Deaths in History on April 26

  • 757 Stephen II, Pope (752-57), dies
  • 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (b. 1127)
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies
  • 1444 Robert Campin, South Neth painter/porter of Doornik, dies at about 65
  • 1476 Simonetta Vespucci, inspiration of Botticelli (b.1453)
  • 1478 Giuliano de' Medici, Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at about 24
  • 1489 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (b. 1465)
  • 1558 Jean Francois Fernel, French physician, dies
  • 1716 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1651)
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, Engl bishop/historian/opponent to theater, dies at 75
  • 1784 Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder (b. 1718)
  • 1789 Peter I Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at about 67
  • 1805 Jean BG d'ansse the Villoison, classic (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1865 John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27

  • 1881 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
  • 1892 Sir Provo Wallis, British Admiral and naval hero (b. 1791)
  • 1910 Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian writer (Mary, Nobel 1903), dies at 77
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (b. 1887)
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74
  • 1945 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general (b. 1871)
  • 1945 Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)
  • 1946 Hermann Keyserling, count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • 1950 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • 1951 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (b. 1868)
  • 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)
  • 1958 Johan N C "Joan" Collette, painter, dies at 68
  • 1960 Wander J de Haas, Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • 1969 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • 1970 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • 1970 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • 1972 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)
  • 1981 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1986 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • 1987 John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated
  • 1991 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Clyde Hartley, entertainer, dies at 68
  • 1994 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate (b. 1927)
  • 1996 Burton Stein, historian, dies at 69
  • 1996 John Norrie McArthur, malariologist/microscopist, dies at 94
  • 1997 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • 1997 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • 1997 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • 2003 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)