Famous Deaths on April 19

  • 843 Judith, French empress/2nd wife of Louis de Vrome, dies
  • 1012 Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 954)
  • 1044 Gothelo, duke of Neth-Lotharingen, dies
  • 1054 Leo IX, [Bruno von Egesheim und Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54), dies at 51
  • 1390 Robert II, King of Scotland (1371-90), Robert the Steward, dies at 74
  • 1529 John Cuspinianus, [Spiessheimer], German physician, dies at about 55
  • 1560 Philipp Melanchton (Schwazerd), church reformer, dies at 63
  • 1567 Michael Stifel, German theologist/mathematician, dies at about 79
  • 1578 Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1588 Paolo Veronese (Cagliari), painter, dies
  • 1608 Earl of Dorset, poet/statesman, dies
  • 1618 Thomas Bastard, clergyman and epigrammatist (b. 1565 or 1566)
  • 1627 John Beaumont, English poet (b. 1583)
  • 1629 Sigismondo d'India, Italian composer
  • 1645 Anton van Diemen, gov-gen (Neth East Indies), dies at about 51
  • 1645 William Smith, English composer, dies at 42

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1684 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1686 Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra, Spanish writer (b. 1610)
  • 1689 Christina, Queen of Sweden (1644-54), dies
  • 1706 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist leader, dies
  • 1733 Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England
  • 1739 Nicholas Saunderson, mathematician, dies
  • 1751 Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian Field marshal (b. 1678)
  • 1768 Filippo della Valle, Italian sculptor, dies at about 70
  • 1768 Giovanni Antonio Canal [Canaletto], Italian painter and printmaker (Rialto), dies at 70
  • 1770 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1772 Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66
  • 1773 Florian Johann Deller, composer, dies at 43
  • 1776 Jacob Israel Emden, [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • 1791 Richard Price, nonconformist minister/writer (Alabi's World), dies
  • 1799 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1813 Benjamin Rush, physician/abolotionist (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 67

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1824 Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron], British romantic poet (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) , dies at 36

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1831 Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (b. 1765)
  • 1840 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • 1852 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus), dies at 69
  • 1854 Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist (b. 1774)
  • 1862 Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • 1862 Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, British architect, dies
  • 1870 Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
  • 1870 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59
  • 1870 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • 1874 Owen Jones, architect, dies
  • 1876 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, dies at 65

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1881 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, dies of bronchitis at 76

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1881 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53

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1882 Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1889 Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • 1892 Fr. Thomas Dale SSC, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (b. 1821)
  • 1893 John Addington Symonds, British critic and poet, dies at 52
  • 1895 George Scharf, critic, dies
  • 1895 Victor J van Hinsbergh, South Neth engraver (PTT-stempels), dies at 70
  • 1901 Alfred Horatio Belo, American newswriter and businessman (b. 1839)
  • 1906 Pierre Curie, French physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903), dies
  • 1906 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)
  • 1914 Charles Pierce, philosopher/scientist, dies
  • 1916 Ephraim Shay, American inventor (b. 1839)
  • 1923 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75
  • 1926 Squire Bancroft, [Butterfield], actor/manager (Haymarket), dies at 84
  • 1926 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • 1930 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1932 Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77
  • 1937 William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81
  • 1938 Henry John Newbolt, poet/author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • 1941 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1943 Gustave Doret, composer, dies at 76
  • 1943 Kurt Huber, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1943 Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1944 Tommy Hitchcock, polo player (Westchester Cup 1924, 27), dies at 44
  • 1945 J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1949 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1950 Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
  • 1956 Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1956 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1956 Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • 1957 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • 1957 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79
  • 1964 Cyril Merry, cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies
  • 1965 George Davis, actor (Private Lives, Devil May Care), dies at 75

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1967 Konrad Adenauer, West Germany chancellor (1949-63), dies at 91

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • 1968 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1972 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82

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1975 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, dies at 76

  • 1977 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • 1978 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1980 Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1980 Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • 1981 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1983 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1983 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • 1986 Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • 1986 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • 1987 Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • 1988 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1990 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • 1991 Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • 1992 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1992 Frankie Howerd, actor (Carry on Doctor, Up the Front), dies at 70
  • 1992 Pat Thompson, actress (Strictly Ballroom), dies at 51
  • 1992 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1993 David Koresh, [Vernon Howell], cult leader (Davidians), suicide
  • 1993 George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash
  • 1994 Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • 1994 Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1994 Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87
  • 1994 Michael Carreras, film Director, dies at 67
  • 1994 Michel van Rooy, Dutch actor (Doctor Vlimmen, The Attack), dies at 43
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1995 Igor Hajek, translator/writer, dies at 64
  • 1995 J Peter Grace Jr, CEO (W R Grace), dies from cancer at 81
  • 1995 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/Orientalist, dies at 70
  • 1996 Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • 1996 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies
  • 1996 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner, dies at 72
  • 1997 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • 1998 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1999 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • 1999 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
  • 2000 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • 2004 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 93
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005 George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Zola Levitt, Messianic Jewish preacher (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • 2008 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2008 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • 2008 Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • 2009 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • 2011 Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Valeri Vasiliev, Society ice hockey defenceman, dies at 62
  • 2013 Allan Arbus, American actor, dies from heart failure at 95
  • 2013 Mike Denness, Scottish cricketer, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2013 Patrick Garland, British director, writer, and actor, dies at 78
  • 2013 Francois Jacob, French biologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 92
  • 2015 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, dies at 91
  • 2016 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, dies at 76
  • 2016 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93