Famous Deaths on January 4

  • 838 Babak, Persian social/religious reformer, martyred
  • 1248 King Sancho II of Portugal (b. 1207)
  • 1428 Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, 'The Warlike' (b. 1370)
  • 1564 Hosokawa Ujitsuna, Japanese military commander (b. 1514)
  • 1584 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), dies at 44
  • 1612 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • 1678 Johan Maetsuyker, Dutch gov-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 1695 Duke of Luxembourg, Luxembourg/French marshal, dies
  • 1701 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian field marshal, dies at 62
  • 1707 Louis Willem I, count of Baden-Baden, dies
  • 1729 Joseph de Montesquiou earl d'Artagnan, French lt-general, dies at 77
  • 1729 Meir Bacharach, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1745 Willem I Kerricx, the Young, Flemish architect/painter, dies at 62
  • 1752 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • 1761 Stephen Hales, English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
  • 1765 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, dies at 39
  • 1773 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
  • 1778 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter, dies at 57
  • 1782 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect (Ecole Military), dies at 83
  • 1786 Mozes Mendelssohn, German Jewish enlightenment philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • 1793 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea/Yttersa domen), dies at 35
  • 1804 Charlotte Lennox, English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies
  • 1809 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer, dies at 67

Person of interestElizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

1821 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies at 73
  • 1831 Nikola P Neofit Rilski, Bulgaria abbot/poet, dies at 37
  • 1843 Petronella Moens, Frisian author/poetess, dies at 80
  • 1864 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1874 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • 1877 Cornelius Vanderbilt, US robber baron, dies at 82
  • 1880 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, dies at 50
  • 1882 John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
  • 1883 Nicolás Ledesma, composer, dies at 91
  • 1883 Antoine Eugène Alfred Chanzy, French general (b. 1823)
  • 1885 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • 1886 Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horace), dies at 77
  • 1891 Joe Hunter, cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), dies
  • 1891 Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • 1896 Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
  • 1898 Frantisek Pivoda, composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • 1903 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1903 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • 1903 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • 1908 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • 1910 Leon Delagrange, French aviation pioneer, dies
  • 1913 Alfred von Schlieffen, Prussian general-field marshal, dies at 79
  • 1914 Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician (discovered causalgia, erythromelalgia) and author (Roland Blake, Hugh Wynne), dies at 84
  • 1919 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (1917-18), dies at 75
  • 1920 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), dies at 76
  • 1924 Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist, composer (b. 1852)

  • 1931 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), commits suicide by poison at 40
  • 1933 Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch evangelist (Vredebond), dies at 87
  • 1940 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • 1941 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • 1942 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • 1943 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator, dies in airplane crash at 30
  • 1944 Henri "Hans" Flu, Indonesian/Dutch family doctor/antifascist, murder
  • 1944 Kaj Munk, [Harald Leininger], anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
  • 1946 Barney Oldfield, daredevil, dies at 67
  • 1947 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • 1952 Constantl Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • 1953 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • 1953 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa, dies at 50
  • 1955 Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, dies at 81
  • 1955 Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • 1956 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • 1957 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, 5th President of Austria (1951-57), dies at 84
  • 1958 John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, British civil servant, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-45), dies at 75

Person of interestAlbert Camus

1960 Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • 1961 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), dies at 72

Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

1961 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate (wave mechanics), dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1962 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
  • 1964 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), dies at 64

Person of interestT. S. Eliot

1965 T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1967 Donald Campbell, English boat and land racer (set world land and water records in 1964), dies attempting a new water speed record at 45
  • 1968 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • 1969 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • 1969 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • 1970 Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, dies at 57
  • 1974 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1975 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • 1976 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • 1978 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • 1985 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • 1986 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1986 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • 1987 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1987 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • 1987 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • 1988 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • 1990 Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies
  • 1990 Robert F Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • 1990 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  • 1990 Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria 1955-1972 (b. 1908)
  • 1991 Berry Kroeger, actor (Demon Seed), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1991 Harry Krimer, French actor ( Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), committed suicide at 94
  • 1991 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), dies at 57
  • 1992 Earl Colbert, entertainer, dies
  • 1992 William Walker, stuntman/actor (Our Man Flint), dies at 74
  • 1993 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies
  • 1993 Joe Keenan, actor (Conviction of Kitty Dodd), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1993 Charles Bridgford, Australian politician
  • 1994 Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), dies at 48
  • 1994 Michiel P "Michael" Gorsira, Gov of Curacao (1951-67), dies at 80
  • 1994 RD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1939)
  • 1994 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), dies at 54
  • 1995 D Elmina Davies, filmmaker, dies at 36
  • 1995 Dorothy Granger, US actress (Hog Wild, Dentist), dies at about 80
  • 1995 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
  • 1995 Jonathan Zeitlyn, artist, dies at 43
  • 1995 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conducter (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 1995 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar, dies at 82
  • 1995 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • 1997 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • 1998 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • 1998 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1999 Iron Eyes Cody [Espera Oscar de Corti], Italian-American actor (Keep America Beautiful, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), dies at 91
  • 2000 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • 2003 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • 2004 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), dies at 91
  • 2004 Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), dies at 84
  • 2006 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)
  • 2008 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • 2009 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 2010 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • 2010 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Donal Donnelly, Irish actor (The Godfather: Part III, Dead), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2011 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • 2011 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • 2011 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2012 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • 2012 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • 2012 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • 2012 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 85
  • 2012 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • 2012 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner, dies at 83
  • 2013 Sammy Johns, American country artist, dies at 66
  • 2013 Derek Kevan, English footballer, dies at 77
  • 2013 Tony Lip [Frank Anthony Vallelonga], American author and actor (Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Good Fellas), dies at 82
  • 2013 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Soviet fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • 2015 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • 2016 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • 2016 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), dies at 93
  • 2017 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • 2017 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98
  • 2018 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76