Deaths in History on April 11

  • 678 Donus, Italian Pope (676-78), dies
  • 1034 Romanus III Argyrus, Byzantine emperor (1028-34), assassinated by wife at 66 or 67
  • 1240 Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
  • 1512 Gaston de Foix, French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle
  • 1554 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • 1612 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher, burnt at the stake in Lichfield for heresy (b. 1566)
  • 1626 Marin Getaldić, Croatian mathematician (b. 1568)
  • 1712 Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (b. 1638)
  • 1723 John Robinson, English diplomat and prelate, dies at 72
  • 1783 Nikita I Panin, Russian earl/ambassador in Denmark, dies at 64
  • 1798 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (b. 1725)
  • 1812 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Opfer Noachs), dies at 35
  • 1838 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • 1839 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), dies at 59
  • 1842 Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, Hungarian Tibetan scholar (first Tibetan-English Dictionary), dies at 58
  • 1842 John England, bishop of Charleston Carolina, dies
  • 1854 Karl Adolph von Basedow, German artist (Ziekte van Basedow), dies at 55
  • 1856 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)
  • 1861 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)
  • 1873 Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)
  • 1875 Heinrich Schwabe, discoverer (11-year sunspot cycle), dies
  • 1881 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (Torn Trondal), dies at 40
  • 1884 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), dies at 69
  • 1890 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", dies of asphyxia at 27
  • 1894 Constantin Lipsius, German architect (b. 1832)
  • 1895 Julius Lothar Meyer, German Chemist, dies at 64
  • 1900 Seth Barton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • 1902 General Jacobus Potgieter, South African Boer commander, dies in Second Boer War Battle of Rooiwal, South African Republic
  • 1903 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • 1906 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (The New York Sun - "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"), dies at 67

James Anthony BaileyJames Anthony Bailey (1847-1906)

American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58

  • 1916 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1921 Augusta Victoria, Queen of Prussia, wife of Emperor Wilhelm II, dies at 62

Luther BurbankLuther Burbank (1849-1926)

American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, dies of gastrointestinal complications at 77

  • 1934 John Collier, English painter (Lady Godiva) and writer, dies at 84
  • 1939 S.S. Van Dine [pseudonym for William Huntingdon Wright], American critic and detective writer (Philo Vance), dies at 50
  • 1945 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), dies at 29
  • 1947 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, dies at 66
  • 1958 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter, dies at 82
  • 1967 Donald Sangster, Jamaican prime-minister (b. 1911)
  • 1970 John O'Hara, American short story writer and novelist (Appointment at Samarra; Pal Joey; BUtterfield-8), dies of cardiovascular disease at 65
  • 1981 Marie Ney, dies at 85

Enver HoxhaEnver Hoxha (1908-1985)

Albanian post-war communist leader and dictator of Albania (1944-85), dies at 76

  • 1987 Erskine Caldwell, American novelist (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre), dies at 83
  • 1987 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • 1989 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • 1990 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece, dies at 86
  • 1992 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter, dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1992 Eve Merriam [Moskovitz], American writer and poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • 1992 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public Health, 1958), dies at 86
  • 1993 Mohammed el-Himi, brigade-general of Egyptian police, murdered
  • 1993 Rahmon Nabiyev, Tajik politician (First Secretary of The Communist Party, 1982-85; President of Tadzjikistan, 1991-92), dies at 63
  • 1994 John Nicolaas Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair, Transavia), dies at 64
  • 1996 Daniel Wolf, American journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Edwin Clarke, British neurologist, medical historian,and museum keeper, dies of pancreatic cancer at 76
  • 1996 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (attempting to become the youngest person to fly a light utility aircraft across the United States), crashed at 7
  • 1996 Louis Osman, British artist, goldsmith, architect, and craftsman, dies at 82
  • 1996 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, French advertising magnate and Founder of Publicis Groupe, dies at 89
  • 1997 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52
  • 2001 Kamal Ranadive, Indian cancer researcher (Indian Women Scientists' Association; Indian Cancer Research Centre), dies at 83
  • 2003 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • 2005 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, dies at 89
  • 2005 Maurice R. Hilleman, American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • 2007 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

American author (Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan), dies from head trauma at 84

  • 2007 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), dies at 86
  • 2008 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • 2009 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), dies at 81
  • 2012 Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian politician, first president of Algeria (1963-65), dies at 93
  • 2013 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96
  • 2018 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, dies at 88
  • 2019 Frances Swem Anderson, American technologist (nuclear medicine), dies at 105