Famous Deaths for 2nd December 2023

1828 – Simon Paap, Dutch dwarf (71 cm/28 inches tall) cabaret artist, dies at 39
1888 – Namık Kemal, Turkish writer, journalist and political activist (Young Ottomans), dies at 47
1918 – Margit Kaffka, Hungarian writer, dies in the flu pandemic at 38
1935 – Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, dies of a coronary occlusion at 78
1935 – State of California uses gas chamber instead of hanging for 1st time: Robert Lee Cannon (29) and Albert Kessel (28) executed for role in Folsom Prison escape attempt resulting in murder of warden and guard (San Quentin State Prison. Marin County)
1981 – Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), dies at 86
1982 – Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder (44 caps; US Alessandria, Juventus, Internazionale) and manager (Italy 1958–59, 1960–62), dies at 74
1998 – Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer (“What’s New?”), dies at 84
2009 – Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), dies of leukemia at 71
2010 – Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), dies from bladder cancer at 70

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