Deaths in History on April 19

  • 843 Judith, French empress/2nd wife of Louis de Vrome, dies
  • 1012 Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 954)
  • 1044 Gothelo, duke of Neth-Lotharingen, dies
  • 1054 Pope Leo IX [Bruno, Graf von Egisheim und Dagsburg], Catholic Church's 151st pope (1049-54), dies at 51
  • 1390 King Robert II of Scotland, first monach of the House of Stewart (1371-90), dies at 74
  • 1529 John Cuspinianus [Spiessheimer], German physician, dies at about 55
  • 1560 Philipp Melanchthon (Schwazerd), German Protestant reformer and theologian (Martin Luther's right-hand man), dies at 63
  • 1567 Michael Stifel, German theologist/mathematician, dies at about 79
  • 1578 Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1530)
  • 1588 Paolo Veronese (Cagliari), painter, dies
  • 1608 Earl of Dorset, poet/statesman, dies
  • 1618 Thomas Bastard, clergyman and epigrammatist (b. 1565 or 1566)
  • 1627 John Beaumont, English poet (b. 1583)
  • 1645 Anton van Diemen, gov-gen (Neth East Indies), dies at about 51

Roger WilliamsRoger Williams (1603-1684)

English theologian and colonist, dies at 80

  • 1686 Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra, Spanish writer (b. 1610)
  • 1689 Christina, Queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic (1644-54), dies at 62
  • 1706 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist pastor (Lambs' War), dies at 83
  • 1733 Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England
  • 1739 Nicholas Saunderson, mathematician, dies
  • 1751 Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian Field marshal (b. 1678)
  • 1768 Filippo della Valle, Italian sculptor, dies at about 70
  • 1768 Giovanni Antonio Canal [Canaletto], Italian painter and printmaker (Rialto), dies at 70
  • 1776 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78
  • 1791 Richard Price, nonconformist minister/writer (Alabi's World), dies
  • 1813 Benjamin Rush, physician/abolotionist (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 67

Lord ByronLord Byron (1788-1824)

British romantic poet (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage), dies at 36

  • 1831 Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1840 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • 1852 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian folk poet and translator (Homerus), dies at 69
  • 1854 Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist (b. 1774)
  • 1862 Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • 1862 Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, British architect, dies
  • 1870 Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
  • 1874 Owen Jones, architect, dies

Benjamin DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, dies of bronchitis at 76

  • 1881 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53

Charles DarwinCharles Darwin (1809-1882)

English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73

  • 1889 Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • 1892 Fr. Thomas Dale SSC, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (b. 1821)
  • 1893 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), dies at 52
  • 1895 George Scharf, critic, dies
  • 1895 Victor J van Hinsbergh, South Neth engraver (PTT-stempels), dies at 70
  • 1901 Alfred Horatio Belo, American newswriter and businessman (b. 1839)
  • 1906 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903) and husband of Marie Curie, dies in a cart accident at 46
  • 1914 Charles Peirce, American scientist and philosopher known as "the father of pragmatism", dies at 74
  • 1916 Ephraim Shay, American inventor of Shay type of geared steam locomotive, dies at 76
  • 1926 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • 1930 Charles Scribner II, American magazine and book publisher, dies at 75
  • 1930 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1937 William Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, English historian and explorer (Spitzbergen), dies at 81
  • 1938 Henry John Newbolt, English poet and author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • 1943 Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1943 Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • 1944 Tommy Hitchcock, polo player (Westchester Cup 1924, 27), dies at 44
  • 1945 J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1949 Stephen Samuel Wise, American Rabbi and President of Zionist Org of America, dies at 75
  • 1956 Ernst Robert Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1956 Leon Junschlaeger, Dutch sailor, soldier, and head of military intelligence in Dutch Indonesia, dies after a series of strokes while on trial fighting charges of subversion at 52
  • 1957 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • 1957 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer (1876-1967)

Chancellor of West Germany (CDU: 1949-63), dies at 91

  • 1972 Adolf Bach, German language professor and sociologist, dies at 82

Percy Lavon JulianPercy Lavon Julian (1899-1975)

African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, dies at 76

  • 1977 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • 1978 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1979 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 64
  • 1983 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1987 Maxwell D. Taylor, American army general, (WWII Commander 101st airborne), Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1962-64), dies at 85
  • 1988 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1990 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • 1992 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1993 David Koresh [Vernon Howell], American cult leader (Davidians), dies shot at 33
  • 1993 George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash
  • 1994 Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • 1994 Louis Simmonds, British bookseller, dies at 87
  • 1995 Igor Hajek, Czech translator and writer, dies at 64
  • 1995 J. Peter Grace, American businessman and industrialist,, dies from cancer at 81
  • 1995 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/Orientalist, dies at 70
  • 1996 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner, dies at 72
  • 1998 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1999 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • 1999 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal and female camp guard at Ravensbrück and Majdanek concentration camps, dies at 79
  • 2004 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), dies at 91
  • 2006 Ian Morrow, British company director, best known for saving Rolls Royce, dies at 93
  • 2006 Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Zola Levitt, Messianic Jewish preacher (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Alfonso López Trujillo, Colombian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 72
  • 2008 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • 2009 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), dies of prostate cancer at 78
  • 2010 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • 2013 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), dies at 92
  • 2013 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), dies at 78
  • 2015 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, dies at 91
  • 2016 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer, politician and President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • 2016 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93

Walter MondaleWalter Mondale (1928-2021)

American politician (US Senator from Minnesota (D), 1964-76 ; 42nd Vice President, 1977-81), dies at 93

  • 2022 Kane Tanaka, Japanese centenarian (world's 2nd oldest recorded person), dies as the world's oldest living person at 119 [1]