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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

Miguel 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

Anne Bonny

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

  • 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 Édouard Lalo, French composer (Symphonie Espagnole; Le roi d'Ys), 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
  • 1941 Dooley Briscoe MC, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal) and soldier (Military Cross 1941), dies in action in Ethiopia at 30
  • 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

Jane Froman

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

  • 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
  • 1985 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • 1985 José de Lima Siquiera, Brazilian conductor, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1986 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79
  • 1988 Irene Rich, American actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96

Emilio 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

  • 1989 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), dies at 70
  • 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

Cesar Chavez

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

  • 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

Richard Nixon

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

  • 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
  • 2001 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • 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 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • 2005 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • 2005 Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor and pop art pioneer (mosaics Tottenham Court Rd tube), dies at 81
  • 2005 (John) Norman Bird, British stage, wireless, and screen character actor (Worzel Gummidge, 1979–81 - "Mr Braithwaite"), dies at 80
  • 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
  • 2008 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 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, and guitarist who opened the Woodstock Festival ("Freedom"; "Here Comes The Sun"), 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
  • 2020 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of Covid-19 at 82 [1]
April 22 Highlights