Deaths in History on March 4

  • 480 Saint Landry, bishop of Sées
  • 561 Pelagius I, Italian Pope (556-61), dies
  • 1172 Stephan III, King of Hungary (1162-72), dies; (b. 1147)

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1193 Saladin, 1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, dies of fever at about 55

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
  • 1238 Joan of England, Queen Consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II (b. 1210)
  • 1238 Yuri II, Grand Prince of Vladimir (b. 1189)
  • 1303 Daniel of Moscow, Russian Saint, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1261)
  • 1484 Saint Casimir, Crown Prince of Poland dies at 25
  • 1496 Sigismund of Austria (b. 1427)
  • 1583 Bernard Gilpin, English clergyman, "Apostle of the North" (b. 1517)
  • 1595 Robert Southwell, English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
  • 1604 Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian (b. 1539)
  • 1615 Hans von Aachen, German painter, dies
  • 1710 Louis III, Prince of Condé (b. 1668)
  • 1733 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (b. 1656)
  • 1744 John Anstis, Garter King of Arms (b. 1669)
  • 1762 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • 1793 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist, dies at 44
  • 1794 Henri D count de Larochejacquelin, Fr Royalist Army leader, dies at 21
  • 1795 John Collins, American politician (b. 1717)
  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter, dies at 79
  • 1807 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • 1832 Jean-François Champollion, French scholar (b. 1790)
  • 1851 James Richardson, British explorer (b. 1809)
  • 1852 Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer and playwright, dies at 43
  • 1853 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (b. 1774)

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1858 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1864 Thomas Starr King, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity), dies
  • 1866 Alexander Campbell, Irish/US founder Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
  • 1868 Jesse Chisholm, American pioneer of the Chisholm Trail (b. 1805)
  • 1872 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • 1877 Hendrik E van Rijgersma, Dutch governor (St Maarten), dies at 42

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1883 Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President US Confederate States, dies at 71

Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
Confederate States VP
Alexander H. Stephens
  • 1888 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88
  • 1903 Joseph H Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • 1906 John McAllister Schofield, former U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the U.S. Army (b. 1831)
  • 1910 Knut Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1857)
  • 1915 William Willett, inventor of Daylight Saving Time (b. 1856)
  • 1916 Franz Marc, German painter/co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • 1925 James Ward, English psychologist and philosopher (b. 1843)
  • 1927 Ira Remsen American chemist (b. 1846)
  • 1938 George Foster Peabody, American politician (b. 1852)
  • 1940 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • 1943 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • 1943 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Beatrijs), dies at 73
  • 1944 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • 1944 Emanuel Weiss, American hitman (b. 1906) (executed)
  • 1944 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)

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1944 Louis Buchalter, American mobster (Murder, Inc.), executed at 47

  • 1946 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Adam Rainer, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • 1952 Charles Scott Sherrington, English scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1958 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • 1960 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • 1962 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 1963 William Carlos Williams, US physician/poet, dies at 79
  • 1967 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1967 Michel Plancherel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1973 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • 1974 Adolph Gottlieb, US painter, dies at 71
  • 1976 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
  • 1977 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • 1977 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • 1978 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • 1979 Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • 1984 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75

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1986 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • 1992 Arthur Babbitt, animator (Mr Magoo, Goofy), die at 84 of heart failure
  • 1992 C Meijer, Dutch editor in chief (Typhoon), dies
  • 1992 Christian K Nelson, inventor (Eskimo Pie), dies at 98
  • 1992 Nestor Almendros, Spanish/US cameraman (Kramer vs Kramer), dies at 61
  • 1993 Richard Sale, writer/director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • 1993 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • 1996 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • 1996 Minnie Pearl, country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 84
  • 1997 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • 1999 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907)
  • 2002 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • 2004 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • 2006 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Bob Hattoy, American activist (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian (b. 1966)
  • 2007 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian politician
  • 2008 Gary Gygax, Fantasy author and role-playing games creator. (b. 1938)
  • 2008 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • 2009 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • 2010 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • 2011 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • 2011 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate (b. 1925)
  • 2016 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2017 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90