On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 4

  • 907 Luitpold, Margrave of Bavaria
  • 943 Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (b. 877)
  • 965 Pope Benedict V, Italian Roman Catholic Pope (b. unknown)
  • 973 Ulrich of Augsburg, German bishop (b. 890)
  • 1187 Reinoud van Châtillon, French prince of Antioch, dies
  • 1301 Willem II Berthout van Mechelen, bishop of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1307 Rudolf III, Duke of Austria/King of Bohemia dies
  • 1336 Elisabeth van Portugal, queen of Portugal/saint, dies at about 65
  • 1498 Filips van Burgundy, admiral-general of Netherlands, dies
  • 1541 Pedro de Alvarado, Spanish occupier, dies at about 56
  • 1546 Hayreddin Barbarossa, Admiral of the Ottoman Navy (b. 1478)
  • 1578 Charles de Berlaymont, baron of Hierges, gov/viceroy of Names, dies
  • 1603 Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82
  • 1623 William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80
  • 1627 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), dies at 47
  • 1648 Antoine Daniel, French Jesuit missionary and martyr, dies at 47
  • 1672 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1672 Govert D Camphuysen, (court)painter, dies at about 48
  • 1742 Luigi Guido Grandi, Italian mathematician and monk, dies at 70
  • 1754 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author, dies at 74
  • 1757 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, dies at 38
  • 1761 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), dies at 71
  • 1768 Willem van Hairs, Fries nobleman and poet (Suicide), dies at 58
  • 1780 Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Imperial Army field marshal, dies at 67
  • 1787 Charles de Rohan, Prince de Soubise, Marshal of France, dies at 71
  • 1789 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, dies at 59
  • 1821 Richard Cosway, English portrait painter, dies at 78

Thomas Jefferson

1826 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States(1801-09), dies at 83

Karl Ferdinand von Graefe

1840 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53

  • 1848 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala), dies at 79
  • 1850 William Kirby, English entomologist and original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, dies at 90
  • 1851 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer, dies at 67
  • 1854 Karl Friedrich Eichhorn, German jurist, dies at 72
  • 1856 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1857 William L. Marcy, American statesman, dies at 70
  • 1863 Paul Joseph Revere, American grandson of Paul Revere, Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 30
  • 1881 Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (b. 1806)
  • 1882 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), dies at 85
  • 1888 Theodor Storm, German judge and author (Immensee, Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • 1889 Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79
  • 1891 Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, dies at 67
  • 1891 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), dies at 81
  • 1901 John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green], American historian and philosopher, dies at 59
  • 1901 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 55
  • 1902 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, dies while meditating at 39
  • 1905 Élisée Reclus, French anarchist (b. 1830)
  • 1910 Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars), dies at 75
  • 1910 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer, dies at 70
  • 1910 Melville Fuller, American 8th Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 77
  • 1916 Alan Seeger, American war poet (b. 1888)
  • 1917 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84
  • 1922 Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot, dies at 27
  • 1923 Florimond Fonteyne, Flemish priest/politician (Volkseeuw), dies at 67
  • 1926 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Saint (b. 1901)
  • 1929 Otto Taubmann, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1931 Emanuele F duke of Aosta, Italian WW I-general/fascist, dies at 62
  • 1931 Hussein ibn-Ali, sjarif Mecca/king/kalief of Hedzjaz (1917-24), dies
  • 1934 Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet, dies at 61

Marie Curie

1934 Marie Curie, Polish-French scientist who discovered radium and the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903, 1911), dies at 66

  • 1938 Otto Bauer, Austrian Social Democrat, dies at 56
  • 1938 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), dies of anemia at 39
  • 1941 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
  • 1943 Władysław Sikorski, Polish World War II general and Prime Minister of Poland in exile (1939-43), killed in a plane crash at 62
  • 1946 Othenio Able, Austrian artist, fossil creator and founder of paleobiology, dies at 71
  • 1946 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp overseer (b. 1922)
  • 1948 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • 1950 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), dies at 72
  • 1952 Walter Long, American actor (Moby-Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), dies at 73
  • 1957 Gregory Lafayette (19) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash that killed his wife, actress Judy Tyler (24), the day earlier
  • 1958 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam), dies at 79
  • 1961 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1962 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1963 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1963 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • 1963 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • 1966 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Georges Ronsse, Belgian road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ship 1928, 29), dies at 63
  • 1970 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1970 Barnett Newman, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), dies at 65
  • 1971 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool")) dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1971 Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), dies at 85
  • 1971 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • 1971 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1973 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • 1974 Mohammed SA al-Hoesseini, Mufti of Jerusalem/pres Com Palestine, dies
  • 1974 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), dies at 86
  • 1975 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), dies at 71
  • 1976 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • 1976 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • 1977 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • 1979 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1980 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Sylvestre A Guzman Fernandez, pres Dominican Rep, commits suicide
  • 1982 Terry Higgins, early British AIDS death (b. 1945)
  • 1983 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1984 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • 1985 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • 1986 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1986 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), dies at 87
  • 1988 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, killed in auto accident at 34
  • 1989 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies at 73
  • 1989 Jack Haig [John Cecil Coppin], English actor ('Allo, Allo!), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • 1990 Ludi Claire, American actress, dies at 70
  • 1991 Victor Chang, Australian physician (b. 1936)
  • 1992 Astor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (Tango Nuevo), dies at 71
  • 1992 Joe Newman, American jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1993 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1993 Charles Crain, actor, dies in Hollywood at 83
  • 1993 Felix White, choreographer (Black Vibrations Theatre), dies at 65
  • 1994 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, dies at 69
  • 1994 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • 1994 Liesbeth Struppert, Dutch actress (Pipo the Clown, Anne Frank), dies at 55
  • 1994 Rupert Davies, English methodist scholar, dies at 84
  • 1994 Tawfik Ziad, Palestinian communist/Israeli MP/mayor of Nazareth, dies
  • 1994 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 1995 Bob Ross, American artist and television host, dies at 52
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), dies at 76
  • 1995 Jacques Berque, French Islamic scholar, dies at 85
  • 1995 (Richard) "Pancho" González, American tennis player (US Open, 1948-49; Wimbledon & French Open Doubles, 1949), dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 1996 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • 1996 Leo Avery, abbot of Quarr, dies at 58
  • 1997 Charles Kuralt, American news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • 1997 Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Mexican drug lord (Juárez Cartel), dies at 40
  • 1999 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • 1999 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63
  • 2000 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • 2002 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • 2002 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • 2002 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)

Barry White

2003 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

  • 2003 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • 2004 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • 2005 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), dies at 79
  • 2007 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician ("Gözlerin"/ "Your Eyes"), and actor (My Lying Lover), dies of injuries sustained in a car accident at 28
  • 2007 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2008 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2008 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone With The Wind), dies at 91
  • 2009 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • 2009 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • 2009 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • 2009 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2009 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2010 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Otto von Habsburg, last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and MEP (1979-1999), dies at 98
  • 2012 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), dies at 83
  • 2012 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • 2012 Eric Sykes, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2016 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), dies at 76
  • 2016 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80
  • 2017 Gene Conley, American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1959–1961; Boston Celtics), dies at 86
  • 2021 Terry Donahue, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (head coach UCLA 1976-96, record 151–74–8; Pac-10 Coach of the Year 1985, 93), dies from cancer at 77
  • 2021 Dicky Moegle, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All-American 1954, Rice; Pro Bowl 1955, SF 49ers), dies at 86
  • 2021 Eddie Payne, American college basketball coach (USC Upstate, Oregon State Uni, Greensboro College), dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2021 Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist ("The Fool"; "Son Of A Gun"), dies of Covid-19 while undegoing cancer treatment at 85
July 4 Highlights