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
  • Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Rep-D-NY), dies 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 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79

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