On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1972

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80

Person of interestAdam Clayton Powell Jr.

Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American politician (Rep-D-NY), dies of acute prostatitis at 63

  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64
  • Apr 6 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), dies at 71

MurderJoe Gallo

Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

Apr 9 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, dies at 89

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram [Kurt Marek], German/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, French composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Margaret Bonds,  American composer (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, dies at 59

Person of interestKwame Nkrumah

Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 27 Phil King, English musician (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered