
(Indian Tabla Player Who Specialised in Hindustani Classical Music)
Alla Rakha
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jammu and Kashmir, India
Died: 2000
 35 
Robert III, Duke of Normandy
(Duke of Normandy)
Robert III, Duke of Normandy
0
Birthdate: 1051 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: 1134
 36 
John Butler Yeats
(Artist)
John Butler Yeats
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawrencetown, County Down, Ireland
Died: 1922

Better known as the father of legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats was a talented painter in his own right. Initially a barrister, he later studied art formally and focused on painting but failed to sell his works and eventually died in a boarding house.

 37 
Reinhart Koselleck
(Historian)
Reinhart Koselleck
0
Birthdate: April 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Görlitz, Lower Silesia, Germany
Died: 2006
 38 
Ansgar
(Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen)
Ansgar
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 8, 0801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: 0865

Saint Ansgar, or Oscar, was a medieval missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He had been sent to evangelical missions in Denmark and Sweden. His frequent travels for work earned him the nickname the Apostle of the North. He was made a saint by Rembert, his successor.

 39 
John McCallum
(Actor)
John McCallum
1
Birthdate: March 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: 2010
 40 
John Gould
(Ornithologist)
John Gould
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 14, 1804
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Died: 1881
 41 
E. Phillips Oppenheim
(Author)
E. Phillips Oppenheim
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1946
 42 
Coloman, King of Hungary
(King of Hungary (1095 - 1116), King of Croatia (1097 - 1116))
Coloman, King of Hungary
0
Birthdate: 1070 AD
Birthplace: Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Died: 1116

The son of King Géza I and his Greek concubine, Coloman became the king of Hungary after the death of his uncle, King Ladislas. He was also known as Coloman the Bookish for his habit of reading and his love for learning and literature. He maintained internal order and peace throughout his rule.

 43 
Bonnie Cashin
(Designer)
Bonnie Cashin
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 2000
 44 
James Kenneth Stephen
(Poet)
James Kenneth Stephen
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1892
 45 
Sheng-yen
(Buddhist)
Sheng-yen
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nantong, Jiangsu, Republic of China
Died: 2009
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 46 
Jean Patchett
(Model)
Jean Patchett
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Preston, Maryland, United States
Died: 2002
 47 
Choudhry Rahmat Ali
(Pakistani Nationalist Who Was One of the Earliest Proponents of the Creation of the State of Pakistan)
Choudhry Rahmat Ali
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Garhshankar, Punjab, India
Died: 1951

Choudhry Rahmat Ali was a Pakistani nationalist best remembered for playing a key role in the creation of Pakistan. Regarded as the pioneer of Pakistan Movement, Rahmat Ali is credited with coining the name Pakistan. Rahmat Ali is also credited with conceptualizing the idea of Pakistan and for publishing the Pakistan Declaration in the form of a pamphlet in 1933.

 48 
Oliver Heaviside
(Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy)
Oliver Heaviside
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camden Town
Died: 1925

Oliver Heaviside was an English mathematician and physicist. He invented a new technique for solving differential equations and independently developed vector calculus. He is also credited with rewriting Maxwell's equations in the form commonly used today. He formulated the telegrapher’s equations and invented the Heaviside step function as well. In 1922, he received the Faraday Medal.

 49 
Hugo Junkers
(Engineer)
Hugo Junkers
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rheydt, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia
Died: 1935
 50 
Bernal Díaz del Castillo
(Spanish Conquistador Known for His Conquest of the Aztec Empire)
Bernal Díaz del Castillo
0
Birthdate: 1492 AD
Birthplace: Medina del Campo, Spain
Died: 1584

Military adventurer, conquistador, and colonist settler Bernal Díaz del Castillo is best known for his participation in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire under Hernán Cortés and for his memoirs, The True History of the Conquest of New Spain.  He was part of three Mexican expeditions, that of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Juan de Grijalva and Cortés respectively.