On This Day

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

Annie Jump Cannon

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

  • 1942 Henk Sneevliet, Dutch Communist, executed at 58
  • 1944 Cecile Chaminade, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1944 Paul Hazard, French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944 Cécile Chamindale, French composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • 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 and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), 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
  • 1984 George Fierstone, British jazz and session drummer, (The Skyrockets), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1997 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; 9 wickets, 1 x 50; Barbados), dies at 83
  • 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

Muriel Spark

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

  • 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 college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), dies from melanoma 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]
  • 2013 Stephen Dodgson, British composer, dies at 89
  • 2015 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist & writer, dies at 74

Günter Grass

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

  • 2016 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • 2016 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), dies of cancer at 73
  • 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 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • 2021 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), dies at 88
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