On This Day

Famous Deaths on April 24

  • 624 Mellitus, third Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 709 Wilfrid, English bishop and saint, dies at about 76
  • 729 Egbert[us], English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89
  • 1077 Geza I, King of Hungary (1074-7), dies
  • 1185 Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns
  • 1338 Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)
  • 1530 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (De partu Virginis), dies at 74
  • 1617 Carlo Concino, French marquis of Ancre/state advisor, murdered
  • 1622 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint, dies at 44
  • 1656 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)

Daniel Defoe

1731 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

  • 1736 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • 1758 Florian Wrastill, Austrian composer of sacred music, choir master, and Benedictine monk, dies at 41
  • 1776 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • 1776 Giuseppi Paolucci, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1779 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, dies at 68
  • 1824 Herman Muntinghe, Dutch theologist (History of Mankind), dies at 71
  • 1827 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1848 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • 1850 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, dies at 70
  • 1852 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • 1855 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1875 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer, dies at 58
  • 1891 Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian general and fieldmarshal, dies at 90
  • 1900 George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll and Secretary of State for India (1868-74, 1880-85), dies at 76
  • 1900 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor and cable car pioneer, dies at 64
  • 1904 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist, dies at 77
  • 1912 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • 1917 Oskar Blumenthal, German playwright and critic, dies at 65
  • 1922 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 George Street, English cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test 1923), dies
  • 1924 G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1928 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1930 Henry Ernest Dudeney, English mathematician and puzzle maker, dies at 73
  • 1933 Felix Adler, German-American educator of political and social ethics, dies at 81
  • 1935 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, dies at 80
  • 1936 Alphons Diepenbrock, composer, dies at 73
  • 1936 Bernard van Dieren, Dutch composer, and music critic, dies at 51
  • 1936 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), dies at 68
  • 1938 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor, dies at 74
  • 1941 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40
  • 1942 Leonid Kulik, Russian mineralogist who led the first research expedition to study the Tunguska meteor site, the largest impact event in recorded history, dies of typhus in a Nazi prison camp at 58
  • 1943 Gerardus H de Hare, socialist vicar, dies at 63
  • 1944 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1945 Anton de Kom, Suriname resistance fighter, dies at 47
  • 1945 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • 1945 Antoon Schweigmann, Dutch religious poet and resistance fighter, dies at 51
  • 1947 Willa Cather, American writer (My Ántonia), dies at 73
  • 1948 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 1948 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • 1948 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84
  • 1952 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers, physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
  • 1952 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State, dies at 82
  • 1955 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • 1956 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • 1956 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • 1957 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • 1959 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • 1960 Johannes "Jan" Musch, Dutch actor (Dead Water), dies at 84
  • 1960 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • 1961 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • 1964 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), dies at 68
  • 1965 Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
  • 1967 Frank Overton, actor (12 O'Clock High), dies at 48
  • 1967 Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voshkod I, Soyuz 1) and the 1st human to die in a space flight, dies in Soyuz 1 at 40
  • 1968 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • 1968 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • 1971 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), dies at of heart attack at 63
  • 1974 (William) "Bud" Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1975 Pete Ham, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), takes his own life at 27
  • 1976 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • 1979 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • 1980 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1983 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 1985 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80

Wallis Simpson

1986 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

  • 1986 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • 1988 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • 1989 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), dies at 77
  • 1990 Joseph Leberman, entertainer, dies
  • 1990 Tom Rolfing, actor (He Knows You're Alone, Cliff-Another World), dies
  • 1991 J. de Graaf, Dutch ethicist, president church & peace, dies at 79

Oliver Tambo

1993 Oliver Tambo, South African lawyer, anti-apartheid politician and co-founder (African National Congress), dies of a stroke at 75

  • 1995 Douglas Gunsekera, banker, dies at 77
  • 1996 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • 1996 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), dies of natural causes at 83
  • 1997 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show) and presidential candidate, dies at 69

Eugene Stoner

1997 Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and inventor of the M16, dies of cancer at 74

  • 1997 Robert Erickson, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1998 Mel Powell [Epstein], American composer (Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1990), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • 2000 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), dies at 65
  • 2000 Alma Heflin, American commercial airplane test pilot and child psychologist, dies at 89
  • 2001 Al Hibbler, American singer ("Unchained Melody"), dies at 85
  • 2001 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)

Estée Lauder

2004 Estée Lauder, American entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

  • 2004 Willie Watson, English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 2 x 100s) and soccer midfielder (4 caps; Sunderland), dies at 84
  • 2004 Winson Hudson, American civil rights activist (rural Mississippi), dies at 87
  • 2005 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • 2009 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 61
  • 2011 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure, dies at 84
  • 2011 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2012 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), dies at 80
  • 2013 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, dies at 80
  • 2014 Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 2016 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", dies after collapsing on stage at 66
  • 2016 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American soul singer ("Me & Mrs Jones"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2016 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85
  • 2016 Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize, 1978), dies at 83
  • 2017 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • 2017 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • 2017 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • 2017 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • 2019 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies from cancer on his 74th birthday
  • 2020 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter (Watchdog), dies of a stroke at 72
  • 2020 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), dies of kidney failure at 80 [1]
  • 2020 Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs), dies at 75
  • 2021 Sarolta Monspart, Hungarian orienteering competitor (first non-Scandinavian female to win World C'ship 1972; 14 x national titles), dies at 76
  • 2021 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), dies at 93
  • 2021 John T. Ward Jr., American racehorse trainer (Kentucky Derby 2001 Monarchos; Breeders' Cup Distaff 1999 Beautiful Pleasure), dies at 75
April 24 Highlights