Famous Deaths on 4th April

  • 397 Ambrosius, gov of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies
  • 636 Saint Isidore of Seville, Church Father and the proposed patron of Internet (b. cira 560)
  • 896 Formosus, Pope (891-96), dies
  • 1229 Hugo van Pierrepont, bishop of Liege, dies
  • 1284 Alfonso X, "El Sabio" King of Castile/Leon (1252-84), dies at 62
  • 1292 Nicholas IV, [Girolamo Masci], Pope (1288-92), dies
  • 1305 Jeanne of Navarre, wife of Philip IV of France (b. circa 1217)
  • 1393 Floris van Wevelinkhoven, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1406 Robert III, King of Scots (1390-1406), dies
  • 1417 John van Touraine, 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies
  • 1536 Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (b. 1460)
  • 1585 Caspar de Robles, Spanish viceroy of Frisia, dies at about 57
  • 1588 Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
  • 1604 Thomas Churchyard, poet/pamphleteer, dies
  • 1609 Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (b. 1526)

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1617 John Napier, Scottish mathematician/inventor (logarithms), dies from effects of gout

Mathematician John Napier
Mathematician
John Napier
  • 1643 Simon Episcopius, [Bisschop], Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 1661 Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. circa 1580)
  • 1662 Davis Mell, composer, dies at 57
  • 1662 Leonhart Kern, German sculptor, dies at about 73
  • 1664 Adam Willaerts, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • 1701 Joseph Haines, entertainer and author
  • 1714 Karel, duke of Berry/French heir to the throne, dies
  • 1734 Johann C van Erckel, old Catholic theologist, dies at about 79
  • 1743 Daniel Neal, English historian (b. 1678)
  • 1761 Theodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler (b. 1722)
  • 1766 John Taylor, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • 1774 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17
  • 1784 Mary Mead, wife of English journalist John Wilkes, dies
  • 1792 James Sykes, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • 1807 Joseph Jerome Le Francais de Lalande, French astronomer, dies
  • 1817 André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince d'Essing and Marshal of France (b. 1758)

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1841 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1844 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), dies at 80
  • 1846 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)

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1848 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1861 John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)
  • 1862 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna), dies at 45
  • 1863 Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver (b. 1790)
  • 1864 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)
  • 1870 Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)
  • 1874 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • 1878 Richard Brewer, American gunslinger/cowboy (b. 1850)
  • 1879 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)
  • 1883 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)
  • 1884 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian artist and diarist (b. 1860)
  • 1889 Thomas T H Jorissen, historian, dies at 56
  • 1890 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, Quebec politician (b. 1820)
  • 1890 Edmond Hébert, French geologist (b. 1812)
  • 1893 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • 1900 Edward VII, King, assassinated
  • 1905 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter/sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1908 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • 1919 William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86
  • 1923 L Martov, [Joulij O Tsederbaum], Russ revolutionary, dies at 49
  • 1923 John Venn, British mathematician (b. 1834)

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1929 Karl Benz, German inventor, engine designer and automobile manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz), dies of bronchial inflammation at 84

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1930 Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • 1931 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1932 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian minister, dies at 59
  • 1932 Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies
  • 1934 Braulio Dueno Colon, composer, dies at 80
  • 1937 Frantisek X Salda, Czech writer/critic, dies at 69
  • 1938 Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24

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1941 Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • 1941 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • 1943 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter/sculptor, dies at 54
  • 1943 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • 1944 John Peale Bishop, US poet (Undertaker's Garland), dies at 51
  • 1944 Karel Weis, composer, dies at 82
  • 1947 William O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. ?)
  • 1951 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1951 George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (b. 1870)
  • 1953 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • 1953 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • 1957 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • 1958 Hendrik Heyman, Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
  • 1958 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)
  • 1959 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • 1961 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1962 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • 1963 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • 1963 Jason Robards Sr, actor (Acapulco), dies at 70
  • 1967 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1967 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)
  • 1967 Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)

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1968 Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1970 Byron Foulger, actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • 1972 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • 1972 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • 1972 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1976 Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)
  • 1977 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • 1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • 1980 Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
  • 1981 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • 1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, composer, dies at 50

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1983 Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • 1983 Jacqueline Logan, silent film leading lady, dies at 78
  • 1984 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • 1984 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • 1985 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 1986 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • 1987 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • 1987 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • 1991 John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
  • 1991 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • 1991 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • 1991 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • 1991 Forrest Towns, American hurdler (b. 1914)
  • 1992 Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
  • 1992 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-born chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1992 Arthur Russell, American cellist (b. 1951)
  • 1993 Alfred Mosher Butts, US architect/game maker (Scrabble), dies at 93
  • 1993 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 1994 Olga Lowina, Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69
  • 1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), dies at 77
  • 1995 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], British TV personality and disc Jockey, dies at 50 of an AIDS related illness
  • 1995 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist, dies at 67
  • 1995 Priscilla Lane, actress (Saboteur, Bodyguard), dies at 77
  • 1995 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • 1996 Carl Burton Stokes, politician, dies at 68
  • 1996 David Keylsey, actor/director, dies at 63
  • 1996 David Whitton, campaigner, dies at 44
  • 1996 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist, dies at 97
  • 1996 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Seamas NacNeill, piper, dies at 79
  • 1996 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 1997 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1999 Faith Domergue, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Early Wynn, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2001 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2003 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • 2005 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bob Clark, American film director (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • 2012 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70
  • 2013 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2013 Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, dies at 87
  • 2013 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league player, dies at 80
  • 2015 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97
  • 2016 Carlo Mastrangelo, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78