Famous Deaths on April 30

  • 65 Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 313 Gaius G V Maximus, [Daia], Emperor of Rome, dies
  • 535 Amalaswintha, queen of Ostrogoten, murdered
  • 1030 Mohammud van Ghazna, Turkish mayor (G'widen)/Islamic ruler, dies
  • 1063 Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)
  • 1131 Adjutor, Roman Catholic Saint
  • 1196 Boudouin II, bishop of Utrecht (1178-96), dies
  • 1214 Huguccio/Hugo van Pisa, Italian bishop, dies
  • 1328 ... Eckhard, German theologist/mystic, dies
  • 1341 John III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1285)
  • 1439 Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, English military leader (b. 1382)
  • 1524 Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, French soldier (b. 1473)
  • 1544 Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1630 Ercole Porta, composer, dies at 44
  • 1632 Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, Holy Roman field marshal who commanded the Catholic League's forces in the Thirty Years' War, dies of tetanus after being wounded by a cannonball at 73

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1632 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), dies at 65

  • 1642 Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (b. 1578)
  • 1655 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (b. 1617)
  • 1660 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 84
  • 1696 Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)
  • 1708 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • 1712 Philippus van Limborch, remonstrants theologist/vicar, dies at 78
  • 1736 Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1743 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian playwright/poet, dies
  • 1758 François d'Agincourt, French composer (b. 1684)
  • 1784 Franz K earl von Velbruck, German free mason, dies
  • 1785 Frederick Philipse III, land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65
  • 1792 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer, dies at 36
  • 1792 John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, British statesman who claimed to have invented the sandwich, dies at 73
  • 1793 Lorenzo Fago, composer, dies at 88
  • 1795 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1800 John H Midderigh, Rotterdam patriot, dies at 46
  • 1829 George Washington Adams, son of John Q Adams, dies on City Is NYC
  • 1841 Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (b. 1758)
  • 1847 Charles L J, archduke of Austria/gov-gen (Austria-Netherland), dies
  • 1848 Friedrich Freiherr Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant, dies at 53
  • 1855 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1859 Sergei T Aksakov, Russian writer (Bagrova-vnuka), dies at 67
  • 1865 Robert Fitzroy, English admiral and meteorologist (b. 1805)
  • 1875 Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)

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1883 Édouard Manet, French impressionist painter dies at 61

Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet
  • 1885 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1887 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer, dies at 71
  • 1893 Gyula Beliczay, composer, dies at 57
  • 1895 Gustav Freytag, writer, dies at 78
  • 1896 Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1900 John Luther (Casey) Jones, dies in Cannonball Express train wreck
  • 1903 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)
  • 1912 František Kmoch, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1919 Henry Wood, England cricket wicket keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies
  • 1922 David M Chumaceiro, Curacaos poet, dies
  • 1931 Sammy Woods, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia, 3 for England), dies
  • 1933 Luis Sanchez Cerro, President of Peru, assassinated by Hurtado de Mendoza
  • 1934 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded John Hopkins Hospital, dies at 75
  • 1936 Alfred Edward Housman, English poet (b. 1859)
  • 1942 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51
  • 1942 Jakob van Hoddis [[Hans Davidsohn]], German Jewish poet, transported to German concentration camp at 54 (actual date of death unknown)
  • 1943 Beatrice Potter Webb, British writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1943 Etty Hillesum, Dutch diarist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1943 Otto Jespersen, Danish philologist (b. 1860)
  • 1943 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42

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1945 Adolf Hitler, German Dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1945 Eva Braun, German mistress/wife of Hitler, commits suicide at 33
  • 1952 Charles Radoux-Rogier, composer, dies
  • 1956 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78
  • 1957 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • 1959 Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 81
  • 1963 Bryant Washburn, actor (Nabonga, Millionaire Kid), dies at 74
  • 1965 Helen Chandler, American actress (Dracula, Salute, Last Flight), dies at 59
  • 1966 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1970 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • 1970 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • 1970 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71
  • 1971 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • 1972 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • 1972 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered
  • 1973 Josie Sedgwick, actress (White Moth), dies of stroke at 75
  • 1973 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)

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1974 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora-Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73

  • 1976 Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer, dies at 51
  • 1977 Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73
  • 1980 Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • 1980 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1981 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • 1982 Albert TLCA Bird, lecture artist, dies
  • 1982 Herman Tholen, Dutch cabaret performer (Juveniles), dies
  • 1982 Taisen Deshimaru, founder of several Zen centers in France, dies at 67
  • 1982 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)

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1983 George Balanchine, Russian/US ballet composer/choreographer, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • 1983 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71

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1983 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1983 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101
  • 1984 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris, bombed nazi-Germany, dies
  • 1987 Hugh Dempster, actor (Anna Karenina, Candles at Nine), dies
  • 1988 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • 1989 Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60
  • 1989 Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
  • 1991 George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91
  • 1991 Michael G Hagerty, actor (Overboard), dies at 39
  • 1992 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies
  • 1993 David Waymer, NFLer (Saints, 49'ers, Raiders), dies at 34
  • 1993 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1993 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1994 David Langton, dies of a heart at 81
  • 1994 Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Italian set designer (Last Emperor), dies at 53
  • 1994 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner, dies at 46
  • 1994 Richard McClure Scarry, US kid book illustrator/writer, dies at 74
  • 1994 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31
  • 1995 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • 1995 Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival king, dies at 34
  • 1996 David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • 1996 David Opatoshu, actor (Torn Curtian, Raid on Entebbe), dies at 78
  • 1996 Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive, dies at 71
  • 1996 Helene Cordet, entertainer/nightclub owner, dies at 78
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, President of Guatemala (1966-70), dies
  • 1998 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • 2005 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • 2006 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • 2007 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (b. 1983)
  • 2007 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94
  • 2008 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2010 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin, Canadian singer and actress, dies at 91 (announcement date)
  • 2014 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • 2015 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • 2016 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • 2016 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85