Famous Deaths on April 2

  • 1118 Boudouin I, of Bologne/Edessa, 1st crusader/king of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1272 Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1209)
  • 1335 Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. circa 1265)
  • 1412 Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer (b. ????)
  • 1416 Ferdinand I, the Justified, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 52
  • 1502 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, dies from an unknown illness at 15
  • 1507 Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1640 Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45
  • 1657 Ferdinand III, King of Hungary & Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1637-57), dies at 48
  • 1657 Jean-Jacques Olier - French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)
  • 1705 Johann Lohner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1720 Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1742 James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • 1747 Johann J Dillenius, German botanist, dies at 63
  • 1754 Thomas Carte, English historian (b. 1686)
  • 1758 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer, dies at 67

  • 1784 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1787 Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)

Person of interestComte de Mirabeau

1791 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary (influential member of the National Constituent Assembly), dies of natural causes at 42

Revolutionary and Politician Comte de Mirabeau
Revolutionary and Politician
Comte de Mirabeau
  • 1801 Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. circa 1761)
  • 1803 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56
  • 1812 Louise of Orléans, Daughter of King Louis XV and Queen of Belgium, dies at 38
  • 1817 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), dies at 76
  • 1827 Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (b. 1776)
  • 1831 Charles Felix, blind King of Sardina (1821-31), dies at 74
  • 1845 Philip Charles Durham, Royal Navy Admiral (b. 1763)
  • 1852 Theodor Althaus, writer, dies
  • 1865 A. P. Hill, Confederate general, killed in action at 39
  • 1865 Richard Cobden, founder Anti-Corn-Law League, dies at 60

Person of interestSamuel Morse

1872 Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1876 Paul van Vlissingen, Dutch ship owner, dies at 78
  • 1890 Marinus Frederik Andries Gerardus Campbell, Dutch bibliographer, dies at 70
  • 1892 Willem J d'Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dut baron/genealogist, dies at 79
  • 1902 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • 1910 Boyd Alexander, English explorer (Niger to the Nile), murdered at 37
  • 1910 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist, dies at 79
  • 1914 Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)
  • 1922 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1924 Johannes E. B. Warming, Danish Botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82
  • 1928 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • 1930 Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)

  • 1932 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1932 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, dies after being kicked in the head by a bronco at 61
  • 1933 K S Ranjitsinhji, cricketer (989 Test runs, 1st-class avg 56), dies
  • 1936 Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (Father of The Tank), dies at 75
  • 1937 Nathan Birnbaum, Austria philosopher (Zionism), dies at about 72
  • 1938 Alice Berend, writer, dies
  • 1941 Pál Teleki, prime minister of the Kingdom of Hungary (1920-1 and 1939-41), dies at 61
  • 1944 Mikulas Moyzes, composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies
  • 1948 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41
  • 1951 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1952 Bernard F Lyot, Fren astronomer (chronograph, Lyot-filter), dies at 55
  • 1953 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • 1956 Albert Marie Leon Adolphe de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo (1921-39), dies at 82
  • 1956 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • 1956 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • 1958 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1959 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • 1961 August Defresne, Dutch playwright and director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • 1961 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • 1964 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70), dies at 90
  • 1965 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 C. S. Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
  • 1969 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74

Person of interestGil Hodges

1972 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1972 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • 1972 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor
  • 1974 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84

Person of interestGeorges Pompidou

1974 Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1976 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), dies at 74
  • 1979 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • 1979 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • 1980 Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • 1981 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1987 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1990 Aldo Fabrizi, actor (Postman Goes to War, Open City), dies at 85
  • 1992 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • 1992 Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 1993 Eugenie Leontovitch, Russian actress (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), dies at 93
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • 1994 Richard Davies, actor (Pvt Buckaroo), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86
  • 1995 Harvey Penick, premier golf instructor/author, dies at 90
  • 1995 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1996 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Tomoyuki Tanaka, producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • 1997 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • 1997 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • 1998 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • 1999 Andrew Gardner, British newscaster (News at Ten), dies in flight en route to Madeira at 66
  • 2000 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 2001 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2002 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), dies at 80
  • 2002 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • 2003 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2004 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)

Person of interestJohn Paul II

2005 Pope Saint John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2006 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2012 Elizabeth Catlett, American-born Mexican artist, dies at 96
  • 2013 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • 2013 Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 86
  • 2014 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • 2015 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2016 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • 2016 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods-Billy Don't be a Hero), dies at 71

Person of interestWinnie Mandela

2018 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, dies of a long illness at 81

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 2018 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), dies at 75