Famous Deaths on June 4

  • 1039 Conrad II the Salian, King/Emperor of Germany (1024/27-39), dies at 49
  • 1135 Huizong, 8th Emperor of Song Dynasty of China, dies at 53
  • 1206 Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1257 Duke Przemysl I of Poland
  • 1267 Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies
  • 1394 Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)
  • 1463 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1558 Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43
  • 1585 Marc Antoine de Muret, French humanist, dies at 59
  • 1608 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian priest and saint (Caracciolini), dies at 44
  • 1663 William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies
  • 1674 John Lievens, Dutch painter, etcher and wood carver, dies at 66
  • 1792 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 70
  • 1793 Jan Ekels de Young, Dutch painter, dies at 34

Person of interestGiacomo Casanova

1798 Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer, writer, librarian and womanizer, dies at 73

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1801 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)

  • 1809 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65
  • 1818 John van Well, choreographer/mime (Pierrot), dies at 44
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies
  • 1830 Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)
  • 1850 Willem F Mauritius HK, prince of Orange, dies at 74
  • 1872 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • 1875 Eduard Friedrich Mörike, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1880 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Grondahl, composer, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Charles Denis Browne, composer, dies at 26
  • 1916 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 56
  • 1921 Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56
  • 1922 William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies
  • 1925 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 1925 Pierre Louys, [PF Louis], French writer (Aphrodite), dies
  • 1926 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies

Person of interestFred Spofforth

1926 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1929 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1931 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies
  • 1937 Donald Eligon, cricketer, dies of blood poisoning from a nail in his boot at 28
  • 1939 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (b. 1900)

Person of interestWilhelm II

1941 Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern, German Emperor (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

Person of interestReinhard Heydrich

1942 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich

  • 1945 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), dies at 66
  • 1950 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitsky, conductor/composer, dies at 76
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symp), dies at 76
  • 1954 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1956 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • 1958 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1959 Charles Vidor, Hungarian director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • 1960 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), dies at 64
  • 1962 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • 1962 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1964 Samuil Marshak, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1965 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), dies at 68
  • 1968 Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • 1970 Hjalmar Schcacht, [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • 1970 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • 1970 Menasha Skulnik, comedian (Menasha the Magnificent), dies at 78
  • 1970 Sonny Tufts [Bowen Charleton Tufts III], American actor (The Seven Year Itch, Variety Girl), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • 1971 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestArna Bontemps

1973 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1973 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • 1973 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, dies of an apparent heart attack at 85
  • 1975 Evelyn Brent, actress (Nitwits, Last Command, Spy Train), dies at 75
  • 1978 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), dies at 58
  • 1979 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • 1979 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), dies at 80
  • 1983 Ivan Tors, Hungarian TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper), dies at 66
  • 1989 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • 1989 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1990 Jack Gilford, American comedic actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), dies at 81 of stomach cancer
  • 1992 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • 1993 June Smaney, actress (Sainted Sister), dies of apparent suicide at 71
  • 1994 [Derek] Lek Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, alto Sax Player, dies at 79
  • 1994 Stephen McNally, American attorney and actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 82
  • 1994 Massimo Troisi, Italian actor and director (Ricomincio da tre), dies at 41
  • 1994 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, dies at 84
  • 1994 Sophie Winter, actress (She's a Good Fighter), dies at 33
  • 1994 Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
  • 1994 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1995 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist, dies at 80
  • 1995 Herta Ryder, literary agent, dies at 77
  • 1995 Paul WIlliams, climber, dies at 49
  • 1995 William J Law, sailor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • 1996 Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola, is assassinated
  • 1997 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 1997 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • 2001 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2001 Joan Vohs, American model and actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina), dies at 73
  • 2002 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2004 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), dies at 83
  • 2007 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2007 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), dies at 74
  • 2007 Craig L. Thomas, United States Senator (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010 John Wooden, American basketball player and coach, dies at 99
  • 2011 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2012 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), dies at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 2014 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • 2015 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • 2018 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61