On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1968

  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59

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Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Robert "Bobby" Hutton, American Black Panther leader and treasurer, shot to death by Oakland police at 17
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, World F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 15 Borys Lyatoshynsky, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and teacher, known as the father of modern Ukrainian music, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, American stage and screen actress (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, American silent film actress, and Ziegfield Follies singer and dancer, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 20 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", found dead after her suicide at 79
  • Apr 21 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, dies at 69
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American record producer (Elvis) and label executive (RCA Victor, 1929-68), dies of heart attack at 57
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)