On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1975

  • Apr 1 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish etcher and glass painter, dies at 95
  • Apr 3 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Sons & Lovers; Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
  • Apr 5 Inez Courtney, American stage and screen actress (The 13th Man; Crime Ring; The Raven), dies at 77
  • Apr 5 Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58

Chiang Kai-shek

Apr 6 Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), dies at 87

  • Apr 10 Marjorie Main [Mary Tomlinson], American vaudeville and screen actress (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films; Another Thin Man), dies of lung cancer at 85
  • Apr 10 Sophia JW "Sophie" Hermse, actress (But a Dream), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70

Josephine Baker

Apr 12 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

  • Apr 13 Fran├žois Tombalbaye, Dictator and 1st President of Chad (1960-75), dies at 56
  • Apr 13 Larry Parks [Samuel Lawrence Parks], American actor (The Jolson Story, Love Is Better Than Ever), dies of a heart attack at 60

Fredric March

Apr 14 Fredric March, American actor (Inherit the Wind), dies of prostate cancer at 77

  • Apr 15 John B. McKay, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 52
  • Apr 15 Richard Conte, American actor (The Godfather, Tony Rome, Hotel), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Apr 17 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), dies at 86

Percy Lavon Julian

Apr 19 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, dies at 76

  • Apr 21 Jack Westrup, English composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Mary Philips, American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies at 75
  • Apr 23 R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
  • Apr 23 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Dr Who), dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Pete Ham, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), takes his own life at 27
  • Apr 25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Nicholas Soussanin, Russian-American actor (Last Command, Captain Fury), dies at 86
  • Apr 28 Jan A. de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • Apr 29 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29 Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29 William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam