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Famous Deaths on April 13

  • 799 Paul the Deacon [Paulus Diaconus Warnefred], Italian Benedictine monk and chronicler of the Lombards, dies at 70
  • 814 Krum, Khan of Bulgaria (803-814), dies during siege of Constantinople
  • 1093 Vsevolod I, Grand Prince of Kiev, dies at 63
  • 1517 Tuman bay II, last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, dies at 40
  • 1612 Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai, dies at 27
  • 1635 Fakhr-al-Din II, Druze Prince of Lebanon, dies at 62
  • 1641 Richard Montagu, English clergyman, dies at 64
  • 1695 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), dies at 73
  • 1722 Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican priest, dies at 71
  • 1728 Johann Christoph Schmidt, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Giovanni Veneziano, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1793 Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, French revolutionary, dies at 30
  • 1794 Nicolas Chamfort, French writer, dies at 53
  • 1806 Jean-Jacques Bachelier, French painter, dies at ~82
  • 1807 Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Holy Roman Empire Empress, dies at 34
  • 1822 Gaetano Valeri, Italian composer, dies at 61

  • 1825 Joseph Gelinek, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Franz Danzi, German composer & cellist, dies at 62
  • 1831 Ferdinand Kauer, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1853 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), dies at 64
  • 1853 James Iredell, Jr., American politician, dies at 64
  • 1855 Henry De la Beche, English geologist, dies at 59
  • 1864 Johann Schneider, German composer & organist, dies at 74
  • 1868 Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, commits suicide at 50
  • 1873 Carlo Coccia, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1880 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist, dies at 67
  • 1882 Bruno Bauer, German theologian, dies at 72
  • 1886 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • 1886 John Humphrey Noyes, American preacher and founded the Oneida Community (Perfectionists), dies at 74
  • 1890 Samuel J. Randall, American politician (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), dies at 61
  • 1904 Vasily Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies at 61
  • 1909 Whitley Stokes, British lawyer, dies at 79
  • 1910 William Orchardson, British painter, dies at 78
  • 1911 George Washington Glick, American politician, dies at 83
  • 1911 John McLane, American politician, dies at 59
  • 1912 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author, dies at 26

  • 1918 Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian military officer, dies at 47
  • 1919 Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist & suffragist, dies at 76
  • 1925 Elwood Haynes, American automotive pioneer (built one of 1st US autos), dies at 67
  • 1928 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, dies at 36
  • 1932 Johannes T de Visser, 1st Dutch Min of Education, dies at 75 [or 14th]
  • 1936 Konstantinos Demertzis, Greek premier, dies at 60
  • 1936 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader, dies at 32
  • 1938 Grey Owl [Archibald Belaney], Canadian conservationist, dies at 49

Person of interestAnnie Jump Cannon

1941 Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • 1942 Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Communist, executed at 58
  • 1944 Cecile Chaminade, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1944 Paul Hazard [Paul-Gustave-Marie-Camille Hazard], French critic & literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1945 Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher & educator (Essay on Man), dies at 70
  • 1946 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 C. V. France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80
  • 1952 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress (Adelaarsjong), dies at 79
  • 1954 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician, dies at 63
  • 1959 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician & conductor, dies at 58
  • 1959 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • 1961 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist, dies at 26
  • 1962 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • 1966 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician & President of Iraq (1963-66), killed in a plane crash at 45
  • 1966 Georges Duhamel, French author (Vie et aventures de Salavin, 5 vol.), dies at 81
  • 1967 Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1956-63), dies at 44
  • 1971 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • 1971 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • 1973 A. A. M. Stols, Dutch publisher (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • 1973 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1974 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1975 N'garta Tombalbaye, Chadian politician (President, 1962–1975), dies at 56
  • 1975 Larry Parks [Samuel Lawrence Parks], American actor (The Jolson Story, Love Is Better Than Ever), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1978 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • 1978 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • 1980 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver, dies at 23
  • 1981 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan, Japanese military commander, dies at 93
  • 1983 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • 1983 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • 1983 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • 1984 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • 1984 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1984 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • 1984 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1986 Stephen Stucker, American actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies at 38
  • 1986 Johnny Dollar, American country & rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • 1990 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director and actor (Berge in Flammen), dies at 97
  • 1990 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), dies at 74
  • 1992 Brian Oulton, English character actor, dies at 84
  • 1992 Wallace Stegner, American novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • 1992 Stuart Surridge, English cricketer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • 1993 Barry Karas, American actor, dies of leukemia at 49
  • 1993 Max Tripels, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • 1994 Donald Benjamin Harden, British researcher, dies at 92
  • 1994 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), dies at 83
  • 1994 Nikolai Krjoetsjkov, Russian actor (Ballad of Soldatje), dies at 83
  • 1994 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor & director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 73

  • 1994 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • 1995 Edward Henderson, British diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1996 Denis Sargan, British econometrician, dies at 71
  • 1996 George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet, dies at 74
  • 1996 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, Irish-American gangster, dies at 64
  • 1996 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), dies at 90
  • 1997 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • 1997 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • 1998 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38
  • 1999 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player, dies at 74
  • 1999 Willi Stoph, German politician (Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic, 1964-73), dies at 84
  • 2000 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • 2000 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • 2000 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • 2001 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • 2001 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), dies at 73
  • 2002 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • 2004 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • 2004 Caron Keating, British television presenter, dies at 41
  • 2005 Don Blasingame, American baseball player, dies at 73
  • 2005 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies of kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, dies at 59
  • 2005 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor, dies at 46
  • 2005 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) & Communist politician, dies at 89
  • 2005 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer & producer (Vic Damone Show), dies at 91
  • 2006 Bill Baker, American baseball player, dies at 95

Person of interestMuriel Spark

2006 Muriel Spark, Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), dies at 88

Author Muriel Spark
Author
Muriel Spark
  • 2007 Don Selwyn, Māori actor & film director, dies at 71
  • 2008 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • 2009 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • 2009 Bruce Snyder, American football coach, dies at 69
  • 2009 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", dies at 54
  • 2013 Chi Cheng, American Bassist (Deftones), dies at 42
  • 2013 Frank Bank, American actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 71
  • 2013 Bernhard Krol, German hornist and composer (Figaro Metamorphoses), dies at 92 [1]
  • 2015 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist & writer, dies at 74

Person of interestGünter Grass

2015 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2016 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • 2017 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75
  • 2018 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), dies at 86
  • 2020 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79
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