Deaths in History on April 2

  • 1118 Boudouin I, of Bologne/Edessa, 1st crusader/king of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1272 Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1209)
  • 1335 Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. circa 1265)
  • 1412 Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer (b. ????)
  • 1416 Ferdinand I the Righteous, King of Aragon and Sicily, dies at 52
  • 1502 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, dies from an unknown illness at 15
  • 1507 Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1640 Matthias C Sarbiewski [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45
  • 1657 Ferdinand III, King of Hungary & Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1637-57), dies at 48
  • 1657 Jean-Jacques Olier - French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)
  • 1720 Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1742 James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • 1747 Johann J Dillenius, German botanist, dies at 63
  • 1754 Thomas Carte, English historian (b. 1686)
  • 1787 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican Jesuit teacher and writer, dies at 55
  • 1787 Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)

Comte de MirabeauComte de Mirabeau (1749-1791)

Comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary (influential member of the National Constituent Assembly), dies of natural causes at 42

  • 1801 Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. circa 1761)
  • 1817 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), dies at 76
  • 1827 Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (b. 1776)
  • 1831 Charles Felix, blind King of Sardina (1821-31), dies at 74
  • 1845 Philip Charles Durham, Royal Navy Admiral (b. 1763)
  • 1852 Theodor Althaus, writer, dies
  • 1864 Princess Hildegard of Bavaria, seventh child and fourth daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, dies at 38
  • 1865 A. P. Hill, Confederate general, killed in action at 39
  • 1865 Richard Cobden, founder Anti-Corn-Law League, dies at 60

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse (1791-1872)

American painter and inventor of the electric telegraph and Morse Code, dies at 80

  • 1876 Paul van Vlissingen, Dutch ship owner, dies at 78
  • 1890 Marinus Frederik Andries Gerardus Campbell, Dutch bibliographer, dies at 70
  • 1892 Willem J d'Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dutch baron and genealogist, dies at 79
  • 1902 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • 1910 Boyd Alexander, English explorer and ornithologist (Niger to the Nile), murdered in a dispute with locals in Africa at 37
  • 1910 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist, dies at 79
  • 1914 Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)
  • 1922 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), dies at 37
  • 1924 Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, Danish botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82
  • 1928 Theodore W. Richards, American chemist (1st American to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for atomic weights 1914, awarded 1915), dies at 60
  • 1930 Zewditu, Empress of Ethiopia (1916-30), dies at 53
  • 1932 Bill Pickett, American rodeo performer (invented bulldogging), dies after being kicked in the head by a bronco at 61
  • 1936 Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (Father of The Tank), dies at 75
  • 1937 Nathan Birnbaum, Austria philosopher (Zionism), dies at about 72
  • 1938 Alice Berend, writer, dies
  • 1941 Pál Teleki, prime minister of the Kingdom of Hungary (1920-1 and 1939-41), dies at 61
  • 1948 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41
  • 1952 Bernard Lyot, French astronomer (Coronagraph, Lyot-filter), dies at 55
  • 1953 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • 1956 Albert Marie Leon Adolphe de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo (1921-39), dies at 82
  • 1956 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • 1958 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1966 C. S. Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
  • 1972 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou (1911-1974)

French President (1969-74) and Prime Minister (1962-68), dies in Paris at 62

  • 1995 Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86
  • 2000 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • 2004 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)

John Paul IIJohn Paul II (1920-2005)

264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), dies of heart failure at 84

  • 2006 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), dies at 79
  • 2010 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), dies at 70
  • 2012 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), dies at 96
  • 2014 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • 2015 Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), dies at 88

Winnie MandelaWinnie Mandela (1936-2018)

South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, dies of a long illness at 81

  • 2020 Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84

Arthur KopitArthur Kopit (1937-2021)

American playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), dies at 83