On This Day

Famous Deaths on April 3

  • 33 Christ, crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
  • 628 Khosrow II, Sāsānian King of Persia (579-628), murdered by his son Kavad at about 57
  • 963 William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)
  • 1287 Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87), dies
  • 1350 Eudes IV, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1295)
  • 1512 Richard Pafraet, Dutch printer, dies
  • 1525 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api), dies at 49
  • 1581 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies
  • 1606 Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1680 Shivaji Bhonsle [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj], Indian warrior and founder of the Maratha Empire, dies of fever and dysentery around the age of 52
  • 1682 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter (The Vision of St. Anthony), dies at about 64
  • 1691 Jean Petitot, Swiss enamel painter (b. 1608)
  • 1694 Ferdinand van Apshoven de Jongere, Flemish painter, buried at 64
  • 1695 Melchior de Hondecoeter, Dutch still life painter, dies at about 58
  • 1717 Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1728 James Anderson, Scottish lawyer (b. 1662)
  • 1747 Francesco Solimena, Italian painter, dies at 89
  • 1769 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), dies at 71
  • 1792 George Pocock, British admiral (b. 1706)
  • 1797 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1804 Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish priest (b. 1727/1728)
  • 1811 Pieter-Jozef Verhaghen, Flemish (court)painter, dies at 83
  • 1822 Friedrich Bertuch, writer, dies
  • 1826 Reginald Heber, bishop & hymn writer, dies
  • 1827 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), dies at 70
  • 1838 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • 1849 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Father of the Plague-Patient), dies at 39
  • 1850 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1858 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, dies at 79
  • 1862 James Clark Ross, British Royal Navy explorer (British Antarctic), dies at 61
  • 1868 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 1876 Henriette Davidis, writer, dies
  • 1882 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, dies at 71

Jesse James

1882 Jesse James, American outlaw, shot dead at 34, in St Joseph Mo by Robert Ford

  • 1884 Carel JCH van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch Cath politician, dies at 59

Johannes Brahms

1897 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances; A German Requiem), dies at 63

  • 1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 1909 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer, dies at 71
  • 1915 Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer (England captain) and ruby union player, commits suicide by firearm at 52
  • 1917 Arthur Graeme West, British writer and war poet (The Diary of a Dead Officer), killed by a sniper at about 25
  • 1919 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • 1930 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1936 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, executed at 36
  • 1941 Pal Teleki-von Szek, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), committed suicide at 61
  • 1942 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1943 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 1945 Josef Weinheber, Austrian poet and writer (Vienna Verbatim), dies at 43
  • 1946 Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • 1949 Basil Harwood, English composer, dies at 89
  • 1950 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • 1950 Kurt Weill, German composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies at 50
  • 1951 Johannes C. Kielstra, Dutch economist & governor (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
  • 1952 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish first female minister and a key figure in the workers' movement, dies at 85
  • 1956 T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • 1957 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), dies from intestinal obstruction at 73
  • 1958 Theodor Kramer, Austrian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • 1960 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • 1962 Benny "Kid" Paret, American welterweight boxer, dies after a fight at 24
  • 1962 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • 1966 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • 1966 Battista Farina, Italian automobile designer and founder of Pininfarina company, dies at 72
  • 1969 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman; Zara; Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1971 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • 1971 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65
  • 1972 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • 1975 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Sons & Lovers; Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
  • 1976 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • 1977 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1980 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • 1981 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), dies at 81
  • 1981 Leo Kanner, Austrian-American psychiatrist and social activist known for his work related to autism, dies at 86
  • 1982 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • 1982 Warren Oates, American actor (Dillinger, East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1986 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1987 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1987 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), dies at 97
  • 1988 Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • 1989 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • 1990 Katharine Balfour, actress (Love Story), dies of ALS at 69
  • 1990 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66

Graham Greene

1991 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • 1992 Lloyd "Slim" Andrews, actor (Buf Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies
  • 1992 Margaret Barker, actress (Fathers & Son), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater and coach (coach 1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), dies at 86
  • 1993 Alexander Mnouchkine, French movie producer (Professional), dies at 83
  • 1993 Dieter Plage, German wildlife filmmaker, dies at 57
  • 1993 Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1993 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1994 Elizabeth "Betty" Furness, American actress, journalist and consumer activist (Dangerous Corner, Studio 1), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • 1994 Frank G Wells, US company director (Walt Disney Co.), dies in a helicopter crash at 62
  • 1994 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
  • 1994 Pat Harper, NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies
  • 1995 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur, dies at 86
  • 1995 Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (Operation Mata Hari), dies at 66
  • 1996 Carl Stokes, first African American mayor of a major US city (Cleveland), dies at 68
  • 1996 Christopher John Seward, aid worker, dies at 45
  • 1996 Ron Brown, American Secretary of Commerce, dies in an air accident aged 54
  • 1996 Ronald Harmon Brown, American politician (Democratic Party), dies at 54
  • 1996 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Judy Flannery, American triathlete, killed by a car while training at 56
  • 1997 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • 1998 Rob Pilatus, American-German model, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"), dies of accidental prescription drug and alcohol overdose at 42
  • 1998 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1999 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2000 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • 2001 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • 2002 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2003 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • 2003 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • 2005 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Marshall Goldberg, American College Football HOF back (Uni of Pittsburgh; All Pro, Pro Bowl 1941; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 88
  • 2007 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Nina Wang, Asia's richest woman (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2007 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • 2008 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 2010 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, beaten to death over alleged political and racist motivations at 69
  • 2011 Calvin Russell [Kosler], American blues, roots, and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dream Of The Dog), dies of liver cancer at 62
  • 2013 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2013 Robert Ward, American composer (Pantaloon), dies at 95
  • 2014 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • 2014 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, executed for murder at 49
  • 2015 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • 2015 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 2015 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2016 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • 2016 Erik Bauersfeld, American voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), dies at 93
  • 2016 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 2017 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • 2018 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, dies of complications of surgery at 90
  • 2020 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • 2021 Gloria Henry [McEniry], American actress (Dennis the Menace), dies at 98
  • 2021 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), dies of COVID-19 at 78
  • 2021 Jill Corey [Norma Jean Speranza], American pop singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 85
April 3 Highlights