Famous Deaths on June 4

  • 1039 Conrad II the Salian, King/Emperor of Germany (1024/27-39), dies at 49
  • 1135 Emperor Huizong of China (b. 1082)
  • 1206 Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1257 Duke Przemysl I of Poland
  • 1267 Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies
  • 1316 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), dies at 26
  • 1394 Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)
  • 1463 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1558 Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43
  • 1585 Muretus (Marc Antoine de Muret), French humanist, dies at 59
  • 1608 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian religious founder/saint, dies at 44
  • 1663 William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies
  • 1674 John Lievensz, painter/etcher/wood carver, dies at 66
  • 1792 John Burgoyne, soldier/playwright, dies
  • 1793 Jan Ekels de Young, Dutch painter, dies at 34

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1798 Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer/writer/librarian and womanizer, dies at 73

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1801 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
  • 1809 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65
  • 1818 John van Well, choreographer/mime (Pierrot), dies at 44
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies
  • 1830 Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)
  • 1850 Willem F Mauritius HK, prince of Orange, dies at 74
  • 1872 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1872 Stanislaw Moniuszko, composer, dies at 53
  • 1875 Eduard Mörike, German poet (b. 1804)
  • 1880 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • 1905 Carl Albert Loeschhorn, composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Grondahl, composer, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Charles Denis Browne, composer, dies at 26
  • 1916 Mildred J Hill, composer/musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56
  • 1921 Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56
  • 1922 William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies
  • 1925 Gheorghe Dima, composer, dies at 77
  • 1925 Pierre Louys, [PF Louis], French writer (Aphrodite), dies
  • 1926 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies

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1926 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1929 Harry Frazee, Boston Red Sox owner from 1916-1923 (b. 1881)
  • 1931 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies
  • 1937 Donald Eligon, cricketer (Trinidad, nail in his cricket boot), dies
  • 1939 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (b. 1900)

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1941 Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern, German Emperor (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1942 Reinhard Heydrich, German protector (Bohemia/Moravia (Lidice)), dies
  • 1943 Jean du Bela, singer/actor (Sobibor), dies at 39
  • 1945 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), dies at 66
  • 1950 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitsky, conductor/composer, dies at 76
  • 1954 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1956 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • 1958 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1959 Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • 1960 Lucien Littlefield, actor (Mr Beasley-Blondie), dies at 64
  • 1962 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • 1962 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1964 Samuil Marshak, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1965 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/educator (Pleidooi near een non), dies
  • 1968 Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • 1970 Hjalmar Schcacht, [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • 1970 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • 1970 Menasha Skulnik, comedian (Menasha the Magnificent), dies at 78
  • 1970 Sonny Tufts, actor (Atomic Blonde, 7 Year Itch), dies at 58
  • 1971 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79

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1973 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1973 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • 1975 Evelyn Brent, actress (Nitwits, Last Command, Spy Train), dies at 75
  • 1979 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • 1989 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • 1989 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1990 Jack Gilford, comedic actor (Cocoon II), dies at 82 of stomach cancer
  • 1992 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • 1993 June Smaney, actress (Sainted Sister), dies of apparent suicide at 71
  • 1994 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, alto Sax Player, dies at 79
  • 1994 Horace "Stephen" McNally, attorney/actor (Johnny Belinda), dies at 80
  • 1994 Massimo Troisi, Italian actor/director (Ricomincio da tre), dies at 41
  • 1994 Roberto Burle Marx, landscape gardener, dies at 84
  • 1994 Sophie Winter, actress (She's a Good Fighter), dies at 33
  • 1994 Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
  • 1994 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1995 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist, dies at 80
  • 1995 Herta Ryder, literary agent, dies at 77
  • 1995 Paul WIlliams, climber, dies at 49
  • 1995 William J Law, sailor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • 1997 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 1997 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • 2001 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2004 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2007 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Craig L. Thomas, United States Senator (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010 John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2011 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2014 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • 2015 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96