Died On October 2nd

Discover the most famous people who died on October 2. The list includes people like Marcel Duchamp, Rock Hudson, Samuel Adams, John André, K. Kamaraj. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, actors, playwrights and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, France & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Tom Petty
(Rock Singer, Guitarist)
Tom Petty
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Died: 2017

A rock icon and creator of sprit-lifting songs, Thomas Earl Petty was one of the defining musicians of the 1970s and the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Writing songs and creating music up till his last breath, Petty is noted for positivity and self- liberation themed songs, a rarity in rock music.

 2 
Rock Hudson
(One of the Most Popular Movie Stars of His Time)
Rock Hudson
19
Birthdate: November 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Died: 1985

Considered a heartthrob and one of the most popular movie stars of all time, some of Rock Hudson’s successful movies are the Magnificent Obsession, Giant, Written on the Wind, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Come September and Send Me No Flowers. He also acted in television. It was speculated that he was a homosexual. He died due to AIDS-related illness.

 3 
Samuel Adams
(American Political Philosopher and 4th Governor of Massachusetts (1794–1797))
Samuel Adams
20
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1722
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1803
Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, also served as the governor of Massachusetts. Samuel formed the Boston Tea Party and also played a major role in drafting the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusetts Constitution. He was a second cousin of President John Adams.
 4 
Gene Autry
(Actor and singer known as The Singing Cowboy for his appearances in ninety-three movies and ninety-one TV productions)
Gene Autry
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tioga, Texas, United States
Died: 1998
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 5 
Nipsey Russell
(Stand-up Comedian)
Nipsey Russell
9
Birthdate: September 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Died: 2005
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
August Wilson
(American Playwright Who was Refered to as the 'Theater's Poet of Black America)
August Wilson
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2005
August Wilson, also known as "theater's poet of black America,” was a renowned playwright. He is best remembered for The Pittsburgh Cycle, his series of 10 plays that focused on the 20th-century African-American community. Two of his plays, Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, were turned into movies.
 7 
Marcel Duchamp
(French Painter, Sculptor, Chess Player and Writer)
Marcel Duchamp
10
Birthdate: July 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France
Died: 1968
French-American painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp is remembered for his association with movements such as Cubism and Dadaism. A significant figure in conceptual art, he was against art that was meant to just cater to the eyes. He was also a skilled chess player and carved his own chess set.
 8 
Sacheen Littlefeather
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
Died: 2022
 9 
K. Kamaraj
(Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1954-63))
K. Kamaraj
68
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: 1975
 10 
John André
(Head of the British Secret Service During the American Revolutionary War)
John André
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 2, 1751
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: 1780

John André was a British military leader who served as a major in the British Army. He played an important role during the American Revolutionary War, serving as the head of the British Army's Secret Service in America. He was executed by the Continental Army on 2 October 1780. John André's life inspired many artworks, including the 1798 play André.

 11 
Harriet Nelson
(American singer)
Harriet Nelson
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
Died: 1994
 12 
Marie Stopes
(Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists)
Marie Stopes
4
Birthdate: October 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: 1958

Apart from being a successful botanist, Marie Stopes was also a popular activist, known for her contribution to the feminist cause. A leading supporter of birth control, she established the UK’s first clinic for family planning. She was also known for her books Married Love and Wise Parenthood.

 13 
Raja Ravi Varma
(One of the Greatest Painters in the History of Indian Art)
Raja Ravi Varma
13
Birthdate: April 29, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kilimanoor, Travancore, India
Died: 1906

One of the greatest Indian painters of all time, Raja Ravi Varma is best remembered for mixing Indian mythological subjects with the Western historicist style of art. His painting skills made the king of Travancore his patron at 14. His best-known works include The Milkmaid and The Begum’s Bath.

 14 
Max Bruch
(German Romantic Composer, Conductor & Educator)
Max Bruch
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: 1920

Max Bruch composed his first song at 9 for his mother’s birthday and then earned a scholarship after creating a symphony at the tender age of 14. He worked extensively with the choral societies of Germany and is remembered for his iconic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

 15 
Paavo Nurmi
(Finnish Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Runner Who Dominated Distance Running in the Early 20th Century)
Paavo Nurmi
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: 1973

Paavo Nurmi was a Finnish athlete who specialized in long-distance and middle-distance running. Nicknamed the Flying Finn, Nurmi dominated important distance running events in the early 20th century. He won nine gold medals and three silver medals across three Olympics in 1920, 1924, and 1928. Paavo Nurmi also set 22 official world records during his career.

 16 
Frances Bergen
(Actress)
Frances Bergen
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Died: 2006
 17 
Svante Arrhenius
(Scientist)
Svante Arrhenius
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 19, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vik
Died: 1927

Svante Arrhenius was a Swedish scientist who became the first Swedish person to win a Nobel Prize when he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903. Although he was originally a physicist, Arrhenius is widely accepted as a chemist and is best remembered for co-founding physical chemistry. Stockholm University houses the Arrhenius Labs, which is named in his honor.

 18 
Hazel Scott
(Jazz Pianist)
Hazel Scott
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port au Spain, Trinidad
Died: 1981
 19 
Peter Medawar
(Brazilian-British Biologist Who Won Nobel Prize in Medicine for Discovery of Acquired Immunological Tolerance)
Peter Medawar
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 1987

Peter Medawar was a Brazilian-British writer and biologist. His discovery of acquired immune tolerance and his works on graft rejection were foundational to the medical practice of organ and tissue transplants. Peter Medawar is often referred to as the father of transplantation for his scientific works. Peter Medawar is also remembered for his wit.

 20 
Ivan Mazepa
(Political figure)
Ivan Mazepa
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1639
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva
Died: 1709
 21 
Ignacy Mościcki
(Polish chemist)
Ignacy Mościcki
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 1, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mierzanowo
Died: 1946

Born in a small Polish village, Ignacy Mościcki grew up to become a chemist, an academic, and a researcher, before he stepped into politics. He later served Poland as its longest-serving president. Initially a supporter of Polish dictator Józef Piłsudski, he became more liberal after Piłsudski’s death.

 22 
Umer Shareef
(Former actor known as only actor to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year)
Umer Shareef
4
Birthdate: April 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: 2021
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 23 
William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire
(Prime Minister)
William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1720
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: 1764
 24 
Thomas Lipton
(Merchant)
Thomas Lipton
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 10, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 1931
 25 
Robert Bourassa
(Politician, Lawyer, Non-fiction writer, Economist)
Robert Bourassa
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: 1996

Robert Bourassa made headlines when, in 1970, he became the youngest premier of Quebec. After a crushing defeat 6 years later, following corruption scandals, he moved to Europe and the U.S., where he taught while in exile. In the mid-1980s, he reclaimed the Liberal Party leadership and became a premier again.

 26 
Claro M. Recto
(Philippine Jurist and Politician Who Led the Nationalist Movement in the Philippines)
Claro M. Recto
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tiaong, Philippines
Died: 1960

Former Philippine senator and Senate Minority Leader Claro Mayo Recto is remembered as a nationalist. He was a major figure of the Filipino-first movement and was against American neo-colonialism. A jurist, he had also been the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

 27 
Wu Sangui
(Military general)
Wu Sangui
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 8, 1612
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gaoyou, South Zhili, Ming dynasty, China
Died: 1678
 28 
Neville Marriner
(British musician)
Neville Marriner
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: 2016
 29 
J. Philippe Rushton
(Canadian Author and Psychologist)
J. Philippe Rushton
0
Birthdate: December 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bournemouth
Died: 2012
 30 
Alec Issigonis
(Designer)
Alec Issigonis
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Smyrna
Died: 1988
 31 
Elizabeth Thompson
(Painter)
Elizabeth Thompson
0
Birthdate: November 3, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: 1933
 32 
Marek Edelman
(Activist)
Marek Edelman
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1919 AD
Birthplace: Gomel
Died: 2009

Marek Edelman was a Polish social and political activist and cardiologist. A well-known revolutionary, Edelman helped establish the Jewish Combat Organization which played a key role in launching the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. He was one of the most important leaders of the resistance movement. After the war, Marek Edelman went on to become a noted cardiologist.

 33 
Mr. Magic
(American Disc Jockey and Radio Personality)
Mr. Magic
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2009
 34 
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
(Wilhelm, German Crown Prince's Daughter)
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crown Prince's Palace, Berlin, Germany
Died: 1980
 35 
Khurshidbanu Natavan
(One of the Best Lyrical Poets in Azerbaijan's History)
Khurshidbanu Natavan
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shusha
Died: 1897

Khurshidbanu Natavan was an Azerbaijani poet and philanthropist. Regarded as one of the most prominent lyrical poets of Azerbaijan, Natavan was best known for her lyrical ghazals. Also a well-known philanthropist, Khurshidbanu Natavan worked towards promoting the cultural and social development of Karabakh. She is credited with building an aqueduct, which relieved the townsfolk of their water problem.

 36 
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot
(combat engineer)
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot
0
Birthdate: February 26, 1725
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorraine
Died: 1804

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor best remembered for building the Fardier à vapeur, the world's first automobile. Fardier à vapeur was the first working self-propelled mechanical land-vehicle. Built in 1769, the vehicle accidentally knocked down a stone or brick wall in 1771, an incident which is widely regarded as the first known automobile accident in the world.

 37 
P. D. Ouspensky
(Philosopher, Writer)
P. D. Ouspensky
1
Birthdate: March 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: 1947
 38 
François Arago
(Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, Politician, Scientist, University teacher)
François Arago
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 26, 1786
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Estagel
Died: 1853

French physicist and mathematician François Arago discovered rotatory magnetism, named Arago's rotations. He is also remembered for his research on the wave theory of light and for the reforms he introduced as the French minister of war and the navy. The Eiffel Tower has his name inscribed on it.

 39 
Oskar R. Lange
(Economist)
Oskar R. Lange
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tomaszów, Poland
Died: 1965
 40 
Ernest Renan
(Known as the Author of the Enormously Popular Life of Jesus)
Ernest Renan
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 28, 1823
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tréguier, France
Died: 1892

Ernest Renan was a French Semitic and Orientalist scholar. A multi-talented personality, Renan was also an expert of Semitic civilizations and languages, philologist, philosopher, historian of religion, critic, and biblical scholar. Ernest Renan is credited with writing pioneering and influential works on the origins of Christianity. Ernest Renan is also credited with writing the extremely popular book, Life of Jesus.

 41 
William II of Württemberg
(Last King of Württemberg)
William II of Württemberg
1
Birthdate: February 25, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: 1921
 42 
John Marin
(painter, architect)
John Marin
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rutherford
Died: 1953
 43 
Geoff Emerick
(Sound Engineer and Record Producer Who Worked With the Beatles)
Geoff Emerick
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2018
 44 
Michael II
(Emperor)
Michael II
0
Birthdate: 0770 AD
Birthplace: Amorium
Died: 0829
 45 
Brian Friel
(Irish Dramatist and Short Story Writer)
Brian Friel
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Died: 2015
 46 
William Guy Carr
(Writer, Submariner)
William Guy Carr
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Formby
Died: 1959
 47 
Margaret Mahler
(Physician)
Margaret Mahler
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary
Died: 1985
 48 
Athalaric
(King)
Athalaric
0
Birthdate: 0516 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: 0534
 49 
Clarence W. Barron
(Publisher)
Clarence W. Barron
0
Birthdate: July 2, 1855
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1928
 50 
Heinz von Foerster
(Austrian-American Scientist Combining Physics and Philosophy)
Heinz von Foerster
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2002