Deaths in History on April 23

  • 34 Jesus Christ is crucified, according to Isaac Newton
  • 303 Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England
  • 725 Wihtred, King of Kent (c. 692-725)
  • 871 Ethelred I, King of Wessex and brother of Alfred the Great, dies aged around 24
  • 990 Ekkehart II [Palatinus], Swiss monk at the Abbey of Saint Gall known for his poetry, dies
  • 997 Vojtech "Adalbert" of Prague, 2nd bishop of Prague/apostle, dies at 40
  • 1014 Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, dies in battle at Clontarf
  • 1016 Æthelred II "the Unready", king of England (979-1016), dies
  • 1124 Alexander I, King of Scots (1107-24), dies at 47
  • 1151 Queen Adeliza of England, 2nd wife of Henry I (b. 1103)
  • 1217 King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
  • 1407 Olivier de Clisson, French soldier (b. 1326)
  • 1416 Blaise/Blasius of Parma, Italian astrologist, philosopher and algebra scholar, dies
  • 1605 Boris Godunov, chief adviser to Tsar Fyodor I and Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies after a lengthy illness and a stroke at approximately 20
  • 1611 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist, dies at 41
  • 1616 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)

William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616)

English poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth: Hamlet), dies at about 52

  • 1625 Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, dies at 57
  • 1695 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans), dies at 72
  • 1702 Margaret Fell, English founder of the Religious Society of Friends known as the "mother of Quakerism," dies at about 87
  • 1740 Thomas Tickell, English writer and poet, dies at 54
  • 1774 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German painter, dies at 61
  • 1781 James Abercrombie, British general (Commander-in-Chief of forces in North America during French and Indian wars) (b. 1706)
  • 1786 Alexander Cozens, English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • 1792 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, dies at 50
  • 1794 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French lawyer and statesman, executed at 72
  • 1839 Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer, dies at 70

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850)

English Romantic poet (The Prelude), dies at 80

  • 1853 Auguste Laurent, French chemist who laid the foundations of organic chemistry, dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1865 James Dearing, U.S. Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 24
  • 1878 Friedrich Preller the elder, German landscape painter, dies at 73
  • 1880 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69
  • 1889 Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, French writer and critic, dies at 80
  • 1895 Carl Ludwig, German physiologist and physician (1884 Copley medal), dies at 78
  • 1899 Dandridge McRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • 1905 Gédéon Ouimet, Quebec politician (b. 1823)
  • 1907 Alfred Packer, American prospector 'The Colorado Cannibal', dies at 65

Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke (1887-1915)

British WW I poet (Lithuania, The Soldier), dies at 27

  • 1926 Joseph Pennell, American artist and author, dies at 68
  • 1929 Rudolf W. Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies at 28
  • 1936 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), dies at 46
  • 1945 Albrecht Haushofer, German geographer, writer and member of the German Resistance to Nazism, shot by Nazi SS troopers at 42
  • 1951 Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States, banker and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 85
  • 1952 Julius Freed [Fried], American namesake and co-founder of Orange Julius fast food chain, dies at 64
  • 1952 Minus van Looi [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer, dies at 60
  • 1955 Robert Herman Woltjer, Dutch Minister of Education, dies at 76
  • 1960 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • 1960 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian social reformer & writer, dies at 71
  • 1971 William V. S. Tubman, Liberian politician (President of Liberia 1944-71), dies at 76
  • 1973 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • 1975 R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
  • 1979 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • 1981 Josep Pla, Spanish journalist & author, dies at 84
  • 1985 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, dies at 88
  • 1988 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1991 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • 1992 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • 1992 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder, Agantuk), dies at 70
  • 1993 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
  • 1994 Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
  • 1994 Cecile Dreesmann, Dutch textile artist & son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Selby Taylor, Anglican bishop, dies at 86
  • 1996 Jean Victor Allard, Canadian army general, dies at 82
  • 1996 P. L. Travers, Australian-English writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96

James Earl RayJames Earl Ray (1928-1998)

American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70

  • 1998 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91
  • 2002 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), dies at 67
  • 2003 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92
  • 2003 James H. Critchfield, American C.I.A. officer, dies at 86
  • 2005 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister, dies at 78
  • 2005 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • 2005 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist, dies at 77
  • 2006 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot, dies at 94

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin (1931-2007)

Russian politician and 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

  • 2007 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), dies at 73
  • 2007 Paul Erdman, Canadian-born American economist & author, dies at 74
  • 2008 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • 2010 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), dies at 81
  • 2011 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill, dies at 89
  • 2011 Max van der Stoel, Dutch politician & Minister of Foreign Affairs (PvdA), dies at 86
  • 2013 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 2016 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83
  • 2020 Norbert Blüm, German politician, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, dies at 84
  • 2022 Johnnie Jones, American attorney, civil rights activist (1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott), and US Army veteran (Normandy Invasion - Purple Heart; Battle of the Bulge), dies at 102 [1]
  • 2022 Orrin Hatch, American politician (US Senator from Utah (R), 1977-2019) longest-serving Utah US Senator, dies at 88