On This Day

Famous Deaths on June 4

  • 1039 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (1027-39), King of Germany, Italy and Burgundy, founder of the Salian dynasty, 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 and mother of Henry V, dies at about 26
  • 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
  • 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-Nassau, dies from meningitis at 6
  • 1864 Nassau William Senior, British economist (New Poor Law 1834), dies at 73
  • 1872 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór - The Haunted Manor), and teacher, dies at 53
  • 1875 Eduard Friedrich Mörike, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1880 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • 1887 William A. Wheeler, American politician (19th Vice President of the United States), dies at 67
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
  • 1916 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician ("Happy Birthday To You"), dies at 56
  • 1918 Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 1905-09) and Senator, dies of nephritis at 66
  • 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 Louÿs, French writer (Aphrodite), dies at 54
  • 1926 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies

Fred Spofforth

1926 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

  • 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 Keke Geladze, Russian seamstress who was the mother of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, dies at 78 or 81
  • 1939 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39

Wilhelm II

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

Reinhard 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

  • 1945 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), dies at 66
  • 1950 Sam Staples, English cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 15 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 57
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • 1954 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, German singer, composer, singing teacher, and concentration camp survivor, 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-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, dies at 76
  • 1965 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), dies at 68
  • 1966 Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., dies at 71
  • 1968 Dorothy Gish [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • 1969 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • 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 and literary critic, dies at 86
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, dies at 79

Arna 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, American 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
  • 1980 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • 1983 Ivan Tors, Hungarian TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper), dies at 66
  • 1985 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), dies at 81
  • 1988 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • 1989 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • 1989 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1989 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 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, American jazz 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, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), 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, British bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1997 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal, Nepal prince who shot his parent and seven other family members, dies in a coma while technically King at 29
  • 2001 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • 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 [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • 2004 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), dies at 83
  • 2006 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC, Kagiso Trust), dies at 58
  • 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 (Zorba the Greek), dies at 66
  • 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 coach (UCLA-10 national championships), dies at 99
  • 2011 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer, dies at 58
  • 2011 Claudio Bravo Camus, Chilean born painter, dies at 74
  • 2011 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), dies at 59 [1]
  • 2011 Martin Rushent, British sound engineer (Gentle Giant; Shirley Bassey), and record producer (Buzzcocks; The Human League), dies at 62
  • 2011 Kevin Kavanaugh, American rock keyboard player (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 1975-90), dies at 59
  • 2012 Herb Reed, American pop singer (The Platters - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies from multiple medical complications at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer (Guns N' Roses; Bon Jovi; Stevie Wonder; John Lennon & Yoko Ono), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 2012 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds), dies from cancer at 65
  • 2013 Joey Covington [Michno], American drummer (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and Jefferson Starship), dies in a single vehicle car crash at 67
  • 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
  • 2018 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), dies at 91
  • 2019 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", dies at 72
  • 2019 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), dies at 89
  • 2020 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies at 72
  • 2020 Basu Chatterjee, Indian film director (Rajanigandha, Chhoti Si Baat), dies at 94
  • 2020 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), dies at 91
  • 2020 Marcello Abbado, Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, dies at 93
  • 2021 Clarence Williams III, American actor (Mod Squad; 52 Pick Up; Purple Rain), dies of colon cancer at 81
June 4 Highlights