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
  • 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

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1847 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), dies at 38

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

  • 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, composer, dies at 46
  • 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, dies at 62
  • 1904 Jack Brown, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1894-99), dies
  • 1906 John H. Ketcham, American politician (b. 1832)
  • 1908 Tomés Estrada Palma, 1st president Cuba (1902-06), dies
  • 1914 Georg Trakl, writer, dies at 27
  • 1918 Wilfred Owens, anti-war poet (Anthem for doomed youth), dies at 25
  • 1918 Andrew Dickson White, American historian and educator, 1st President of Cornell University, dies at 85
  • 1921 Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered
  • 1924 Gabriel Urbain Faure, French composer (Requiem), dies at 79
  • 1924 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1931 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, dies
  • 1932 Belle Bennett, actress (Iron Mask), dies at 41
  • 1935 Miklos Radnai, composer, dies at 43
  • 1937 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer, dies at 69

Person of interestManuel 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

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 1942 Marcel Barger, [Streliskie], cabaret performer, killed in Auschwitz

  • 1950 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 1953 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • 1954 Stig Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31

Person of interestCy Young

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1957 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, 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/author, dies at 78
  • 1968 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 1969 Carlos Marighela, Brazilian guerilla, dies in battle
  • 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/son of Charley Toorop, dies at 62
  • 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, actress (Poltergeist), murdered by boyfriend at 23
  • 1982 Jacques Tati, French director (Traffic, Playtime), dies at 74
  • 1984 Merie Earle, American actress (Maude in The Waltons), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • 1986 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 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, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies in car accident at 29
  • 1993 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, Dutch journalist (Beehive), dies at 62
  • 1993 Ely A Landau, producer (Long Day's Journey), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1993 Jose L Guarner, Spanish movie reviewer, dies at 56
  • 1994 Alexander Hardie Williamson, artist, dies at 87
  • 1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), dies at 46
  • 1994 Jan Wegter, actor (Pastorale 1943), dies at 64
  • 1994 Sam Francis, American painter (Basel Mural), dies at 71
  • 1995 Gilles Deleuze, philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1995 Jerome Berger, lawyer/Film producer, dies at 64
  • 1995 Marti Lynne Stringer Caine, singer/comedienne, dies at 50
  • 1995 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), dies at 68

Person of interestYitzhak 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

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1995 Edward "Eddie" Egan, American actor (The French Connection, Joe Forrester), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1996 Robert Rapoport, social anthropologist, dies at 72
  • 1997 George Chambers, PM of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies at 69
  • 1997 H Richard Hornberger, surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), dies at 73
  • 1997 Wally Bruner, journalist (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66
  • 1999 Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1958)
  • 1999 Charles Wintour, English editor (The Evening Standard), dies at 82
  • 2002 Antonio Margheriti, Italian filmmaker (Yor, the Hunter from the Future), dies at 72
  • 2003 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • 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 (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), dies at 98
  • 2006 Frank Arthur Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)

Person of interestMichael Crichton

2008 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

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

Person of interestSparky Anderson

2010 Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager, dies at 76

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 2010 Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2010 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • 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
  • 2015 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2016 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), dies at 59
  • 2017 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87