Deaths in History on April 1

  • 1085 Emperor Shenzong of China (b. 1048)
  • 1132 St-Hugues, Bishop of Grenoble (b. 1053)
  • 1204 Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Louis VII & Henry II, dies at 81
  • 1205 Amalrik II, King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies
  • 1548 Sigismund I, the Elder, King of Poland, dies at 81
  • 1611 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • 1621 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
  • 1637 Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (b. 1571)
  • 1682 Franz Egon of Fürstenberg, Bavarian Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • 1787 Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
  • 1791 Richard Butler American soldier (b. 1743)
  • 1814 Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian general/cartographer, dies at 87
  • 1832 Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies
  • 1839 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • 1866 Johannes C H de Meijere, Dutch zoologist, dies
  • 1869 Anthony G O Ridder van Rappard, Min of Reformed Worship, dies at 69
  • 1870 Patrick Gass, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 98
  • 1872 Frederick Maurice, English theologian (b. 1805)
  • 1872 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)
  • 1878 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (b. 1796)
  • 1890 David Wilber, American politician (b. 1820)
  • 1901 Francois M Raoult, Fren physicist/chemist (Law of Raoult), dies at 70
  • 1910 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver, dies at 94
  • 1916 Gabrielle Petit, Belgian resistance fighter, executed
  • 1922 Charles I, emperor (Austria)/King of Hungary (Charles IV), dies
  • 1930 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • 1933 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), dies at 64
  • 1941 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81
  • 1947 George II, king of Greece, dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950 Charles R. Drew, American surgeon (developer of the blood bank concept), dies in a car crash at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • 1955 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • 1957 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • 1960 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • 1965 Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76
  • 1965 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
  • 1966 Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • 1968 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59
  • 1975 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish draftsman/glass painter, dies at 95
  • 1976 Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85
  • 1976 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • 1979 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • 1981 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • 1985 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 1988 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • 1989 Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • 1991 Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • 1991 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • 1991 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (b.1946)
  • 1993 Ihsan Mohamed Salem, [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed
  • 1993 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies
  • 1994 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • 1994 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • 1994 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86
  • 1994 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • 1995 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, dies at 93
  • 1995 Richard Pool, naval Officer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
  • 1995 H. Adams Carter, American Alpine Club President, 10th Mountain Division trainer (b. 1914)
  • 1996 Alfredo Nobre Coast, PM of Portugal (1978), dies
  • 1996 John Alwyne Kitching, zoologist, dies at 87
  • 1996 John McSheery, dies of heart attack while umpiring a game, at 51
  • 1996 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • 1997 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • 1997 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2000 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • 2004 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German entertainer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • 2006 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2012 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • 2015 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), dies at 92
  • 2017 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83