On This Day

Famous Deaths on April 7

  • 30 Jesus Christ is crucified, according to astronomer Schaefer
  • 924 Berengarius I, Emperor of Italy, murdered
  • 1307 Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I of England (b. 1271)
  • 1444 John Capreolus, French theologist (Libri IV), dies at about 50

Charles VIII

1498 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98) who invaded Italy, dies after hitting his head on a door lintel at 27

  • 1503 [Zoe] Sophia Palaiologina, Byzantine princess, wife of Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, dies (b. 1449)
  • 1524 Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1614 El Greco, Greek-born artist working in Spain (b. 1541)
  • 1638 Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma, dies at 61
  • 1651 Lennart Torstenson, Swedish soldier and engineer (b. 1603)
  • 1658 Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, Spanish mystic (b. 1595)
  • 1661 William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician, dies at 56
  • 1663 Francis Cooke, Mayflower Pilgrim, dies at approximately 80
  • 1668 William Davenant, English poet (b. 1606)
  • 1719 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest and saint of the Catholic Church, dies at 67
  • 1739 Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)
  • 1747 Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal, dies at 70
  • 1766 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch classicist, dies at 81
  • 1767 Franz Sparry, Austrian composer, dies at 51
  • 1768 Michel Mathieu, composer, dies at 78
  • 1778 Johann Balthasar Kehl, composer, dies at 52
  • 1782 Taksin, King of Siam (1767-82), dies at 47
  • 1783 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • 1789 Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist and anthropologist who studied comparative anatomy, paleontology and the facial angle, dies at 66
  • 1789 Abd-ul-Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1725)
  • 1801 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, dies at 76

Toussaint Louverture

1803 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

  • 1810 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 61
  • 1811 Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician, dies at 53
  • 1816 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 28
  • 1823 Jacques-Alexandre-César Charles, French inventor and balloonist who (with Nicholas Robert) was the first to take flight in a hydrogen balloon, dies at 76
  • 1833 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, dies at 57
  • 1836 William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1842 Henrik Anker Bjerregaard, Norwegian writer and poet (Fjeldeventyret), dies at 50
  • 1850 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets), dies at 87
  • 1858 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher and composer, dies at 76
  • 1862 Sydney Nelson, composer, dies at 62
  • 1868 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Irish-Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation, dies at 42
  • 1871 Alexander, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 1 day old
  • 1871 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Aus adm (Helgoland/Lissa), dies at 43
  • 1871 Alexander Lloyd, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1875 Georg Herwegh, writer, dies at 57
  • 1877 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1880 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 60
  • 1880 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 52
  • 1881 Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican representative of the people, dies at 65
  • 1884 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), dies at 80
  • 1885 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)

P. T. Barnum

1891 P. T. [Phineas Taylor] Barnum, American circus promoter and showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80

  • 1900 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School), dies at 73
  • 1917 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, Greek composer, dies at 53
  • 1920 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1925 Saint Tikhon of Moscow [Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin], 11th Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, dies at 60
  • 1928 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • 1932 Erv A Kelley, US policeman, shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd
  • 1933 Jan Erik/Eric Jan Hanussen, Berlin astrologist/illusionist, murdered
  • 1934 William Monroe Trotter, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, dies in a fall from his roof on his 62nd birthday
  • 1939 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), dies at 59
  • 1943 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • 1943 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)

Henry Ford

1947 Henry Ford, American industrialist & auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

  • 1950 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67
  • 1955 Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • 1958 Judge Jackson, composer, dies at 75
  • 1958 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, dies at 58
  • 1961 Jesús Guridi, Spanish composer, dies at 74
  • 1961 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1961 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, dies at 61
  • 1967 Anne Morrison Chapin, American playwright, actress, (The Wild Westcotts), and screenwriter (The Sailor Takes A Wife), dies at 75
  • 1968 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, World F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • 1970 Josina Machel, Mozambican independence activist, and wife of Mozambique's 1st president Samora Machel, dies at 25
  • 1971 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74

Murder of InterestJoe Gallo

1972 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

  • 1972 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • 1972 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • 1973 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1976 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), dies at 76
  • 1977 Siegfried Buback, German Federal Prosecutor, assassinated by far-leftist militant group Red Army Faction, at 57
  • 1977 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • 1978 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • 1979 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1981 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1982 Brenda Benet, actress (Track of Thunder), commits suicide by gun at 36
  • 1982 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1983 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • 1984 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • 1984 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1987 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer ("Going Places"), dies following a seizure at 75
  • 1988 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara; Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • 1991 Ruth Page, American ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), dies at 92
  • 1992 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1992 Clovis Ruffin, American fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1993 Max Croiset, Dutch actor (The Village on the River, Dog of Flanders, Little Ark), dies at 80
  • 1993 Richard Schmiechen, American film producer (The Times of Harvey Milk), dies of AIDS at 45
  • 1993 Stewart Cathie "Billy" Griffith, English cricketer (140 for England, 1948) and cricket administrator (MCC), dies at 78
  • 1994 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, assassinated by the presidential guard in the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide at 40
  • 1994 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), dies at 85
  • 1994 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • 1994 Francois de Grossouvre, French politician and adviser to President Mitterrand, commits suicide at 76
  • 1994 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 70
  • 1994 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B singer, harmonica player, and guitarist (Dr. Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1995 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), dies at 75
  • 1995 Philip Vincent Belloc Jebb, architect, dies at 68
  • 1996 Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59
  • 1996 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, dies at 87
  • 1997 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1997 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1997 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87
  • 1998 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 1998 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • 2000 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), dies from complications of a stroke at 57 [1]
  • 2001 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 2001 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2002 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), dies at 81
  • 2003 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • 2003 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Victor Argo, American actor, dies at 69
  • 2005 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, dies at 82
  • 2005 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • 2007 Barry Nelson, American actor (Airport), dies at 89
  • 2009 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), dies of cancer at 61

George Nissen

2010 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), dies at 96

  • 2011 Pierre Gauvreau, Canadian painter, television writer and producer, dies at 88
  • 2011 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92

Mike Wallace

2012 Mike Wallace, American journalist and media personality (Biography, 60 Minutes), dies of natural causes at 93

  • 2013 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), dies at 86
  • 2013 Les Blank, American documentary filmmaker, dies at 77
  • 2013 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
  • 2013 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), dies at 62
  • 2014 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 2015 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, dies at 52
  • 2017 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • 2019 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), dies at 84
  • 2019 Joe Miceli, American drummer (John Fred and His Playboy Band - "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)"),dies at 74
  • 2020 Harv Schmidt, American college basketball coach (University of Illinois 1967-74), dies at 83
  • 2020 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello In There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Paradise"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 73
  • 2020 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), dies with symptoms of Covid-19 at 64
  • 2021 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021 James Hampton, American actor (F Troop - "Bugler Dobbs"; Teen Wolf), writer, and director, dies from Parkinson’s disease complications at 84
  • 2021 Anne Beatts, American comedy writer (National Lampoon magazine; Saturday Night Live, 1975-79; Square Pegs), dies at 74
  • 2021 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), dies at 90
  • 2021 Viktor Kurentsov, Belarusian weightlifter (Olympic gold middleweight 1968; silver 1964; 5 x World C'ship gold middleweight), dies at 80
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