Famous Deaths on August 4

  • 1060 Henry I, King of the Franks (1031-60), dies at 52
  • 1113 Gertrude of Saxony (b. 1030)
  • 1204 Boniface of Montferrat, margrave of Montferrat, murdered
  • 1265 Simon de Montfort the younger, English Earl of Leicester, dies in battle
  • 1265 Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, killed in the Battle of Evesham (b. 1223)
  • 1306 Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, King of Hungary (1301-05) and King of Bohemia and Poland (1305-06), stabbed to death at 16
  • 1338 Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)
  • 1430 Philip I, Duke of Brabant (1427-30), dies at 26
  • 1476 Jacob van Armagnac-Pardiac, French duke of Nemours, beheaded
  • 1526 Juan Sebastian Cano, Spanish explorer, dies
  • 1566 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • 1578 Sebastiaan, King of Portugal (1557-78), dies in battle at about 24
  • 1578 Thomas Stucley, English adventurer
  • 1584 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, dies at 71
  • 1598 William Cecil, 1st baron Burghley, English statesman, dies at 77
  • 1612 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)

  • 1633 George Abbott, English theologist and the Archbishop of Canterbury (1611-1633), dies at 60
  • 1639 Juan R Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican/Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 1666 Johan Evertsen, ltalian admiral of Zeeland, lynched in Brielle
  • 1708 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer, dies at 77
  • 1712 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1718 René Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, dies at 62
  • 1727 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (b. 1647)
  • 1741 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • 1778 Pierre de Rigaud, French colonial governor in North America (b. 1698)
  • 1795 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (b. 1711)
  • 1821 William Floyd, American soldier and signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 86
  • 1844 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, dies at 71
  • 1850 Frantisek Tucek, composer, dies at 68
  • 1856 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1859 Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest, dies at 73
  • 1873 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, dies at 39

Person of interestHans Christian Andersen

1875 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), dies at 70

  • 1889 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1895 Marcellus Augustus Stovall, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • 1900 Isaac Levitan, Russian classical painter, dies at 39
  • 1904 Arnold Krug, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1914 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist, dies at 61
  • 1915 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68
  • 1919 D[ave] W Gregory, cricketer (brother of Ned, uncle of Syd), dies
  • 1920 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer, dies at 54

  • 1922 Enver Pasa, Turkish politician, dies at 40
  • 1925 Alfons Van de Perre, Flemish physician, dies
  • 1927 John Dillon, Irish nationalist and British Lower house leader, dies at 75
  • 1930 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61

Person of interestDaniel Williams

1931 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, dies at 73

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1936 Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1938 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • 1938 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), dies at 70
  • 1940 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • 1942 Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1957 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), dies at 87
  • 1958 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • 1967 Peter Smith, cricketer (Essex leggie, 3 wickets for England), dies
  • 1973 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • 1975 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), dies of a stroke at 57
  • 1976 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • 1976 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • 1981 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • 1982 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • 1984 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • 1984 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • 1984 Walter Burke, American actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema
  • 1984 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1985 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • 1987 Kenny Price, comedian (Midwestern Hayride, Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • 1991 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • 1992 Frantisek Tomasek, archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 93
  • 1992 Ralph Cooper, creator (Amateur Night at the Apollo), dies of cancer
  • 1993 Bernard Barrow, American actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), dies at 65
  • 1993 Kenny Drew, US/Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 1994 Giovanni Spadolini, Italian historian and politician, dies at 69
  • 1994 Richard Du Cann, lawyer QC, dies at 65
  • 1994 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile, dies at 85
  • 1995 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87
  • 1995 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II], American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, dies at 90
  • 1996 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • 1998 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), dies from leukaemia at 86
  • 1999 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), dies at 71
  • 2001 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda,Garfield), dies at 64
  • 2002 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • 2003 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist and Nobel Prize laureate 1954, dies at 86
  • 2004 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • 2005 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist, dies at 72
  • 2005 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), dies at 70
  • 2006 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • 2009 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2009 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • 2011 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2011 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots
  • 2012 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • 2013 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89
  • 2013 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), dies at 81
  • 2014 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), dies at 73
  • 2015 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, dies at
  • 2015 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86