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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 Righteous, King of Aragon and 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 Löhner, 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)
  • 1787 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican Jesuit teacher and writer, dies at 55

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
  • 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
  • 1864 Princess Hildegard of Bavaria, seventh child and fourth daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, dies at 38
  • 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, American painter and inventor of the electric telegraph and Morse Code, 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, Dutch baron and 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)
  • 1917 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), dies on active duty in WWI at 26
  • 1922 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), dies at 37
  • 1923 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), dies at 45
  • 1924 Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, Danish botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82
  • 1928 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • 1930 Zewditu, Empress of Ethiopia (1916-30), dies at 53
  • 1932 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1932 Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (invented bulldogging), dies after being kicked in the head by a bronco at 61
  • 1932 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1933 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, Indian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 989 runs @ 44.95, 2 x 100s) and politician (Maharaja of Nawanagar), dies at 60
  • 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, Slovak composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Joe Hardstaff Sr., English cricket batsman (5 Tests; umpire 21 Tests), dies at 64
  • 1948 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41
  • 1951 Simon Barere, Russian pianist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54 while performing Grieg's Piano Concerto 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
  • 1954 Maud Barger-Wallach, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1908), dies at 83
  • 1954 Pudge Heffelfinger, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (3 x All American, Yale; first professional player 1892) and coach (Cal, Lehigh, Minnesota), dies at 86
  • 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, American 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 baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), 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, dies at 74
  • 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 Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1979 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), dies at 68
  • 1980 Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire), dies at 70
  • 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 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), dies in car crash at 37
  • 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
  • 1994 Richard Davies, actor (Pvt Buckaroo), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86
  • 1995 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis 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, Japanese film 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)
  • 2008 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 2009 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), dies at 79
  • 2010 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • 2010 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), dies at 70
  • 2011 Larry Finch, American college basketball coach (University of Memphis 1986-97), dies at 60
  • 2012 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), 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
  • 2013 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • 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
  • 2015 Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), dies at 88
  • 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
  • 2020 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), dies at 87
  • 2020 Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84
  • 2020 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86
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