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Famous Deaths on April 22

  • 296 Pope Caius, Bishop of Rome (283-296), dies at 51
  • 536 St. Agapetus I, Bishop of Rome (535-36), dies at 46
  • 1253 Elias van Cortona, Italian general (1232-39), dies at ~53
  • 1355 Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Edward II, dies at 36
  • 1462 Gilbert de Lannoy, Flemish traveller & diplomat, dies at 76
  • 1521 Juan de Padilla, Spanish Roman Catholic missionary, killed at 52
  • 1592 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor & architect, dies at 80

Person of interestMiguel de Cervantes

1616 Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Spanish author (Don Quixote), dies of a cirrhosis at 68

  • 1648 Catharina Belgian van Nassau, daughter of Willem, dies at 69
  • 1662 John Tradescant, English botanist & gardener, dies at 53
  • 1672 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar & poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), dies at 73
  • 1699 Hans A baron von Abschatz, Silesian poet, dies at 53
  • 1758 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist, dies at 71
  • 1776 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist & composer, dies at 67
  • 1778 James Hargreaves, British inventor (spinning jenny), dies at 57
  • 1782 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Czech composer, dies at 66

Person of interestAnne Bonny

1782 Anne Bonny, Irish pirate, dies in prison at 85

Pirate Anne Bonny
Pirate
Anne Bonny
  • 1788 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch poet, dies at 46
  • 1806 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral, killed at 42
  • 1821 John Crome [Old Crome], English landscape painter & etcher, dies at 52
  • 1827 Thomas Rowlandson, English artist & caricaturist, dies at 70
  • 1830 Knud Lyne Rahbek, Danish literary historian, dies at 69
  • 1833 Richard Trevithick, English inventor (steam locomotive), dies at 62
  • 1839 Denis Davydov, Russian general & poet, dies at 54
  • 1844 Henri-Montan Berton, French composer, dies at 76
  • 1854 Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician & soldier, dies at 67
  • 1864 Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 75
  • 1865 Francis Washburn, US Union colonel/gen major, dies of injuries
  • 1865 William McKean, American naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 64
  • 1877 James P. Kirkwood, American civil engineer, dies at 70
  • 1883 Octave Fouque, French pianist and composer, dies at 38
  • 1890 Magnus Huss, Swedish physician who coined the word alcoholism and was the first to define it as a disease, dies at 82
  • 1892 Edouard Lalo, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1893 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor & academic, dies at 67
  • 1896 Thomas Meik, Scottish civil engineer, dies at 84
  • 1899 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), dies at 59

  • 1901 William Stubbs, English historian & Anglican bishop of Oxford, dies at 74
  • 1903 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), dies at 87
  • 1908 Ellison Capers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • 1925 André Caplet, French composer & conductor (Conte Fantastic, Le miroir de Jesus), dies from WWI gas attack issues at 45
  • 1929 Ödön Mihalovich, Hungarian composer, dies at 86
  • 1929 Henry Lerolle, French painter, dies at 80
  • 1930 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet & novelist (Bondens Søn), dies at 63
  • 1933 Henry Royce, English industrialist & automobile founder (Rolls-Royce), dies at 70
  • 1941 Arthur Briscoe, South African cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • 1944 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1945 Kathe Kollwitz, German graphic artist, dies at 77
  • 1946 Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer & jurist (SCOTUS, 1941-46), dies at 73
  • 1946 Lionel Atwill, British actor (Captain Blood, To Be or Not to Be), dies at 61
  • 1950 Charles Hamilton Houston, American lawyer & architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • 1951 Stanley Ridges, British-born actor (possessed, Sgt York, Mr Ace), dies at 59
  • 1951 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist, dies at 81
  • 1953 Top Naeff [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • 1961 Maria Radulphus [Adrian Hermus], Curacao school inspector, dies at 91
  • 1962 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1962 Vera Reynolds, American actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • 1967 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), dies at 62
  • 1968 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive, dies at 57
  • 1974 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer & journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • 1975 Mary Philips, American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies at 75
  • 1976 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist & composer, dies at 79
  • 1977 Charles Sanford, American orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • 1978 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76

Person of interestJane Froman

1980 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • 1982 Melville Bell Grosvenor, American photographer & president of National Geographic Society, dies at 80
  • 1983 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • 1983 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80

Person of interestAnsel Adams

1984 Ansel Adams, American photographer, dies at 82

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • 1985 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • 1986 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79
  • 1988 Irene Rich, American actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96

Person of interestEmilio G. Segrè

1989 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 1990 Bertil Unger, Swedish actor (Devil & Max Devlin), dies at 69
  • 1992 Billy Wayne White, American murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • 1992 Youcca Troubatzkoy, American actress (Flower of the Night), dies at 86
  • 1993 Andries Treurnicht, South African politician, dies at 72

Person of interestCesar Chavez

1993 Cesar Chavez, American farm labor leader (United Farm Workers), dies of natural causes at 66

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez
  • 1993 Mark Koenig, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 88
  • 1994 Denis Pitts, English journalist, dies at 64
  • 1994 Jack Bently, English trombonist, dies at 80

Person of interestRichard Nixon

1994 Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (1969-75), dies of a stroke at 81

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1994 Hans Burkhardt, Swiss-American artist, dies at 89
  • 1995 Don Pullen, American pianist & composer, dies at 53
  • 1995 Maggie Kuhn, American activist & co-founder (Gray Panthers), dies at 89
  • 1996 David Shipman, English film historian, dies at 63
  • 1996 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 1996 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician & Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), dies at 61
  • 1996 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • 1998 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58

  • 1999 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), dies at 60
  • 1999 Chan Canasta, Polish-born magician & mindreader, dies at 79
  • 2000 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), dies at 79
  • 2003 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 91
  • 2003 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2003 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), dies at 77
  • 2004 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • 2004 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 22
  • 2005 Norman Bird, English character actor, dies at 80
  • 2005 Robert Farnon, Canadian composer & conductor, dies at 87
  • 2005 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • 2005 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • 2006 Alida Valli [Baroness Alida von Marckenstein-Frauenberg], Italian actress (The Paradine Case, The Third Man), dies at 84
  • 2007 Juanita Millender-McDonald, American congresswoman from southern California, dies at 68
  • 2008 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66
  • 2008 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • 2008 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 2009 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • 2011 Moin Akhter, Pakistani actor, dies at 60
  • 2011 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2013 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2013 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist & composer, dies at 82
  • 2016 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), dies at 93
  • 2016 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • 2017 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • 2017 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • 2017 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), dies at 87
  • 2019 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), dies at 70
  • 2019 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), dies from dementia at 79
  • 2019 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), dies at 88
  • 2020 Shirley Knight, American actress (Endless Love, Desperate Housewives), dies at 83
  • 2020 Hartwig Gauder, German race walker (Olympic gold men's 50k walk 1980), dies at 65
  • 2020 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), dies at 87
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