Famous Deaths on December 4

  • 765 Jafar Sadiq, Shia Imam (b. 702)
  • 811 Charles The Younger, King the of Franks, son of the Emperor Charlemagne, dies at about 39
  • 1075 Archbishop Anno II of Cologne
  • 1123 Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
  • 1137 Lotharius III of Supplinburg, emperor (1125, 33-37), dies at 67
  • 1182 Henry, earl of Gelre/Zutphen (1141/79-82), dies
  • 1214 William I "the Lion", King of Scotland (1165-1214)
  • 1270 Theobald V of Champagne, King of Navarre
  • 1334 Pope John XXII (1316-1334) (b. 1249)
  • 1340 Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)
  • 1371 Reinald III, the Fat Duke, duke of Gelre (1343-61), dies at 38
  • 1371 Stefanus X Uros V, king of Serbia (1355-71), dies
  • 1459 Adolf VIII, Duke of Southern Jutland (b. 1401)
  • 1514 Richard Hunne, English "heretic", commits suicide(?)
  • 1576 Rheticus, mathematician, dies
  • 1585 John Willock, Scottish reformer
  • 1603 Maarten de Vos, Flemish painter, dies at about 71
  • 1609 Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (Hymns and Sacred Songs), dies
  • 1642 Armand-Jean Duplessis Richelieu, bishop of Lucon, dies at about 57
  • 1649 Outgert Arisz Akersloot, Dutch silversmith, dies at about 73
  • 1649 William Drummond of Hawthornden, Scottish poet (b. 1585)
  • 1676 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, dies at 39

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1679 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), dies of a stroke at 91

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • 1680 Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (b. 1616)
  • 1696 Empress Meishō, Japan (b. 1624)
  • 1732 John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1798 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomy/physicist, dies at 61
  • 1807 Prince Hall, activist/Masonic leader, dies in Boston

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1828 Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Tory: 1812-27), dies of a stroke at 58

British Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson
British Prime Minister
Robert Jenkinson
  • 1836 Daniel Read, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1884 Alice Mary Smith, composer, dies at 45
  • 1893 Allan Wilson, British/Rhodesian Major, dies in battle against the Ndebeles during First Matabele War
  • 1893 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • 1902 Charles Dow, American journalist (Dow Jones & Company - Wall Street Journal) (b. 1851)
  • 1909 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter/graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • 1915 Gustav Hollaender, composer, dies at 60
  • 1926 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
  • 1932 Gustav Meyrink, writer, dies at 64
  • 1933 Stefan George, German poet (Das neue Reich), dies at 65
  • 1935 Hylton Philipson, cricketer (England keeper in 5 Tests 1892-95), dies
  • 1935 Johan Halvorsen, composer, dies at 71
  • 1938 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • 1943 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/antifascist, dies at 46
  • 1944 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1945 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), dies at 79
  • 1948 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • 1951 Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer (Generation of 1927), dies at 61
  • 1952 Karen Horney, German/US neo freudian psycho analyst, dies at 67
  • 1953 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • 1954 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • 1956 Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, dies at 64

  • 1959 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • 1967 Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • 1969 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
  • 1971 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of SF Zen Center, dies
  • 1973 Michael O'Shea, American actor (Smart Woman), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1974 Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36

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1975 Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • 1976 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 1976 Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • 1976 W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
  • 1978 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • 1979 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • 1980 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1983 Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
  • 1984 John Rock, US co-developer of anti-conceptiepil, dies at 94
  • 1985 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1986 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1987 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), dies at 90
  • 1988 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
  • 1990 Edward Binns, US actor (12 Angry One), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1993 Frank Sturgis, watergate burglar, dies at 68
  • 1993 Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
  • 1993 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist, dies at 42
  • 1993 Margaret Landon, US author (Anna & the King of Siam), dies at 90
  • 1994 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer, dies at 73
  • 1994 Jakob Kaplan, French head rabbi (1955-81), dies at 99
  • 1994 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright, dies at 66
  • 1994 Robert Jesse Charleston, museum curator, dies at 78
  • 1994 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator, dies at 63
  • 1995 Adrianne Jones, killed by David Graham & Diane Zamora, at 16
  • 1996 Basil Nield, judge/politician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker, dies at 86
  • 1997 David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
  • 1997 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • 1999 Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
  • 2000 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, dies at 87
  • 2004 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
  • 2005 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • 2006 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Chip Reese, American professional poker player (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • 2009 Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • 2011 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • 2012 Jack Brooks, American politician, dies at 89
  • 2012 Miguel Calero, Colombia footballer, dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • 2012 Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world
  • 2015 Robert Loggia, American actor (Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies at 85
  • 2016 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69