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
  • 1498 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), dies at 27
  • 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 (b. 1576)
  • 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 (b. c. 1583)
  • 1668 William Davenant, English poet (b. 1606)
  • 1719 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest/theory/saint, 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, composer, dies at 71
  • 1789 Peter Camper, anatomist/animal scholar, dies at 66
  • 1789 Abd-ul-Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1725)
  • 1801 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, dies at 76
  • 1803 [Francois D] Toussaint L'Ouverture/Haitian revolutionary, dies
  • 1810 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 61
  • 1811 Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician, dies at 53
  • 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 Henryk Radziwill, Lithuanian/Polish composer, dies at 57
  • 1836 William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1842 Henrik A Bjerregaard, Norw writer/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 D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation (b. 1825)
  • 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1880 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 58
  • 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)
  • 1891 Phineas T Barnum, US circus promoter (B & Bailey), dies at 88
  • 1891 P. T. [Phineas Taylor] Barnum, American circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80
  • 1900 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), dies at 73
  • 1917 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • 1920 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 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, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston
  • 1939 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • 1943 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • 1943 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)

Person of interestHenry Ford

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

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 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 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1961 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1961 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • 1967 Anne Morrison Chapin, dies in West Hollywood
  • 1968 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • 1970 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies
  • 1971 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74

Person of interestJoe Gallo

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

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • 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, TV hostess (Mary Margaret McBride), dies at 76
  • 1977 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • 1978 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • 1979 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1981 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 1981 Christopher "Kit" Lamber, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral haemorrhage 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 composer/organist, dies at 74
  • 1989 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • 1989 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • 1992 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1992 Clovis Ruffin, 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, dies of AIDS at 45
  • 1993 S C (Billy) Griffith, cricketer (England 1948-49, MCC sect), dies
  • 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 Arthur Gordon Clough, journalist, dies at 59
  • 1994 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • 1994 Francois de Grossouvre, President Mitterrand advisor, suicide at 76
  • 1994 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (b. 1923)
  • 1994 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 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
  • 1998 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 1998 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • 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 (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)
  • 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, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)

Person of interestGeorge Nissen

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

Inventor and Gymnast George Nissen
Inventor and Gymnast
George Nissen
  • 2011 Pierre Gauvreau, Quebec painter, television writer and producer, dies at 88
  • 2011 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92

Person of interestMike Wallace

2012 Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • 2013 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
  • 2014 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 2017 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70