Famous Deaths on 4th October

  • 1052 Vladimir of Novgorod (b. 1020)
  • 1072 Sancho II, king of Castile/bro of Alfonso VI, murdered at about 35
  • 1221 William III Talvas, Count of Ponthieu (b. 1179)

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1226 Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, dies at 45

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1250 Herman VI, Margrave of Baden
  • 1305 Emperor Kameyama of Japan (b. 1249)
  • 1540 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German humanist/poet (Silvae), dies
  • 1564 Pietro P Vergerio, Italian theologist/bishop of Croatia, dies
  • 1571 Claude Togniel d'Espence, French theologist (Sorbonne), dies at 60
  • 1582 Theresia van Avila, Spanish mystic writer, dies
  • 1590 Cujacius, [Jacques Cujas], French lawyer, dies at about 68
  • 1597 Sarsa Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1550)
  • 1661 Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)

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1669 Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter, dies at 63

  • 1680 Pierre-Paul Riquet, French engineer
  • 1713 Valentin Molitor, composer, dies at 76
  • 1721 Abraham Alewijn, poet/playwright (Beslikte Swaantje), dies at 36
  • 1743 John Campbell, 2nd duke of Argyll/fieldmarshal, dies at 64
  • 1749 Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (b. 1711)
  • 1754 Tanacharison, Catawba Indian chief
  • 1755 Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer, dies
  • 1785 David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
  • 1821 John Rennie, Scottish engineer (b. 1761)
  • 1830 Hans DL earl Yorck von Wartenburg, gov-gen of E-Prussia, dies at 71
  • 1838 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, composer, dies at 79
  • 1848 Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82
  • 1851 Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (b. 1767)
  • 1859 Karl Baedeker, German tour guide (Die Schweiz), dies at 57
  • 1862 William Duncan Smith, US Confederate brig-general, dies at 36
  • 1863 Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam, dies at 69
  • 1864 Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man (b. 1802)
  • 1867 Francis Xavier Seelos German-American Roman Catholic priest (b. 1819)
  • 1880 William Lassell, English astronomer (1st moon of Neptune), dies
  • 1890 Catherine Booth, the Mother of The Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 1892 Guillaume Van Kerckhoven, Belgian captain, dies at 39
  • 1893 Pieter J Elout van Soeterwoude, MP (AR), dies at 88
  • 1903 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)

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1904 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the Statue of Liberty, dies of tuberculosis at 70

  • 1904 Frederic Auguste Bertholdi, French sculptor (Statue of Liberty), dies
  • 1904 Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (b. 1847)
  • 1907 Alfredo Kiel, composer, dies at 57
  • 1910 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (b. 1850)
  • 1912 Gen Zeledon, Nicaraguan opponent of US occupation, is executed
  • 1929 John Metzelaar, Dutch/US writer (Report on the Fishes), dies at 37
  • 1935 Jean Béraud, French painter (b. 1849)
  • 1935 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1943 Richard T Ely, US economist (Ground under our feet), dies
  • 1943 Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence (b. 1906)
  • 1944 Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  • 1947 Max Planck, German physicist (constantly of P, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • 1949 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
  • 1955 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1961 Max Weber, Polish/Russ/US painter, dies
  • 1961 Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer, Exarch of Russian Church in North America (b. 1880)
  • 1962 E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • 1962 John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79
  • 1966 Sherman Billingsley, talk show host (Stork Club), dies at 66
  • 1969 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • 1969 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  • 1970 George Frederick McKay, composer, dies at 71

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1970 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1971 Edit Angold, actor (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • 1972 Colin Gordon, actor (John-Baron), dies at 61
  • 1972 Louis S B Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 68
  • 1974 Anne Sexton, US poetess (Pulitzer 1967), dies at 45
  • 1975 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • 1976 Alexander Gray, singer (This is Music), dies at 74
  • 1979 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • 1981 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • 1982 Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier, dies
  • 1982 Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50
  • 1989 Graham Chapman, comedian (Monty Python), dies of cancer at 48
  • 1989 Norman Yardley, cricketer (England captain 1947-50), dies
  • 1989 Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • 1990 Avis Bunnage, actor (Loneliness of Long Distance Runner), dies at 67
  • 1990 Jill Bennett, actress (Skull, Hawks), dies of undisclosed causes at 58
  • 1991 Leonard C Odell, wrote 7,000 Burma Shave poems, dies at 83
  • 1992 Itzhak Fuks, El Al captain, crashes in Bijlmer Netherlands
  • 1992 Laurie Anders, singer, dies of cancer
  • 1992 Ohad Arnon, El Al captain, crashes in Bijlmer Netherlands
  • 1993 Fran Carlon, dies of cancer at 80
  • 1993 Jim Holton, Scottish footballer (b. 1951)
  • 1994 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Heinz Rohmann, German actor/dir (Brave Soldier Schwejk), dies at 92
  • 1994 Danny Gatton, US guitarist, commits suicide at 48
  • 1995 Peter Nicholson Gunn, writer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Martyn Harris, journalist, dies at 43
  • 1996 Silvio Piola, footballer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Tim N Gidal Gidalewitsch, photojournalist, dies at 87
  • 1999 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 1999 Art Farmer, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1928)
  • 1999 Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  • 2000 Michael Smith, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • 2000 Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • 2001 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • 2002 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • 2002 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Tom Bell, English actor on stage, television and film (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)
  • 2013 Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese general and politician, dies at 102
  • 2014 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76

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2014 Jean-Claude Duvalier, 41st President of Haiti (1971-86), dies of a heart attack at 63

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • 2015 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67