Famous Deaths on March 4

Deaths 1 - 200 of 201

  • 480 Saint Landry, bishop of Sées
  • 561 Pelagius I, Italian Pope (556-61), dies
  • 1172 Stephan III, King of Hungary (1162-72), dies; (b. 1147)

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1193 Saladin, 1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, dies of fever at about 55

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
  • 1238 Joan of England, Queen Consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II (b. 1210)
  • 1238 Yuri II, Grand Prince of Vladimir (b. 1189)
  • 1303 Daniel of Moscow, Russian Saint, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1261)
  • 1484 Saint Casimir, Crown Prince of Poland dies at 25
  • 1496 Sigismund of Austria (b. 1427)
  • 1583 Bernard Gilpin, English clergyman, "Apostle of the North" (b. 1517)
  • 1595 Robert Southwell, English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
  • 1604 Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian (b. 1539)
  • 1615 Hans von Aachen, German painter, dies
  • 1617 Arcangelo Crivelli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1710 Louis III, Prince of Condé (b. 1668)
  • 1733 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (b. 1656)
  • 1744 John Anstis, Garter King of Arms (b. 1669)
  • 1762 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • 1793 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist, dies at 44
  • 1794 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, dies at 21
  • 1795 John Collins, American politician (b. 1717)
  • 1804 Karl Leopold Rollig, composer, dies
  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter, dies at 79
  • 1807 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • 1831 Georg Michael Telemann, composer, dies at 82
  • 1832 Jean-François Champollion, French scholar (b. 1790)
  • 1839 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Michael Henkel, composer, dies at 70
  • 1851 James Richardson, British explorer (b. 1809)
  • 1852 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • 1853 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (b. 1774)

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1858 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1864 Thomas Starr King, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity), dies
  • 1866 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
  • 1868 Jesse Chisholm, American pioneer of the Chisholm Trail (b. 1805)
  • 1872 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • 1876 Alfred Holmes, composer, dies at 38
  • 1877 Hendrik E van Rijgersma, Dutch governor (St Maarten), dies at 42

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1883 Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President US Confederate States, dies at 71

Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
Confederate States VP
Alexander H. Stephens
  • 1888 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88
  • 1903 Joseph H Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • 1906 John McAllister Schofield, former U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the U.S. Army (b. 1831)
  • 1910 Knut Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1857)
  • 1915 William Willett, British inventor of Daylight Saving Time, dies of influenza at 58
  • 1916 Franz Marc, German painter/co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • 1918 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer, dies at 58
  • 1922 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, dies at 46
  • 1925 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish/German composer, dies at 70
  • 1925 James Ward, English psychologist and philosopher (b. 1843)
  • 1925 John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1927 Ira Remsen American chemist (b. 1846)

  • 1933 Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1936 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer, dies at 64
  • 1938 George Foster Peabody, American politician (b. 1852)
  • 1938 Jack Taylor, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1940 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • 1941 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer, dies at 81
  • 1942 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • 1943 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Beatrijs), dies at 73
  • 1944 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • 1944 Emanuel Weiss, American hitman (b. 1906) (executed)
  • 1944 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)

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1944 Louis Buchalter, American mobster (Murder, Inc.), executed at 47

  • 1945 Lucille La Verne, American actress (b. 1872)
  • 1945 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1946 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • 1950 Adam Rainer, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • 1952 Charles Scott Sherrington, British physiologist, Nobel laureate (Neurophysiology), dies at 94
  • 1954 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • 1954 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • 1958 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • 1959 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • 1960 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • 1960 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • 1962 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 1962 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • 1963 William Carlos Williams, US physician/poet, dies at 79
  • 1966 Janis Medins, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • 1967 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1967 Michel Plancherel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1968 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • 1969 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • 1973 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • 1974 Adolph Gottlieb, US painter, dies at 71
  • 1976 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • 1977 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • 1977 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • 1978 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • 1979 Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • 1981 Torin Thatcher, actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies
  • 1981 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • 1984 Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer, dies at 79
  • 1984 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • 1984 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1984 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 1986 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • 1986 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)

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1986 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • 1986 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), dies at 81

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1989 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1990 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • 1991 Vance Colvig, actor (UHF, Barfly, My Chauffeur), dies at 72
  • 1992 Arthur Babbitt, animator (Mr Magoo, Goofy), die at 84 of heart failure
  • 1992 C Meijer, Dutch editor in chief (Typhoon), dies
  • 1992 Christian K Nelson, inventor (Eskimo Pie), dies at 98
  • 1992 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • 1992 Nestor Almendros, Spanish/US cameraman (Kramer vs Kramer), dies at 61
  • 1993 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1993 Richard Sale, writer/director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • 1993 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • 1994 Guus Verstraete Sr, Dutch actor/dir (2 Drops of Water), dies at 79

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1994 John Candy, actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1995 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), dies at 86
  • 1996 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • 1996 Minnie Pearl, country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 84
  • 1997 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • 1997 Carey Loftin, American actor (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), dies at 83
  • 1999 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • 1999 Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1999 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • 2001 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Harold Stassen, American politician, dies at 93
  • 2002 Claire Davenport, English actress (b. 1933)
  • 2002 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • 2002 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2002 Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2004 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • 2006 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Bob Hattoy, American activist (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian (b. 1966)
  • 2007 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian politician
  • 2008 Gary Gygax, Fantasy author and role-playing games creator. (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • 2008 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • 2009 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009 George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • 2009 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • 2010 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Angelo Poffo, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • 2011 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • 2011 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2011 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • 2011 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies at 73
  • 2012 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • 2013 Fran Warren, American singer, dies at 87
  • 2016 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2017 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • 2017 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86