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Famous Deaths on November 4

  • 1203 Dirk VII, Count of Holland (1190-1203), dies
  • 1411 Khalil Sultan, ruler of Transoxonia (b. 1384)
  • 1652 Jean-Charles de la Faille, Flemish mathematician (b. 1597)
  • 1658 Antoine Le Maistre, French Jansenist (b. 1608)
  • 1669 Johannes Cocceius, Dutch theologian (b. 1603)
  • 1674 Kano Tanjoe, Japanese painter (palaces, portraits), dies at 72
  • 1698 Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician and physicist, dies at 73
  • 1702 John Benbow, English vice-admiral (Santa Marta), dies
  • 1702 Thomas Eisenhut, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1704 Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)
  • 1768 Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist, philosopher and astronomer, dies at 57
  • 1781 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (Die Mädcheninsel), dies at 60
  • 1791 Maj. General Richard Butler, American soldier dies in battle against Native American forces during St. Clair's Defeat, at 48
  • 1801 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 89
  • 1830 Frederic de Merode, Belgian revolutionary, dies in battle at 37
  • 1837 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, dies at 69

Felix Mendelssohn

1847 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), dies at 38, after a series of strokes

  • 1850 Gustav Schwab, German writer, dies at 58
  • 1853 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1856 Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter, dies at 62
  • 1869 George Peabody, American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust and the Peabody Institute, dies at 74
  • 1890 Jacob PP baron van Zuylen, Dutch foreign minister (1852-3), dies at 74
  • 1890 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, dies at 46
  • 1890 Joseph B. Palmer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 65
  • 1893 Cornelis Eliza van Koetsveld, Dutch writer and preacher, dies at 86
  • 1893 Pierre Tirard, French politician (b. 1827)
  • 1898 (Charles) Jerome Hopkins, American composer, pianist, critic, and musical education advocate, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 62
  • 1904 Jack Brown, English cricketer (8 Tests for England 1894-99), dies at 35
  • 1906 John H. Ketcham, American politician (b. 1832)
  • 1908 Tomés Estrada Palma, Cuban politician, 1st president of Cuba (1902-06), dies at 73
  • 1914 Georg Trakl, Austrian poet, dies of a drug overdose at 27
  • 1917 Chocolat [Rafael Padilla], Afro-Cuban clown, dies at 52
  • 1918 Andrew Dickson White, American historian and educator, 1st President of Cornell University, dies at 85

Wilfred Owen

1918 Wilfred Owen, English soldier and anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility), killed in action at 25 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week before the signing of the Armistice

  • 1921 Takasji Hara, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (1918-21), assassinated by right wing fanatic at 65
  • 1924 Gabriel Urbain Fauré, French organist, composer (Requiem; Ballade), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1905-20), dies at 79
  • 1924 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1931 Buddy Bolden, African-American early jazz musician, dies at 54
  • 1932 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), dies of cancer at 41
  • 1935 Miklos Radnai, Hungarian composer, dies at 43
  • 1937 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, dies at 69

Manuel Azaña

1940 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

  • 1942 Marcel Barger [Streliskie], Dutch cabaret performer, killed in Auschwitz
  • 1950 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 1953 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • 1954 Stig Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31

Cy Young

1955 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), dies of a heart attack at 88

  • 1957 Joseph Canteloube,French composer, dies at 78
  • 1957 Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1897)
  • 1965 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • 1967 June Thorburn, British actress (Touch & Go, Children Galore), dies in plane crash at 36
  • 1968 Paul JM Lindemans, Flemish agricultural engineer and author, dies at 78
  • 1968 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 1969 Carlos Marighela, Brazilian politician and guerilla, shot by police at 57
  • 1969 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • 1973 Karl H. Waggerl, Austria author (Green Friends), dies at 75
  • 1974 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter and son of Charley Toorop, dies at 62
  • 1974 Bert Patenaude, American soccer forward (4 caps; scorer of first hat-trick in World Cup history, 1930), dies at 65
  • 1975 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Song of Texas, Great Guns), dies at 54
  • 1980 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, dies at 75
  • 1982 Dominique Dunne, American actress (Poltergeist), murdered by boyfriend at 23
  • 1982 Jacques Tati, French director (Traffic, Playtime), dies at 74
  • 1982 Talfryn Thomas, Welsh character actor (Dad's Army -"Cheeseman"; Dr. Who), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1984 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • 1986 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1986 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), dies at 86
  • 1987 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • 1992 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1993 Basuki Abdullah, Indonesian painter, murdered at 78
  • 1993 Cliff Young, American pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies in car accident at 29
  • 1993 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, Dutch journalist (Beehive), dies at 62
  • 1993 Ely Landau, American television and film producer (Play of the Week; Long Day's Journey into Night; King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1993 Jose L. Guarner, Spanish movie reviewer, dies at 56
  • 1994 Alexander Hardie Williamson, British artist, dies at 87
  • 1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), dies at 46
  • 1994 Sam Francis, American painter (Basel Mural), dies at 71
  • 1995 Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (Difference and Repetition), dies at 70
  • 1995 Marti Caine [Lynne Stringer], British comedienne, singer and television host, dies of lymphatic cancer at 50
  • 1995 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Yes Minister), dies at 68

AssassinationYitzhak Rabin

1995 Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (1974-77 and 1992-95) and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, assassinated by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir at 73

  • 1995 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1996 Robert Rapoport, American social anthropologist, dies at 72
  • 1997 George Chambers, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies at 69
  • 1997 Richard Hooker [H. Richard Hornberger, American surgeon (his novel M*A*S*H inspired the film and TV series), dies at 73
  • 1997 Wally Bruner, American journalist and TV host (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66
  • 1999 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricket fast bowler (81 Tests, 376 wickets @ 20.94, BB 7/22; Barbados, Hampshire CCC, Natal), dies from colon cancer at 41
  • 1999 Charles Wintour, English editor (The Evening Standard), dies at 82
  • 1999 Daisy Bates, American civil rights activist and publisher, dies at 84
  • 2002 Antonio Margheriti, Italian filmmaker (Yor, the Hunter from the Future), dies at 72
  • 2003 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), dies at 89
  • 2003 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Sheree North, American actress and singer, dies at 73
  • 2005 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 2005 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), dies at 76
  • 2006 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), dies at 98
  • 2006 Frank Calder, Canadian politician (British Columbia's first indigenous cabinet minister), dies at 91
  • 2006 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist and writer (Frihet och demokrati), dies at 95
  • 2007 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Michael Crichton

2008 Michael Crichton, American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), dies at 66

  • 2008 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • 2009 Hubertus Brandenburg, Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockholm (b. 1923)

Sparky Anderson

2010 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), dies from dementia at 76

  • 2010 Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian, dies at 114
  • 2010 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer, dies of cancer at 50
  • 2011 Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2013 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • 2014 George E. Slusser, American scholar, writer and Sci-Fic critic, dies at 75
  • 2015 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2016 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), dies at 59
  • 2017 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87
  • 2018 Selma Engel [Saartje Wijnberg], Dutch born Jew, the first to tell of Nazi Sobibor extermination camp, dies at 96
  • 2020 Ken Hensley, British rock songwriter, keyboardist, and singer (Uriah Heep, 1970-80 - "Easy Livin'"; Blackfoot, 1982-84), dies at 75
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