Deaths in History on April 22

  • 296 Pope Caius, Bishop of Rome (283-296), dies at 51
  • 536 St. Agapetus I, Bishop of Rome (535-36), dies at 46
  • 835 Kūkai, Japanese Buddhist monk and poet (founded Shingon school of Buddhism), dies at 60
  • 1253 Elias van Cortona, Italian general (1232-39), dies at ~53
  • 1355 Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Edward II, dies at 36
  • 1462 Gilbert de Lannoy, Flemish traveller & diplomat, dies at 76
  • 1521 Juan de Padilla, Spanish Roman Catholic missionary, killed at 52
  • 1592 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor & architect, dies at 80

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Spanish author (Don Quixote), dies of likely diabetes at 68

  • 1627 Ahmad Baba, Islamic jurist and writer from Timbuktu (biographical dictionary of the Mālikī), dies at 70
  • 1648 Catharina Belgian van Nassau, daughter of Willem, dies at 69
  • 1662 John Tradescant, English botanist & gardener, dies at 53
  • 1672 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar & poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), dies at 73
  • 1699 Hans Erasmus Aßmann Abschatz, German poet and nobleman, dies at 53
  • 1758 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist, dies at 71
  • 1778 James Hargreaves, British inventor (spinning jenny), dies at 57

Anne BonnyAnne Bonny (1702-1782)

Irish Caribbean pirate and lover of Calico Jack [date of death is approximate], dies in prison at 85

  • 1788 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch poet, dies at 46
  • 1806 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral, killed at 42
  • 1821 John Crome [Old Crome], English landscape painter & etcher, dies at 52
  • 1827 Thomas Rowlandson, English artist & caricaturist, dies at 70
  • 1830 Knud Lyne Rahbek, Danish literary historian, dies at 69
  • 1833 Richard Trevithick, English inventor (steam locomotive), dies at 62
  • 1839 Denis Davydov, Russian general & poet, dies at 54
  • 1854 Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician & soldier, dies at 67
  • 1864 Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 75
  • 1865 Francis Washburn, US Union colonel/gen major, dies of injuries
  • 1865 William McKean, American naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 64
  • 1877 James P. Kirkwood, American civil engineer, dies at 70
  • 1890 Magnus Huss, Swedish physician who coined the word alcoholism and was the first to define it as a disease, dies at 82
  • 1893 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor & academic, dies at 67
  • 1896 Thomas Meik, Scottish civil engineer, dies at 84
  • 1901 William Stubbs, English historian & Anglican bishop of Oxford, dies at 74
  • 1903 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), dies at 87
  • 1908 Ellison Capers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • 1929 Henry Lerolle, French painter, dies at 80
  • 1930 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet & novelist (Bondens Søn), dies at 63

Henry RoyceHenry Royce (1863-1933)

English industrialist and automobile founder (Rolls-Royce), dies at 70

  • 1945 Kathe Kollwitz, German graphic artist, dies at 77
  • 1946 Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer & jurist (SCOTUS, 1941-46), dies at 73
  • 1950 Charles Hamilton Houston, American lawyer & architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • 1951 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist, dies at 81
  • 1953 Top Naeff [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • 1961 Maria Radulphus [Adrian Hermus], Curacao school inspector, dies at 91
  • 1974 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer & journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • 1982 Melville Bell Grosvenor, American photographer & president of National Geographic Society, dies at 80

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams (1902-1984)

American landscape photographer and environmentalist (Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980), dies at 82

  • 1985 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • 1986 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79

Emilio G. SegrèEmilio G. Segrè (1905-1989)

Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

  • 1992 Billy Wayne White, American murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • 1993 Andries Treurnicht, South African politician (founder of the South African Conservative Party), dies at 72

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez (1927-1993)

American farm labor leader (United Farm Workers), dies of natural causes at 66

  • 1994 Denis Pitts, English journalist, dies at 64
  • 1994 Hans Burkhardt, Swiss-American abstract artist, dies at 89

Richard NixonRichard Nixon (1913-1994)

American politician (37th US President (Republican 1969-74; Vice-President, 1953-61; US Senator from California, 1950-53) and navy veteran, dies of a stroke at 81

  • 1995 Maggie Kuhn, American activist & co-founder (Gray Panthers), dies at 89
  • 1996 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician & Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), dies at 61
  • 1999 Chan Canasta, Polish-born magician & mindreader, dies at 79
  • 2000 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), dies at 79
  • 2000 Toon Hermans, Dutch poet (Kolderliedjes), dies at 83
  • 2003 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 91
  • 2004 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 22
  • 2005 Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor and pop art pioneer (mosaics Tottenham Court Rd tube), dies at 81
  • 2005 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • 2005 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • 2007 (Raymond) "Bill" Hoffenberg, South African-British endocrinologist and college president (Wolfson at Oxford, 1985-93), dies at 84
  • 2007 Juanita Millender-McDonald, American congresswoman from southern California, dies at 68
  • 2016 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • 2022 Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan economist and politician (President of Kenya, 2002-13), dies at 90