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Deaths in History on April 10

  • 879 Louis II the Stammerer, King of the West Franks (877-79)
  • 947 Hugo van Arles, count of Arles/king of Italy, dies
  • 1008 Notger, bishop of Luik (972-1008), dies
  • 1362 Machteld, countess of Holland, dies
  • 1533 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), dies at 61

Person of interestGregory XIII

1585 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Italian pope (1572-85) who introduced the Gregorian (New Style) calendar in 1582, dies at 83

  • 1599 Gabrielle d'Estrée, mistress of King Henry IV of France (b. 1571)
  • 1601 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (Sonnet of Venus and Cupid), dies at 39
  • 1619 Thomas Jones, Archbishop of Dublin (b. c1550)
  • 1640 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I, dies at 60
  • 1646 Santino Solari, Swiss architect and sculptor (b. 1576)
  • 1704 William Egon of Fürstenberg, Bishop of Strassburg (b. 1629)
  • 1706 Arthur Chichester, 3rd Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1712 Yusuf Nabi, Turkish poet (Hayriye), dies at about 77
  • 1742 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, dies at 68
  • 1760 Gerard George Clifford, head of East-Indian Company, dies at 75

  • 1760 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, dies at 1760
  • 1784 Simon Fokke, book illustrator, dies at 71
  • 1786 John Byron, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 62

Person of interestHoratio Gates

1806 Horatio Gates, British-American soldier (general of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War), dies at 78

Military Leader Horatio Gates
Military Leader
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  • 1813 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician and astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), dies at 77
  • 1823 Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (elementary philosophy), dies at 65
  • 1825 Paul-Louis Courier, (Mere), French writer/interpreter, dies at 53
  • 1848 Godert van der Capellen, Dutch governor-general (Dutch-Indies), dies at 69
  • 1862 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, American lawyer and Brigadier General, dies at 40
  • 1863 Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist, dies at 77
  • 1885 John H Scholten, theologist (Free Want), dies at 73
  • 1909 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (Atalanta in Calydon), dies at 72
  • 1919 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican leader, murdered at 39
  • 1920 Moritz B. Cantor, German historian of mathematics, dies at 90
  • 1920 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • 1929 Edmond Thieffry, Belgian WW I pilot, dies at 36
  • 1931 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
  • 1932 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (& sabots), dies at 56
  • 1938 Nana Annor Adjaye, Pan-Africanist, dies in W Nzima Ghana
  • 1939 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75

  • 1945 Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Dutch artist (The Blue Barge) and resistance fighter, executed at 63
  • 1945 Charles Nordhoff, English-born writer (b. 1887)
  • 1954 Auguste Lumière, French photograph and movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • 1954 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • 1955 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and paleontologist (The Phenomenon of Man), dies at 73
  • 1956 Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • 1962 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • 1966 Christian J Modeste, Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
  • 1966 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • 1968 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • 1969 Harley Earl, American automobile designer (1st head of design at General Motors), dies at 75
  • 1974 Patricia Collinge, dies at 81
  • 1974 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1975 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine), dies at 71
  • 1981 Howard Thurman, African-American theologian and author (Deep River, Deep is the Hunger), dies at 81
  • 1983 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • 1986 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • 1989 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • 1992 Ken Ward, dies at 37
  • 1993 Chris Hani, Secretary-General South Africian Communist Party, assassinated at 50
  • 1994 Victor Afanasiev, Rus editor-in-chief of Pravda (1976-89), dies at 71
  • 1994 Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1995 Chen Yun, Chinese political leader during and after the Chinese Civil War, considered one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, dies at 89
  • 1995 Glyn Jones, Welsh writer, dies at 90
  • 1995 Gunter Guillaume, German politician, dies
  • 1995 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), dies at 99
  • 1995 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer, dies at 85
  • 1999 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2010 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • 2010 Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
  • 2010 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60
  • 2012 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • 2013 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • 2014 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • 2014 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), dies at 95
  • 2016 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70