Deaths in History on April 23

  • 34 Christ, crucified, according to Isaac Newton
  • 303 Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England
  • 725 Wihtred, King of Kent (c. 692-725)
  • 871 Ethelred I, king of Wessex/brother of Alfred the Great, dies
  • 990 Ekkehart II, [Palatinus], monk to St-Gallen/poet, dies
  • 997 Vojtech "Adalbert" of Prague, 2nd bishop of Prague/apostle, dies at 40
  • 1014 Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, dies in battle at Clontarf
  • 1016 Æthelred II "the Unready", king of England (979-1016), dies
  • 1124 Alexander I, King of Scots (1107-24), dies at 47
  • 1151 Queen Adeliza of England (b. 1103)
  • 1217 King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
  • 1407 Olivier de Clisson, French soldier (b. 1326)
  • 1416 Blaise/Blasius of Parma, Italian astrologist/philosopher/algebra, dies
  • 1605 Boris Godunov, chief adviser to Tsar Fyodor I and Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies after a lengthy illness and a stroke at approximately 20

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1616 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

  • 1616 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)
  • 1625 Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, dies at 57
  • 1695 Henry Vaughan, poet (Silex Scintillans), dies at 72
  • 1702 Margaret Fell, English Quaker leader (b. 1614)
  • 1740 Thomas Tickell, poet, dies
  • 1774 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, painter, dies
  • 1781 James Abercrombie, British general (b. 1706)
  • 1786 Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • 1792 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, dies at 50
  • 1794 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (executed) (b. 1721)
  • 1839 Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer (b. 1768)

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1850 William Wordsworth, English Romantic poet (The Prelude), dies at 80

  • 1853 Auguste Laurent, chemist, dies
  • 1865 James Dearing, US Confederate brigadier general, dies at 24
  • 1878 Friedrich Preller, landscape painter, dies
  • 1880 Guess Saleh, [Sarief Bastaman], Javanese painter, dies
  • 1889 Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, French writer (b. 1808)
  • 1895 Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig, physiologist, dies
  • 1895 Carl Ludwig, German physician (b. 1815)
  • 1905 Gédéon Ouimet, Quebec politician (b. 1823)
  • 1907 Alfred Packer, American Cannibal (b. 1842)
  • 1915 Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
  • 1918 Percy Thomson Dean, lt-commander, killed at Zeebrugge, dies
  • 1926 Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
  • 1929 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies at 28
  • 1936 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (b. 1889)
  • 1945 Albrecht Haushofer, writer, dies at 42
  • 1951 Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)
  • 1952 Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Neart], Flemish writer, dies at 60
  • 1952 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  • 1955 Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, dies at 76
  • 1960 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • 1960 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
  • 1971 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • 1973 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • 1975 R D Brinkmann, writer, dies

  • 1979 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • 1981 Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)
  • 1985 Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), dies at 88
  • 1986 Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79
  • 1988 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1990 Albert Salmi, (Caddyshack), kills terminally ill wife & self at 62
  • 1991 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • 1992 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1992 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder/Agantuk), dies at 70
  • 1993 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
  • 1994 Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
  • 1994 Cecile Dreesmann, son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Selby Taylor, bishop, dies at 86
  • 1996 Pamela Lyndon Travers, writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96
  • 1996 Jean-Victor Allard, Canadian military officer (b. 1913)
  • 1998 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • 1998 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • 2003 James H. Critchfield, American Central Intelligence agent (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 2007 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (b. 1934)

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2007 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
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  • 2008 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • 2011 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill (b. 1921)
  • 2013 Robert Edgar, American Congressman, dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 2016 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83