Famous Deaths on February 4

Person of interestSeptimius Severus

211 Lucius Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome (193-211), dies at 64

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus
  • 708 Sisinnius, Greek-Syrian pope (708, 20 days), dies
  • 856 Hrabanus Maurus, East France, archbishop of Mainz, dies
  • 869 Saint Cyril, Greek missionary to the Slavs (b. 827)
  • 1189 Gilbert of Sempringham, English monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1222 Willem I, earl of Holland (1203-22), dies
  • 1503 Queen Elizabeth, consort of Henry VII of England, dies
  • 1505 Joan of France, Queen of France (1498) and Catholic saint who founded several religious orders, dies at 40
  • 1508 Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar, dies at 49
  • 1553 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1590 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1615 Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
  • 1615 Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian scholar, polymath and child prodogy (b. 1535)
  • 1617 Louis Elsevier, Dutch publisher, dies at about 76
  • 1640 Hendrick C Vroom, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • 1694 Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russia (b. 1651)

  • 1714 Duke of Berry, French King Louis XIV's grandson, dies
  • 1746 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), dies at 46
  • 1774 Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (b. 1701)
  • 1781 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1781 Willem Crul, British admiral (West-Indies), dies in battle during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War at 59
  • 1799 Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (b. 1728)
  • 1815 Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation proponent, dies at 77
  • 1815 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist and graphic artist, dies at 58
  • 1816 Meingosus Gaelle, composer, dies at 63
  • 1834 Amelie Julia Candielle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1844 Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant/literary, dies at 49
  • 1854 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer, dies at 66
  • 1869 Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author/novelist (Future), dies at 60

Person of interestJames Donnelly

1880 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly
  • 1894 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1895 Faustina Hasse Hodges, composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • 1905 Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor (b. 1841)
  • 1909 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1911 Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • 1918 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, dies at 49
  • 1921 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1927 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer, dies at 74
  • 1928 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Dutch physicist (electromagnetic radiation, Nobel 1902), dies at 74
  • 1933 Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)

  • 1936 Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  • 1939 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • 1939 Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • 1940 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • 1941 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • 1943 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies
  • 1944 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1944 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  • 1946 Margarete Boie, writer, dies
  • 1953 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • 1954 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Leendert Antonie Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA), dies at 56
  • 1956 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • 1957 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • 1958 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • 1959 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • 1961 Piet[er] L Kramer, influential Dutch architect (Amsterdam School), dies at 79
  • 1964 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
  • 1965 U C Greyhound, champion trotter (horse), dies at 33
  • 1966 Gilbert H Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, dies at 90
  • 1967 Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Salvation Army, dies at 80
  • 1968 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1968 Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • 1968 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 1974 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist ( Bose–Einstein statistics), dies at 80

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1975 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1975 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • 1977 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • 1978 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • 1982 Sue Carol, actress (She's My Weakness), dies at 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • 1982 Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
  • 1983 Jim Ameche, actor (Festival of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1983 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • 1983 Reginald Denham, director/writer (Death at BC House), dies at 89

Person of interestLiberace

1987 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1987 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • 1989 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • 1990 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 74
  • 1991 Bob Leslie, actor (Cinderella, Mako: Jaws of Death), dies at 64
  • 1992 Fred Slyter, dialogue coach, dies after long illness at 56
  • 1992 John Dehner [Forkum], American actor (The Right Stuff, Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), dies of emphysema and diabetes at 76
  • 1994 Han Jansen, Dutch painter, dies at 62
  • 1994 Harold Schneider, US producer (5 Easy Pieces, War Games), dies at 55
  • 1994 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI), dies at 84
  • 1994 Justinus Darmojuwono, Indonesian archbishop/cardinal, dies at 79
  • 1995 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1995 Patricia Highsmith, [Mary Patricia Plangman], US/Swiss, dies at 74
  • 1995 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • 1995 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 1997 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), dies at 84
  • 2000 Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
  • 2000 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), dies at 58
  • 2000 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2001 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2002 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), dies at 80
  • 2003 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2003 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), dies from heart problems at 87

Person of interestBetty Friedan

2006 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • 2006 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • 2007 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2007 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), dies at 82
  • 2008 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), dies at 65
  • 2009 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, dies at 85
  • 2011 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 72
  • 2012 Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110
  • 2012 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2012 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • 2012 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • 2013 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013 Reg Presley [Reginald Maurice Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs-Wild Thing) and songwriter, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2016 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • 2016 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • 2016 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • 2016 Edgar Mitchell, american NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), dies at 85
  • 2016 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), dies at 93
  • 2017 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • 2018 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), dies of throat cancer at 77
  • 2018 Kenneth Haigh, British actor (Look Back in Anger, Search for the Nile), dies at 86