Deaths in History on April 5

  • 582 Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 512)
  • 828 Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinopel (806-15), dies at about 77
  • 1168 Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester (b. 1104)
  • 1258 Julian of Cornillon/Liege, Flemish visionary/saint, dies
  • 1270 Ramban Nachmanides, Talmudic scholar (Hiddushei Ha-Ramden), dies
  • 1419 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1350)
  • 1531 Richard Roose, boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop
  • 1605 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • 1673 Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
  • 1676 John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
  • 1684 William Brouncker, English mathematician (Brouncker's formula) and the 1st President of the Royal Society, dies at around 64
  • 1693 Anne M L of Orleans, duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
  • 1695 George Savile, 1st marquis of Halifax, dies at 61
  • 1697 Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
  • 1712 John Luyken, poet/etcher (species company), dies at 63
  • 1717 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • 1723 J Fischer von Erlach, Austrian architect (Hofburg, Vienna), dies at 66
  • 1735 William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1735 Samuel Wesley, English poet (b. 1662)
  • 1765 Edward Young, English poet (Love of Fame), dies at 81
  • 1794 Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34
  • 1811 Robert Raikes, founder of Sunday Schools, dies
  • 1820 Henrik C Cras, lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii), dies at 81
  • 1900 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • 1907 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman philosphy in Neth), dies at 65
  • 1918 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73
  • 1922 Charles F A Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice, dies at 85
  • 1923 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier (b. 1866)
  • 1928 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • 1941 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)
  • 1943 Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist (b. 1869)
  • 1944 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • 1951 Edward Rigby, dies at 72
  • 1952 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian writer (L'Autre Vie), dies at 75
  • 1952 Charles Collett, GWR chief mechanical engineer (b. 1871)
  • 1958 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole vicar of Denmark, dies at 87
  • 1963 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73

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1964 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1966 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1968 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 1969 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • 1969 Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • 1969 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • 1970 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist, dies at 78
  • 1972 Isabel Jewell, dies at 62
  • 1973 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1974 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1975 Inez Courtney, dies at 67
  • 1975 Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58
  • 1976 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • 1977 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • 1979 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • 1981 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • 1982 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • 1984 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • 1986 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • 1989 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist/poet, dies at 59
  • 1991 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • 1991 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43

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1992 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1994 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • 1994 Aubrey J Watson Sr, bishop, dies at 65
  • 1994 Marlon Riggs, US writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • 1995 Christian Pineau, French politician, dies
  • 1996 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian, dies at 67

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1997 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1997 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • 1999 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • 2004 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)

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2005 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 2005 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American comic strip artist (Brenda Starr), dies at 98
  • 2005 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer (Porsche 911), dies at 76