Famous Deaths on August 4

  • 1060 Henry I, King of France (1027-60), dies at 52
  • 1113 Gertrude of Saxony (b. 1030)
  • 1204 Boniface of Montferrat, margrave of Montferrat, murdered
  • 1265 Simon de Montfort the younger, English Earl of Leicester, dies in battle
  • 1265 Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, killed in the Battle of Evesham (b. 1223)
  • 1306 Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (b. 1289)
  • 1338 Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)
  • 1430 Philip of Saint-Pol, duke of Brabant/Limburg, dies at 26
  • 1476 Jacob van Armagnac-Pardiac, French duke of Nemours, beheaded
  • 1526 Juan Sebastian Cano, Spanish explorer, dies
  • 1566 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • 1578 Sebastiaan, King of Portugal (1557-78), dies in battle at about 24
  • 1578 Thomas Stucley, English adventurer
  • 1584 John van Hembyze, South Netherlands Calvinist, dies at 71
  • 1598 William Cecil 1st baron Burghley, English premier, dies at 77
  • 1612 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1633 George Abbott, English theologist/archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 60
  • 1639 Juan R Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican/Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 1666 Johan Evertsen, ltalian admiral of Zeeland, lynched in Brielle
  • 1708 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer, dies at 77
  • 1712 Johann Jacob de Neufville, composer, dies at 27
  • 1718 René Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France (b. 1656)
  • 1727 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (b. 1647)
  • 1741 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • 1778 Pierre de Rigaud, French colonial governor in North America (b. 1698)
  • 1795 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (b. 1711)
  • 1821 William Floyd, US soldier/signer (Declar of Independence), dies at 86
  • 1844 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman (b. 1773)
  • 1850 Frantisek Tucek, composer, dies at 68
  • 1856 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, composer, dies at 59
  • 1859 Jean Vianney, French parish priest (b. 1786)
  • 1873 Viktor Hartmann, Russian painter (b. 1834)

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1875 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), dies at 70

  • 1889 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, composer, dies at 75
  • 1891 George Washington Williams, historian (History of Negro), dies at 41
  • 1900 Isaac Levitan, Russian painter (b. 1860)
  • 1904 Arnold Krug, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1914 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist (b. 1853)
  • 1915 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68
  • 1919 D[ave] W Gregory, cricketer (brother of Ned, uncle of Syd), dies
  • 1920 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer, dies at 54
  • 1922 Enver Pasa, Turkish politician, dies at 40
  • 1925 Alfons Van de Perre, Flemish physician, dies
  • 1927 John Dillon, Irish nationalist/British Lower house leader, dies at 75
  • 1930 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer, dies at 61

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1931 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon, dies at 73

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  • 1936 Henry Schoenfeld, composer, dies at 78
  • 1938 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • 1938 Rudolf G Binding, German poet/writer, dies at 70
  • 1940 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • 1942 Alberto Franchetti, composer, dies at 81
  • 1957 Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (b. 1869)
  • 1958 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • 1967 Peter Smith, cricketer (Essex leggie, 3 wickets for England), dies
  • 1973 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • 1975 John Baragrey, actor (Gamera), dies at 57
  • 1976 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • 1976 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • 1981 Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Woman's Face, Hud), dies at 80
  • 1982 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • 1984 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • 1984 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • 1984 Walter Burke, actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema
  • 1984 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1985 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • 1987 Kenny Price, comedian (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • 1991 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • 1992 Frantisek Tomasek, archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 93
  • 1992 Ralph Cooper, creator (Amateur Night at the Apollo), dies of cancer
  • 1993 Bernard Barrow, actor (Louie-Loving, Johnny-Ryan's Hope), dies
  • 1993 Kenny Drew, US/Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 1994 Giovanni Spadolini, Italian historian/journalist, dies at 69
  • 1994 Richard Du Cann, lawyer QC, dies at 65
  • 1994 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile, dies at 85
  • 1995 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87
  • 1995 J Howard Smith Oil Tycoon, dies
  • 1996 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • 1998 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Lorenzo Music, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • 2003 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • 2005 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist (b. 1932)
  • 2006 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • 2009 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2011 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2013 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89