Famous Deaths on April 1

  • 1085 Emperor Shenzong of China (b. 1048)
  • 1132 St-Hugues, Bishop of Grenoble (b. 1053)
  • 1204 Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Louis VII & Henry II, dies at 81
  • 1205 Amalrik II, King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies
  • 1528 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1548 Sigismund I, the Elder, King of Poland, dies at 81
  • 1580 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1611 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • 1621 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
  • 1637 Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (b. 1571)
  • 1682 Franz Egon of Fürstenberg, Bavarian Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • 1734 Louis Lully, composer, dies at 69
  • 1787 Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
  • 1791 Richard Butler American soldier (b. 1743)
  • 1799 Narciso Casanovas, composer, dies at 52
  • 1807 Louis Francois Chambray, composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61
  • 1814 Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian general/cartographer, dies at 87
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, composer, dies at 51
  • 1832 Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies
  • 1839 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • 1865 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (b. 1797)
  • 1866 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98
  • 1866 Johannes C H de Meijere, Dutch zoologist, dies
  • 1869 Anthony G O Ridder van Rappard, Min of Reformed Worship, dies at 69
  • 1870 Patrick Gass, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 98
  • 1872 Frederick Maurice, English theologian (b. 1805)
  • 1872 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)
  • 1878 Eugene Gautier, composer, dies at 56
  • 1878 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (b. 1796)
  • 1890 David Wilber, American politician (b. 1820)
  • 1901 Francois M Raoult, Fren physicist/chemist (Law of Raoult), dies at 70
  • 1910 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver, dies at 94
  • 1914 Rube Waddell, baseballer, dies at 37 of TB
  • 1915 Johann Joseph Abert, composer, dies at 82
  • 1916 Gabrielle Petit, Belgian resistance fighter, executed

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1917 Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (The Entertainer), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1918 Karl Fritjof Valentin, composer, dies at 64
  • 1922 Charles I, emperor (Austria)/King of Hungary (Charles IV), dies
  • 1925 Francis William Davenport, composer, dies at 77
  • 1930 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • 1930 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • 1933 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), dies at 64
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81
  • 1946 Noah Beery, actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62
  • 1947 George II, king of Greece, dies at 56

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1950 Charles R. Drew, American surgeon (developer of the blood bank concept), dies in a car crash at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • 1951 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • 1955 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • 1957 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • 1960 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • 1964 Bozidar Kunc, composer, dies at 60
  • 1965 Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76
  • 1965 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
  • 1966 Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • 1966 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • 1968 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59
  • 1973 Arthur Wood, cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies
  • 1974 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, composer, dies at 86
  • 1975 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish draftsman/glass painter, dies at 95
  • 1976 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1976 Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85
  • 1976 Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
  • 1976 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • 1979 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)

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1984 Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1985 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 1988 Jim Jordan, actor (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • 1988 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • 1989 Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • 1991 Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • 1991 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • 1991 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (b.1946)
  • 1992 Juanito, soccer star (Madrid Real 1977-87), dies at 37 in car crash
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1993 Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, dies in plane crash at 38
  • 1993 Ihsan Mohamed Salem, [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed
  • 1993 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies
  • 1993 Wayne Mack, sportscaster/actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1994 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • 1994 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • 1994 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86
  • 1994 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • 1995 Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, dancer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Johnny Nicholss, footballer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, dies at 93
  • 1995 Richard Pool, naval Officer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Sampson DeBrier, actor (Inauguration of Pleasure Dome), dies at 86
  • 1995 Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
  • 1995 H. Adams Carter, American Alpine Club President, 10th Mountain Division trainer (b. 1914)
  • 1996 Alfredo Nobre Coast, PM of Portugal (1978), dies
  • 1996 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • 1996 John Alwyne Kitching, zoologist, dies at 87
  • 1996 John McSheery, dies of heart attack while umpiring a game, at 51
  • 1996 Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy), dies at 47
  • 1996 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • 1996 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 1997 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • 1997 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1998 Gene Evans, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1998 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • 1999 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • 2000 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 2002 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • 2004 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)
  • 2004 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German entertainer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)
  • 2006 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (b. 1923
  • 2010 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • 2012 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer star, dies from heart attack at 65
  • 2012 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • 2013 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73
  • 2015 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2015 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85
  • 2015 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), dies at 92
  • 2017 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83